by Johnnie Belle Reagan Oligarchy (from Greek ὀλιγαρχία (oligarkhía); from ὀλίγος (olígos), meaning ‘few’, and ἄρχω (arkho), meaning ‘to rule or to command’ is a form of power structure in which power rests with a small number of people. These people may be distinguished by nobility, wealth, family ties, education or corporate, religious or political, military control. Such states are often controlled by families who typically pass their influence from one generation to the next, but inheritance is not a necessary condition for

Antagonism and Resonance with Populism Recently I was watching the news in which the “caravan” in Mexico was moving north towards the United States with thousands of homeless people too include women and children. Someone commented that maybe an airstrike would solve the problem.  I have seen women degraded on national television by elected leaders

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1985 AUSTIN, Texas — A government official who died 24 years ago was a victim of murder, not suicide, a state judge has ruled in a case sparked by allegations former President Lyndon B. Johnson ordered the killing. Tuesday’s ruling by District Judge Peter Lowry changed the official cause of death on the death certificate of

“One theory of government is that it only reacts to a crisis; trouble comes when we cannot even agree on what a crisis is,” Ivins wrote in a 1995 column about Congress’ lukewarm response to the threat of global warming. by Molly IvinsSeptember 29, 1995 Seeing yet another story in the newspaper about global warming

Former Dallas City Councilman Kevin Felder was indicted Thursday by a Dallas County grand jury in a hit-and-run scooter crash that happened in February. Felder faces a charge of failing to stop and render aid. He was arrested in February, a week after police say he hit a teenager who was riding a scooter in the 2500

by Jody Barr Investigative Summary: “The people, in delegating authority, do not give their public servants the right to decide what is good for the people to know and what is not good for them to know.” That line is taken from the opening section of Texas Public Information Act. The Act allows the public

by Jim Schutze The mayor wants an answer to the city’s astronomical murder rate — twice San Antonio’s, four times Austin’s — right away from the city manager. I can think of a quick way to get there. Release the record of 911 calls from Jim’s Car Wash. Wait. I’m serious. This is about what causes crime. Where

Desiree Ann Shaw was convicted of murdering her husband Eddie Royce Shaw, Sr. at their home on August 11, 1996. Analytical Synopsis of the Case Desiree Ann Shaw’s story deserves a serious look at her claims of actual innocence. Desiree presents clear and convincing evidence that was either not disclosed or not presented to the

The short version of this story is that a Southern Baptist pastor was arrested for sexually assaulting a minor. The longer version of this story is somehow even more disturbing. Hypocrisy is the contrivance of a false appearance of virtue or goodness, while concealing real character or inclinations, especially with respect to religious and moral beliefs; hence,

When the government took her from her family, it outsourced her safety to a for-profit corporation. Nine months later she was dead. A 2-year-old was killed while in foster care, and her foster mother will now serve a life sentence for the crime Alex Hill was placed in foster care after her father admitted to