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Blogger Profile: Marc Adler

I am a graduate of NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study and will start law school next fall. My weekly columns offer a harsh critique of corporate capitalism and American empire. Most articles I write draw heavily from books written by authoritative sources, such as whistle-blowers and insiders. Other works of mine analyze bias/propaganda in the mass media, and some are interview-based stories designed to personalize and dramatize the horrifying costs of unfettered corporate capitalism. Check out my blog, Marcadler.org.

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Marc Adler

Freelance Journalist

March 17th, 2014

Secrets: The True Nature of America's War Machine

Daniel Ellsberg’s 2002 book, Secrets, A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers, offers a timely and chilling account of the nature of America’s war machine.  For those who don’t know, Ellsberg famously leaked the Pentagon Papers to the New York Times and other sources in 1971, exposing how the United States government systematically ... continue reading

Marc Adler

Freelance Journalist

February 19th, 2014

Prescription for a More Just American Society

A recent report by the Hamilton Project, a policy initiative launched by the Brookings Institution, has concluded that nearly half of all American families are living in poverty, near poverty, or are one major setback in income away from being plunged into poverty. This coincides with census data that came out in 2011.More broadly, research by ... continue reading

Marc Adler

Freelance Journalist

October 15th, 2011

The Revolution Cannot Be Stopped

When it was announced at 6 AM yesterday that the NYPD would not go through with evicting Occupy Wall Street I experienced one of those moments that make life transcendent.  The crowd erupted in cheers.  People hugged, high-fived, clapped, jumped up and down, pumped their fists in resistance, chanting “the ... continue reading

Marc Adler

Freelance Journalist

October 12th, 2011

Occupy Wall Street and the History of Corporate Fascism

Humanity faces a daunting battle against corporate forces that have historically proved willing to employ any means necessary to preserve an evil system.  The police brutality and corporate funding aimed at crushing Occupy Wall Street hint of the savagery unleashed by corporations in countries around the world over the past ... continue reading

Marc Adler

Freelance Journalist

October 4th, 2011

The Police State and Occupy Wall Street

I wrote an article over a month ago exposing the Obama administration’s crackdown on civil liberties.  The piece begins with the assertion that “the United States is still the freest country in the world.”  I was curious to see how readers would react.  A number of people commented that such a statement ... continue reading

Marc Adler

Freelance Journalist

September 29th, 2011

The Mass Media’s Disgraceful Coverage of Occupy Wall Street

The mainstream media’s propaganda surrounding Occupy Wall Street has been truly breathtaking.  For those who believe we have a right/left divide in the mass media, coverage by FOX News and The New York Times must shatter all such delusions.  Let’s be clear on this.  Both conservative and “liberal” media outlets are playing ... continue reading

Marc Adler

Freelance Journalist

September 27th, 2011

There’s A Revolution Brewing, Occupy Wall Street Enters Week Two

“I’ve never seen anything like this,” says Max, a 33 year old activist from upstate New York who’s been camping out here in Zuccotti Park for days.  “I’ve been to many protests before, but there’s never been such energy and promise as what I see here today.  The revolution has ... continue reading

Marc Adler

Freelance Journalist

September 23rd, 2011

An Open Letter from Occupy Wall Street to All Americans and Progressive Media

This is an open letter to all Americans, and particularly to progressive magazines, Web Sites, TV programs, etc.  Please spend most of your time focusing on the Occupy Wall Street protests.  This is real, this is serious, and this will become a mass movement.  I have been here every day ... continue reading

Marc Adler

Freelance Journalist

September 21st, 2011

Occupying Wall Street

For months, every time I passed the New York Stock Exchange, I wondered why people weren’t rioting in the streets.  Do Americans not realize that Wall Street has completely hijacked our government and economy?  Do they not understand that the corporate elites who have trashed the global economy now have ... continue reading

Marc Adler

Freelance Journalist

September 20th, 2011

Is Obama More Pro-Israel than Bush?

There has been much talk lately about President Obama’s “anti-Israel” policy, which apparently played a big role in New York’s recent special election resulting in a Republican victory by businessman Bob Turner in a Democratic stronghold.  The Wall Street Journal has editorializedthat Obama “has built the most consistently one-sided diplomatic record against Israel ... continue reading

Marc Adler

Freelance Journalist

September 18th, 2011

Never Forget: How Bush Lied Us Into War

Many Americans are vaguely aware that George W. Bush lied us into a war. Everyone knows about the infamous 16 words in his State of the Union speech and Valerie Plame. But few appreciate the full extent to which the administration brazenly manipulated intelligence, the United Nations, Congress, the media ... continue reading

Marc Adler

Freelance Journalist

September 9th, 2011

The True Nature of the War in Afghanistan

The Afghanistan war is not the good war we should have fought instead of Iraq.  It is not about making us safer from terrorism.  It is not about suffocating the rising tide of Islamic extremism.  It is not about spreading women’s rights.  And it is certainly not about exporting democracy.  ... continue reading

Marc Adler

Freelance Journalist

September 3rd, 2011

The Mental Health Paradigm

Shulamis Lieber, a social worker from New York City who works for a nonprofit called The Institute for Family Health and specializes in mental health for HIV patients, is on the front lines of America’s health care crisis. She has three years of experience in the field and sees first-hand how ... continue reading

Marc Adler

Freelance Journalist

September 1st, 2011

A Summer of Extreme Weather

Hurricane Irene caps a summer filled with unprecedented extreme weather events and ominous news about the climate, from historic dust bowls sweeping across America to revelations that a mass extinction unprecedented in human history is well under way. Yet, as with most of these events, if you followed the mass ... continue reading

Marc Adler

Freelance Journalist

August 27th, 2011

No Oil in Our Soil

The Keystone XL Tar Sands Oil Pipeline proposal is one of the biggest tests of Barack Obama’s presidency. The major oil corporations, from Exxon Mobile to Koch Industries, are lobbying hard to compel the administration to issue a license for a new, massive pipeline that will transport tar sands oil ... continue reading

Marc Adler

Freelance Journalist

August 24th, 2011

Draconian Crackdown

The United States is still the freest country in the world. I can write critically of the government and not feel threatened. I can walk down the street and not worry about being stopped by a cop for no reason. But our freedoms are in serious jeopardy. It’s well known ... continue reading

Marc Adler

Freelance Journalist

August 20th, 2011

Mann v. Ford

A new shocking HBO documentary, Mann v. Ford, offers a gut-wrenching account of the horrible consequences of corporate greed and government corruption.  It is the story of the Ramapough Mountain Indians’ struggle to attain justice and secure safety for their community, which has been ravaged by Ford...  Read more continue reading

Marc Adler

Freelance Journalist

August 18th, 2011

Stark and Dreadful and Inescapable

Mike Judge’s 2006 film Idiocracy portrays a society that very closely resembles the world we live in today. The film is a satire in which the protagonist, Joe Bauers, participates in a military experiment gone awry that leaves him in a futuristic dystopia where everyone is unbelievably stupid. Natural selection has gone ... continue reading

Marc Adler

Freelance Journalist

August 14th, 2011

The Coup In Slow Motion

Cross posted form thebloodycrossroads: Many Americans know that our government is run by and for the rich.  But few understand just how dramatically the game is rigged.  Investigative reporter and specialist in tax and economic issues David Cay Johnston describes in his 2007 book, Free Lunch, How the Wealthiest Americans enrich themselves ... continue reading

Marc Adler

Freelance Journalist

August 5th, 2011

Is Obama a Fraud?

Cross posted from thebloodycrossroadsLike many, I was extremely hopeful when Obama won in 2008.  And like many I’ve become totally disillusioned with the president and the political process.  The debt ceiling fiasco is yet another illustration of Obama’s failures, not just because it’s a betrayal of his base and the ... continue reading

Marc Adler

Freelance Journalist

August 3rd, 2011

The Tyranny of American Healthcare

Cross posted from thebloodycrossroads:Do you realize how badly you’re being screwed by the health insurance corporations?  Let me give you an idea.  While the average American family pays $13,770 a year in premiums, in France premiums are dirt cheap, with a single person making $20,000 a year paying only $12.25 a month ... continue reading

Marc Adler

Freelance Journalist

July 28th, 2011

A Sense of Betrayal

Cross posted from thebloodycrossroads:“The issue for me is the morals and ethics behind it, the standards that were let down, all the things that went wrong, you know that’s all I think about, how can the people that are supposed to be taking care of us take such a nonchalant ... continue reading

Marc Adler

Freelance Journalist

July 21st, 2011

The Terrifying Christian Right

Cross posted from thebloodycrossroads : The Christian Right’s assault on America is frightening, and, as someone who grew up in a world of religious fanaticism, my personal experience gives me a sharp sense of where this is heading. In his 2007 book, American Fascists, the Christian Right and the War on America, Chris ... continue reading

Marc Adler

Freelance Journalist

July 18th, 2011

Obama the Socialist?

Cross posted from thebloodycrossroads:  New York Post columnist Jonah Goldberg wrote in a November 2008 pseudo-retrospective on Obama’s presidency that, “It’s hard to believe that just four years ago, some were talking about Barack Obama as a national savior, a secular redeemer, a ‘light worker.’  Even more shocking, President Obama lost the ... continue reading

Marc Adler

Freelance Journalist

July 13th, 2011

Corporate Death Spiral

Cross posted from thebloodycrossroads:We often hear that corporations “get away with murder,” such as when the banks got bailed out and at worst faced meaningless fines, but many people are unaware of the many ways corporations are legally permitted to murder people. And we have virtually no recourse, at least ... continue reading

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Revealed: Rahm Emanuel's top donor bought stock in Marriott just before it was awarded huge contract pando.com As schools are closed and pensions cut,...

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I'll be at First Time Fest today in New York City at the screening of my first film, Roger & Me. Loews Village 7 at 12:30 pm. Come see it on the big...

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Revealed: Rahm Emanuel cuts public pensions, diverts money to benefit campaign donors pando.com If you've read the financial news out of Chicago the last...

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Please take a moment today to think of Casey Austin Sheehan, son of Cindy and Patrick, who was murdered by U.S. foreign policy in Sadr City, Baghdad ten years...

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ICYMI - I've joined this "thunderclap" to support the Connecticut legislators who voted yes on last year's Act Concerning Gun Violence...

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I've joined this "thunderclap" to support the Connecticut legislators who voted yes on last year's Act Concerning Gun Violence Prevention...

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I am opposed to the death penalty, but to every rule there is usually an exception, and in this case I hope the criminals at General Motors will be arrested...

Apr 1st
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How Long Some in the US Will Survive Under New Health Law ...by Donna Smith www.michaelmoore.com Those who must access care to live and can afford it are not...

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Last night, The Good Wife on the East Coast started 40 minutes late due to the overrun of the NCAA basketball game. If you had your DVR set for the show, you...

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Watching films today, looking for the ones I'm going to pick for my film festival this summer. I (and a whole bunch of others!) have this thing we put on...

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When the U.S. Health Care System Keeps Killing, Who Cares Enough to Fight? ...by Donna Smith www.michaelmoore.com We have largely forgotten that people are at...

Mar 21st
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Tell the White House not to give up on Dr. Vivek Murthy's nomination as Surgeon General despite the ferocious opposition from the NRA: Don't give...

Mar 21st
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This criminal would never see a jail cell, nor would his cronies. In fact, they'd later be rewarded with re-election: Presidential Address on War with...

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The crime of the century -- our invasion & slaughter in Iraq -- started 11 years ago tonite in this 7pm (ET) hour, March 19th, 2003: CNN Coverage of...

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Washington’s Back-to-the-Future Military Policies in Africa ...by Nick Turse www.michaelmoore.com Nick Turse is an award-winning journalist, historian,...

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RIP Tony Benn, one of the UK's greatest leaders: Tony Benn, veteran Labour politician, dies aged 88 www.theguardian.com Former cabinet minister died at...

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Yesterday Dianne Feinstein revealed that the CIA has been spying on the Senate Intelligence Committee. This is all about the report the committee has produced...

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Health Care Dramas that Sting and Why We Have to Watch ...by Donna Smith www.michaelmoore.com The realities Milligan has written into the show cut deep into...

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Did you know the Lehrer Newshour on PBS has been produced for 20 years by a company owned by conservative cable billionaire John Malone? Me neither. After...

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Mr. Obama, if int’l law is so damn crucial . . . | RootsAction.org act.rootsaction.org The Russian intervention deserves criticism. But let’s be clear. The...

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Enron billionaire John Arnold thinks everyone should believe him when he says we've got to cut pensions because he's so incredibly rich: John...

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  • June 27th, 2011

    Routine Injustice

    For more work from Marc Adler check out his blog:  http://thebloodycrossroads.com/“Before September 11 this was a great country, 100 percent beautiful, and I was treated ...

  • March 17th, 2014

    Secrets: The True Nature of America's War Machine

    Daniel Ellsberg’s 2002 book, Secrets, A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers, offers a timely and chilling account of the nature of America’s war machine.  For ...

  • September 29th, 2011

    The Mass Media’s Disgraceful Coverage of Occupy Wall Street

    The mainstream media’s propaganda surrounding Occupy Wall Street has been truly breathtaking.  For those who believe we have a right/left divide in the mass media, ...

  • September 1st, 2011

    A Summer of Extreme Weather

    Hurricane Irene caps a summer filled with unprecedented extreme weather events and ominous news about the climate, from historic dust bowls sweeping across America to ...

  • June 14th, 2011

    Abolish the Imperial Project

    For more work from Marc Adler, check out his blog: http://thebloodycrossroads.com/ I recently watched an excellent HBO documentary called Burma Soldier about Myo Myint, a heroic dissident who ...

  • June 22nd, 2011

    Burying the Lede

    For more work from Marc Adler, check out his blog: http://thebloodycrossroads.com/Before I lost faith in the integrity of The New York Times, I used to read ...

  • August 5th, 2011

    Is Obama a Fraud?

    Cross posted from thebloodycrossroadsLike many, I was extremely hopeful when Obama won in 2008.  And like many I’ve become totally disillusioned with the president and ...

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