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Laura Flanders

Contributing Writer

Contributing writer Laura Flanders is the host and founder of GRITtv with Laura Flanders, a daily talk show for people who want to do more than talk. She is the author of the New York Times bestseller BUSHWOMEN: Tales of a Cynical Species (Verso, 2004) and Blue GRIT: True Democrats Take Back Politics from the Politicians  (Penguin Press, 2007). A regular contributor on MSNBC, Flanders has appeared on shows from Real Time with Bill Maher to The O’Reilly Factor. Flanders is the editor of At the Tea Party: The Wing Nuts, Whack Jobs and Whitey-whiteness of the New Republican Right… and Why we Should Take it Seriously (October 2010, OR books). For more information, go to LauraFlanders.com or GRITtv.org.


  • Labor March 23, 2011

    Learning What Unions Have to Teach

    In a lot of the talk about attacks on labor, the focus has been on electoral politics and cash. But doing away with unions does away with one of the only forms of popular education we have. It's person-to-person education that will save us. Organizing. And we need the unions for that.

    Laura Flanders

  • Banking March 22, 2011

    Putting Some Bite Behind Elizabeth Warren

    Paul Krugman called it “The War on Elizabeth Warren.” Yves Smith wrote about “The Elizabeth Warren Rorschach Test.” There's no doubt that the insightful Harvard professor turned administration official, tapped first to chair the Congressional Oversight Panel into the bank bailouts, drives conservatives a little wild.

    Laura Flanders

  • Politics March 21, 2011

    Stopping Walker’s Steamroller In Wisconsin

    The night that the Wisconsin Senate Republicans got together and forced through Scott Walker's union-busting bill, many Wisconsinites cried foul. The state’s open-meetings law required more notice unless there was a true emergency.

    Laura Flanders

  • Covert Ops March 17, 2011

    What Raymond Davis’s Ransom is Worth

    Last week GRITtv spoke to Dave Lindorff about Raymond Davis, the CIA employee held in Pakistan, accused of shooting two Pakistani civilians. Davis has been released after a reported $2.3 million was paid to the families of the victims. Davis is free, his secrets protected.

    Laura Flanders

  • Activism March 10, 2011

    When Is It Time for a General Strike?

    Sometimes things fall apart and sometime they flow together. As the Wisconsin State Senate rammed through their union-busting bill Wednesday night, people in the capitol chanted “General strike!” And I heard an echo. Not of 1934, the last time there was a general strike in the US, but earlier.

    Laura Flanders

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  • Disaster Capitalism March 9, 2011

    New Wave of Protests Fighting Banksters

    It was tax day in 2009 that saw the first Tea Party protests, and the FOX-led media firestorm that's followed has made it seem as though the Tea Party's the only game in town if you want to complain about bailouts.  This year, though, as tax day approaches, a new wave of protest is sweeping the country.

    Laura Flanders

  • Economy March 8, 2011

    Philanthro-Feudalism Is the Future!

    China’s new economic plan is a relic of the past. It focuses on raising standards of living. How quaint!

    Laura Flanders

  • Economy March 3, 2011

    Fighting Over Crumbs Left from Military Spending

    There's been a joke going around the labor protests.   It goes something like this:

    A union member, a CEO and a Tea Party member are sitting at a table with 12 cookies. The CEO grabs 11, turns to the Tea Partier and says “The Union's out to take your cookie!”

    Laura Flanders

  • Banking March 2, 2011

    Banksters Fighting Back With Higher Fees

    The banks are back! They’re paying out bonuses and raking in profits, we hear. But just how did they bounce back so fast? Let’s take Bank of America—they’re testing a new “fee structure” for formerly-free checking, adding $6 to $25 to their take of your money each month.

    Laura Flanders

  • States March 1, 2011

    The F Word: Capital or Community in Wisconsin

    How many Americans know that Governor Walker gave $140 million in tax breaks to corporations—right before he announced this fiscal year’s deficit of $137 million? 

    Laura Flanders