Claude Morton

Column Editor

Claude Morton is an independent contributor, who mostly writes articles on politics, Veganism, philosophy, or local events. Claude has contributed to a variety of print and online outlets including Yahoo!, MovieMaker Magazine, and the Ann Arbor News.

From Claude;

I’m in the 1%, no, not that 1%. I’m a vegan, indie filmmaker, libertarian socialist, and a pacifist. I champion freedom as much as equality, and love discussing solutions about our country’s biggest dilemmas. I’m also an independent; I respect and learn from all political viewpoints, regardless of position on the political scale, and thus appear as a myriad of incongruities. But at last, you must concede, you know not what the human spirit embodies, and that’s exactly what I am. So let us all learn, love, and have fun together, grow to newer heights, and take this great experiment to its next evolution.

As of September 15, 2017, Claude's 196 articles like "not a Protest Vote" have totaled 23.5M views and shares.

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OCT 05 2016
AND Magazine
The Independent

not a Protest Vote

Don't be an idiot
"To place a vote for Clinton, so Trump doesn’t win, would be a protest vote, and a rather idiotic one"

APR 21 2016
AND Magazine
Music

Prince

A music legend passes at 57
"All good things, they say, never last. - Prince"

APR 14 2016
AND Magazine
The Independent

Sanders to the Convention

Political Timing No Longer Applies
"8 out of the 12 primaries/caucuses in blues states...were won by Sanders handily."

MAR 31 2016
AND Magazine
Food and Drink

Attack On Organic Foods

Sore Losers Fight Back
"A serious lapse in regulation if we aren’t testing for the glyphosate residue levels on our foods"

MAR 10 2016
AND Magazine
The Independent

Voter Apathy

Stop Telling Voters It's Over
"Voter apathy is conditioned, most people have a yearning to participate."

FEB 17 2016
AND Magazine
The Left

Citizen Participation

The Other Half of Political Revolution
"Without participating, we undermine our own collective voice..."

JAN 08 2016
AND Magazine
The Independent

Socialism

Can we benefit from it?
"Where socialism takes democracy (within and outside of the workplace), is what defines it.."

DEC 17 2015
AND Magazine
The Independent

Sanders Blackout

Conservative Media Strikes Back
"Once upon a time there was this notion of fairness over the public airwaves for candidates..."

DEC 02 2015
AND Magazine
The Independent

Progressive-Lite

Hillary's Dilemma
"Clinton reconfirmed my suspicions by declaring the harms of a living wage and universal education"

OCT 12 2015
AND Magazine
The Independent

Hillary's TPP

Terrible Public Persona
"In stark contrast, Bernie Sanders came out against the TPP back in 2011."

OCT 02 2015
AND Magazine
The Independent

Unions For Clinton?

A shrewd move or political pandering
"As if plutocrats or their backers have any desire to empower laborers..."

SEP 27 2015
AND Magazine
The Independent

revisiting socialism

How Bernie Sanders is already changing the discussion
"...if liberty, democracy, and equality scare the hell out of you, then you should fear socialism..."

SEP 25 2015
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Culture

Hack-Holes

A 21st Century Nuisance
"One would think only the Grinch would want to hack away Christmas..."

SEP 24 2015
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The Independent

Clintservative

A New Path to the White House
"In contrast, if Hillary continues to run as a liberal...her sincerity will continue to ring hollow."

JUN 21 2015
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The Independent

Chair White

When a Surprise is not a Surprise
"Placing a shill to head the SEC was the best way to defeat Dodd-Frank..."

MAY 12 2015
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Species

Vegan Rage

The Quickest Way to Destroy a Movement
"by becoming violently radicalized, we begin marching towards a path of self-destruction..."

APR 01 2015
AND Magazine
The Independent

Bigotrocracy

The Christian Sharia Law in America
"We are not practicing equality under the law for everyone."

MAR 06 2015
AND Magazine
The Independent

The Petraeus Rules

Snowden would like access.
"Snowden was never offered two years probation, or a $40,000 fine..."

MAR 06 2015
AND Magazine
The Independent

The Yellen Morals

A New Day?
"Banks and regulators have close relationships that create massive conflicts..."

JAN 22 2015
AND Magazine
The Independent

Economic Recovery...

But, not for all of us.
"Between 2010 and 2013 the majority of families median income fell 5%"

JAN 15 2015
AND Magazine
The Independent

Anarchism is not Anarchy

A Growing Misconception
"Rules and laws need to be at the democratic invitation and control of the citizens..."

JAN 06 2015
AND Magazine
The Independent

Policing The Police

Dual Powers Solution
"What if we had dual policing powers..."

DEC 10 2014
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The Independent

Trust-Vacancy

Unaccountable Governance - The New Autocracy
"How is a public good being served by denying transparency..."

NOV 15 2014
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The Independent

Buying No Labels

Spending Big to Ban GMO Labeling
"If you wish to have more transparency, purchase foods produced by companies offering it."

NOV 15 2014
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The Independent

Minority Rule... Again

Another Midterm Victory for the Minority
"Most elections did not have the slightest possibility of actually being democratically justified."

NOV 02 2014
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The Independent

Voting Hurdles

The one's you place on yourself.
"...we continue to vote for political parties we already disapprove of - how illogical."

OCT 20 2014
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The Independent

Midterm Duty

Are you a knowledgeable and active voter?
"Our system does not require your participation to function, it actually prefers it that way..."

OCT 02 2014
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The Independent

No Water For You

Production before Consumption?
"What human on planet earth has every produced before consuming?"

SEP 28 2014
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The Independent

Willful Blindness

How the Federal Reserve Loves Looking the Other Way
"There is indeed tremendous collusion occurring between regulators and Wall Street."

SEP 23 2014
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The Independent

Hobby Lobby Fallout

Ridiculous Laws Lead to Ridiculous Outcomes
"But here we are today, and now Christians are forced to act as Muslims (at least while at work)."

SEP 22 2014
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Columns

Lead USA and Lead World

Sorry, but it's true. Deal with it.
"American footprints will continue to become the roads the rest of the world eventually follows..."

SEP 20 2014
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The Independent

United in Fear

Irrational fears dominating policy
"I thought this was the land of the brave, not the petrified."

SEP 14 2014
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The Independent

Obama the Warlord

A War Hawk Dressed as a Dove
"President Obama has gone full hawk, making Dick Cheney look like some sort of free-loving pacifist."

SEP 12 2014
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The Independent

Centralized Power

A Menace to Society
"The last vestiges of democracy can only be found at the decentralized state level..."

AUG 31 2014
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The Independent

Hillary vs. Progression

Is it the Plutocratic or Democratic Party?
"Hillary Clinton is made out of the stuff that produces plutocrats and necons."

AUG 26 2014
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The Independent

Government, Go Home...

You're Drunk with Unjustified Power Again
"What exactly is the role of the state if not to protect and serve the public interest?"

AUG 12 2014
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The Independent

Killer Police

The Use of Unjustified Deadly Force by the State
"Most officers are never disciplined or held accountable for these reports of misconduct."

AUG 02 2014
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The Independent

When Allies Go Wrong

Should Israel Be Our Ally?
"Is it in our general welfare to align with a known offender of human rights?"

JUL 11 2014
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The Independent

Natural Rights

The Right and the "Liberty" Crowd Exposed
"Their platforms are designed to promote and advance corporate governance by religious zealots."

JUN 30 2014
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The Independent

Hobby Lobby Failure

The Religious Supreme Court of America
"Separation of church and state has just been trampled upon by the state..."

JUN 26 2014
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The Independent

Drone Memo

It's Not About Awlaki
"Without such justifications, how can we, the electorate, seek proper representation moving forward?"

JUN 26 2014
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The Independent

Detroit's Water Crisis

The Moral Dilemma of Commodifying Life Neccessities
"The Detroit Water Authority has sent out over 45,000 shut off notices..."

JUN 24 2014
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The Independent

Vermont Labeling Laws

Under Challenge From Powerful Food Lobbies
"They claim they have a right to not specify if GMO ingredients are used in their products..."

JUN 16 2014
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The Independent

The General Welfare

Has it Gone Extinct?
"The general welfare no longer includes the welfare of the general population here in America."

JUN 15 2014
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The Independent

Richmond CARES Program

Fighting against Wall Street to fix underwater homes.
"These financial institutions, even have gone so far as to take the city of Richmond to court..."

MAY 28 2014
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The Independent

Kinsley vs Greenwald

"Liberal" journalist attacks Glenn Greenwald's Tactics
"He will divulge state secrets once more, when he releases the documents containing the names..."

MAY 23 2014
AND Magazine
The Independent

Blind GMO Advocates

Could be hurting the technology
"An uproar has been caused among the advocates of the technology..."

MAY 22 2014
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The Independent

General Mass-Murderers

Non-Accountable Corporations
"We wouldn't condone the murders of 13 innocent people for any reason..."

MAY 15 2014
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The Independent

Walmart President

How Much Worse Can It Get?
"Not once did the President mention Walmart’s abuses of our environment or natural resources."

MAY 13 2014
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The Independent

Ukraine Confusion

Proxy War Again?
"It may only be a semi-proxy war at the moment, but war nonetheless..."

MAY 04 2014
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The Independent

End of Net Neutrality?

The Good and The Bad
"President Obama placed big-media sweetheart Tom Wheeler at the head of the FCC"

MAY 04 2014
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The Independent

Marijuana and Driving

The New Bogeyman
"Marijuana use alone on the driver is not necessarily related to an increase in driving accidents."

APR 19 2014
AND Magazine
The Independent

First Amendment Area

Good-Bye Liberty
"Well played corporate oligarch, you truly are insidious."

APR 18 2014
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The Independent

Activism = Terrorism?

The War on Animal Compassion
"If a government's policy can lead to horrific, dangerous and absurd outcomes, then it's a bad policy"

APR 09 2014
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The Independent

The Opaque Regime

The Most Secretive Government in U.S. History
"No transparency, no democracy."

APR 05 2014
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The Independent

Citizen's United 2.0

Supreme Court rules in favor of Plutocracy
"Is voting for politicians beholden to transnational big-money special interest going to benefit us?"

MAR 18 2014
AND Magazine
The Independent

Excluding Bernie

Democrats don't want Senator Sanders in the 2016 race
"Sanders, the only Progressive Senator in Congress, has decided he is willing to run for President..."

MAR 17 2014
AND Magazine
The Independent

Welfare is not Socialism

Social Programs have nothing to do with Socialism
"We can factual claim that welfare programs are required in order for capitalism to function..."

FEB 24 2014
AND Magazine
The Independent

Arizona Anti-Gay Law

A Perfect Example of How We Don't Have Democracy
"Discriminating against people, and passing it off as "freedom" is pretty clever..."

FEB 20 2014
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The Independent

Kiev Riots

Democracy could Help
"We could learn something about democracy from those brave citizens in Kiev..."

FEB 16 2014
AND Magazine
The Independent

Deflationary Confusion

Deflation or Disinflation...and why is that bad?
"The only market to experience deflation, that I know of, is the credit markets."

JAN 29 2014
AND Magazine
The Independent

Not Voting...

Means I don't Count?
"That false narrative goes like this, if you don't vote, you don't matter..."

JAN 21 2014
AND Magazine
The Left

Minimum Wage Hike

Be patient they say
"If we look at the last 20 years, the minimum wage has only gone up five times..."

JAN 19 2014
AND Magazine
The Independent

Strong U.S. Economy...

But for Who?
"There has been a serious corporate media push that the economy is doing better..."

JAN 04 2014
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The Independent

Good Morning to You

Realizing Society is a Mess
"Make sure no one ever slumbers while millions suffer through ill undemocratic societal designs."

JAN 04 2014
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The Independent

Equality

You're Probably not a Supporter
"The simple reality is inequality reigns supreme here in America and throughout most of the world..."

DEC 06 2013
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Columns

Vegan Love

Can Bi-Dietary Relationships Work?
"Vegans who date non-vegans, rarely end up in happy long-term relationships together."

NOV 18 2013
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The Independent

John Kiriakou

Imprisoned for Exposing Government Illegalities
"And I know in my heart that history will vindicate me."

OCT 28 2013
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The Independent

Blame it on Snowden

Deflection: Part II
"The government... should make transparent the results of these NSA programs."

OCT 16 2013
AND Magazine
The Independent

Tea Party's Fault?

A Super-Minority is Ruling Congress?
"Why is this small minority of the House being blamed for the shutdown?"

OCT 16 2013
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The Independent

Debt Ceiling Fears

Is Wall Street looking-out for Main Street?
"When was the last time Wall Street was looking out for American interests on Main Street?"

OCT 14 2013
AND Magazine
The Independent

Treasury Securities

Wall Street Forcing Congress to Raise the Debt Ceiling
"Who prospers when there is more debt to earn an interest stream off of?"

OCT 14 2013
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The Independent

The Federal Reserve Bank

Internal Conflicts of Interest Ignored
"The Federal Reserve has an internal oversight system riddled with collusion, coercion, and lies."

OCT 09 2013
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The Independent

You be Yellen

Restrained Markets Rejoice
"Get ready for the creation of yet another bubble driven economy..."

OCT 04 2013
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The Independent

Shutdown Welcomed

Not everyone is against a Federal Government Shutdown
"Is harm sustained all at once any worse than harm sustained throughout a lifetime?"

SEP 26 2013
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The Independent

Barrett Brown

Another Victim of State Secrets
""The Free Flow of Information Act" aims to strip away 1st Amendment rights to non-corporate writers."

SEP 23 2013
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The Independent

Never Against the Rich

The System is Broken, not the People
"Capitalism in a monetized society – therein lies the real villain you progressives seek."

SEP 05 2013
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The Independent

Our Forgotten War

The Syrian Dilemma
"...the rebels appear to be composed of heart eating Muslim fanatics, or the Taliban 2.0."

SEP 02 2013
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The Independent

Entry Level Humans

Surviving on Entry Level Wages
"Unfortunately, there are no entry level humans, just real humans like the rest of us..."

SEP 02 2013
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Food and Drink

You Poor Vegan

Eating Meat is part of your Soul
"...disdain from the general public towards our vegan principles and lifestyles."

AUG 20 2013
AND Magazine
The Independent

Hayden's Snowjob

It's not about Snowden, or any other Whistleblower.
"We the citizens of this nation, are just to blindly believe these threats..."

AUG 19 2013
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The Independent

Tainted Love

Government's Love Affair with Abusive Powers
"Government is using unjustified authority in attempts to silence journalists..."

AUG 14 2013
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The Left

The Good Mayor

Common Sense Solution to Underwater Homes
"Mayor McLaughlin solves a problem our government is unwilling to solve."

AUG 05 2013
AND Magazine
The Independent

End of Summers Blues

Larry Summers for Federal Reserve Chairman
"You don't have to take it from me though, just Google "Larry Summers Revolving Door"."

AUG 03 2013
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The Independent

The Thought Police

NSA, XKeyscore, and Prosecuting Thoughts
"Programs as XKeyscore only hurt our society..."

JUL 29 2013
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The Left

Silencing Private Manning

Convicted of lesser charges that carry a 128-year sentence
"We can thank him for not letting us be unknowing accessories to crimes committed in our names."

JUL 27 2013
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The Independent

Amash Amendment Fails

Effort to Defund NSA Spy Programs Fail
"Without transparency you cannot have knowledge, without knowledge you cannot have an educated voter."

JUL 21 2013
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The Independent

Tsarnaev Photo Bomber

Rolling Stone Magazine vs. Boston Police Department
"Nobody in their right mind thinks Tsarnaev is a hero or an icon, nobody."

JUL 11 2013
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The Independent

Embracing Change

Progression Requires the Unknown
"We have been conditioned to the point where we no longer feel a need to progress..."

JUL 10 2013
AND Magazine
The Independent

Own your Labor

Workers Self-Directed Enterprises
"Keep them barely self-sufficient, at least enough to make it back to work the next day..."

JUN 25 2013
AND Magazine
The Independent

Karen Hudes

World Bank Whistleblower
"At 50, I am running out of time to start turning things around... if not now, when?"

JUN 25 2013
AND Magazine
The Independent

Global Corporate Control

The Biggest Threat to Free Markets
"Transnational corporations are tied together in an extremely entangled web of control."

JUN 14 2013
AND Magazine
The Independent

Whistleblowers

The side-effect of a government operating without consent
"...without such transparency, we are forced into being ruled, not governed."

JUN 10 2013
AND Magazine
The Right

Misrepresentor in Chief

President Obama's Blanket Wiretap Philosophy
"Well you can never have 100% safety..."

JUN 06 2013
AND Magazine
The Independent

Government Overreach

The Verizon Debacle
"140 million Verizon customers here in the US, all of them violated by our government's overreach..."

JUN 01 2013
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Food and Drink

Veganligulous

Can non-meat eaters be Religious?
"Quite a few common religions support such teachings (veganism and vegetarianism)."

MAY 18 2013
AND Magazine
The Independent

Confidence in Government

An impossible plea by Representative Charles Rangel
"When government does not govern with our consent, government is then dictating..."

MAY 15 2013
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The Independent

A Repressed Press

Breaking Public Trust
"If the government is committing a crime and declares it classified, is it beyond reproach..."

MAY 09 2013
AND Magazine
The Independent

Government for the Who?

Goldman Sachs vs. Aaron Swartz
"Goldman Sachs has been fined over $600 million dollars for their illegal behavior from 2003-2012..."

MAY 07 2013
AND Magazine
The Independent

Finding Representation

Brother, can you spare a vote?
"Do you really have representation in Congress?"

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