AlterNet's Most Widely Read Stories of 2011


It was an eventful year, from the Arab Spring to the growth of the Occupy Movement. Regimes fell, Osama Bin Laden was killed and the fabric of the European Union appeared to fray. 

Throughout it all, AlterNet brought its readers the progressive news and analysis they've come to expect. 

Here are your favorite stories from 2011, as measured by the number of readers who clicked on them.

10.Ten Historical 'Facts' Only a Right-Winger Could Believe 

By Roy Edroso

Facts, including historical ones, are 'biased' against the right's worldview.

9. Five Reasons Progressives Should Treat Ron Paul with Extreme Caution -- 'Cuddly' Libertarian Has Some Very Dark Politics 

By Adele M. Stan

He's anti-woman, anti-gay, anti-black, anti-senior-citizen, anti-equality and anti-education, and that's just the start. 

8. Anthony Weiner's Uncensored Penis Picture Plus 10 Other Images That Are Even More Obscene (Warning: Graphic) 

By Joshua Holland

Weiner's junk isn't the only perverse image rocketing around the Internet -- here are 10 other shocking pics. 

7. 10 Myths Many Religious People Hold About Atheists, Debunked 

By Amanda Marcotte

Atheists are moral, loving and multicultural, and you might even find them in foxholes.

6. 15-Year-Old Girl Faces Life in Prison for a Miscarriage? Why Conservatives Are Criminalizing Pregnant Women 

By Ed Pilkington

The creeping criminalization of pregnant women is a new front in the culture wars over abortion.

5. The Shocking, Graphic Data That Shows Exactly What Motivates the Occupy Movement 

Les Leopold

The corporate media may obsess about what Occupy Wall Street is all about, but these images should make it clear.

4. Five Facts You Should Know About the Wealthiest One Percent of Americans 

By Zaid Jilani

It may shock you to learn exactly how wealthy this top 1 percent of Americans is.

3. Vision: Across the Country, People Are Rising Up to Fight for Change 

By Rose Aguilar

Howard Zinn: "Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can quietly become a power no government can suppress, a power than can transform the world."

2. Five WikiLeaks Hits of 2011 That Are Turning the World on Its Head -- And That the Media Are Ignoring 

By Rania Khalek

Is 2011 capable of exceeding 2010's revelations? And what discoveries in 2011 has WikiLeaks unearthed thus far?

1. Eight Reasons Young Americans Don't Fight Back: How the US Crushed Youth Resistance 

By Bruce E. Levine

The ruling elite has created social institutions that have subdued young Americans and broken their spirit of resistance.

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