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Gore Vidal Destroying the Lies of the American Empire
August 16th, 2017, 10:01 AM

Among the Racists
August 16th, 2017, 10:01 AM
I have walked among them since I first learned to walk.  They surrounded me in blue-collar Utica, New York--an early capitol of Rust Belt America, back in the 1950s, where “nigger” was an all-purpose, white-on-white epithet on the Little League diamonds and basketball courts—though I never saw a black person in the flesh until I was eleven years old.  I still remember how astonished I was by the sight of him: somehow a “Negro” kid, roughly my age, had strayed into our Italian/Irish/Polish neighborhood, and he was sprinting desperately to escape before he got caught and stomped.  I was riding down Genessee Street with my friend Clark Battie in his dad’s pick-up truck. Old man Battie slowed down as we passed the terrified, wide-eyed kid and laughed quietly. “Look at that, Johnny.  The things ya see when ya don’t have your gun, huh?”  More
Charlottesville: Outrage, Hypocrisy & Obama’s Betrayal
August 16th, 2017, 10:01 AM
Strident declamations against fascism in Charlottesville from those who supported fascists in Kiev, calls for action to be taken against extremists in America by those who’ve been supporting them in Syria. What is this if not rank hypocrisy? It is simply untrue to claim that the United States has a problem with white supremacy. It is untrue because the United States is synonymous with white supremacy. This is, after all, a country that was founded and established by white supremacists, whose constitution was written by white supremacists, and in which white supremacy is wedded into the cultural and social fabric, not forgetting its very institutions. More
Putting an End to the Rent Economy
August 16th, 2017, 10:01 AM
In 2004 the FBI said that the American economy was suffering the worst wave of bank fraud in history. Yet there was no prosecution. Essentially in the United States today, financial fraud is de-criminalized. No banker has been sent to jail, despite banks paying hundreds of billions of dollars of fines for financial fraud. These fines are a small portion of what they took illegally. Such paymets are merely a cost of doing business. The English language was expanded to recognize junk loans. Before the financial crash the popular press was using the word “junk mortgages” and “Ninjas”: “No Income, No Jobs, no Assets”. So everybody knew that there was fraud, and the bankers knew they would not go to jail, because Wall Street had become the main campaign contributer to the leading politicians, especially in the Democratic party. The Obama Administration came in basically as representatives of the bank fraudsters. And the fraud continues today. The crooks have taken over the banking system. It is hard for Europeans to realize that that this really has happened in America. The banks have turned into gangsters, which is why already in the 1930s President Roosevelt coined the word “banksters”. More
The 16 Year War in Afghanistan: Headlines Tell the Story
August 16th, 2017, 10:01 AM
Since 2001 the US has been at War in Afghanistan – the longest war in US history. Headlines concisely tell the story of this cruel boomeranging quagmire of human violence and misery. Below are some newspaper headlines from 2010 to the present to show that a militarized foreign policy without Congress’s constitutional duties and steadfast public engagement will drift More
Our Fight Against Fascism 
August 16th, 2017, 10:01 AM
When editor-in-chief of the Atlantic Jeffrey Goldberg asserted that “the struggle in Charlottesville is a struggle within our own civilization, within Trump’s own civilization,” and that in the wake of such events “an American president should speak up directly on behalf of the American creed, on behalf of Americans who reject tribalism and seek pluralism, More
Trump and Charlottesville
August 16th, 2017, 10:01 AM
There was a time in the United States when a violent gathering of neo-Nazis and their cohorts would have been condemned from the highest offices in the land. The Ku Klux Klan, white supremacists and others of their ilk would hardly dare to march publically, and if they did, every politician in government would weigh More
If You Fire a Fascist, You’re a Fascist
August 16th, 2017, 10:01 AM
No one should get fired for his political beliefs. Not even a Nazi. I am disturbed by the news that some of the white nationalists who attended the violent “Unite the Right” hatefest in Charlottesville last weekend are being outted on social media. Attendees have been on the receiving end of threats and doxxing. It More
Does Game of Thrones Contain a Stark Warning About Climate Change?
August 16th, 2017, 10:01 AM
Many people who care about climate change often complain that although the issue may get discussed in the inside pages of serious news publications it rarely cuts through to popular culture. For something as momentous as humans threatening the habitability of the only planet suitable for human habitation, climate change hasn’t really had the airtime More
The Global Controversiality of Surrogacy
August 16th, 2017, 10:01 AM
As an inhabitant of this planet, you realize very early in life that there are certain things around you that are utterly profane. Things like rape, murder, corruption, and the like are rightfully-hated acts, which should certainly be outlawed and eliminated in a developed society, but pregnancy by surrogacy is certainly not one of them. More
After Charlottesville
August 16th, 2017, 10:01 AM
Racism, exposed once more in the terror visited on Charlottesville, Va., still scars America. Hundreds of neo-Nazis, white supremacists, klansmen and other fervid racists gathered — some armed with assault rifles, wearing camouflage. They marched with lit torches, yelling Nazi slogans, looking for trouble. They provoked the violence, terrorized a city, and took the life More
The Racism at Charlottesville is a Symptom of a Nation Built on White Supremacy
August 16th, 2017, 10:01 AM
The racism and white supremacy that were on full display at the Charlottesville white supremacist rally is symptomatic of a United States culture that has whitewashed its history, ignored it’s rampant human rights abuses and stowed away the darkest corners of its past to formulate a distorted view of American exceptionalism predicated on white supremacy. America was More
Israel’s 6th War on Lebanon: What Price Will Hezbollah Pay?
August 16th, 2017, 10:01 AM
The price Hezbollah will pay during Israel’s coming 6th war on Lebanon will likely be less militarily consequential long term, than the near certain acceleration of the Party of God’s loss of its “Resistance” brand. The latter already being eschewed by much of its Shia base for economic, social and political reasons. Hezbollah will quite More
The Tragedy of the Missing C: The (Colonial) Fiscal Control Board in Puerto Rico
August 16th, 2017, 10:01 AM
There have been quite a few names for it, pseudonyms protecting its top secret identity, barely revealing, if not completely concealing, the truth behind its seemingly impenetrable Armani fortress. Financial Oversight and Management Board, a deceptive title feeding the gullible fantasies of hands-off supervision and horizontal guidance. La Junta de Cobro, or The Collection Board, More
Baltimore Turns Back the Clock on Criminal Justice Reform
August 15th, 2017, 10:01 AM

Fascism Here We Come: the Rise of the Reactionary Right and the Collapse of “The Left”
August 15th, 2017, 10:01 AM
The white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia over this last weekend is an important moment in American politics, symbolizing the ascendance of the reactionary right and showcasing the dangers of its toxic assault on democracy, equality, and the rule of law.  News outlets on early Sunday reported that one person was killed on August 12th after a car accelerated into a crowd of counter-protestors, while dozens more were injured.  That intimidation, terror, and murder are tools of the reactionary right in their war on people of color and non-Christians is nothing new in history.  Still, the most recent wave of right-wing hate is instructive, offering numerous lessons regarding the state of American politics. More
Despite Media’s Claims, North Korea Can’t Strike Continental US
August 15th, 2017, 10:01 AM
Last month, North Korea conducted two missile tests that were designed to demonstrate that the isolated country had achieved a major advancement in its missile technology. North Korea’s missile tests on July 3 and July 28 were immediately declared by the mainstream press to be successful tests of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), which puts part or all of the US in range of a strike. Hawkish “experts” immediately sprung into action and stated the missile tests undeniably proved the North can now strike the United States.   More
Holocausts R Us
August 15th, 2017, 10:01 AM
Late last century, I spent a few years teaching what is quaintly called 'Social Studies' at a small private high school in Southern California. High school subject matter is ordained by the State and is organized by grade: thus tenth grade is World History and eleventh is American History. Being of a progressive frame of mind and teaching at a nominally progressive school, I chose as my principal texts Clive Ponting's A Green History of the World, 1991, and Howard Zinn's A People's History of The United States, Revised Edition, 1995, for the successive classes; these texts, at the time, represented an almost unprecedented dose of radicalism for the young minds under my charge. More
Religion: a Source of Solidarity or Division?
August 15th, 2017, 10:01 AM
Religion is commonly seen as a positive force, and it is for countless people.  As a hospital chaplain, I witnessed many people whose faith provided comfort, strength and connectedness in the face of illness, injury and death.  Religious belief is certainly a source of empowerment and community for all kinds of people. But much of More
Racism and Capitalism: the Barriers to Decent Health Care
August 15th, 2017, 10:01 AM
Most discussions assessing the effects of racism on health attempt to suggest solutions, ranging from combatting provider bias, to changing the insurance system, to reducing income inequality. However, we should start by asking a fundamental question: Is it possible to erase the inequalities and deficiencies in health and health care in our capitalist system?  Is More
Social Justice Quiz 2017: Children – Ten Questions
August 15th, 2017, 10:01 AM
Question One.  The U.S. Census Bureau reports that 14.8 percent or 46 million people are living in poverty in the US.  How many of those people living in poverty are children?  1/ 4 million 2/ 8 million 3/ 12 million 4/ 14 million Question Two.  What percentage of children live in a poor family in More
Top 10 Misconceptions About Charlottesville
August 15th, 2017, 10:01 AM
1. Let’s start with the obvious. Charlottesville, Virginia, and Charlotte, North Carolina, are actually two completely different places in the world. The flood of concern and good wishes for those of us here in Charlottesville is wonderful and much appreciated. That people can watch TV news about Charlottesville, remember that I live in Charlottesville, and More
‘Bernie Bros’ and ‘Alt-Left’ Are Propaganda Terms Meant to Disempower
August 15th, 2017, 10:01 AM
The 2016 Presidential Primaries ended more than a year ago, but the divisive and destructive rhetoric that was developed during it remains prevalent. During the battle between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, the Bernie Bros narrative, a resurfacing of the Obama Boys narrative used during the 2008 Primaries by Clinton supporters, became a novelty for political opponents of Bernie Sanders. It served as More
A Dangerous Nuclear Ignorance 
August 15th, 2017, 10:01 AM
Michael Shermer’s recent piece in Scientific American recalls the “necessity” of using atomic weapons against Japan and makes comparison to the current US-North Korea conflict. Rather than actually examine the roots of this conflict and the moral issues surrounding nuclear issues today, Shermer reduces Korea to four sentences and spends the remainder of the article More
India Celebrates Democracy, Kashmir Cries Hypocrisy
August 15th, 2017, 10:01 AM
India wants to reap the benefits of Islamophobia from which the world is suffering…. the Indian government has to reconcile its own people to body bags coming from Kashmir…. If the Indian people were told the truth that Kashmiris don’t want to be with India, and the struggle here is sustained by them primarily…. the More
Fire and Fury: Six Places the US Could Invade That Aren’t North Korea
August 15th, 2017, 10:01 AM
Historians rarely like to predict the future. Nobody likes to be proven wrong, and saying I told you so is often cold comfort. But with mainstream media outlets in hysterics over the imminent threat of war in the Western Pacific, a little perspective would not go astray right now. The US is not about to invade North Korea. More
Dispelling Nostalgic Nationalist Myths
August 15th, 2017, 10:01 AM
Historically, the Partition of 1947 fragmented the writing community by redistributing its members into two separate territorial nations. One of the significant consequences of the Partition was the migration of Urdu writers of Muslim origin to Pakistan. So the chime of Independence was, as Aijaz Ahmad observes, “experienced the whole range of Urdu literature of More
White Skin Privilege
August 14th, 2017, 10:01 AM
White privilege is a thing. It's just not the same thing the corporate Democrats use to boss us around with. The concept of white privilege was not invented by some liberal university professors.  In fact, the concept of white privilege was created by a white man: a radical activist and historian who barely attended college. More
Trump Versus the Venezuelan Revolution
August 14th, 2017, 10:01 AM
Trump’s threats against Venezuela escalated recently from the economic to the military: after announcing sanctions he threatened that all military options were “on the table.” Trump’s actions were perfectly timed to lend support to the U.S.-backed opposition in Venezuela, whose ongoing violent rebellion aims to topple the government of democratically elected President Nicolas Maduro. The apex of violence was focused on stopping the recent elections to the National Constituent Assembly (ANC), convened by President Maduro to rewrite Venezuela's constitution with the goal of resolving the current social-economic crisis. More
Gone Are the Ties That Bind: We All Live in a Cut-and-Paste World
August 14th, 2017, 10:01 AM
Business is the main driver of social change in the current period, and flexibility and agility are today’s catchwords, taking precedence over continuity. The marketplace puts a premium on short term relations in business since they favor the bottom line.  Innovations in management pioneered by large companies since the end of the Second World War, underwritten by advances in information, communication, and transportation technologies, have stimulated far reaching social changes. From the factory floor and office to the board room, switching – of employees, suppliers, partners, and all other business relations - has become standard operating procedure. This development serves as a model in all aspects of life, as we switch regularly between friends, spouses, partners, communities, organizations, and national allegiances. There has always been switching, but never before has it been so pervasive, regular and dominant. More
Fascists Fall for Trump, Their Nazi Dream Date
August 14th, 2017, 10:01 AM
The Metroplex was a beautiful abandoned building turned into a thriving punk rock club and the de facto Island of Misfit Toys in the 1980s. I saw shows there by the Dead Kennedys, the Circle Jerks and a million others (including, oddly, Mick Taylor of the Rolling Stones). I did my first interview with a More
Bluefin Tuna at the Brink
August 14th, 2017, 10:01 AM
Bluefin tuna at 3%, that’s it! Pacific bluefin tuna has unique worldwide status as one of the most awe-inspiring remarkable creatures on the planet. They grow to 12 feet and 1,500 pounds and live up to 35 years whilst swimming super-fast, crossing the entire ocean in 21 days. They are the essence of nature’s wonderful More
Education and Ideology
August 14th, 2017, 10:01 AM
Education is one of those words that has a positive connotation for almost everyone – usually generating a warm and fuzzy feeling that suggests a richer and brighter future. But that is just an idealization of the concept. As I have stated before, as far as the state is concerned, education has two major purposes: to More
Anyone But Bibi: the Corruption of Netanyahu
August 14th, 2017, 10:01 AM
The vultures are circling. They can see the wounded man on the ground, and are waiting for his end. So are the human carnivores – the politicians. They sing his praises, swear to defend him with all their heart – but in their heads they are already calculating who might be his successor. Each of More
Why Israel and Saudi Arabia are United Against Al Jazeera
August 14th, 2017, 10:01 AM
When Qatar’s Al Jazeera satellite channel has both the Saudis and the Israelis demanding its closure, it must be doing something right. To bring Saudi head-choppers and Israeli occupiers into alliance is, after all, something of an achievement. But don’t get too romantic about this. When the wealthiest Saudis fall ill, they have been known More
Bakke, Fisher, Sessions, and the Future of Affirmative Action
August 14th, 2017, 10:01 AM
To fully understand the actions of the Trump administration vis-a-vis affirmative action in college admissions, two legal cases need to be considered. In 1978, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the University of California v. Bakke that while affirmative action was legal as a way to address racial segregation in higher education, a quota that set aside More
Three Steps to Restore Our Democracy
August 14th, 2017, 10:01 AM
In a democracy, the people rule through representative government.  Yet in our last federal election 40% of eligible U.S. voters chose not to cast their ballots.   Such opting out by citizens should come as no surprise given the systemic flaws that breed skepticism and distrust. Do we have a democracy in America when corporations, billionaires, More
Venezuela Agonisties
August 14th, 2017, 10:01 AM
It is truly heartbreaking to  watch what is occurring in Venezuela. After the calamity has swept through, the history of events will be explained by a narrative that mostly will be wrong. All kinds of things will be blamed: socialism, communism, capitalism, Chavezism, and a host of other misdiagnoses. The combination of actual causes will More
The Practical Libertarian’s Case for Single Payer Healthcare
August 14th, 2017, 10:01 AM
This year, there have been serious discussions about healthcare policy in America. The Republicans’ attempt to repeal Obamacare generated much backlash. The images of disability activists protesting in Congress circulated the world. For many foreigners, it’s a surprise that the richest country in the world doesn’t have any form of universal healthcare. In fact, many More
Whether India or Elsewhere, to Give up Is to Give In: To Give in Would Be to Let Them Win
August 14th, 2017, 10:01 AM
It would be easy to say, “fuck India.” It is easy to say, “fuck India.” Fuck the whole squalid scene of humanity crawling through its own sludge. From Theni, across the southern belt with its searing heat, with its endless advertisements for cement across to Madurai and beyond. Yes, the multi-billion-rupee cement industry hellbent on More
The Obvious Frame-up of Zach Randolph
August 14th, 2017, 10:01 AM
NBA star Zach Randolph, 36, was arrested in Watts August 9  “on suspicion of possessing marijuana with intent to sell, according to Los Angeles Police Department Officer Norma Eisenman.” So said the NY Times account of the arrest. The charges are preposterous on their face. Zach Randolph, who just signed a $24 million contract with the Sacramento More
Global Empire: The Pyongyang File with Tariq Ali
August 12th, 2017, 10:01 AM

The Clintons, Trump and White Backlash
August 11th, 2017, 10:01 AM
In the mid-1980s Klan leader, White nationalist and one-term Representative from Louisiana David Duke traded in his KKK garb for a business suit and a corporate haircut in order to merge his version of White nationalism with then resurgent capitalism. Neoliberalism links a malleable conception of freedom as what those with social power want to circular social apologetics. And the capitalist / Thatcherite assertion that the individual is the fundamental social unit revivifies White nationalism by erasing history. More
Name the System: Some Semi-Random Summer Reflections
August 11th, 2017, 10:01 AM
Every once and awhile a moment of political insight breaks out on the “P”BS NewsHour – a de facto outpost of Wall Street’s think-tank the Council on Foreign Relations.   One such instant occurred two nights with the following dialogue between Weekend “NewsHour” host Hari Sreenivasan and the show’s special correspondent Jeff Greenfield. More
The Terrorism of Moral Indignation
August 11th, 2017, 10:01 AM
To be sure, the whole of Western culture is complicit, but what astounds is the complicity of what defines itself as left.  Notably, the complicity of those among the left’s comfortable and intellectual “tendencies,” usually called “liberals.”  But in general, a whole language has vanished from the Western left’s vocabulary: class struggle, international solidarity, peace among peoples, social justice, exploitation, poverty. They are so illiterate in left theory and experience that the call the ruling class’s booth on their faces, “the deep state.”  This today in the West is an amalgam (rather than a conscious political program) of a loose and dangerous left.  It dreams, if it dreams at all, of a revolution without struggle. The answer to that pietism is force.  Whole nations wiped off the face of the earth.   More
The Tempest of American Power
August 11th, 2017, 10:01 AM
In Shakespeare’s late masterpiece, The Tempest, Antonio proposes murdering Alonso, the King of Naples, and seizing the throne. He remarks that he and his co-conspirator, Alonso’s son Sebastian, had been, …cast again (And by that destiny) to perform an act Wherof what’s past is prologue; what’s to come, In yours and my discharge. (The Tempest More
Capitalism and Its Discontents: What Are We Living For?
August 11th, 2017, 10:01 AM
“Whoever is not prepared to talk about capitalism should also remain silent about fascism?” -Max Horkheimer, from the essay “The Jews and Europe”, December 1939 Aren’t we all tired of capitalism? Haven’t most of us gotten sick of the drudgery, the monotony, the exploitation, sucking up to our bosses and management who pretend to care More