Notes From a “Shithole” Superpower

Counterpunch, 1/16/2018 Most of Donald Trump’s vicious and moronic statements are best ignored. Some, though, are unavoidable. Where to begin in processing the horror and idiocy of Donald Trump’s comments during a meeting with U.S. congresspersons late last week? Trump ripped immigration to the U.S. from “shithole countries” like El Salvador, Haiti and “Africa.” “Why [...]

By | 2018-01-16T12:15:22+00:00 January 16th, 2018|Articles|

Beyond Climate Denial and Despair

Truthdig, 1/10/2018 The Trump administration’s recent move to permit oil and gas drilling in 90 percent of the federal government’s offshore land presents an opportunity. With vast protected areas of the Arctic, Pacific and Atlantic under threat, now is a good time to challenge some of the myths working against Americans’ willingness and ability to [...]

By | 2018-01-16T12:08:01+00:00 January 16th, 2018|Articles|

Remembering the Officially Deleted Dr. King (Re-posted from 2014)

Counpterpunch, January 17, 2014 Last summer I happened upon a neat find in a used book store. I found an original edition of Martin Luther  King’s posthumously published book The Trumpet of Conscience (New York: Harper & Row, 1968) – a compilation of five lectures King gave over the Canadian Broadcasting System (CBC) during November and December [...]

By | 2018-01-15T10:08:24+00:00 January 15th, 2018|Articles|

Lazy-Minded Liberals and “the Trump Effect”

*This essay (below) was published on Counterpunch on Friday, January 12, 2018.  It was written and submitted before I learned about Donald Trump's sickening racist comments calling Haiti and Africa (home to 48 nations) "shithole countries."  Trump's racist  remarks have led me to  alter and add text (seen in italics) in this essay's next-to-last paragraph. Liberals [...]

By | 2018-01-12T11:50:38+00:00 January 12th, 2018|Articles|

“An Idiot Surrounded by Clowns”: Why Trump (Still) Sits in the White House

Counterpunch, 1/5/2018 Most of the media’s attention on journalist Michael Wolff’s “explosive” new book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House has focused on the disclosure that Trump’s former political strategist Steve Bannon used the words “treasonous” and “unpatriotic” to describe Donald Trump, Jr. and presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner’s infamous June 2016 meeting with [...]

By | 2018-01-05T11:08:24+00:00 January 5th, 2018|Articles|

Against Identitarian and Generational Divide and Rule

Counterpunch, December 29, 2017 The Occupy Wall Street movement that spread across the country six-plus years ago lacked proper organization and strategy, but it deserves credit for having the right enemy – the corporate and financial ruling class.  The same can be said to no small degree about the sadly Democratic Party-captive Bernie Sanders campaign, [...]

By | 2017-12-29T12:01:27+00:00 December 29th, 2017|Articles|

American-Style Totalitarianism in the Age of Trump

Truthdig, 12/22/2017 I rode a Trailways bus from Iowa City to Chicago’s Near West Side Greyhound station two weekends ago. I was traveling to my past and future home city to give a presentation on the state of American politics to the Open University of the Left. For 4½ hours, most of my fellow passengers [...]

By | 2017-12-26T12:02:47+00:00 December 26th, 2017|Articles|

Masha Gessen’s Warning Ignored as Dreams of Trumpeachment Dance in Our Heads

Counterpunch 12/22/2017 In an important commentary in The New York Review of Books last March, the anti-Putin Russian dissident Masha Gessen tried to warn U.S. liberals and progressives against putting their anti-Trump eggs in the Russia basket. Gessen felt that the Russiagate gambit would flop, given a lack of smoking-gun evidence and sufficient public interest, [...]

By | 2017-12-26T11:53:33+00:00 December 26th, 2017|Articles|

What’s Not Happening With Mr. Jones

Counterpunch, 12/15/2017 There’s something happening here, but ya don’t know what it is, do you, Mr. Jones? Roy Moore was removed from his position as Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court in November 2003 by the Alabama Court of the Judiciary for refusing a federal court’s order to remove a marble monument of the [...]

By | 2018-01-02T13:53:00+00:00 December 26th, 2017|Articles|

Magical Thinking Is Stopping Us From Taking to the Streets

Truthdig, December 10, 2017 The arch-plutocratic tax cut Washington politicians are working on this holiday season ought to be a call to arms for the United States’ populace. The nation’s economy is already so savagely unequal that the top 10th of its upper 1 percent owns as much wealth as its bottom 90 percent. Its [...]

By | 2017-12-15T16:36:22+00:00 December 15th, 2017|Articles|
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