The Burning Earth Bears Witness in California

Counterpunch, December 8, 2017 Watching the first ten minutes of the “Public” (Petroleum and/or Pentagon?) Broadcasting System (“P”BS)’s NewsHour two nights ago, I was overcome by a sense of the surreal. The first news item was the Insane Clown President’s (ICP) idiotic (if base-pleasing) announcement that the U.S. embassy in Israel will at some point [...]

By | 2017-12-15T16:23:19+00:00 December 15th, 2017|Articles|

Dasvidaniya, Donna Brazile, the Dismal Dollar Democrat

Counterpunch, December 1, 2017 You can’t tell a book by its advance press. Take Donna Brazile’s new 2016 campaign memoir Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns That Put Donald Trump in the White House (released three weeks ago). To say that Brazile brings an insiders’ view to the 2016 election is an [...]

By | 2017-12-15T10:01:07+00:00 December 15th, 2017|Articles|

U.S. Elections: A Poor Substitute for Democracy

Truthdig, November 30, 2017 The passivity of the American populace in the face of the endlessly outrageous presidency of Donald Trump is chilling to behold. There were some meaningful outbursts of mass anger over and against his patently discriminatory travel ban and against early Trump-led Republican efforts to throw millions of Americans off health insurance. [...]

By | 2017-12-02T10:08:03+00:00 December 2nd, 2017|Articles|

Thank an Anti-War Veteran

Counterpunch, November 17, 2017 Big Brother in the Aisles of HyVee Repeat a lie often enough, the conventional Nazi propaganda wisdom ran, and it will become an accepted truth. This last Veterans Day weekend, I couldn’t watch a sporting event, listen to a car radio, or even go shopping at the local grocery store without [...]

By | 2017-12-02T09:56:03+00:00 December 2nd, 2017|Articles|

A Book Review of Benjamin Page and Martin Gilens, Democracy in America? What Has Gone Wrong and What We Can Do About It

New York Journal of Books, November 2017 Benjamin Page and Martin Gilens, Democracy in America? What Has Gone Wrong and What We Can Do About It (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, November 2017). Americans are regularly told that they live in a great majoritarian democracy. The reality of American political life is very different. As [...]

By | 2017-11-29T16:59:25+00:00 November 29th, 2017|Articles|

A Book Review of Alfred W. McCoy, In The Shadows of the American Century

New York Journal of Books, November 2017 In the Shadows of the American Century: The Rise and Decline of US Global Power (Chicago: Haymarket, 2017). This is a remarkable and dazzlingly original account of the rise and potential near-term fall of the American Empire. A veteran and distinguished American foreign policy historian, Alfred McCoy opens [...]

By | 2017-11-29T16:37:52+00:00 November 29th, 2017|Articles|

An Insubordinate President

Truthdig, November 14, 2017 “Insubordinate elites,” as the distinguished American foreign policy historian Alfred W. McCoy calls them, have long been a problem for the United States empire. They privilege their own personal interests and/or concept of serving their own nations above fealty to the United States, its allies and the Western-based multinational corporate and [...]

By | 2017-11-17T19:02:02+00:00 November 17th, 2017|Articles|

Giving the Game Away

Counterpunch, November 10, 2017 It doesn’t take much, just a sentence or a turn-of-phrase, sometimes even just a word or two, to give the game away. “Homeland Defense” Take these words that became ubiquitous among U.S. media and political elites referring to the United States of America in the wake of 9/11: “the homeland,” “defense [...]

By | 2017-11-17T15:01:41+00:00 November 17th, 2017|Articles|

Presidentially Obsessed: Trump on the Brain

Counterpunch, November 3, 2017 I’m almost tempted to feel sorry for the campus-town Democrats I know, some of whom still have Obama bumper stickers on the back of their Volvo and Priuses.  Every day brings a new horrible outrage from the noxious orange-tinted beast who drags his knuckles though the White House, sending liberals into [...]

By | 2017-11-17T14:44:44+00:00 November 17th, 2017|Articles|

What Would the Black Panthers Think of Black Lives Matter?

Truthdig, October 29, 2017 The black revolution is much more than a struggle for the rights of Negroes. It is forcing America to face all its interrelated flaws—racism, poverty, militarism, and materialism. It is exposing evils that are rooted deeply in the whole structure of our society. It reveals systemic rather than superficial flaws and [...]

By | 2017-11-17T14:32:41+00:00 November 17th, 2017|Articles|
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