The reigning bullies orient their worldviews and careers around doing harm to the vulnerable. They seem to take pleasure in crushing those below them. The inadequacies they perceive in the poor outrage them more than any of the staggering injustices committed by the rich.
Sunday, December 31, 2017
Wednesday, December 27, 2017
The vision that our demagogue president, his corrupt government and business partners, and their ideologue defenders in the media represent is one where human value is wholly defined by wealth. With the rise of neoliberalism, the ideology that centers around glorifying the rich, a figure as brazenly arrogant and class-entitled as Trump was given an ideal political environment.
Sunday, December 24, 2017
The pain and rage that’s been building over the past several decades could soon result in an overturning of our corrupt, despotic political system. Demagogues like Donald Trump have diverted the people’s outrage into hatred and authoritarianism, as happens in every period of extreme inequality. But with the Trump administration’s continuing the forty-year assault against the working class, the masses are realizing they have no other option than to revolt.
Wednesday, December 20, 2017
The American political establishment has used Russia as the scapegoat for its failures, and the target in its project to create a demonized object of military aggression. In August the Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity-the same group that’s helped destroy the Iraq WMD claims-published a report which unequivocally refuted the claim that Russia hacked the DNC. That version of history, already not supported by any hard evidence, was revealed by VIPS to not have been possible given the hacking capacity of the Internet in early July 2016.
Sunday, December 17, 2017
The FCC’s decision on December 14th to revoke the net neutrality rules creates a new era of corporate control over information. Unless our enfeebled democratic institutions intervene, Internet service providers will be able to block or throttle disfavored websites by the end of January 2018. This will destroy open discourse.
Thursday, December 14, 2017
The decline of the American empire parallels how much deeper it descends into brutality and self-destructive fantasies. This week in Pensacola, Florida, a Republican senator had a crowd cheer at the suggestion that President Trump will bring about Armageddon. Amid the inflamed violence in Israel from Trump’s “acknowledging” Jerusalem as the capital, he said the rapture is now imminent “because President Trump declared Jerusalem to be capital of Israel.”
Monday, December 11, 2017
With the destruction of the middle class and the revolt against our failed liberal institutions and leaders, demagogues have filled the crevices of political decay. After decades of growth in white supremacist and far-right militia groups, racism and wild conspiracy thinking online, and sadistic and bigoted political rhetoric, America has conjured its mass hallucinations into a force that’s now tearing the world apart.
Friday, December 8, 2017
Since I predicted in May that the American people won’t let the government invade Syria, the collapsing and erratic U.S. empire has only moved its demented rage onto new targets. The conflict with Syria and Russia has for now been de-escalated, but the Trump administration, aided by a wildly aggressive neoconservative establishment, is working toward war against Iran and North Korea.
Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Hawaii is now testing its siren systems to prepare for a nuclear attack from North Korea. They don’t have to do this because of an inexplicable urge by Kim Jong Un to destroy his own country by pointlessly starting a nuclear war. The North Koreans agreed to a no use-first policy on their nuclear weapons last year, and Kim Jong Un has repeatedly stated he won’t strike the U.S. unless the U.S. strikes first. The sirens are going off because the U.S. government, the only real provocateur in the tensions with North Korea, knows that threatening nuclear war is the easiest way to end democracy.