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The Military-Industrial-Governmental Complex - Christian Sorensen’s Understanding the War Industry
Eric Walberg: Sorensen compares the war industry to a cancer. Given the current viral pandemic, I think a virus is a better metaphor, and it is not the war industry per se that is the virus, but capitalism. It is capitalism’s logic of expansion, conquest, exploitation that drives the war machine. ... The disease affects different people differently. If you are really big and control lots of resources (US, Germany), you tend to become a bully, stealing from others or enslaving them to give you even more goodies. If you get lazy, you can farm out the work to willing servant-slaves (China, Bangladesh, etc.)... Visit Website ]
May 26, 2020, 4:06pm

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US Uses “Humanitarian Intervention” to Advance Economic and Strategic Interests
Roger D. Harris: A review of Dan Kovalik's book No More War ... Kovalik documents in instructive detail how US intervention is “not about protecting human rights ... [but] about profit, power, and imperial domination.” ... He comments how the US military devastates a country so that US corporations can profit in rebuilding it ... The obscene oxymoron “humanitarian intervention” is used to contravene international law. No More War makes the case that this concept is neither humanitarian nor has a place in international law... “Every time the US ‘saves’ a country, it converts it into either an insane asylum or a cemetery.” ... Visit Website ]
May 14, 2020, 12:26pm

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The Fat Cats and Ronald Reagan: a Prelude to Donald Trump
William Hughes: “The Man Who Sold the World: Ronald Reagan and the Betrayal of Main Street America, (2010).” by William Kleinknecht ... This biography is a scathing, and well deserved, indictment of that “empty suit” Ronald Reagan, and his ultra-grasping political creed, “Reaganism,” which directly led to the “Financial Meltdown of 2008.” The disastrous economic legacy of “hyper capitalism,” that this “free market” zealot sold the country, (1981-89), along with his mean-spirited “gutting of the public sector,” is fully documented... By promoting “self interest and profit,” Reagan caused a “final rout of traditional human values... Visit Website ]
Mar 18, 2020, 3:08pm

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Are Humans Both Destroyers and Lemmings? A Review of Noam Chomsky's Internationalism or Extinction
Kim Petersen: Chomsky identifies three great threats to the continuance of the human race: the nuclear threat; the Anthropocene, i.e., the threat posed by human-caused climate warming; and the hollowing out of democracy. ... And it is not just the extinction of humanity that is threatened but also other species “that we are destroying with abandon.” ... much of the population remains where it was, culturally traditional and pre-modern in many respects. For example, for 40% of the US population, these issues of species survival are of little moment because Christ is returning to Earth... and then all will be settled... Proper approaches to the problem take effort, sensitivity, and understanding... Visit Website ]
Mar 10, 2020, 3:02pm

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The Radical Jesus Confronts the Demonic American Empire
Edward Curtin: A Review of David Ray Griffin’s The Christian Gospel for Americans: A Systematic Theology ... his message is more in keeping with the Biblical prophets who warned the people that their government’s behavior is an abomination in the eyes of God, and if they do not dissent and reject such policies, they will be rejecting the God they say they worship ... Griffin’s book is rooted in the basic fact that “Christian theology is necessarily at once theological and political” since Jesus was a radical rebel leader who opposed the demonic power of the Roman Empire and was executed for that reason... Visit Website ]
Feb 26, 2020, 2:37pm

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West Point Prof Pens Blistering Takedown of U.S. Military Academies
Kelley Beaucar Vlahos: Tim Bakken’s The Cost of Loyalty: Dishonesty, Hubris and Failure in the U.S. Military is set for release tomorrow, and it should land like a grenade. ... “the military’s loyalty to itself and determined separation from society have produced an authoritarian institution that is contributing to the erosion of American democracy” ... “The hubris, arrogance, and self-righteousness of officers have isolated the military from modern thinking and mores. ... Bakken blames the civilian society for enabling the military to become everything the founders didn’t want at the birth of the country. If we do not take control back, he warned, the corruption, the self-destructiveness will only get worse. The wars will never end... Visit Website ]
Feb 21, 2020, 1:56pm

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Homewreckers and Nationwreckers United
Philip A. Faruggio: Homewreckers: How a Gang of Wall Street Kingpins, Hedge Fund Magnates, Crooked Banks, and Vulture Capitalists Suckered Millions Out of Their Homes and Demolished the American Dream ... Aaron Glantz covers the beginnings and the rash aftermath of the 2008 Subprime Housing bubble... Vulture Capitalists, like present Treasury Secretary Steve Mnunchin and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, to name but a few of the scoundrels currently surrounding Mr. Trump, made fortunes on the taxpayers’ dime. ... What Homewreckers also focused on was the newest economic pandemic hitting our nation: The corporate Absentee Landlords ... Steve Schwarzman of the Blackstone Group, and his partner Pete Peterson, bought up foreclosed homes by the tens of thousands and turned them into rental properties. ... Many times the folks who once owned a home were now tenants in the same house, now under the auspices of their landlord... Visit Website ]
Feb 15, 2020, 10:42am

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A New War on the Vote
Reprinted from The Hidden History of the War on Voting: Who Stole Your Vote—And How to Get It Back by Thom Hartmann... While preventing people from voting has a long and sordid history in the United States (and, frankly, around the world), the modern-day Republican Party’s reliance on voter suppression as a primary tool to win elections kicked off in a big way in 1993. ... That was the year when twenty-seven Democrats and one Republican introduced HR2, the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA), sometimes called the Motor Voter Act. ... William Rehnquist, for example, was a forty-year-old Arizona lawyer and Republican activist in 1964 ... helped organize a program titled Operation Eagle Eye in his state to aggressively challenge the vote of every Hispanic and black voter and to dramatically slow down the voting lines in communities of color to discourage people who had to get back to work... Visit Website ]
Feb 12, 2020, 2:54pm

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Our Racist Presidents: New Book Pulls Back the Veil
Kiki Monifa: Prejudential: Black America and the Presidents by Margaret Kimberley - examines all forty-five U.S. Presidents and their attitudes toward black folk, and separates the myths from the truths. ... Twelve Presidents owned slaves, including George Washington and the other founding fathers. The book notes that Washington’s wooden teeth are a myth; they came literally from the mouths of his slaves, whom he moved out of Philadelphia when it was the U.S. capital to prevent their emancipation ... The book notes Harry Truman’s membership in the KKK, and Donald Trump’s known use of the N-word... Visit Website ]
Feb 4, 2020, 2:12pm

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Livestock Ranchers, Miners, Loggers and Oilmen–Welfare Queens All–Have Been Raping and Plundering the American West
Evaggelos Vallianatos: Christopher Ketcham brings his experience and thoughts about the American West together in his first book: This Land: How Cowboys, Capitalism, and Corruption are Ruining the American West (Viking, 2019). ... Ketcham urges you to enter the public lands and find out the truth about them. ... You will find desert and steppe full of oil and gas fields; mines of coal, copper, silver, and gold “stabbed into cliffs and mountains”; loggers clearcutting forests; livestock ranchers overgrazing grasslands and slaughtering wildlife; and the government carving roads for all business, domestic and foreign, to keep exploiting our public lands for private profit... Visit Website ]
Jan 30, 2020, 1:20pm

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Anatomy of a Washington Post Editorial
Bill Willers: Martin Luther King Jr. Day has morphed into an annual reminder of the truth in Vladimir Lenin’s observation that great revolutionaries, while alive, are hounded by the powerful, and later, after they’ve been terminated, are lauded by their oppressors and transformed into harmless icons to placate the masses. ... Among the MLK-related articles to appear recently is a reposting of Edward Curtin’s 2017 review of Willam Pepper’s book The Plot to Kill King. ... King was murdered by elements of the U.S. government, a fact unsurprising for people who read history ... Following the trial (1999 Trial in Memphis, The King Family vs Loyd Jowers et al.) , the Washington Post published an editorial on Sunday, December 12, 1999, “The King Verdict,” that could serve as a classic study of techniques of persuasion for a class on rhetoric... Visit Website ]
Jan 26, 2020, 3:43pm

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Can a New Counterculture Be the Elixir to Late Capitalism?
Keith A. Spencer: Curtis White’s just-released book, “Living in a World That Can’t Be Fixed: Reimagining Counterculture Today,” ... Interview:The idea that the counterculture of the ‘60s failed is the principle ideological conclusion of the corporate media. ... The progressive social issues of the present were to a great degree made possible by that most recent flowering of counterculture. ... Ecological consciousness, the rebirth of “nature,” ... self-sustaining, local, organic farming ... Whole grain, plant-based food ... Feminism ... The ‘60s forwarded a general skepticism of federal and state government because of the fact that those powers seemed only to lie and create victims. ... Co-opting is the primary way in which the dominant culture restrains resistant culture. ... The only crucial thing is that counterculture is a rejection of the reigning social order of corporate destructiveness and de-humanization.... Visit Website ]
Dec 27, 2019, 2:07pm

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Conciliation Requires More than Truth - It Requires Action
Kim Petersen: “You cannot discover lands already inhabited,” is a maxim that permeates the excellent book, Unsettling Truths: The Ongoing Dehumanizing Legacy of the Doctrine of Discovery (InterVarsity Press, 2019), by Mark Charles and Soong-Chan Rah. ... It is a blatantly obvious statement of fact that eludes or has eluded so many people who accept Christopher Columbus as the discoverer of the New World. ... The church and its sinful theological interpretations of Scripture formulated the mindset that permitted racism, ethnic cleansing, genocide, and the arrogance of supremacism that undergird the USA. ... “Conciliation, does not happen without truth telling.” ... And, of course, that truth telling must be backed with meaningful, affirmative action... Visit Website ]
Dec 26, 2019, 11:24am

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The Radical James Baldwin
Laura Tanenbaum: Review of James Baldwin: Living in Fire, by Bill Mullen (Pluto, 2019). ... Despite the FBI’s constant surveillance — and despite feeling torn between political journalism and his novels, plays, and essays — Baldwin managed to write and publish prolifically throughout his life before his death in 1987. ... He was a visible figure who penned best sellers, saw his work adapted to the stage, reported on civil rights, and wrote political journalism ... His anti-imperial views also led him to advocate for Palestinian rights ... “I do not claim that everyone in prison here is innocent, but I do claim that the law, as it operates, is guilty, and that the prisoners, therefore, are all unjustly imprisoned.”... Visit Website ]
Dec 14, 2019, 3:39pm

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How We Win via NVDA (Nonviolent Direct Action) Campaigning
Ted Glick: Long-time peace, justice, democracy and lgbtq activist and trainer George Lakey has written a book, How We Win: A Guide to Nonviolent Direct Action Campaigning, about the strategic centrality to movement-building of the approach of nonviolent direct action campaigning. ... Professional middle-class people, for example, are brought up to defer gratification and internalize rules, take an interest in process, use language fluently, set goals over time and plan to achieve them. . . Conflict is to be avoided or quickly resolved ... Much of working-class people’s behavior is managed by others, so many of us find inner freedom in breaking rules and not delaying gratification. Action for us is more important than language. . . Conflict is more acceptable... Visit Website ]
Dec 2, 2019, 12:10pm


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