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The Fallacy of Calling McCain or Anyone Else a War Hero

August 29, 2018           |                                       

Obit scribblers are calling John McCain a war “hero.” Well, I have to concede that unlike so many warmongering chickenhawks such as Karl Rove, Paul Wolfowitz, Robert Kagan and most other neocons, McCain did actually serve in the military. But the same could be said for nearly all top Nazis including Hitler and Goering; they […]

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Hannah Arendt in 1944. Portrait by photographer Fred Stein (1909-1967) who emigrated 1933 from Nazi Germany to France and finally to the USA. Fred Stein/Press Association. All rights reserved. In 1933, Hannah Arendt, a 27-year-old German Jew, was held by Nazi interrogators. Mysteriously, she was among the few who were released. She left Germany illegally […]

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I live in one of the remaining, unfashionable nooks of Portland, OR, but a stone’s throw (I’ve considered it) from one of the east side’s posher neighborhoods. There, ‘neath the Dogwoods and Japanese Pears, ‘In our America…’ signs nestle -incoherently- withhome security warnings, and placards urging the city to rank it an historic district. Not […]

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So effectively has the Beltway establishment captured the concept of national security that, for most of us, it automatically conjures up images of terrorist groups, cyber warriors, or “rogue states.” To ward off such foes, the United States maintains a historically unprecedented constellation of military bases abroad and, since 9/11, has waged wars in Afghanistan, […]

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National Insecurity in the United States of Inequality

July 16, 2018           |                                       

Global Temperature Projections Could Double as the World Burns Corporations and Mainstream Media Trumpet the “Horrors” of Higher Wages The Limits of Green Energy Under Capitalism Progressive Kevin de León Receives Endorsement From California Democrats Inside the Koch Family’s 60-Year Anti-Union Campaign That Gave Us “Janus” Why Are Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin Holding This […]

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So effectively has the Beltway establishment captured the concept of national security that, for most of us, it automatically conjures up images of terrorist groups, cyber warriors, or “rogue states.” To ward off such foes, the United States maintains a historically unprecedented constellation of military bases abroad and, since 9/11, has waged wars in Afghanistan, […]

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So effectively has the Beltway establishment captured the concept of national security that, for most of us, it automatically conjures up images of terrorist groups, cyber warriors, or “rogue states.” To ward off such foes, the United States maintains a historically unprecedented constellation of military bases abroad and, since 9/11, has waged wars in Afghanistan, […]

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The Obama years in many ways masked the disintegration of the Democratic party, denuded of its core strengths and resources over recent decades by right-wing obstructionism, neoliberal up-sucking, party disorganization, and delusion on a grand scale. The destruction of ACORN in 2010 should have been both a warning to and rallying cry for the Democrats, […]

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Busting the myths about the criminal bar. Image: 2014 walk-outs by criminal barristers over legal aid cuts – action has now escalated. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Images, all rights reserved. Since 1 April, criminal barristers in England and Wales have been refusing to go to court. What has incensed our learned friends so much as to […]

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