Friday, August 17, 2018

 

Demonizing Media

Calling journalists the "enemy of the people" is tantamount to terrorism. Anyone who defends the president's threat to a free press is either a fascist or a fool.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

 

Erosion of Standards

Anomie:

Lack of moral standards in a society.
Social instability caused by erosion of standards, values and ideals.
Alienation and purposelessness experienced as a result of a lack of social standards.

Saturday, August 04, 2018

 

Sessions Superfund

While the convictions in the bribery trial from Alabama show how U.S. Attorney General Sessions operated as U.S. Senator in perverting the cause of justice, his actions in his present role as head of the U.S. Department of Justice tell who he trusts to continue corrupting the federal government.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

 

Science of Coercion

The science of coercion is based on fear. Make a credible threat to the powerless, and compliance will likely follow. That’s what happened to deported parents under Zero Tolerance aimed at immigrants.
Lied to and threatened by ICE agents, it’s not hard to see how these parents lost their 431 children at the border. Having fled violence in their home countries — much of it caused by US policy and acts — seeking asylum is often their last chance to safely raise their kids. Now, that chance has been denied.

Saturday, July 28, 2018

 

Trade Wars

I still remember the monotonous monologues of US presidential candidate Trump in the summer of 2016. His mindless derision of China, for some unknown reason, played particularly well with his White Nationalist base of moronic supporters.

Now, halfway through his first term, Trump's trade-wars with Canada, Mexico, Europe and China threaten to plunge the United States further into recession. Combined with the tax cuts to the wealthy, the American economy could resemble that of Moldova.

As noted in this article, tariffs and sanctions are going to hurt everyone. As U.S. Senator Corker (Republican from Tennessee) said, "You have a terrible policy that sends farmers to the poorhouse, and then you put them on welfare...It's hard to believe that there isn't an outright revolt right now in Congress."

As the world's second largest economy, attacking China isn't like bullying Honduras.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

 

A Fascist Judiciary

As chronicled in a recent article on the National Lawyers Guild blog, the half-century takeover of the federal judiciary by organizations like the US Chamber of Commerce — with support from fascist foundations like Koch — has presented a golden opportunity for the present US president to establish a fascist judiciary that will last decades. As Trump makes what is expected to be nearly 300 appointments to the federal bench during his first term, corporations can ruthlessly rule all aspects of American life with impunity.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

 

State Violence and Capitalist Media

In Not a Twitter RevolutionAnti-neoliberal and Antiracist Resistance in the Ferguson Movement, Cristina Mislan and Amalia Dache-Gerbino examine how community activists overcame mainstream media’s criminalization of protestors and social media dominance to present a nuanced story about police brutality as “a product of an institutionally racist economic state system.” As the authors note,
By placing social media in context with interviews, this study challenges previous scholarly works that celebrate social media as pillars of social movements. We reposition St. Louis activists (not Twitter discourse) as the central voices of the movement and argue that “leadership and organizing cannot be simply tweeted into existence.”

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