Thursday, July 20, 2017

 

Strategic Manipulation

As noted at INSURGE INTELLIGENCE, a report published in June by the U.S. Army War College’s Strategic Studies Institute calls for the U.S. government to invest in more surveillance, better propaganda through “strategic manipulation” of public opinion, and a “wider and more flexible” U.S. military.

 

Ideology and Interests

The Atlantic examines the growing rift between Reagan Republicans and GOP core constituencies of older, white, blue-collar rural inhabitants dependent on Medicare, and the working poor reliant on Medicaid.

Monday, July 17, 2017

 

High Crime

In an investigative podcast about military atrocities against Third and Fourth World peoples in the way of mega-plantations, ProPublica reports on the criminal conduct of the World Bank. Focused on palm oil plantations in Honduras, where in 2009 President Obama supported the military coup enabling ‘sweatshop state’ development, the investigation is the latest revelation about the New Economy lauded by the UN in conjunction with uber-capitalists like Bill Gates.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

 

The Protestant Media Complex




In Residual and Resurgent Protestantism in the American Media (and Political) Imaginary, Stewart M. Hoover examines the evolving moral culture in the US, and the Protestant vision for America. In this essay, he discusses relations between religion and media, in particular the recurring Protestant anxieties over the progress of modernity.

Domesticating the American private sphere under a Protestant moral regime, he notes, relies on an imagined past. As Hoover observes, that imagined past “provides a powerful symbolic framing of values and ideals for received, commonsense, traditionalist readings of American cultural history,” evident in the fact that 75% of Trump supporters saw the 1950s as the ideal decade, the one they wanted to bring back.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

 

Usual Suspects

As noted at WKOG, the most recent fake news about chemical weapons attacks in Syria recycles the 2015 myth–propagated by the NATO-funded, White Helmets terrorist acting troupe–with ongoing assistance from the Soros-funded NGO, Human Rights Watch.

 

Be Careful What You Ask For

The only way House Republicans would bring articles of impeachment against President Trump is if the RNC concluded he was doing irreparable harm to the GOP. For that reason alone, Democrats should do everything possible to make sure he fills his full term in the Oval Office.

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

 

The Terminators

As the Indian Law and Policy Center reports, termination of Indian tribes as sovereign political entities is endemic in the current presidential administration. Taken as a whole, the agenda of key cabinet appointees and advisors is to finalize assimilation of tribes into the American system of corporate institutional dominance.

In essence, this agenda’s goal is the de facto abrogation of treaties made between tribes and the United States. Indeed, remarks made by Interior Secretary Zinke come right out of the CERA Anti-Indian playbook.

Thursday, May 04, 2017

 

Peace and Power

The Day the 60s Died, a PBS documentary about “the turbulent spring of 1970,” recounts the Kent State and Jackson State massacres of anti-war college students by the Ohio National Guard and the Mississippi State Police.

In 1970, the year I graduated from high school, the anti-war movement in the United States was practically all we talked about. Reading former Washington Post reporter Betty Medsger’s book The Burglary, I am reminded of what a crazy time it was.

In March 1970, California governor Ronald Reagan called for a bloodbath to silence anti-war protestors.

In April 1970, President Nixon announced the massive bombing of Vietnam would be expanded to Cambodia.

In May 1970, Ohio governor James Rhodes declared martial law at Kent State University, resulting in four students killed and nine injured by National Guard gunfire as students assembled in peaceful protest. Ten days after the Kent State massacre, local and state police in Mississippi fired 460 rounds at a student dormitory on the Jackson State University campus, killing two, wounding twelve.

The Friday after the Kent State shootings, as they sang at a peaceful noon vigil called for by Mayor John Lindsay to honor the slain Kent State students, scores of students in New York City were bludgeoned with crow bars by construction workers. Twenty-two of the workers who beat the students were honored weeks later by President Nixon at the White House.

The revolutionary 1960s were challenging for us as American teenagers, and bewildering for our parents. Feminism, racial equality, and rejection of religion set us apart from their generation. Social phenomena that unfolded during my high school years alone (1967–70) were astounding:

Monday, May 01, 2017

 

Resistance Nonsense

The term resistance is being misused.

Marching and protesting — aka moral sanction — is fine, but technically it is not resistance. Resistance is warfare, i.e. boycotts, strikes, sabotage, armed insurrection.

Dispersing political power — now concentrated in the financial elite — was Bernie’s message, and we need to keep working on that. Dissent without resistance is a form of consent.

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