Articles Tagged ‘United States’

  • Castigating Trump for Truth-Telling

    USA Politics

    President Trump says much that is untrue, but he draws some of Official Washington’s greatest opprobrium when he speaks the truth, such as noting that senior U.S. officials have done a lot of killing, writes Robert Parry. Gaining acceptance in Official Washington is a lot like getting admittance into a secret society’s inner sanctum by uttering some nonsensical password.

  • The Dismal Cartography of the Pre-Fascist State

    USA Politics

    We are in a situation where the essential political challenge is to muster the energy and creativity to construct a firewall around constitutional democracy as it now exists in the United States, and hope that a saner, more humane political mood leads quickly and decisively to repudiate those policies and attitudes that flow from this pre-fascist set of circumstances.

  • The Empire Has No Clothes

    USA Politics

    And now Donald the Ripper sits with other vicious and all-too transparently sociopathic swamp creatures like the quasi-fascist Steve Bannon atop the visible U.S. state, where marketing and branding matter to those wielding real and continuous behind the “marionette theater” of electoral and parliamentary politics. The Empire, once again, has no clothes.

  • The Revival of the Working-Class Concept

    USA Politics

    The polarization in the country following the Trump electoral victory is not what Karl Marx called the “class struggle.” But it reflects an underlying class struggle which is a real thing, surely, in this country and globally. This struggle between capitalists and workers has never been totally eclipsed by struggles over anything else, including those involving “culture wars” and ethnic identity.

  • Voters Just Delivered a Mandate to a Pack of Absolute Fiends and Monsters

    USA Politics

    The miniscule American Left will have to dust off its electoral compromises and come to terms with the need to defend the gains of the civil rights movement, but also speak robustly against a trade policy that kills jobs and creates forgotten people. It is the failure to be bold and clear in the language of anti-neoliberalism that gave that space to Trump.

  • Quick reflections on the November 2016 elections

    USA Politics

    Yes, let us lick our wounds and reflect on the future. This election result was one that more of us should have anticipated as a real possibility. In either case, that the results were so close and that we did not have the ideal candidate to represent the new majority emerging in the USA remains for me a source of immense hope.

  • The Empire Has No Clothes

    USA Politics

    Clinton will no doubt be elected, and for strategic reasons we can let out a sigh (of relief). For women, especially elderly suffragette voters, we can take appreciative pause for a female President of the United States, which is important in ways far beyond symbolism. But it would be foolish to forget Hillary Clinton’s digital footprint to the White House while she serves as POTUS and Commander in Chief.

  • From 1945-49 the US and UK Planned to Bomb Russia into the Stone Age

    War Zones

    The dangerous competition instigated by the US prompted Soviet Russia to beef up its nuclear capabilities and dragged both countries into the vicious circle of the nuclear arms race. Unfortunately, it seems that the lessons of the past have not been learnt by the West and the question of the “nuclearization” of Europe is being raised again.

  • The Neocon in the Oval Office

    USA Politics

    The neoconservative movement dates from the 1970s. The term originally referred to “newcomers” to conservative politics from leftist and liberal origins. They gravitated to the politics of Sen. Henry “Scoop” Jackson and UN Ambassador Jeanne Kirkpatrick. Among their adherents were Paul Wolfowitz, Richard Perle, Douglas Feith, and later Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld.

  • Why America’s Next President Will Not Be a Socialist

    USA Politics

    With the latest polls showing US Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders leading rival Hillary Clinton only weeks before the first two primaries in Iowa and New Hampshire, many Americans are contemplating the real possibility of having a socialist president in the White House.

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