Dec 272011
 

Year-end selects from our archives

Texas Congressman Joe Barton & his retinue. What would the “little Eichmanns” of BP and other corporations do without the enabling rendered by such revolting political prostitutes? 

By Chris Hedges [Originally Posted on May 16, 2010]

Cultures that do not recognize that human life and the natural world have a sacred dimension, an intrinsic value beyond monetary value, cannibalize themselves until they die. They ruthlessly exploit the natural world and the members of their society in the name of progress until exhaustion or collapse, blind to the fury of their own self-destruction. The oil pouring into the Gulf of Mexico, estimated to be perhaps as much as 100,000 barrels a day, is part of our foolish death march. It is one more blow delivered by the corporate state, the trade of life for gold. But this time collapse, when it comes, will not be confined to the geography of a decayed civilization. It will be global. Continue reading »

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Dec 272011
 

Below we reproduce in toto an article by Tom Hilton attacking left critics of Obama for supposedly using “rightwing memes”.  At TGP we regard liberals (not to mention Obamabots, a particularly virulent and idiotic strain) as a plague in the house of the left, so we rarely miss an opportunity to teach the public the stupidity (and danger) of imitating their positions. Hilton’s piece does admirably well as a textbook example of such thinking, so without further ado, here it is for your examination and edification, with some select  (and very eloquent) comments from the original thread.—PG


Adding to the confusion: A T-shirt sporting a design suggesting Obama is some sort of communist “dictator”, surely aimed at the wingnut market.  Continue reading »

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Dec 272011
 

Gaither Stewart, Senior Editor & European Correspondent
 
Gorbachev, 1995 

(Rome) As a follow-up to Patrice Greanville’s article, “The Soviet Union—Environmental Degradation: Some Historical Antecedents”, I have presented here excerpts from some of my own articles written during the Gorbachev perestroika period, plus notes and reflections concerning Mikhail Gorbachev, the last General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (CPSU) and Chief of State of the USSR, and his role in the history of Socialism. As an intermittent correspondent in Moscow for a West European newspaper during the Gorbachev era I covered some of the evolving crisis in Russian Communism in the late 1980s-early 1990s. From my notes of over twenty years ago I have reconstructed here the essence of my various articles on the XIX Conference of the CPSU held in Moscow in June-July of 1988. Continue reading »

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 Posted by at 7:25 pm
Dec 272011
 

By Nulwee | Dailykos

Michael Thomas’ ominous reflections on 75 years of life as American, in which he worked on Wall Street and saw all of his assumptions about his country undone:

This time, I fear, the public anger will not be deflected. Confessions, not false, will be exacted. Occupy Wall Street has set the snowball rolling; you may not think much of OWS—I have my own reservations, although none are philosophical or moral—but it has made America aware of a sinister, usurious process by which wealth has systematically been funneled into fewer and fewer hands.          

A process in which Washington played a useful supporting role, but no more than that. Continue reading »

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Dec 272011
 

By Sarah Jaffe, AlterNet


Stephen Lerner: He must be doing something right for the people because the semi-deranged (aren’t they all?) rightwing witch-hunting site FRONTPAGE, run by left turncoat David Horowitz, calls him “an economic terrorist” and a “union gangster.”  [FRONTPAGE

Earlier this year, long before Occupy Wall Street turned Zuccotti Park into Liberty Plaza, Stephen Lerner, a longtime labor organizer with SEIU and mastermind of the Justice for Janitors campaign, wrote in New Labor Forum of “large-scale sit-ins, occupations, and other forms of nonviolent civil disobedience that must inevitably overcome court injunctions and political pressures.”

After the financial crash, Lerner headed up SEIU’s banking and finance project, organizing labor and community groups to fight predatory lending and other abusive practices by the banks. He has also been targeted by Glenn Beck for proposing debt strikes as a form of collective bargaining for homeowners and other debtors. Beck called him an “economic terrorist,” and he received death threats. Continue reading »

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