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by JASON HIRTHLER
As we head into The Chosen One’s second term, it might be useful to explode a few of the chronic myths that cling to the man more tightly than his shadow. Myths that have helped liberal intelligentsia justify its enthusiastic support for this lesser of two evils. Here are the myths as articulated by a young, imaginary, and starry-eyed Obama progressive, momentarily detached from the stampeding liberal herd, just long enough to have a conversation with a leftist on the political fringe… Continue reading »

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By Tom Mackaman, wsws.org

Directed by Steven Spielberg, written by Tony Kushner


Day-Lewis as Lincoln

Lincoln, which will be released in theaters nationally November 16, is a powerful cinematic treatment of the Lincoln administration’s struggle to pass a constitutional amendment abolishing slavery in 1865, the final year of the American Civil War.

The film centers on the period of the “lame duck” Congress in early 1865, the fourth year of the Civil War, after the electorate had handed Lincoln and the Republicans a crushing victory in the 1864 elections over the Democrats, who opposed emancipation. It follows the political struggle to pass the Thirteenth Amendment through the House of Representatives—it had been passed by the Senate the previous year—amidst deep war-weariness in the North and against the backdrop of a mounting sentiment in favor of a negotiated peace with the South within the Republican Party itself. Continue reading »

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Bob Dudley, BP’s “American face,” quickly picked as CEO to placate some of the righteous anger elicited by the company’s wanton criminality.

Did the headline shock you? Did it offend your sensibilities? If it did, if it looked like an audacious oxymoronic statement, it speaks highly for your sense of decency and level of cultural and political literacy. If it didn’t and you just bumped into this out of curiosity, read on. It concerns you in more ways than you imagine. We’re talking here about mental pollution, pardner, of the worst possible type, concocted, and disseminated with cold-blooded premeditation (not to mention delivered worldwide with absolute impunity) by the greatest malefactors of our time. Of which BP is certainly one of the most egregious.  This firm alone could have wiped out one of the planet’s most crucial and marvelous ecosystems, along with all its creatures, and it may still do it. Its compulsive predation is far from over since the prostituted politicians of the world —starting with the Americans—are not about to do anything remotely resembling controlling such firms.  They are their servants. But you know all this—or maybe not. So let’s examine. Here’s the summary to BP’s latest effort at “wiping the slate clean” after the image disaster it rightfully received in 2010 during the crisis. Needless to say, the Gulf catastrophe has proved a godsend for the advertising gnomes, who have filled their already bloated filthy pockets with the dollars and pounds dished out by BP to cover its tracks and repel a possible public backlash. Continue reading »

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