Category: CAPITALIST SYSTEMIC POVERTY

The Parkland massacre and the dysfunction of American society

PATRICK MARTIN—The initial details about Cruz indicate that he has experienced from his youngest years a series of traumatic events. Adopted as an infant, Cruz lost his adoptive father early on, and then, last November 1, his adoptive mother, a casualty of the flu epidemic. He was clearly disturbed throughout his high school years, exhibiting tendencies toward violent behavior that culminated in his expulsion from Douglas High School about a year ago.

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Capitalist Fluctuation and the Partisan Presidential Praise and Blame Game

PAUL STREET— [Neither capitalist figurehead in the White House, Democrat or Republican controls the fluctuations of the US economy. The latter moves as a result of myriad factors well beyond the short-term control of the President or his cabinet.] That’s how the binary partisan political game works in accord with an endless dance between the capitalist business cycle and the more precisely time-staggered, Constitutionally mandated U.S. election cycle.

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A Margaret Thatcher Statue in Parliament Square?

KENNETH SURIN—The roster of British prime ministers shows the overwhelming majority to be undistinguished, a great many to be inept (some beyond belief), and even when deemed to be “distinguished”, to have so many failings that few merit having their statue in front of parliament. Perhaps not even the vaunted Churchill, who was an unmitigated scoundrel in many ways not connected with the war that gave him his reputation. 

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Listening to Mattis

AUSLANDER—In the assault on Syria by the US and its vassal states and allies…each and every politician, officer and serviceman of the countries involved is guilty of war crimes of dreadful seriousness, all of them from president down to the cooks feeding the troops. No one who was involved in any way in this undeclared war is clear of guilt.

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B. Traven, the author of The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

DAVID WALSH—the novel on which John Huston based his 1948 film, was published in German in 1927 and in English in 1935. It concerns three Americans and their back-breaking efforts to find gold in the desolate Mexican countryside. Their success leads ultimately to tragedy. The novel’s author was the left-wing writer known as B. Traven. Considerable mystery surrounds Traven, some of it sustained by the writer himself during his lifetime.

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