Category: CAPITALIST TENTACLES & FRONTS

Strange Alliances

JOSEPH NATOLI—The idea that freedom to choose on Google implies that a choosing mind can choose a side to things one does not know or is already opinionated against misconceives the classic distinction between freedom and determinism. What cyberspace offers are endless opportunities to confirm one’s own opinion while at the same time enclosing us within the windowless and doorless circle of those opinions.

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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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Sanders and the Empire

NICK PEMBERTON—Anyone who calls out Bernie for what he really is—an apologist for American Empire is framed as a purist. But that’s far from the truth. Bernie, on a global scale, is an extremist on foreign policy. Compare him to other leaders around the world and he is right wing, plain and simple. He would continue to violate international law. When he does question the American military his tears are for the American middle class and our tax dollars.

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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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This Deeply Held Commitment: A Meditation On The Death Of Robert Parry

CAITLIN JOHNSTONE—We’re going to have to start feeling the fact that the corporate media is being used to manipulate the west into consenting to systems which exploit ordinary people to bring ever more power to the already powerful. We’re going to have to start feeling the fact that an unelected plutocracy controls the most powerful government in the world which is naturally incentivized to maintain economic injustice in a system where money equals political power.

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