Category: FALSE LEFT

CHINA VERSUS THE WEST. ANOTHER SHOCKING COMPARATIVE VIGNETTE

JEFF J. BROWN—Notice that the West’s red owners have been getting richer since 1949, immediately after World War II and you blue peasants increasingly poorer ever since. Sorry to break it to you, but nothing’s changed for 500 years of Western colonial imperialism. The elites regurgitate just enough crumbs to keep the masses from revolting and when the downtrodden finally get to cut off a few diamond bedecked heads, the surviving elites hand out some extra tidbits for a generation, then start to claw it all back and still more. Bingo. Your postwar economic history lesson in a nutshell.

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Independent Journalist Corner: A Conversation Andre Vltchek

DANNY HAIPHONG—”Media landscape in the West is evolving in one direction only: it is being increasingly, now almost exclusively, controlled by the corporate interests. Corporate interests, in turn, are controlling the state, in both Europe and North America. There is no democracy in the West: governments are being selected, not elected. Most of the media is upholding, glorifying this process. It is definitely not challenging it, philosophically and ideologically…”

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Greece’s Colossal Cave In

ROBERT HUNZIKER—In order to receive Troika’s financial bailout, Greece has undergone a massive transfer of public assets, all the best stuff, to privatization interests, part of the hardcore hypothesis behind neoliberalism, e.g., (1) 14 major regional airports sold to Germany’s Fraport, (2) the Port of Piraeus, one of the largest ports in Europe sold to China’s Cosco, (3) the Port of Thessaloniki, which is Greece’s second largest city, sold to a German consortium, and (4) privatization funds created, under Germany’s direction, for water utility transfers to private hands, prompting the president of the Greece water company trade union to forewarn that the for-profit model often times raises prices for consumers and sometimes service degrades.

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Dem Support For Trump Surveillance Powers Proves “Resistance” Is Bullshit

CAITLIN JOHNSTONE—The two parties are both lying to you and the entire show is fake. US politics is a WWE performance with the audience deeply invested in the outcome of the match, each side of the stadium screaming for their favorite wrestler when the only determining factor is what will make Vince McMahon the most money. It’s all a fake spectacle, and it’s designed to screw you over.

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Notes From a “Shithole” Superpower

PAUL STREET—It isn’t just that Norway and other Scandinavian nations have high levels of per-capita wealth and income.  It is also that wealth and income are distributed in relatively egalitarian fashion in these nations, which enjoy advanced social-democratic welfare states that feature universal high-quality health care and that otherwise protect their people from poverty and insecurity.

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