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Editor’s Note: Lakoff—himself a liberal, at best a social democrat—should know that liberals, representing a centroid, bourgeois mentality and temperament, can never overcome their inherent timidity and political blinders (including a visceral anticommunism), often disguised as politeness and lack of emotionalism in the face of rightwing emotional assaults. Worse, Lakoff, and the author of this piece, should not continue to muddle the waters of political labeling already sufficiently muddled: a true progressive, a true leftist, by definition cannot be a liberal, a creature still very much attached to the establishment way of looking at reality, a politics vision that sees nothing wrong with eternal “Lesser Evilism” in the capitalist framework. The idea that Democrats, including much of the rank and file, are progressives is delusional, as the Obama regime should have abundantly proved by now. —Patrice Greanville

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“The progressive mindset is screwing up the world. The progressive mindset is guaranteeing no progress on global warming. The progressive mindset is saying, ‘Yes, fracking is fine.’ The progressive mindset is saying, ‘Yes, genetically modified organisms are OK’, when, in fact, they’re horrible, and the progressive mindset doesn’t know how to describe how horrible they are. There’s a difference between progressive morality, which is great, and the progressive mindset, which is half OK and half awful.” Continue reading »

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Prefatory Note: Whatever his flaws as a film artist or vulgar historian of contemporary America (his adoration of JFK I find a bit over the top) Oliver Stone deserves plenty credit for trying, at least, to be a didactic, moral director for American (and world) audiences in a Hollywood culture ruled by servilism to the plutocratic imperative. Accordingly, most of Stone’s movies have a strong didactic component, and the film narrative is usually just as compelling. His portrait of Wall Street shenanigans and a culture of sociopathic power out of control was well captured in his eponymously titled classic, Wall Street. His Gordon Gecko boast, “Greed is good!” resonates to this day because it still defines the mentality of the filthy plutocrats that run the American nation. No president in recent memory has dared bell that cat, least of all Obama, who, despite abundant posturing, is actually a handmaiden of that accursed gilded minority. Along the same lines, his Platoon was a powerful indictment of the Vietnam war (where he served, as a volunteer), and Salvador, perhaps his most graphic and powerful denunciation of the bankruptcy and sheer criminality of US foreign policy, especially in long-victimized lands like El Salvador and the rest of Central America. For that alone, and for his bravery, Stone deserves our deepest gratitude. Oh, by the way, if you never saw Salvador, get it on DVD and watch it. Besides being historically faithful, it’s in a class of its own.—Patrice Greanville Continue reading »
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By Gaither Stewart
(Rome)

Marx: Insulted by his enemies but rarely read or understood.

Marx: Always insulted and slandered by his enemies but rarely read or understood.

I speak of myself as a Socialist but in my innermost self I think of myself as a Communist. I prefer the Communist name to the beautiful word “Socialist” because the latter has in many places been either altered, weakened, diluted, deformed, its real meaning betrayed by social democrats happy to do capitalism’s bidding, and it has become ambiguous and has been ostracized as in the capitalist homeland, USA. Moreover, as a rule the Socialist designation is qualified in one way or another that detracts from its real meaning: Democratic Socialist, National Socialist, Freedom Socialist, Progressive Socialist, ad absurdum. Anything you want it to mean.  Still, although very few Americans want to be known as Socialists, in recent times one hears it used more and more often, as in the organization, Socialists of America.

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One day after Russian asylum for Snowden

By Thomas Gaist, wsws.org

Ron Wyden: supposedly opposed to the NSA program, but he won't break with the establishment to defend Snowden or Manning.

Ron Wyden: supposedly opposed to the NSA program, but he won’t break with the establishment to defend Snowden or Manning.

Amid escalating denunciations and threats against both Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency (NSA) contractor-turned whistle-blower, and Russia, which granted Snowden temporary asylum on Thursday, the Obama administration on Friday issued a “global travel alert,” closing US embassies in Tripoli, Cairo, Tel Aviv, Baghdad, Riyadh and Doha based on supposed threats of Al Qaeda attacks. Continue reading »

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Greenwald: Hard to rectify a thousand misconceptions in a few interruption-filled minutes.

Greenwald: Hard to rectify a thousand misconceptions in a few interruption-filled minutes.

Friday night on Bill Maher’s “Real Time,” Guardian columnist and former civil rights litigator Glenn Greenwald attacked the view that Islam is a “uniquely” threatening force in the world and that Muslims should be deprived of the benefits of the classical liberal values that many groups in the West have struggled to make into policy since the 18th-century Enlightenment.

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