BRUCE LERRO—Has market fundamentalism, triumphant since 1990, given the working class and small business owners a better life? The answer is a resounding no. In fact, it has attracted them to fascism. Openly armed fascistic groups publicly wave confederate flags and white power signs. We know better than to think these groups originated with Trump. With its policy mantra of austerity at home and abroad, it is more likely that white working-class people and small business owners will continue to be drawn to fascism – with or without Trump. Their economic circumstances have deteriorated particularly since 2008, especially because of the absence of a socialist alternative here.
AMERICAN BRAINWASHAMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISMAMERICAN WAY OF LIFEBOURGEOIS VALUESCAPITALISM & SOCIALISMCAPITALIST SICKNESS
BOURGEOIS VALUESCAPITALISM & SOCIALISMCAPITALIST SICKNESSFRENCHFRENCH CRYPTOFASCISM
French move to outlaw images of police at work is a clumsy attempt to hide the everyday brutality that passes as law enforcement
DAMIAN WILSON—Post-pandemic, the return of the gilets jaunes protests is a certainty – there have already been signs of an encore – and, having spent most of 2020 living under draconian restrictions, when the protesters do re-emerge in force, they will be re-invigorated and more determined than ever to show l’Empereur Macron how damned furious they are with him, his government, the handling of the pandemic, and the direction the Republic is heading. But if the president thinks the best way to deal with that pent-up fury is to have police operating in the shadows, locking up anyone who dares to try to film or photograph them, then no one should be surprised when it turns into an uncontrollable volcano of social media videos and citizen journalism that portrays the excesses of the law in a particularly unflattering light.
AMERICAN DUPLICITYAMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISMAMERICAN STUDIESBOUGHT POLITICIANS & PHONIESBOURGEOIS VALUESCAPITALIST SICKNESS
Something at once sinister and refreshing in US politics: Kamala Harris makes no bones about her duplicity. She laughs and jokes about it. She must feel pretty sure of the power structure that supports her, for she’s in effect outing herself as a big phony.
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RUSSELL RICKFORD—Black is King is, of course, a Disney venture. One would hardly expect a multinational corporation to sponsor a radical critique of social relations in the Global South. (It is worth mentioning that in recent years the Disney Company has come under fire for allowing some of its merchandise to be produced in Chinese sweatshops.) Small wonder that Disney and Beyoncé, herself a stupendously rich mogul, have combined to sell western audiences a lavishly fabricated Africa—one that is entirely devoid of class conflict.
ABOMINATIONSAMERICAN BRAINWASHAMERICAN DUPLICITYAMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISMAMERICAN PARTY DUOPOLYAMERICAN STUDIESAMERICAN WAY OF LIFEBOUGHT POLITICIANS & PHONIESBOURGEOIS LEFTBOURGEOIS VALUESCAPITALIST SICKNESSCAPITALIST TENTACLES & FRONTS
iorella Isabel is eloquent and as usual passionate and super lucid in her dissection of the fraud represented by the duopoly and the choice of neoliberal imperialist Kamala Harris for Biden’s VP, her enthronement a heartbeat from the presidency proof of the appalling corruption and hypocrisy permeating the Democratic party and their hanger-ons across the media and other key institutions.