GABRIEL ROCKHILL—It is often presumed that intellectuals have little or no political power. Perched in a privileged ivory tower, disconnected from the real world, embroiled in meaningless academic debates over specialized minutia, or floating in the abstruse clouds of high-minded theory, intellectuals are frequently portrayed as not only cut off from political reality but as incapable of having any meaningful impact on it. The Central Intelligence Agency thinks otherwise.
CULTURE & HISTORY
ABOMINATIONSACADEMIC WHORESCIA / INTEL AGENCIESCITIZENS COUNTER-PROPAGANDACLASS STRUGGLECULTURAL SAVAGERYCULTURE & HISTORY
AMERICAN BRAINWASHAMERICAN DUPLICITYAMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISMAMERICAN STUDIESCLASS ANALYSISCLASS STRUGGLECULTURE & CRITICISMCULTURE & HISTORY
MATT EHRET—The rampant anti-Chinese (and Russian) bias pervasive in today’s society has a lot to do with the fact that people have been conditioned by a very messy world outlook known as “cultural relativism”. While attractive on the surface due to its promotion of “respect and toleration” for other cultures on the one hand and its condemnation of imperialism on the other, an ugly paradox sits below the surface of such ideology which ironically facilitates modern imperialism’s grip on the world.
AFGHANISTANCAPITALIST SICKNESSCAPITALIST TENTACLES & FRONTSCHINACULTURE & HISTORYRUSSIA DESKWITNESSES TO HISTORY
PEPE ESCOBAR—To have an idea of the importance of Spin Boldak for the Taliban economy during their years in power, see the third chapter of a series I published in Asia Times in 2010, here and here. Eleven years ago, I noted that “the Afghan-Pakistan border is still porous, and the Taliban seem to believe they may even get their Talibanistan back.” They believe that now, more than ever. Meanwhile, in the northeast, in Badakhshan province, the Taliban are getting closer and closer to the border with Xinjiang – which has led to some hysteria about “terrorism” infiltrating China via the Wakhan corridor.
CULTURE & HISTORYIMPERIALISMIMPERIALIST SICKNESSISRAELI EXCEPTIONALISMJEWISH QUESTIONS
PHILIP WEISS—The Washington Post said “hundreds” were at the rally. The Jewish Telegraphic Agency says “thousands” were at the rally, but the screenshot above doesn’t support that claim. MJ Rosenberg said there were more people at his bar mitzvah.
Ron Kampeas reported last week that while leading Jewish groups sponsored the rally– including the Jewish Federations of North America, the Anti-Defamation League, the American Jewish Committee and the leading Jewish Republican and Democratic committees– liberal Zionist groups wanted nothing to do with it.
BOURGEOIS LEFTBOURGEOIS VALUESCAPITALIST FRONTSCAPITALIST SICKNESSCAPITALIST SYSTEMIC POVERTYCAPITALIST TENTACLES & FRONTSCULTURE & CRITICISMCULTURE & HISTORYIMPERIALIST SICKNESS
BRUCE LERRO—The Sullivanian Institute was a spin-off organization that broke away in 1957 from the work of Harry Stack Sullivan. Sullivan was sensitive to the social side of psychological dynamics and among other insights blamed the nuclear family for the formation of the ideal capitalist consumer. Both Dr. Jane Pearce and Saul Newton took these criticisms of the nuclear family much further. In 1963, Pearce and Newton coauthored a book called Conditions of Human Growth. In that book they identified the family as socially isolating the individual from developing healthy relationships with friends, especially in adolescence and adulthood. Open-ended friendships, both sexual and otherwise, were the way out of the infantilization of the nuclear family and the road to maturity. For them, friendships are the first potential of experience of love between equals.