ERIC ZUESSE—And, this imperialism-accepting view of morality is profoundly contrary to the morality of today’s Russia, China, and their allies, all of which believe, instead, that imperialism by any nation is evil, because each nation’s Government is sovereign over only its own land, and because national sovereignty consists in the right of each nation’s Government to rule over all of the internal matters within its own land-area. No national government, or alliance of national governments, should be able to dictate anything of the internal affairs in any other country.
ABOMINATIONSCAPITALIST FRONTSCAPITALIST SICKNESSCAPITALIST TENTACLES & FRONTSFALSE DEMOCRACYIMPERIALISMIMPERIALIST SICKNESSUS EXCEPTIONALISMUS GOVERNMENT CRIMESUS LAWLESSNESSZIONCONS
AMERICAN BRAINWASHAMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISMCAPITALIST FRONTSCAPITALIST SICKNESSCAPITALIST TENTACLES & FRONTSFALSE DEMOCRACY
MICHAEL K. SMITH—People obviously do believe, based on competing tsunamis of distortion pouring through anti-social media, that right-wing, Nazi white supremacists are attacking the foundations of decency and America while others are equally convinced that left-wing socialist supremacists are converting the U.S. into a Pol Pot style killing field. Both lines of “thought” are equally moronic. The question is, why are we on the left, supposedly making intelligent criticism of a society we hope to transform into something decent, dumb enough to choose between them?
AMERICAN PROPAGANDAAMERICAN STUDIESBOUGHT POLITICIANS & PHONIESBOURGEOIS FEMINISTSFALSE DEMOCRACYIMPERIALISMMEDIA SCOUNDRELSMEDIA SCUM
TOM CARTER—It is not a question of “speaking ill of the dead” but of maintaining a standpoint of independence and objectivity, and of not getting swept away by the deluge of official propaganda. These campaigns of official mourning are a ritualized spectacle of American political life. The deceased is inevitably held up as an “icon,” a “towering figure” and a “legend.” Every bourgeois politician and media personality is expected to line up to render the proper obeisance, with each individual politician “paying respects” becoming a news item in itself. The accomplishments of the decedent, sometimes real and sometimes invented, are spun out of all proportion to reality. The propaganda campaign functions as a sort of loyalty test, with anyone who is not willing to recite the official slogans flagged as a possible traitor.
AMERICAN BRAINWASHAMERICAN DUPLICITYAMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISMAMERICAN PARTY DUOPOLYCAPITALIST SICKNESSFALSE DEMOCRACYLIBERAL BETRAYALS
IN THIS EDITION: It’s the system, stupid, not just vile individuals. How John Steinbeck explained this basic truth about capitalism decades ago • The Dems & GOP national conventions: lies, misleading narratives and abject content • Pompeo’s vileness
CALEB MAUPIN—It’s the system, stupid, not just vile individuals. How John Steinbeck explained this basic truth about capitalism decades ago in his classic The Grapes of Wrath. The Dems & GOP national conventions: lies, misleading narratives and abject content. Either party is no more just a lesser evil, only a different kind of evil.
AMERICAN STUDIESBLACK AMERICABOURGEOIS VALUESCELEBS & ENTERTAINERSCLASS ANALYSISFALSE DEMOCRACYRACISM
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.