Category: IDIOTIZED PUBLICS

Tear down J. Edgar Hoover’s name

RICHARD COHEN—It just so happens that I have taken an unequivocal “it depends” stance on the removal of certain statues or the changing of names. Lee has to go because he is best known for fighting to retain slavery. Wilson was a racist, but that does not overwhelm the achievements of his presidency. As for Hoover, it’s true that he essentially created the FBI and served as director of the bureau (and its predecessor agencies) from 1924 until his death in 1972. That ain’t nothing.

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The BBC digs itself a very, very deep hole: Russian TV SLAMS Trump ‘Documentary’

One’s got a feeling that BBC knew about a forthcoming leak well in advance and was preparing itself for its coverage by shooting in all the right places in Moscow like Kremlin etc. If so, the whole set up looks like a provocation by the US and UK security services to undermine the legitimacy of the US President Elect. Russian political analyst Dmitry Drobnitsky remarks that the documentary drives at tormenting a sense of fear of the ‘gang of hooligans’, aka European and US right wing conservative forces.

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A Political Primer (leaflet): What’s being hidden in plain view

ERIC SCHECHTER—Regulations can’t make a kinder, gentler guillotine. The problem is not good institutions run badly, but bad institutions, founded on bad principles. We can’t end ecocide, poverty, war, and other problems until we replace our society’s real principles — hierarchy, property, and separateness — with a better Foundation: harmony and consensus. It’s a fool’s errand to try to make the lies of freedom and democracy come true, for those “principles” can’t really work.

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HIROYUKI HAMADA IMMIGRATING FROM JAPAN TO THE BELLY OF EMPIRE

HIROYUKI HAMADA—And getting back to American people being nice and generous, they just can’t express those feelings of caring and love in constructive ways, as long as they are embracing imperialism.  I mean, that’s like saying someone is a great guy, although he owns a few slaves and shoots Indians occasionally.  We need to change our mode of thinking so that imperialism and wealth accumulation as guiding principles are as shameful as slavery or colonialism.  The thing is that when you throw anything into the hierarchical system shaped by money and violence, the good will always turns into something else–like, people wanting to stop violence and drugs would end up supporting police violence, mass incarceration and gentrification, or people longing for peace and democracy would end up supporting colonial wars, regime change operations and so on.

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SAUDI WAHABBISM SERVES WESTERN IMPERIALISM

ANDRE VLTCHEK—In reality, Wahhabism does not have much to do with Islam. Or more precisely, it intercepts and derails the natural development of Islam, of its strife for an egalitarian arrangement of the world, and for socialism. The Brits were behind the birth of the movement; the Brits and one of the most radical, fundamentalist and regressive preachers of all times – Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab.

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The Rise & Fall of Harvey Weinstein (and similar big shots)—fact and comment

If, in the first place, the militarist and classist proclivities of the Hollywood elite were not tolerated then Harvey Weinstein et. al would have never gotten away with their creepopathic actions for as long as they did. It was the power, acquired within dynamics of capitalist despotism, that shielded them from consequences. Moreover, scant little will change by the purging of wealthy, privileged liberal men by wealthy, privileged liberal women.

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