PAULINE BOCK—A few days before the gilets jaunes’s first anniversary march (or “act 53” of their weekly protests), French newspaper Libération reported that the interior ministry was set to approve a “new national plan for law enforcement” that supports the police’s harsh, aggressive tactics for crowd control — despite the hundreds of injuries this approach has caused.
NEOCONS & NEOLIBERALS
ANTI-IMPERIALISM FIGHTERSANTI-NEOLIBERALISMEUROPEAN UNIONFRANCENEOCONS & NEOLIBERALS
ABOMINATIONSAMERICAN PROPAGANDAAMERICAN STUDIESAMERICAN WAY OF LIFEMEDIA LIESNEOCONS & NEOLIBERALS
NANCY J. ALTMAN—The supposed purpose of a reduction in payroll contributions is to address the coronavirus crisis. Tax cuts do not meaningfully address the coronavirus, or even the resulting market panic. We do want to ensure that people have the cash they need while they face massive uncertainties around employment and other costs. We want people to stay home as much as needed without having to worry about paying their rent or other costs. What we need most is a robust public health response, which the Trump administration is utterly failing to provide.
AMERICAN BRAINWASHAMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISMNEOCON VERMINNEOCONS & NEOLIBERALS
CALEB MAUPIN—At the Feb 25th Democratic Presidential Debate, Bernie Sanders responded to his critics saying: “Occasionally it might be good to be honest about American foreign policy, and that includes acknowledging the fact that America has overthrown governments in Chile, in Guatemala, in Iran, and when dictators, whether it’s the Cubans or the Chinese do something good, you acknowledge that.”
SCOTT RITTER—When the North Atlantic Treaty Organization was founded some 75 years ago, its first secretary-general, Lord Ismay, famously noted that the purpose of the treaty alliance was “to keep the Russians out, the Americans in, and the Germans down.” NATO’s mission was to secure peace in Europe, promote cooperation among its members and guard their freedom by countering the threat posed by the Soviet Union at the time. This latter point was critical—by signing onto NATO, the United States agreed to accept the leadership of a burgeoning resistance to ostensible Soviet aggression and subversion transpiring in Europe in the aftermath of World War II. But since the collapse of the Soviet Union at the end of 1991, NATO has been an organization in search of a mission.
CAPITALIST SICKNESSCHINESE WAY OF LIFEIMPERIALISMNEOCONS & NEOLIBERALS
JEFF J. BROWN—When a pendulum is far to one side, it tends not toward middle ground but toward its extreme opposite. Counter-culture tragically replaced by full-on tweet-culture, the room pulsed with interruptions, nano-scaled attention spans, and sophomoric appeals for repetitions, rephrasings – even debate! – of Guy’s well substantiated points. Breathtaking. Like visiting a glacier that isn’t there anymore. Humans have never, ever been more in need of acute neocortical functioning. I fear it is no coincidence that our controlled and censored western culture precludes it.