DREW CAMPBELL—In a semi-comical reflection of the pathetic and often revolting state of the American establishment at its highest levels, a swamp of grasping crooks, shameless careerists, and sociopathic warmongers, yesterday we find that Patrick Shanahan, Trump’s candidate to Secretary of Defense (that is, new boss at the American Department of Constant War) has some pretty ugly skeletons in his manorial closet. According to the emerging reports, Shanahan seems like a man stoutly unruffled by the idea of filial violence to his wife, with a teenage son convicted of grabbing a bat and attacking his own mother with lethal intent in a 2011 family fracas of disputed origins.
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FRANK SCOTT—While a tiny minority of a few thousand billionaires exercise power and control over more than seven billion people and the entire global system, the multitudes are propagandized into thinking that generosity and philanthropy on their part will ultimately enrich us all and create a better world. Religious belief may be an opiate for the people, as Marx called it, in order to make an often painful reality tolerable, but human revolution in the material world is the only thing that will bring about a reality that enriches life for all of us and not just some of us, a shrinking group getting wealthier by the second as humanity grows poorer and more endangered in the same time frame.
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CAITLIN JOHNSTONE—Earth is our home. It’s what we’re made for. The earth went through a lot to give you life. Sparks had to catch, oceans had to freeze, billions of cells had to survive endless disease, all of these amazing things had to happen just right to give you life. You belong here. You are as much a creation of the earth as the air you breathe. You may feel like a singular organism but you’re actually as much a singular organism as one of the many billions of organisms that make up your body. You and earth are one. And because you evolved on earth, you are perfectly adapted to earth and it is perfectly adapted to you. It yearns for your breath as you yearn for its breeze on your face.
TJ COLES—Using Facebook, Cambridge Analytica also worked with employees of Palantir, a data-mapping company set up with CIA money and owned by a billionaire tech entrepreneur, the PayPal co-founder, Peter Thiel. Thiel has openly stated that democracy is incompatible with capitalism. Thiel was a big investor in Facebook and Reddit, the latter being a message board that worked “meme magic” to help boost Trump’s profile on social media. The near-billionaire founder of Oculus VR, Palmer Luckey, bragged about being a member of the upper 0.0001% and using his internet skills to generate online, pro-Trump activism via Reddit.