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Enclosure

  Capitalism requires the enclosure of the commons. The reasons are twofold. The first is straightforward primitive accumulation, whereby the commons (land, and natural resources) are seized through force. This process is essential to the creation of capitalist surplus, or … Continue reading

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A low and dishonest century

  9/11 ushered in a low and dishonest century. And because we have a low and dishonest corporate media we get shit like this from Paul Krugman: “Overall, Americans took 9/11 pretty calmly. Notably, there wasn’t a mass outbreak of … Continue reading

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Neither New nor Liberal

Thomas Frank’s The People, No, is an amazing guide to our political milieu, tracing the history of populism from the 1890’s to the era of Trump. Frank examines not only the history of populism but that of anti-populism, especially as … Continue reading

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It Was Always Bullshit

The recent Democratic Convention was missing something. Oh, I know what it was–Russia-gate. The 4 year investigation of the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia, which Democrats once thought could topple Trump for obstruction of justice, went unmentioned, even as it … Continue reading

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Year of the Comet

2020 has been a real bitch, and we still have an election that promises to be the most divisive in history to look forward to. Speaking of which, in my travels I saw exactly one Biden sign but hundreds of … Continue reading

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Time to hit the road. Be back soon.

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So much winning

I must confess to getting a key point completely wrong. Last week I claimed that we’ve had an unbroken string of elite failure, but that’s not correct. Their failure only effects us. For them, it’s so much winning. Allow me … Continue reading

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Year Zero

One of the strangest things about Trump’s election victory is that 2016 became Year Zero. Everything bad with America began at that point and no history is allowed before. This willful blindness has the considerable advantage to our feral elite, … Continue reading

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It’s the empire, stupid!

9/11 and the “War on Terror” radically transformed America. Since the end of WWII the US has been the dominant world power but after the attacks on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon the “gloves came off”. The neocons had … Continue reading

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Opaque

I’m re-reading Matt Taibbi’s, Hate Inc., and enjoying it even more than the first time. Written as an update to the classic–Manufacturing Consent–it’s a great primer on media malfeasance and how we came to have a con-man as our president. … Continue reading

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