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Psychological Warfare

The conformity is startling. Russia is the new enemy, Putin is Satan and everyone agrees. Watching it I can only marvel at the efficiency of the American propaganda machine, finely tuned after a century of application. I have been studying … Continue reading

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R2P

Karma sure is a bitch. R2P. Responsibility to protect. It’s the fatuous excuse that US foreign policy elite have used for decades to justify their destruction of other countries. It has been a stock part of international discourse on interventions … Continue reading

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Mis, Dis and Mal-information

A recent Homeland Security alert made me laugh. “The United States remains in a heightened threat environment fueled by several factors, including an online environment filled with false or misleading narratives and conspiracy theories, and other forms of mis- dis- and mal-information (MDM) … Continue reading

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Culture War

So much of our political discourse focuses on cultural issues like race, sex and identity, rather than on class. Why is that? Maybe the ongoing culture war is designed to obscure an enormous asset price bubble fueled by two years … Continue reading

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Triple Play

Since 9/11 there have been three massive propaganda campaigns aimed at the American public. The first one was the concerted effort to invade Iraq, where Bush’s chief of staff Andrew Card, let the cat out of the bag with his … Continue reading

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Performative Virtue Signaling

Why has the the modern Democratic Party become incapable of governing? Perhaps it’s because the Democratic Party has become defined by a contradiction: it simultaneously promises policies that benefit its corporate donors while also solving problems created by those same … Continue reading

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Your Health is in Your Hands

I’ve come to realize that the emphasis on vaccines to the exclusion of other public health measures is a neoliberal solution to the pandemic. It is not hard to understand why the magic bullet of vaccines–to the exclusion of all … Continue reading

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Failing Upward

It’s pretty rich that a lot of business and management books tend to be written by US military leaders even as they have a well documented record of failure. Here’s how it works. No American general has been disciplined for … Continue reading

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What if?

I’m fascinated by Hauntology, Mark Fisher’s formulation from his superb book–Capitalist Realism, where he wonders what would have been if there were an alternative to neoliberalism. Fisher feared that we were losing our ability to conceptualize a tomorrow that was … Continue reading

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Madmen

We are ruled by madmen. And, as the recent appearance on Fox News by Senator Roger Wicker demonstrates, not very smart ones at that. Wicker stated on a Tuesday Fox News appearance that he strongly supports keeping US military action on the … Continue reading

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