The US border situation isn’t a national emergency, Pentagon officials tell Congress

By Heather Timmons Quartz January 29, 2019 Congress members tasked with overseeing the US’s massive military grilled Pentagon officials today (Jan. 29) on one of Donald Trump most controversial orders—sending troops to the border with Mexico to handle a caravan of Central American immigrants. The bipartisan House Armed Services Committee, which includes many of Congress’s military veterans and … Continue reading The US border situation isn’t a national emergency, Pentagon officials tell Congress

The Tragedy of the Commons

The population problem has no technical solution; it requires a fundamental extension in morality. by Garrett Hardin Science Dec 13, 1968 (download as PDF here)   At the end of a thoughtful article on the future of nuclear war, Wiesner and York (1) concluded that: "Both sides in the arms race are ...confronted by the dilemma of steadily … Continue reading The Tragedy of the Commons

A Theology of Power: Mike Pence and the Dominionists

by Karl Grossman CounterPunch Jan 30, 2019 Those involved in what’s become a major component of the evangelical right in the United States call themselves “dominionists.” They follow “dominion theology.” Pointing to the Bible, they emphasize that in it God gave humans “dominion” over the natural world and life in it. This, they believe, gives … Continue reading A Theology of Power: Mike Pence and the Dominionists

How Nixon Actually Got Into Power

by Mae Brussell Realist August 1972 The rise of Adolph Hitler and fascism in Germany was carefully planned. It began with the illegal rearmament of a covert army following defeat in World War I, which was an intentional, secretive breaking of the Versailles Treaty disarmament agreements. American munition manufacturers and industrialists aided the clandestine military … Continue reading How Nixon Actually Got Into Power

Bernie Sanders once urged abolishing CIA

Bernie Sanders spoke of the CIA as an agency that was accountable to no one "except right-wing lunatics." by Michael Crowley Politico In a debate with Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders befuddled some viewers with an arcane reference to a 1953 U.S.-backed coup in Iran, which Sanders called an example of America’s history of “overthrowing governments.” It … Continue reading Bernie Sanders once urged abolishing CIA

Neoliberalism and its Discontents

"Capital and the capital form of money will be viewed as phenomena with intrinsically religious qualities, which take the place of religion in modern societies." (header image: paper as PDF) by Frank Lee Off Guardian Jan 27, 2019 Pure economics is not a theory of real-world economics, of actually-existing capitalism, but of an imaginary capitalism.” Samir Amin, The Liberal … Continue reading Neoliberalism and its Discontents

The Case of the Staggering Moron: Meanwhile in Australia

by O Society Jan 29, 2019 Ahem. In general, as a principle, it is best to ignore trolls. Case in point. Donald J. Trump is a troll. Best to ignore a troll. Don't feed them and they go away. Eventually. This too shall pass. It may pass like a kidney stone, but it will pass. … Continue reading The Case of the Staggering Moron: Meanwhile in Australia