by PAUL STREET CounterPunch JANUARY 23, 2019 Here are seven things you won’t hear much if anything about in the reigning corporate media regarding the ongoing record-setting partial shutdown of the United States federal government: 1: The Longstanding Neoliberal War on “Big Government” A proper understanding of the shutdown in relation to the longstanding capitalist … Continue reading Time for Yellow Vests in the US
by Paul Street Counterpunch Jan 11, 2019 My fellow U.S.-Americans, we stand at a moment of no small peril. Contrary to much of what one hears from liberals, Donald Trump’s “insane” border-wall gambit may be something of a winning play for him. Yes, the whole stunt is built on a fetid pile of falsehoods. The … Continue reading Bordering on Fascism: Reflecting on Dangerous Times
by Paul Street TruthDig Jan 9, 2019 As the United States lurches toward its 2020 presidential election cycle, it is useful to revisit the central tension of Donald Trump’s presidency. I’m speaking, of course, about his phony populism and the politico-financial establishment’s utter contempt for his political ascent. As the Democratic field slowly takes shape, … Continue reading Has the Ruling Class Finally Had Enough of Trump?
DECEMBER 21, 2018 Two Populisms, Not One by PAUL STREET Left v. Right Populism Two very different “populisms” arisen in response to neoliberal capitalism in the West. A left-leaning social-democratic “progressive populism”targets the capitalist concentration of wealth and power and the unbridled pursuit of private profit as enemies of the people and the common good. This … Continue reading What is Populism?
by Paul Street Counterpunch Dec 12, 2018 The deletion of events that don’t fit with the reigning ideology is part of how ruling class-owned media works to manufacture mass consent to unjust hierarchy. I spent much of last week in a cable-television-equipped U.S.-American apartment with CNN, MSNBC, and FOX News at my fingertips. As … Continue reading Blacking Out the Yellow Jackets on Cable News: Corporate Media Doing its Job
by Paul Street Truthdig Dec 11, 2018 When it comes to criticizing the Democratic Party, nothing speaks like experience within the belly of the beast. Ralph Nader is living proof. After years of effectively pressuring congressional Democrats to protect consumers and the environment against corporate greed, he watched firsthand as the party bowed to the demands of … Continue reading Can a New Political Party Save America From Itself?