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Posts from ‘September, 2009’

Corporations, Capitalism, and Free Markets

For the last 30 years, conservatives have been worshipping at the altar of the Free Market. The right-wing populists, in their fierce defense of Corporate America and the financial oligarchy, tout the “free market” as the solution to everything. In an earlier post, I brought your attention to The Conservative Nanny State, a book by […]

Will the Real ACORN Step Forward?

The right-wing populists are after ACORN, again. Surprised? Yes? Why? They surreptitiously taped a couple of ACORN employees engaging in less-than-ethical behavior. Nothing new there – name me a company or an organization that doesn’t have a bad apple or two or three. What this episode conceals is that ACORN really has improved the lives […]

Is Obama a Socialist?

I’m sure that the following article will put 98% of my readers to sleep, but I’m posting it for two reasons. First, I think it is important for Americans to learn something about socialism. The word has been tossed about with impunity since Obama was nominated last summer. It is time to learn more about […]

Ritual Defamation Revisited

Last fall, I published an essay by Laird Wilcox, in which he outlines the process by which the talking heads on the right-wing populist radio stations defame the character of liberals. Now that we have witnessed this process on multiple occasions, I thought many of you would be interested in re-reading the list. Here it […]

Extremism Revisited

Last fall, I published a piece by Laird Wilcox that outlined the characteristics of an extremist. With the experience of the Town Hall meetings starting to be absorbed, I think this is a great opportunity to publish his essay once again. I don’t know if the Hoaxer Project Report is still available, but I am […]

The Furor at the United Nations

Apparently, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad stepped on some toes with his speech at the United Nations. France led the exodus, as twelve countries walked out while Ahmadinejad delivered what some sources called a “fiery” speech that addressed the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, among other topics. Mark Kornblau, the spokesman for the U.S. mission to the United Nations, […]

Does This Make Sense?

While browsing tonight, I came across these remarkable thoughts: “I’m not saying he’s naive,” said Jon Alterman, a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. “But governments don’t do things because they’re in the world’s interests. Governments often don’t even do things because they’re in their people’s interests. Many times, governments do […]

Introduction to the Corporate State

This post has been in the works for quite a long time and I will be using it as a basis for further investigation during the months to come. The previous post, which addressed some causes of the Boston Tea Party not commonly known, is related to the topic of this post in that in […]

Food for Thought

The Tea Party phenomenon, as readers of this blog know, has caused me great consternation. But it has also spurred some research that has proven fruitful in my understanding of how America really works, something that is frightfully absent among the Tea Party set. Those who attend Tea Party rallies are filled with a burning […]

Sara Robinson on Fascism, Part III

I’ve held off on posting the final part of Sara Robinson’s series of essays on fascism in America for fear of turning off my readers. The popular picture of fascism, with references to Hitler and Mussolini, just clashes too harshly with our national mythology, doesn’t it? Fascism is sneaky – it doesn’t always look like […]