Author Archives: Dave Alpert

False-flag operations are a way to get popular support for wars

The term false-flag describes covert operations that are designed to deceive in such a way that activities appear as though they are being carried out by entities, groups, or nations other than those who actually planned and executed them. The goal is to both enrage the people as well as to generate fear. Continue reading

The dangers of liberalism

Most of us on the left began our political activism as liberals. I admit that I did. I wanted to reform a system that had tremendous inequities . . . in income, access to healthcare, access to quality education, access to affordable housing, continuous wars, etc. Continue reading

The nature of things

A scorpion asks a frog to carry it across a river. The frog hesitates, afraid of being stung, but the scorpion argues that if it did so, they would both drown. Considering this, the frog agrees, but midway across the river the scorpion does indeed sting the frog, dooming them both. When the frog asks the scorpion why, the scorpion replies that it was in its nature to do so. Continue reading

It’s not about who sits in the Oval Office; it’s about the agenda for world domination

TRUMP, TRUMP, TRUMP! Everyone is talking about Trump, the man who uses up all the oxygen in any room he enters. Continue reading

Are we going to keep whining or do we want a movement? Stop asking, ‘Where were they when . . . ?’

It is time for us to do some soul searching. Never before in my lifetime have I seen this large and this passionate international, as well as national, response to US policies. Yet, we who call ourselves progressives are not united. Instead, there is constant bickering and denunciation. Continue reading

It’s not what they say; it’s what they do!

“How do you know a politician is lying? His lips are moving.” Continue reading

It’s not about Trump

On January 20, 2017, Donald J. Trump will be inaugurated as president of the United States. A large portion of the Amerikan people are justifiably angry and disgusted by Trump’s victory. Tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of the disgruntled will be in Washington, DC, to make their voices heard in their anti-Trump rallies and marches. Continue reading

Capitalism 101

In 1940, Woody Guthrie wrote the folk song, “This Land is Your Land,” a song that is still sung by many well-intentioned folk singers. Continue reading

Socialism is our only salvation

A friend recently asked me what is it I want. I have been writing and criticizing US domestic and foreign policies, its imperialistic agenda, the mainstream media, and the US populace that has stood by passively accepting getting lied to, manipulated, and exploited. Continue reading

Some thoughts on the two major political parties

Have you ever wondered what the difference is between the Democratic Party and the Republican Party? Continue reading

War crimes or liberation?

The use of language usually determines how the listener will perceive the data that is shared. What words that are used and how the data is framed will project the speaker’s biased perceptions re: the data itself. This may or may not be done consciously. Therefore, there is legitimacy to the term, “One man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter.” Continue reading

The Russians are coming, oy vey, the Russians are coming

I was reluctant to use an ethnic expression but I felt that the Yiddish expression “oy vey” was a better reflection of the panic that has gripped this country. Continue reading

The U.S. defines dictatorship

Fidel Castro, internationally renowned, respected and loved, died on Friday, November 25, at the age of 90. He will always be remembered for his dedication to the well being of the people, not only the people of Cuba but people worldwide. Continue reading

Disaffected America strikes back

Why would the American people elect a racist, misogynist, narcissistic, criminal to the presidency of this country? Continue reading

The making of a patriot

Growing up in the Bronx, I started going to public school in 1941. Every morning before instruction began, the teacher would take attendance. Then we would all stand, face the Stars and Stripes hanging on the wall of the classroom, put our hands to our hearts and say the Pledge of Allegiance. Continue reading

The ‘exception to the rulers’

Below is a letter written by Eva Bartlett, Canadian journalist, who has journeyed to Syria on numerous occasions, including this past July and August. Eva is responding to a Democracy Now (DN) program several days ago in which Amy Goodman focused on Syria. Amy’s star guest was Yasser Munif, an assistant professor at Emerson College in Massachusetts. Continue reading

Men of peace

Robert Fisk wrote in an Independent op-ed, Sept. 28, the day Shimon Peres died, “It was a place called Qana and most of the 106 bodies – half of them children – now lie beneath the UN camp where they were torn to pieces by Israeli shells in 1996. I had been on a UN aid convoy just outside the south Lebanese village. Those shells swished right over our heads and into the refugees packed below us. It lasted for 17 minutes. Continue reading

The Russians did it!

The anti-Russian craze in the U.S. is not a new phenomena. It began in 1917 when the Russian people dismantled the oppressive Czarist government and eventually replaced it with a Bolshevik (Communist) government. Continue reading

If Obama is the best president ever, what does that say about the previous presidents?

In January 2009, the “Yes We Can” kid officially took office.’ It was an exciting time for this country and the hope of change vibrated. After all, this was the first time we accepted a black man into the White House. Continue reading

‘My country, right or wrong’?

“When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross.” Continue reading

There’s only one elephant in the room

Late last week, while dining in an Italian restaurant on the Upper Westside of Manhattan, my lady friend began reading a posting she found on Facebook. The theme of this posting was that a survey found that Russians and Romanians overwhelmingly expressed their desire to return to the “good old days,” when communism prevailed in their respective countries. Continue reading

Brainwashing Now!

What was once known as “Democracy Now!”, Amy Goodman’s “progressive” news outlet has adopted a different role. The program’s focus appears to be trumpeting the establishment’s propaganda. Continue reading

Political theater

The truth of the matter is there is no truth!

Last Thursday night I watched MSNBC’s The Last Word, hosted by Lawrence O’Donnell. After the endless commercials, most of the reporting focused on Donald Trump. Continue reading

Repetition compulsion

One of the definitions of mental illness is when one continues to respond to the similar situations in the same manner despite evidence that the chosen response has not been effective or, in fact, made things worse. Sometimes, this is referred to as repetition compulsion, we rely on responses with which we are familiar and, therefore, more comfortable. Continue reading

The longest war in U.S. history

Many would have you believe that the Iraq “War” is the longest war in U.S. history. That is far from the truth. The longest war in our history is the class war being waged by the ruling class against the poor and the working class. Continue reading

Evidently, this was not news that was ‘fit to print’

Has anyone heard that U.S. mayors, members of the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM), denounced President Obama and NATO for conducting war games along Russia’s border and possibly provoking a nuclear confrontation. Continue reading

The Democratic Party’s ‘progressive’ agenda

If I understand this correctly, Bernie Sanders’ strong showing resulted in the Democratic Party awarding him five selections to the Party Platform Committee. His hope was to influence the party to include a more progressive platform for the Democratic nominee (Hillary Clinton) to run on. Continue reading

Was the fix in?

In 2008, Hillary Clinton was forced to accept and support Barack Obama’s nomination for the presidency, something that everyone thought she had locked up. Continue reading

If you aren’t frightened yet, then you haven’t been paying attention

The U.S. and NATO have decided to embark on a massive military buildup along Russia’s western borders. Professor Stephan F. Cohen, expert and teacher of Russian studies at Princeton University and at New York University, states that this buildup has no precedent even during the hottest moments of the 40 years of the Cold War. Continue reading

Gurus of the progressive community . . . Chomsky and Goodman

There was a time when I, like tens of thousands of my progressive partners, held Noam Chomsky and Amy Goodman in awe. After all, Amy informed us and Noam spoke for us, coherently explaining the issues. However, as I became more aware and more informed, I realized that there were great differences between their thinking and mine. Continue reading

George Soros, billionaire progressive . . . really?

For many years, George Soros has been playing the role of philanthropist and billionaire with a heart and a conscience. But, let us not be fooled. Let us take a closer look at this man who has been very politically active. Continue reading

When saying ‘I’m sorry’ is not enough

It’s getting more and more difficult for me to look in the mirror, for what do I see? Continue reading