Author Archives: Jack Balkwill

How we got stuck with a rotting empire and how we may get rid of it

The USA became an empire November of 1956, when British Prime Minister MacMillan, bogged down in a Suez Crisis from which he could not emerge victorious, sent a telegram to President Eisenhower containing only three words, “Over to you.” Continue reading

I know why black people are dying at triple the pandemic rates but white people better pay attention, too

Since the pandemic began, people of color have been dying at higher rates than those with lighter skin tones. Black, Indigenous and Latino Americans all have a COVID-19 death rate of triple or more that of White Americans. Continue reading

We finally have the October Surprise—in death, Ginsburg provides

We’ve waited patiently to find out what would be the Trumpster’s October Surprise. Would he fake a video of Joe Biden in bed with a sheep? Would he wag the dog in starting a war with Canada, citing Canukistan’s icicles of mass destruction? Continue reading

How to become the ultimate progressive

People wonder at times, “Why am I here? What is my purpose? What am I destined to do before I die?” Continue reading

‘Scam’ is the best word to describe American elections

I have leftist friends who are going to vote for Biden in November, to my surprise. These are people who would never have voted for a Democrat in the past. This is because Trump is arguably the most disgusting president we’ve ever had. Sure, we’ve had slave-owners, slaughterers of the indigenous, war mongers and some of the worst scumbags ever to lead a nation. Continue reading

Psychopath lives matter

Addressing the horror of police officers who kill innocent people will get nowhere until we find a better way to identify and eliminate psychopaths who apply for work in law enforcement. Continue reading

Working class heroes get death as their reward

We are a nation that loves its heroes, even if most fade unknown to their deaths, protecting capital in a laissez faire system. When we flip a light switch, we take it for granted that the room will be illuminated, without understanding that people die for that to take place. Continue reading

Should we fear Frankenstein monsters from AI and genetic engineering?

Unless we make changes in the direction our medical scientists and computer engineers seem to be headed, mankind may be doomed to extinction either from robots using careless artificial intelligence, or genetic engineering of the human genome. This may be the end of us even before destroying ourselves with nuclear weapons or by polluting our environment. Continue reading

America’s greatest hero: Martin Luther King Jr

On the occasion of the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr., I think it’s important to compare his accomplishments to that of others lionized in our culture as heroes. Continue reading

The Christmas story from hell

The traditional Christmas story is about an unmarried, pregnant, Jewish girl named Mary who, on a freezing night in Bethlehem, seeks a warm place to rest and give birth. Nobody would allow the girl a bed. Today, it is unlikely that such a person would not be shunned as much as the Biblical Mary, as we allow people to die in the Land of the Free when they fall to the bottom of the capitalist ranks where there is a dearth of mercy. Continue reading

For improved democracy, we might start by cutting congressional pay

I used to think $200,000 was a good salary for a president, who, after all, has a mansion, servants, resort home and a great many other benefits at public expense, leaving the 200 grand as spending money. But Congress decided to double the presidential salary to $400,000 in 2001. Continue reading

Yes, we want to take your guns, NRA

The bullet that came through my front window, some thirty years or so ago, told me I have every right to keep a gun for self-defense. I’d received four death threats in the weeks preceding, from someone opposed to my anti-nuclear weapons writing. At the time I was writing for Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR), and editing a monthly PSR publication for which I received an award at their national meeting in Washington. Continue reading

Conservative Democrats appear to be trying to elect Trump again

Whether the Democrats or Republicans had the congressional majority, the conservatives have ruled for decades. The system is rigged by having conservative Democrats vote with Republicans for an enduring majority. Continue reading

When Donald Trump came by my house for a chat


I suppose I could have been dreaming it, but my conversation with Donald Trump was as real as anything. He walked into my bedroom like he owned the place, and startled me, still in bed but I felt wide awake. Continue reading

People are starving to death in our ‘booming economy’

When I look into whether or not the economy is doing well, the first statistic I use is homelessness. Continue reading

For the last time, the Russians didn’t do it

But I know who did

If one more person tells me the Russians are to blame for Trump being president, I’m going to vomit on them. I know who fixed the election, and I will explain it in this article. Continue reading

A front-running Biden, looming catastrophe for the Democrats

Joe Biden is using Republican talking points to attack single payer health care. One wonders why he doesn’t just run as a Republican. Continue reading

Why everybody should defend the socialists while we still can

The entire corporate media is in cardiac arrest over “socialists” it sees running for president as Democrats. None of them are actually socialists—not one has called for the control of the means of production to be put into the hands of the people, but facts never matter much in corporate media propaganda. Their job is to keep the masses as ignorant as possible on behalf of the ruling Forces of Greed (FOG)—the plutocrats and their subordinate oligarchic corporations. Continue reading

Trump is a coward, and I should know; I took his place in Vietnam

Trump is a coward. I took his place in Vietnam, so I should know. Continue reading

If we took control from the fascists, would we allow fascists free speech?

If our leaders were not fascists, and we didn’t have a fascist press, all inside a fascist system, perhaps an average citizen could see more distinctly what is happening, rather than missing the forest for the trees as so many do. Continue reading

On the bear who spared my life

The bear’s large claws gently slid down my face, his mouth within inches of my own, and I recall a horrible stench in his breath. My back was pressed against a tree, and there was no escape, as the bear reared up on his hind legs to look me over, face to face. Continue reading

Penis-gate could save the republic

The pitiful Pompeo, in his latest attempt at boot licking, proclaimed God sent us Trump, with whom to solve the problems of the Middle East. Perhaps Pompeo has mistaken porn star Stormy Daniels for God? There is no evidence that God hangs with the Trumpster, but Stormy knows Trump, well, biblically. Continue reading

Join the march to save Venezuelan democracy

Tuesday morning CNN went all out, as a member of USA state propaganda, to continue to participate in support of a Venezuelan coup. Continue reading

Abby Martin makes an urgent plea to help prevent war on Venezuela

I would like to encourage everyone who wants to stop our Empire from destroying Venezuela’s democracy to watch Abby Martin’s important video on what is really happening there (about 40 minutes). Continue reading

You can help prevent war with Venezuela

Before the USA can destroy Venezuela, it must convince the American people of a number of lies to get them behind another war for oil. The TV networks are hard at work doing this, just as they spread the “Weapons of Mass Destruction” lies to get support behind the illegal invasion of Iraq. Continue reading

My interview with Uncle Sam to discover why we are staging a coup in Venezuela

I met Uncle Sam in a parking garage off 14th street, midway between the Capitol building and the White House. The meeting was arranged by a certain Madam X, who claims to have had an affair with Uncle Sam and prefers to remain anonymous, as the wife is unaware, but, according to Madam X, “a spiteful bitch who can overthrow your regime in a heartbeat.” Continue reading

Inside the ‘too far to the left’ scam of the mainstream press

Watching cable news, one notices that any mention of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez requires a statement that she is “too far to the left.” Several of the Democratic Party candidates for president are also identified as “too far to the left.” Continue reading

Why the USA starves Haitians to death: Inside the national security state

I began to learn about Haiti long ago when I interviewed President Aristide, and he told me that thousands of Haitians were being murdered by assassins paid by the CIA. Haiti has long been controlled by the USA, since the slave revolt in Haiti overthrew the French. Continue reading

Would Trump have come after my family for being illegal?

My grandfather was an illegal alien. During the 1800s he travelled from England, where he was born, to Canada, which was British territory in those days, so he wasn’t required to have a passport. He travelled to the Canadian West, then crossed the border into Idaho, to be known, thereafter, as an American. Continue reading

Is it becoming a woman’s world?

When one considers the aphorism, “It’s a man’s world,” one should realize that world lies within a female order. We fly through space at 1.3 million miles per hour within a galaxy of billions of stars known as the Milky Way, after the nurturing female secretion. Continue reading

How united progressives can topple the empire and empower the people

We are headed toward a catastrophic election in 2020 that must be addressed if humankind is to have a chance at survival. Continue reading

Trump idiocy turns lethal

With a devout follower of President Trump having been active at placing bombs in the US mail directed at Trump’s perceived enemies, corporate media have missed the most important fact in the story, that Trump has inspired a huge number of his admirers to commit violent acts against people in this country. Continue reading