Author Archives: John W. Whitehead

Tolerance cuts both ways: Freedom for the speech we hate

Tolerance cuts both ways. Continue reading

Say no to “hardening” the schools with zero tolerance policies and gun-toting cops

Just what we don’t need: more gun-toting, taser-wielding cops in government-run schools that bear an uncomfortable resemblance to prisons. Continue reading

Dictator for life: The rise of the American imperial president

I’m not a fan of Communist China. Continue reading

Armed and dangerous: If police don’t have to protect the public, what good are they?

In the American police state, police have a tendency to shoot first and ask questions later. Continue reading

Merchants of death: America’s toxic cult of violence turns deadly

We are caught in a vicious cycle. Continue reading

The military industrial complex strikes again: War spending will bankrupt America

Mark my words, America’s war spending will bankrupt the nation. Continue reading

Little Barbies: Sex trafficking of young girls is America’s dirty little secret

They’re called the Little Barbies. Continue reading

The state of our union: A house divided, enslaved & mired in the mistakes of the past

History has a funny way of circling back on itself. Continue reading

Things are getting worse, not better: round ups, checkpoints and national ID cards

No one is safe. Continue reading

Silence is betrayal: get up, stand up, speak up for your rights

I’m tired of liars, scoundrels and cheats. Continue reading

Justice denied: The government is not going to save us

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled: it will not hear the case of Young v. Borders. Continue reading

A tale of two Americas: Where the rich get richer and the poor go to jail

This is the tale of two Americas, where the rich get richer and the poor go to jail. Continue reading

Apocalypse Now: 2017 was another terrible, horrible, no good, very bad year

Nothing has changed. Continue reading

How to recapture the true spirit of Christmas in a toxic age

I keep waiting to encounter the “kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant” Christmastime environment that Charles Dickens describes in “A Christmas Carol”: “when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow-passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys.” Continue reading

Jesus was born in a police state

The Christmas narrative of a baby born in a manger is a familiar one. Continue reading

The Deep State’s Christmas present to America: Surveillance that never ends

Just in time for Christmas, the Deep State wants to give America the gift that keeps on giving: never-ending mass surveillance. Continue reading

John Lennon was right: The government is run by maniacs for maniacal means

Militant nonviolent resistance works. Continue reading

What went wrong in Charlottesville: At all levels, government is still the problem

Corruption. Graft. Intolerance. Greed. Incompetence. Ineptitude. Militarism. Lawlessness. Ignorance. Brutality. Deceit. Collusion. Corpulence. Bureaucracy. Immorality. Depravity. Censorship. Cruelty. Violence. Mediocrity. Tyranny. These are the hallmarks of an institution that is rotten through and through. Continue reading

Nervous about traffic stops? I am. You should be, too

We’ve all been there before. Continue reading

Don’t just give thanks, pay it forward one act of kindness at a time

It’s been a hard, heart-wrenching, stomach-churning kind of year filled with violence and ill will. Continue reading

Financial tyranny: ‘We the people’ are the new permanent underclass in America

Americans can no longer afford to get sick and there’s a reason why. Continue reading

America breaks down: The anatomy of a national nervous breakdown

Another shooting, another day in America. Continue reading

One year later, is Trump a blessing or a curse to the Deep State?

Here’s the question I pose to you: has Donald Trump been a blessing or a curse to the architects of the American police state? Continue reading

Don’t call the cops if you’re autistic, deaf, mentally ill, disabled or old

Life in the American police state is an endless series of don’ts delivered at the end of a loaded gun: don’t talk back to police officers, don’t even think about defending yourself against a SWAT team raid (of which there are 80,000 every year), don’t run when a cop is nearby lest you be mistaken for a fleeing criminal, don’t carry a cane lest it be mistaken for a gun, don’t expect privacy in public, don’t let your kids walk to the playground alone, don’t engage in nonviolent protest near where a government official might pass, don’t try to grow vegetables in your front yard, don’t play music for tips in a metro station, don’t feed whales, and on and on. Continue reading

This is how tyranny rises and freedom falls: The experiment in freedom is failing

It is easy to be distracted right now by the circus politics that have dominated the news headlines for the past year, but don’t be distracted. Continue reading

Power corrupts: A culture of compliance breeds despots and predators

Power corrupts. Continue reading

Mass shootings: The military-entertainment complex’s culture of violence turns deadly

This latest mass shooting in Las Vegas that left more than 50 people dead and more than 500 injured is as obscure as they come: a 64-year-old retiree with no apparent criminal history, no military training, and no obvious axe to grind opens fire on a country music concert crowd from a hotel room 32 floors up using a semi-automatic gun that may have been rigged to fire up to 700 rounds a minute, then kills himself. Continue reading

Freedom is a myth: We are all prisoners of the police state’s panopticon village

First broadcast in Great Britain 50 years ago, The Prisoner—a dystopian television series described as “James Bond meets George Orwell filtered through Franz Kafka”—confronted societal themes that are still relevant today: the rise of a police state, the freedom of the individual, round-the-clock surveillance, the corruption of government, totalitarianism, weaponization, group think, mass marketing, and the tendency of humankind to meekly accept their lot in life as a prisoner in a prison of their own making. Continue reading

What country is this? Forced blood draws, cavity searches and colonoscopies

Our freedoms—especially the Fourth Amendment—are being choked out by a prevailing view among government bureaucrats that they have the right to search, seize, strip, scan, shoot, spy on, probe, pat down, Taser, and arrest any individual at any time and for the slightest provocation. Continue reading

Battlefield America is the new normal: We’re not in Mayberry anymore

America, you’ve been fooled again. Continue reading

Anything goes when you’re a cop in America

President Trump needs to be reminded that no one is above the law, especially the police. Continue reading

Anarchy in America: Shot down like dogs in the street

Things are falling apart. Continue reading