Author Archives: John W. Whitehead

When things fall apart: A graduation message for a dark age

Those coming of age today will face some of the greatest obstacles ever encountered by young people. Continue reading

The age of petty tyrannies

We labor today under the weight of countless tyrannies, large and small, carried out in the name of the national good by an elite class of government officials who are largely insulated from the ill effects of their actions. Continue reading

Dial T for tyranny: While America feuds, the police state shifts into high gear

What characterizes American government today is not so much dysfunctional politics as it is ruthlessly contrived governance carried out behind the entertaining, distracting and disingenuous curtain of political theater. And what political theater it is, diabolically Shakespearean at times, full of sound and fury, yet in the end, signifying nothing. Continue reading

Is the U.S. government evil? You tell me

Is the U.S. government evil? Continue reading

Crimes of a monster: Your tax dollars at work

Let us not mince words. Continue reading

The slippery slope to a Constitution-free America

The ease with which Americans are prepared to welcome boots on the ground, regional lockdowns, routine invasions of their privacy, and the dismantling of every constitutional right intended to serve as a bulwark against government abuses is beyond unnerving. Continue reading

America hasn’t learned a thing: Racism, materialism and militarism still reign supreme

I was sitting in a crowded bar, drinking a beer, when the news broke that Martin Luther King Jr. had been shot and killed. Continue reading

A blueprint for resistance: Jesus Christ vs. the police state

Just as police states have arisen throughout history, there have also been individuals or groups of individuals who have risen up to challenge the injustices of their age. Continue reading

Enough Is enough: If you really want to save lives, take aim at government violence

Enough is enough. Continue reading

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