Author Archives: John W. Whitehead

Institutionalizing intolerance: Bullies win, freedom suffers when we can’t agree to disagree

What a mess. Continue reading

Hiroshima revisited: Memorializing the horrors of war with 10 must-see war films

Nearly 73 years ago, the United States unleashed atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, killing more than 200,000 individuals, many of whom were civilians. Continue reading

No doubt about it: The Deep State is real and Trump is its latest tool

There are those who would have you believe that President Trump is an unwitting victim of the Deep State. Continue reading

It’s all fake: Reality TV that masquerades as American politics

Americans have a voracious appetite for TV entertainment, and the Trump reality show—guest starring outraged Democrats, power-hungry Republicans, and a hodgepodge of other special interest groups with dubious motives—feeds that appetite for titillating, soap opera drama. Continue reading

A New World Order: Brought to you by the Global-Industrial Deep State

There are those who will tell you that any mention of a New World Order government—a power elite conspiring to rule the world—is the stuff of conspiracy theories. Continue reading

The Constitution is not neutral: Courts of Justice should not act like Courts of Order

For those still deluded enough to believe they’re living the American dream—where the government represents the people, where the people are equal in the eyes of the law, where the courts are arbiters of justice, where the police are keepers of the peace, and where the law is applied equally as a means of protecting the rights of the people—it’s time to wake up. Continue reading

The danger is real: We need a new Declaration of Independence for modern times

Imagine living in a country where armed soldiers crash through doors to arrest and imprison citizens merely for criticizing government officials. Continue reading

Government eyes are watching you: We are all prisoners of the surveillance state

First broadcast in America 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

Caging children, separating families: Has the war on immigration gone too far?

Sometimes you have to draw a line in the sand. Continue reading

There is no ‘Get Out of Jail Free’ card for the president

Someone needs to alert Donald Trump: there is no “Get Out of Jail Free” card just for being president. Continue reading

Whose country is this? Is the US Constitution even welcome here anymore?

There are days I wake up and I’m not sure what country I live in anymore. Continue reading

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