Category Archives: Commentary

Are we sliding toward absolute rule by fascists?

Smearing and censorship in the name of ‘fake news’

I had a sobering thought as I watched a video I’d rented recently, to wit, we may now be sliding toward rule by totalitarian fascists. Continue reading

Trump wants flag burners punished

On November 29, Donald Trump tweeted, “Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag—if they do, there must be consequence—perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail.” Continue reading

When it comes to fake news, the U.S. government is the biggest culprit

Let’s talk about fake news stories, shall we? Continue reading

Merkel facing anti-migrant rebellion by Bavarian leader

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the architect of Europe’s devastating open-door migrant policy, is facing a challenger from within the ranks of her own increasingly tenuous governing coalition of her own Christian Democrats, the Social Democrats, and a Christian Democratic sister party in Bavaria, the Christian Social Union. Merkel, who announced plans to run for a fourth term a chancellor next year, may not last long as German head of government if Bavaria’s Christian Social Union Prime Minister Horst Seehofer has his way. Continue reading

Reflections on the ‘Dispossessed’

After centuries of hard-fought but limited progress, human society seems to be reverting to the law of the jungle. For many of our international neighbors, this means leading lives defined by aerial bombardment, guerrilla warfare, militia rule and displacement as refugees. Continue reading

Trump’s $1 trillion infrastructure plan

Lincoln had a bolder solution

In Donald Trump’s victory speech after the presidential election, he vowed, “We are going to fix our inner cities and rebuild our highways, bridges, tunnels, airports, schools, hospitals. We’re going to rebuild our infrastructure, which will become, by the way, second to none. And we will put millions of our people to work as we rebuild it.” Continue reading

Fight back or go under

The presidency of Donald Trump is going to be a slap in the face of American workers that will wake us up to the reality of social class. The Big T’s pedal-to-the-metal policies will show us clearly that we are one class, the ruling elite are another class, and our interests are diametrically opposed. Our declining standard of living is essential for maintaining their wealth, and they will do whatever is necessary to continue that. They will jail us, deport us, kill us, anything to crush resistance. Continue reading

Britain down the drain

Did you know that Great Britain is going down the drain because the citizens want to remain British? Continue reading

The Trump ploy

Universally, Trump was depicted as an anti-establishment candidate. Washington and Wall Street hated him, and the media were deployed to vilify him endlessly. If they could not discredit Trump enough, surely they would steal the election from him. Some even suggested Trump would be assassinated. Continue reading

The tyranny at Standing Rock: The government’s divide-and-conquer strategy is working

Divide and conquer. Continue reading

Third parties of the world, unite! You have nothing to lose but your chains!

There have been many thought-provoking articles in the alternative news lately. Robert Reich says all current members of the Democratic National Committee should resign so that we can have a new democratic party. Noam Chomsky says, “Trump’s win puts government in the hands of the most dangerous organization in world history.” Bill Gates has argued that we need socialism to save the planet. Robert Scheer says this [the election result] is “the revenge of the deplorables.” Chris Hedges exclaims in an article, entitled “It’s Worse Than You Think,+++++” that “Widespread social unrest will ignite when Donald Trump’s base realizes it has been betrayed.” Continue reading

What should Palestinians expect—can Trump be any worse

Fear and trepidation are slowly building up, as US President-elect Donald Trump is considering for his cabinet people capable of bringing about a nightmare scenario, not only for Americans but for the rest of the world, as well. Continue reading

The gift of words

Things, possessions, life on the installment plan. This is the season to buy, to accumulate more folderols, to give things to one’s children and each other, which, we like to believe, will bring joy. It’s make-believe, of course, an adult lie conjured up out of guilt and fear that our lives, the stories we live and the stories we dream, are insufficiently meaningful to bring our children and ourselves the joy we say we seek. Continue reading

A world of difference

I suppose hate is too strong a word, but there are times when it seems the only word that conveys the intensity that I will occasionally feel towards my fellow beings. Continue reading

None of this is normal; all of it is un-American

Hate crimes after Donald Trump's election and his appointment of Steve Bannon to the White House aren't the way to bring America back together.

A friend of mine who has dual Israeli-American citizenship tells the story of entering an elevator in Jerusalem shortly after a bullying right-wing government had taken over the country. Continue reading

It is the system that must be dealt with

That line from a 1960s lyric spoke to a society in the midst of social change totally misunderstood by opinion makers and their employers. The situation now is more serious, the changes needed more radical, and the degree of confused ignorance of the people and criminal immorality of the leadership greater than before. Thus, an election in which the ruling establishment demanded defeat of one of its own, a rich and unruly capitalist, in favor of one of its employees, a more reliable worker in the fields of empire, and they failed. Continue reading

WaPo smears Intrepid Report and 200+ other sites as peddlers of Russian propaganda

Cites anonymous associates of a new, shady website as sources of its report

In his article, “Russian propaganda effort helped spread ‘fake news’ during election, experts say,” the Washington Post’s so-called reporter Craig Timberg shows how far the corporate media have sunk. Continue reading

Fidel Castro, RIP

Fidel Castro and Che Guevara led a people’s rebellion against Fulgencio Batista, who had established himself as a dictator in a military coup in 1952. In 1959 the Batista regime collapsed. Continue reading

Donald Trump and the dangers of expectation

As the unexpected US president-elect took to the stage, the crowds erupted in jubilation, basking in the historic moment of populist revolution, certain that reform and change had finally come. Continue reading

The non-existent Trump mandate

Within days of the U.S. general election, central elements of the result have already entered into American mythology: the revenge of the “white working class voter”; the unprecedented anti-establishment character of the president-elect; the populist revolution that led to Trump’s victory; and the years in the wilderness now facing Democrats and progressives in America. Continue reading

Stay alert, America: The worst is yet to come

Stay alert, America. Continue reading

What happened in this election?

Brushing away the extreme claims and rhetoric of much election analysis, there are some observations which deserve attention. These unfortunately mostly provide hard lessons and not a lot of encouragement for people who hold to principles of democracy, enlightenment, and progressivity. Continue reading

On Trump’s victory

It occurred to me in recent years that the act of being progressive is not a political position but rather a mental state. 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

Trump: A people’s ‘new world order’ taking shape?

A populist wave that began with Brexit in June became a tsunami as Trump’s cyclone hit Washington Tuesday night, leaving the capital in a shambles. His is a story straight out of Grimm’s fairytales. the peasants rose up. The phony civility of the neoconservative nightmare that Americans (and the world) have endured for years is cracking. Continue reading

Trump’s election breaks chains of political correctness

One likely winner to come out of the 2016 US presidential election: accuracy in polling. Obviously not past but future polling! Continue reading

The Trump revolution in the United States: What could the new president’s Herculean works be?

There has just been a generational political earthquake in the United States and the after shocks are potentially going to be huge. Indeed, on November 8, 2016, against all odds, the Republican candidate Donald Trump (1946- ) was elected to serve as the 45th American president, repeating ad nauseam his main slogan, “Make America Great Again.” He will be the first American president since Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890–1969) to occupy the White House without having personal political experience. Continue reading

Freedom Rider: Dump the Democrats for good

This columnist did not see a Donald Trump victory coming. The degree of disgust directed at an awful candidate was more than I had predicted. Neither the corporate media, nor Wall Street, nor the pundits, nor the pollsters saw this coming, either. Their defeat and proof of their uselessness is total. Those of us who rejected the elite consensus and didn’t support Hillary Clinton should be proud. Continue reading

Hillary: The only person in the galaxy who could lose to Trump

I will not be surprised if President-elect Trump changes the national motto from e pluribus unum to capto per naturale eius debent (grab them by the pussy). This will show the rest of the world that our leader is a celebrity and we may do whatever we want, not that the rest of the world doesn’t already know the Empire feels this way, just clarifying. Continue reading

Election 2016: Amerika wins, Americans lose!

Well, the angry white vote did the trick and Ms. Killary went down in defeat. One hopes that many will realize that this election was not about what people voted FOR . . . but rather AGAINST. Continue reading

The infamy of the Palestinian elites: An imminent split within Fatah?

The Fatah movement is involved in a massive tug-of-war that will ultimately define its future. The conflict is between current Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and once Gaza strongman, Mohammed Dahlan. Continue reading

A collection of thoughts about American foreign policy

Louis XVI needed a revolution; Napoleon needed two historic military defeats; the Spanish Empire in the New World needed multiple revolutions; the Russian Czar needed a communist revolution; the Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman Empire needed World War I; Nazi Germany needed World War II; Imperial Japan needed two atomic bombs; the Portuguese Empire in Africa needed a military coup at home; the Soviet Empire needed Mikhail Gorbachev . . . What will the American Empire need? Continue reading