Saturday, September 24, 2016
Friday, September 23, 2016
Article: Handle with care: American psycho system a "co-worker of God" | OpEdNews
US President Barack Obama made his eighth -- and final -- address to the United Nations General Assembly this week. What a relief, not to be subjected to any more florid speeches filled with vacuous, psychopathic lies.
Unfortunately, his successor -- whoever that is -- will pontificate more of the same. For the American psycho power-system is delusional about being a force for good.
As usual, Obama delivered another one of his soaring rhetorical pirouettes. The American Conjurer-in-Chief presented a sweeping vista of history that was a travesty of reality. Sweeping American global crimes under a carpet of lies.
"I say all this not to whitewash the challenges we face," he declared at one point, without a trace of irony that that was exactly what he was doing.
What is nauseating about an American president standing up in front of the world's nations at the opening of the UN annual assembly is not merely having to tolerate listening to such venal verbiage. It is an insult to common human intelligence to witness such brazen falsification of world conflicts -- and specifically the sickening self-exoneration of American responsibility.
Monday, September 19, 2016
Article: The Courtiers and the Tyrants | OpEdNews
Thomas Frank's marvelous scorched-earth assault on the Democratic Party and professional elites in his book "Listen, Liberal: Or, What Ever Happened to the Party of the People?" has one fatal flaw. Frank blames the liberal class, rather than the corporations that have seized control of the centers of power, for our descent into political dysfunction and neofeudalism.
Yes, self-identified liberals such as the Clintons and Barack Obama speak in the language of liberalism while selling out the poor, the working class and the middle class to global corporate interests. But they are not, at least according to the classical definition, liberals. They are neoliberals. They serve the dictates of neoliberalism -- austerity, deindustrialization, anti-unionism, endless war and globalization -- to empower and enrich themselves and the party.
The actual liberal class -- the segment of the Democratic Party that once acted as a safety valve to ameliorate through reform the grievances and injustices within our capitalist democracy and that had within its ranks politicians such as George McGovern, Gaylord Nelson, Warren Magnuson and Frank Church and New Deal Democrats such as Franklin D. Roosevelt -- no longer exists. I spent 248 pages in my book "Death of the Liberal Class" explaining the orchestrated corporate campaign to erase the liberal class from the political landscape and, more ominously, destroy the radical labor and social movements that were the real engines of social and political reform in the 19th and 20th centuries.