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Dissident Voice - 2020-04-01 - Original post - cached version

The entire human world is fighting to defeat a demon today. It’s coronademic – coronavirus pandemic. The fight demands a globally concerted, unified effort. Venezuela should not be left lurching in the pandemic-wilderness even if one of its original sins is resisting imperialism. But, the...

Dissident Voice - 2020-04-01 - Original post - cached version

Notes from an Apocalypse: A Personal Journey to the End of the World and Back is a thoughtful, engaging book that ends in failure. But Mark O’Connell shouldn’t take that assessment too personally. His book fails in the way that his culture—the modern, cosmopolitan, left/liberal, individualist...

Dissident Voice - 2020-04-01 - Original post - cached version

These Songs Kill Fascists, my latest album,  is an ode to Woody Guthrie, a call to fight fascism outside and internally.  Featuring Mick Jenkins, Psalm One, Denver jazz legend Ron Miles, and platinum producer DJ Pain 1, the album tackles issues such as the murder of Heather Heyer, Denver’s...

Dissident Voice - 2020-04-01 - Original post - cached version

As the capitalist emperor strolls down the avenue of U.S. public opinion butt-naked but for the first time since the 1930s, more and more people are starting to realize that they were not crazy. The brutal failures of the capitalist system that they saw were not a figment of their imagination or...

Dissident Voice - 2020-04-01 - Original post - cached version

The Western mass media is extremely busy frightening its own citizens and the entire world with statements like:

A leaked government document has suggested up to 500,000 people could die from coronavirus if the disease is able to infect up to 80 per cent of the country.

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Dissident Voice - 2020-03-31 - Original post - cached version

For murder, though it have no tongue, will speak with most miraculous organ.

— Hamlet

On May 1, 1962, President John Kennedy was meeting in the Oval Office with a group of Quakers who were urging him to do more for peace and disarmament.  As he kept...

Dissident Voice - 2020-03-31 - Original post - cached version

In the face of the coronavirus pandemic, the most immediate objective is to slow its spread, minimise the death toll and help people through the crisis.  But, despite government promises to support citizens who are now losing their jobs and income, the underlying establishment concern will be as...

Dissident Voice - 2020-03-31 - Original post - cached version

The New York Times of March 20, asks rhetorically: “Is Our Fight Against Coronavirus Worse Than the Disease?”

The coronavirus, known as COVID-19, was declared a pandemic by WHO’s Director General, Dr. Tedros, on 30 January 2020, when outside of China there were only 150 WHO-registered...

Dissident Voice - 2020-03-31 - Original post - cached version

PART ONE

Orientation

The field of psychology is a big capitalist business, whether it is helping capitalists with advertising, finding new consumers, selling self-help books to an anxious public, or helping psychiatrists or counselors make a living off of people’s misery. There are...

Dissident Voice - 2020-03-31 - Original post - cached version

As draconian lockdowns, punitive regimes and surveillance become the norm of the coronavirus world, Sweden has treaded more softly in the field.  This is certainly in contrast to its Scandinavian cousins, Denmark and Norway.  The rudiments of a life uninterrupted generally remain in place. Cafes...

Dissident Voice - 2020-03-31 - Original post - cached version

Quite literally.

In a single week air pollution cleared up, housing was found for the homeless, evictions were banned, the stock market ceased being the gauge of social well being, water shut-offs ended, jails were emptied, debt peonage was suspended, universal basic income was proposed...

Dissident Voice - 2020-03-31 - Original post - cached version

There is a meme circulating online with a biblical quote that contains a message from Solomon’s god accepting the consecration of the temple as a place he will receive his sacrifice. Solomon’s god claims to have sent drought, locust and epidemics to drive his people to repentance and obedience....

Dissident Voice - 2020-03-31 - Original post - cached version

Benny Gantz, the former Israeli general turned party leader, agreed late last week to join his rival Benjamin Netanyahu in an “emergency government” to deal with the coronavirus epidemic.

Two weeks ago he had won a wafer-thin majority vote in the parliament that gave him first shot at...

Dissident Voice - 2020-03-30 - Original post - cached version

What seemed to allow this deadly night to descend was that the intellectual patterns that were supposed to be in charge of things, that should comprehend the threat and lead the fight against it, were paralyzed.

— Robert M. Pirsig, Lila: An Inquiry Into Morals, pg 305

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Dissident Voice - 2020-03-30 - Original post - cached version

The pandemic, economic collapse and the government’s response to them are going to not only determine the 2020 election but define the future for this decade and beyond. People are seeing the failure of the US healthcare nonsystem and the economy. The government was able to provide...

Dissident Voice - 2020-03-30 - Original post - cached version

Imagine if you will the following: Country A has a government which provides its citizens with free and adequate housing and two special daily pills free of charge. The first pill contains all daily nutritional requirements while the second pill guarantees a sense of happiness and contentment...

Dissident Voice - 2020-03-30 - Original post - cached version

 All this I was told, for while the operation was performing, I lay in a profound sleep, by the force of that soporiferous medicine infused into my liquor.

— Gulliver’s Travels, “A Voyage to Lilliput,” Jonathan Swift, 1906

Disclaimer:  Any criticisms of...

Dissident Voice - 2020-03-29 - Original post - cached version

According to the parable, the ungrateful son takes out a life insurance policy on his parents, murders them to collect, and is caught and found guilty. At his sentencing, the judge asks if he has anything to say on his behalf. The son replies: “Have mercy upon me because I am an orphan.” That’s...

Dissident Voice - 2020-03-29 - Original post - cached version

Once the panic, grief, and worldwide turmoil of the coronavirus pandemic has eventually subsided (as it certainly will in due course), our biggest and most important challenge will be not how or if we survived the relatively short term upheavals to our lives, but whether as individuals and...

Dissident Voice - 2020-03-29 - Original post - cached version

It took Vietnam Veteran Tim Keenan 172 days to hike the legendary Appalachian Trail. Apart from wanting to test his athletic abilities, he hoped to get some relief for his post-traumatic-stress-syndrome (PTSD).

For Keenan, the unforeseen consequences of firing a rifle started with...

Dissident Voice - 2020-03-28 - Original post - cached version

One of the long-standing stubborn myths about education in American culture is that education is “the great equalizer” and that education is the way to overcome poverty and inequality at the individual and societal levels.

The facts show, however, that poverty and inequality are generally...

Dissident Voice - 2020-03-28 - Original post - cached version

To expose another human being to serious illness, and to the threat of losing their life, is grotesque and quite unnecessary.  This is not justice, it is a barbaric decision.

— Kristinn Hrafnsson, editor-in-chief of WikiLeaks, March 26, 2020

Social...

Dissident Voice - 2020-03-28 - Original post - cached version

President Trump claimed he used the word “hoax” about the news coverage, not the virus. But he continued to downplay and minimize it, such as saying on March 6, 2020: “I just think this is something that you can never really think is going to happen.”

I suppose he was unaware that The CDC...

Dissident Voice - 2020-03-28 - Original post - cached version

For the past three years, several dozen New Yorkers have gathered each Saturday at Union Square, at 11:00 a.m. to vigil for peace in Yemen.

Now, however, due to the coronavirus, the vigil for peace is radically altered. Last week, in recognition of the city’s coming shelter in place...

Dissident Voice - 2020-03-27 - Original post - cached version

Take careful notice – as of March 2020, the United States is operating as a more than strict Democratic Socialist system. The government is regulating aspects of American life — economic, social, and medical. The Federal Reserve is printing money and making it available to financial and...

Dissident Voice - 2020-03-27 - Original post - cached version

The United States has become the new center of the global coronavirus pandemic, with over 86,000 cases, more than China or Italy. More than a thousand Americans have already died, but this is surely only the very beginning of this deadly collision between the U.S.’s uniquely inadequate public...

Dissident Voice - 2020-03-27 - Original post - cached version

As we hunker down wherever we are, we are collectively having radically differing experiences of isolation.

Humanity, on any given day, is experiencing reality in very different ways. As a writer writing about the world around me and about things that have happened in the past, I spend a...

Dissident Voice - 2020-03-27 - Original post - cached version

OK, I’ve got some good news and I’ve got some bad news. The good news is mainly for authoritarians who missed all the fun during the War on Terror. The news is … welcome to the War on Death!

Yes, that’s right, global capitalism (a/k/a “the world”) is now at war with Death … which is great...

Dissident Voice - 2020-03-26 - Original post - cached version

The Democratic establishment is deriving some delusionary cheer from it.  The line of candidates for the presidential nomination has thinned, many falling out and proceeding, suicidally, to endorse former Vice President Joe Biden.

The case of Hawaii Representative Tulsi Gabbard is...

Dissident Voice - 2020-03-26 - Original post - cached version

Imagine that you are in Hong Kong, in a city where “you are actually not supposed to be”, in the first place. You are ready to go home, to South America. But just two days before your departure, via Seoul and Amsterdam, your first Sky Team carrier, Korean Air, unceremoniously decides to cancel...

Dissident Voice - 2020-03-26 - Original post - cached version

It was only a matter of time before the anti-Muslim sentiment in India turned violent.

A country that has historically prided itself on  its diversity and tolerance, and for being ‘the largest democracy in the world’ has, in recent years, exhibited the exact opposite qualities –...

Dissident Voice - 2020-03-25 - Original post - cached version

After the warlord period of 15th century, Japan was united by a few families and then by a shogun family.  The period is called the Edo period. They disarmed civilians and established a mild caste system. The country was closed except for a few ports controlled by the central government, travel...

Dissident Voice - 2020-03-25 - Original post - cached version

We’ve been writing for a while that the 2020’s would be a decade when multiple crises would come to a head and we would have an opportunity for major transformations if we were organized to mobilize and demand them. The current coronavirus pandemic, economic collapse, and falling oil...

Dissident Voice - 2020-03-25 - Original post - cached version

The upcoming American elections are just around the corner and everyone is wondering if the new president will be named Trump, Biden, Sanders or none of the above.

I can hear the incredulous reader exclaim: Wait, what does “none of the above” mean?? It’s certainly going to be one of those...

Dissident Voice - 2020-03-24 - Original post - cached version

You can always count on the government to take advantage of a crisis, legitimate or manufactured.

This coronavirus pandemic is no exception.

Not only are the federal and state governments unraveling the constitutional fabric of the nation with lockdown mandates that are sending the...

Dissident Voice - 2020-03-24 - Original post - cached version

A few years ago I wrote a piece for Labor Day suggesting that it become a “do-nothing day.”  It was a bit satirical but, of course, had a serious point as satire does.  I had little hope that my recommendation would be adopted.  Now that we are suffering from coronavirus panic and people are...

Dissident Voice - 2020-03-24 - Original post - cached version

Never discount the importance of venality in international relations.  While pandemics should provide the glue for a unified front in response – we keep being told of fighting this horrendous “invisible enemy” – it’s business as usual in other respects.  The United States, with a disparate,...

Dissident Voice - 2020-03-24 - Original post - cached version

A certain amount of despair is, well, healthy. But that fine line between using it as a motivator and that other type of the neutering kind, or the type of despair that pushes one over the edge into depression, it’s a matter of degree. And perspective.

Denial certainly staves off despair...

Dissident Voice - 2020-03-24 - Original post - cached version

The Middle East region, battered by wars and adjoining humanitarian crises that have left millions of people stateless, hungry and diseased, is in urgent need for peace, security and reconstruction. Thanks to the US, Russian, French, Israeli and other weapons manufacturers, however, it is now...

Dissident Voice - 2020-03-24 - Original post - cached version

As people around the world are taking social distancing measures to keep their communities safe Coastal Gas Link and the RCMP continue to bring in workers from all over Canada during a pandemic putting both workers and entire northern communities with limited medical staff at grave risk.

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Dissident Voice - 2020-03-23 - Original post - cached version

As the coronavirus spreads fast in the U.S., the Trump administration – instead of helping – is taking the blame game to a new level. An example is found in a recent editorial in The Daily Beast. Called “White House Pushes U.S. Officials to Criticize China for Coronavirus ‘Cover-Up,'” that piece...

Dissident Voice - 2020-03-23 - Original post - cached version

Our fundamental responsibility is to protect the American people, the homeland, and the American way of life.
— National Security Strategy of the United States, 2017 (President Donald Trump)

The United States government has no greater responsibility than protecting the...

Dissident Voice - 2020-03-23 - Original post - cached version

Humanity is faced with a series of self-made, interrelated crises, from the environmental catastrophe to poverty, inequality, the absence of peace and an unprecedented level of displaced persons, among other pressing issues.  All have been brought about by the negative behaviour of mankind, by...

Dissident Voice - 2020-03-23 - Original post - cached version

In what is being called the worst financial crisis since 1929, the US stock market has lost a third of its value in the space of a month, wiping out all of its gains of the last three years. When the Federal Reserve tried to ride to the rescue, it only succeeded in making matters worse. The...

Dissident Voice - 2020-03-22 - Original post - cached version

During the 2019 State of the Union Address United States president Donald Trump promised, “America will never be a socialist country.” This was followed by GOP chants of “USA, USA, USA.”

Donald Trump affirmed his antipathy of socialism during the 2020 State of the Union Address stating, “...

Dissident Voice - 2020-03-22 - Original post - cached version

On March 11th, the World Health Organization (WHO) officially declared the ongoing outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) to be a global pandemic, the first since the H1N1 swine flu in 2009. Initially reported in the city of Wuhan in Central China in December, just four months later...

Dissident Voice - 2020-03-21 - Original post - cached version

Two categories of propaganda must be distinguished.  The first strives to create a permanent disposition in its objects and constantly needs to be reinforced.  Its goal is to make the masses ‘available,’ by working spells upon them and exercising a kind of fascination.  The second...

Dissident Voice - 2020-03-21 - Original post - cached version

The coronavirus pandemic is sweeping the globe. There seems to be no way of containing it at this point, and health systems are struggling to keep up. The virus is exposing inadequacies in health systems all over the world, especially the U.S.’s abysmal health infrastructure. Health workers on...

Dissident Voice - 2020-03-20 - Original post - cached version

Sun Yang is an Olympic Gold medalist and world record holding swimmer. He was recently ruled to be guilty of an anti-doping rule violation (ADRV) and banned from competing for eight years. Unless his appeal to overturn the decision is successful, this will end the swimming career of the 28 year...

Dissident Voice - 2020-03-20 - Original post - cached version

Over the last 20 years, we have documented some shocking examples of journalistic irresponsibility, but the tweet from ITV’s political editor Robert Peston on March 14 was something special. With China, South Korea, Italy, Spain and other countries in shutdown, lockdown and general medical...

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