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Dissident Voice - 2020-09-22 - Original post - cached version

As Arun Gupta tweeted the other day, “Pardon the catastrophic global warming, we now return you to your regularly scheduled state violence.”

It’s been quite a week here in Oregon. I know there are plenty of other horrors happening in the world. The invisible ones...

Strategic Culture - 2020-09-21 - Original post - cached version

Ralph NADER

The American people own most of the wealth – private and public – and most of the information in the country. The top one percent do not.

The American people have most of the power in the country. The top one percent do not.

These assertions may surprise you,...

Dissident Voice - 2020-09-20 - Original post - cached version

Image courtesy of our comrade Hermit

Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the center cannot hold
Mere anarchy is loosed up the world….
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are...

Dissident Voice - 2020-09-19 - Original post - cached version

In a 2017 article, I asked what might a future India look like and concluded that, if current neoliberal policies continue, there could be dozens of mega-cities with up to 40 million inhabitants and just two to three hundred million (perhaps 15-20% of the population) left in an emptied-out...

Dissident Voice - 2020-09-18 - Original post - cached version

At the risk of counting chickens before they hatch, what would the return of Team Blue portend?

As is patently obvious, the US is in trouble. Climate driven heat waves and fires grip the nation. An already faltering economy with deep contradictions could only tank given the shock of the...

Dissident Voice - 2020-09-14 - Original post - cached version

Germany

On December 11, 1941, four days after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Germany declared war on the United States.

Even within the most avowed Leftist anti-war activist there exists a belief that the Second World War was fully justified in stopping Hitler’s Nazis. They...

Kafila - 2020-09-14 - Original post - cached version

It is disheartening when the Constitution is not followed in letter and spirit, but the balm of monetary compensation will not fix the problem. Someone must have been telling lies about Joseph K, he knew he had done nothing wrong but one morning, he was arrested. These opening lines of Franz...

Spy Culture - 2020-09-13 - Original post - cached version

‘Cultural Marxism’ is a term that these days is almost exclusively used by hard right wing critics of the popular...

Strategic Culture - 2020-09-11 - Original post - cached version

Richard D. WOLFF

Viewing the GOP convention seemed a little like binge-watching the last several years’ parade of none-too-subtle signs of incipient fascism. We saw extreme nationalism, scapegoating immigrants and foreigners in general, white supremacy, “strong (narcissistic)-man”...

Dissident Voice - 2020-09-11 - Original post - cached version

Sunil Janah, Mallu Swarajayam and other members of an armed squad during the Telangana armed struggle, 1946-1951.

When news of the revolution in the Tsar’s empire filtered into British-dominated India in 1917-1918, the reception was...

Dissident Voice - 2020-09-09 - Original post - cached version

Prof. Richard Wolff argues that the system in the US is falling apart. Capitalism is surviving because of all the support provided by the American government to corporations — who are receiving the bulk — and to Americans.

The post Corporations Profit from Peoples' Suffering first...

Dissident Voice - 2020-09-07 - Original post - cached version

As the presidential election draws near both contestants make fatuous appeals to America’s near-sainted Founding Fathers and that almost sacred scroll known as the Constitution. History has seen more than its share of distortion. Myths and misconceptions have sprung up that many people now take...

Off Guardian - 2020-09-06 - Original post - cached version

Tony Sutton A review of The Sport & Prey of Capitalists: How the Rich Are Stealing Canada’s Public Wealth, by Linda McQuaig. Published by Dundurn It’s painful to recount the times in recent decades that we’ve been fed the neoliberal mantra that privatising public services is more cost...

Dissident Voice - 2020-09-05 - Original post - cached version

It’s been a weird time, the last six months, and so it continues; perhaps it always was.  It’s certainly been an unjust violent mess in varying degrees of severity, for as long as most can remember. With selfishness, division and pleasure firmly in the driving seat, and the planet beautiful,...

Kafila - 2020-09-05 - Original post - cached version

On October 16th the Climate Justice Charter will be taken to South Africa’s national parliament, together with the climate science future document, with the demand it be adopted as per section 234 of the South African constitution, which provides for charters to be adopted. All political parties...

Dissident Voice - 2020-09-04 - Original post - cached version

Third Party Blues

Today, who is a Democrat? Who is a Republican? Is there really a difference?

It is no secret that the current electoral system in the United States is rigged. The two hegemonic capitalist parties have made it nearly impossible for other parties to...

Spy Culture - 2020-09-04 - Original post - cached version

In my latest article for Shadowproof I delve into the Department of Homeland Security’s Hollywood office, which works on everything...

Dissident Voice - 2020-09-03 - Original post - cached version

No ruling class could survive if it wasn’t attentive to its own interest consciously trying to anticipate control/ initiate events at home & abroad both overtly & secretly.

The dirty truth is that many people find fascism to be not particularly horrible.

—...

Dissident Voice - 2020-09-02 - Original post - cached version

In its desperate race to survive its series of crises, capitalism keeps clinging onto its old tool of dividing the working class. But, since commencing its political fight, the working class has uplifted a different call: Workers of the world unite! More than one hundred years ago, the...

Dissident Voice - 2020-08-31 - Original post - cached version

Here are three questions I would propose to the people who read this article:

Other than being a Red Diaper Baby, what is the process by which people came to socialism and how did they handle the disapproval of their families and long-term friends? How does having a framework for...
Dissident Voice - 2020-08-28 - Original post - cached version

Joe Biden picking Kamala Harris for his running mate kicked off a flurry of think pieces in the media. Some of these opinions have attacked the anti-Black and casteist attitudes still prevalent among South Asians in the subcontinent and in the global diaspora.

The former...

Kafila - 2020-08-27 - Original post - cached version

  A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, goes an old Chinese saying.  In the present context, that single step – and an absolutely essential step – for reclaiming the soul of India, is the coimng together of the social movements, non-party groups and the political parties – and...

Grayzone Project - 2020-08-24 - Original post - cached version

Red Lines host Anya Parampil talks to Danny Haiphong, a contributor at the Black Agenda Report, about why some US leftwing media outlets repeat State Department talking points on China.   Haiphong also challenges some of the more hackneyed talking points repeated in putatively left media,...

Kafila - 2020-08-23 - Original post - cached version

The bias that social media platforms such as Facebook display reflects their own world-view as much as it does the regimes they support. A few gave the appearance of being truly psychopathic individuals. The mass of others were ragged and illiterate peasants easily roused to hatred of the Tutsi...

Strategic Culture - 2020-08-22 - Original post - cached version

Even an honest politician can’t do everything they want. So why do we vote for “dictatorial” results when we are proud of Democracy? Watch the  video and read more in the article by Tim Kirby.

Dissident Voice - 2020-08-21 - Original post - cached version

Any conditions that compel the teacher to take note of failures rather than of healthy growth give false standards and result in distortion and perversion.

— John Dewey,1

Academic Fredrik deBoer has written a book, The Cult of Smart: How Our Broken...

Strategic Culture - 2020-08-20 - Original post - cached version

Following the destruction of two heritage sites in Juukan Gorge by the Australian mining company Rio Tinto in May, Aboriginal communities are facing another threat to their quest to protect their heritage and culture. Western Australia’s Federal government has been asked to take a step back by...

Off Guardian - 2020-08-20 - Original post - cached version

Hiroyuki Hamada It’s capitalism after all. Those political parties for the rich and powerful know how to sell exploitation and subjugation by their good cop/bad cop marketing. If you don’t buy this, you get Trump. But if you buy what they sell, you get Biden, an imperialist with the crime bill,...

Strategic Culture - 2020-08-19 - Original post - cached version

Jake JOHNSON

Research published Tuesday by the Economic Policy Institute shows that the top executives at the largest corporations in the United States now make 320 times more than what their typical employees earn in wages and benefits.

EPI’s latest annual analysis of executive...

Strategic Culture - 2020-08-19 - Original post - cached version

A recent CNN opinion piece broke down the many ways in which Trump is not living up to his promises to support working class America. The article titled “If you’re a blue-collar worker, Trump is not your friend“ has some great arguments based on facts/statistics, but there is one critical flaw,...

Off Guardian - 2020-08-19 - Original post - cached version

If you’re reading this, then you’ve probably been called a conspiracy theorist. Also you’ve been derided and shamed for questioning the “science” of the Covid debacle. The idea of science is now a badly corrupted idea. In a nation, today, (the USA) which in educational terms ranks 25th globally...

Dissident Voice - 2020-08-18 - Original post - cached version

Man’s longing for the marvelous: the underground of the human psyche finds its counterpart in the meanderings of a mythical labyrinth, the subterranean meetings by candlelight, secret passages hidden within the double walls of castles, treasures concealed in gullies.

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Dissident Voice - 2020-08-17 - Original post - cached version

It’s capitalism after all.  Those political parties for the rich and powerful know how to sell exploitation and subjugation by their good cop/bad cop marketing. If you don’t buy this, you get Trump.  But if you buy what they sell, you get Biden, an imperialist with the crime bill, Patriot Act,...

Dissident Voice - 2020-08-15 - Original post - cached version

If the Portland Police decide they need to start killing protesters, the mayor has just justified it in advance.

The liberal landed gentry dripping with multi-generational wealth and entitlement, as represented by Tear Gas Ted Wheeler, has made a pronouncement:...

Strategic Culture - 2020-08-14 - Original post - cached version

Joseph GROSSO

One effect of the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S. is the momentary spotlight it shined on the meatpacking industry. Working conditions inside packing plants were exposed in the sheer number of workers who were infected with the virus. Exact numbers are elusive but thousands of...

Counter Currents - 2020-08-12 - Original post - cached version

A 1969 song written and sung by John ‘ Speedy ‘ Keen of the group Thunderclap Newman fits too well today… much too well: Call out the instigators Because there’s something in the air We’ve got to get together sooner or later Because the revolution’s here and you know it’s right And you know that...

Strategic Culture - 2020-08-11 - Original post - cached version

Richard D. WOLFF

The capitalist economic system has always had a big problem with politics in societies with universal suffrage. Anticipating that, most capitalists opposed and long resisted extending suffrage beyond the rich who possessed capital. Only mass pressures from below forced...

21 Century Wire - 2020-08-07 - Original post - cached version

Capitalism vs Socialism: which mode of economy is better?

In this spirited discussion, host Patrick Bet-David speaks with leftwing academic and economist, Richard Wolff, to discuss the pro’s and cons of socialism, capitalism and running a business in America. Watch:

READ...

Strategic Culture - 2020-08-03 - Original post - cached version

As commentators focus on the hospitalisations of two Gulf monarchs, and permutate likely succession issues, they may miss the wood for the succession trees: Of course, the death of either the Emir of Kuwait (91 years old) or King Salman of Saudi Arabia (84 years old) is a serious political...

Strategic Culture - 2020-08-02 - Original post - cached version

A recent off-hand remark by one of America’s oligarchs points toward a new methodology for undermining what is left of international law and order. Speaking in earnest or in jest, nobody really knows, but smart money would certainly bet on the former, when admonished that the Bolivian coup that...

Strategic Culture - 2020-07-31 - Original post - cached version

Caitlin JOHNSTONE

CNBC News reports that Americans are looking at the possibility of up to 40 million evictions in the coming months as unemployment payments expire and a...

Dissident Voice - 2020-07-31 - Original post - cached version

Chief of Police: One man cannot move a mountain.
Charlie Chan: No, but two men can start digging.

— Charlie Chan in Shanghai (1935) calling a spade a spade

Fifty years ago, Capitalists Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger initiated their rapprochement...

Counter Currents - 2020-07-29 - Original post - cached version

The post pandemic economic recovery looks uncertain and the economic growth projections look gloomy in every stretch of policy paradigm within capitalist imaginations. The strong and existing multilateral cooperation within the Westphalian international system is falling apart and facing its...

Strategic Culture - 2020-07-27 - Original post - cached version

What is it that motivates companies to sign up to virtue-signaling ad campaigns that have absolutely nothing to do with their product, and may even damage the bottom line?

This month, two well-known corporate brands made a giant leap of faith, jumping into shark-infested waters to swim...

21 Century Wire - 2020-07-26 - Original post - cached version

Western hegemony and globalization appear to be approaching an impasse. This moment of change appears to have been accelerated by the government-engineered lockdowns amid the COVID crisis. How significant is this time in history compared to other major watershed moments of the last 100...

Dissident Voice - 2020-07-25 - Original post - cached version

The US Senate returned to work this week after a two-week vacation during which COVID-19 exploded and the economy imploded. The moment of truth has now arrived. Will the House and Senate now bring forth a Covid relief package adequate to the Covid health and economic crises?

The last six...

Strategic Culture - 2020-07-24 - Original post - cached version

Restrictions meant to limit coronavirus spread have hit Main Street hard, and left big business booming.

Curtis ELLIS

Corporate media and critics of President Trump—the same thing, actually—debate whether “re-opening the economy too soon caused the virus...

Off Guardian - 2020-07-21 - Original post - cached version

So, how are you enjoying the “New Normal” so far? Is it paranoid and totalitarian enough for you? If not … well, hold on, because it’s just getting started. There is plenty more totalitarianism and paranoia still to come.

Strategic Culture - 2020-07-17 - Original post - cached version

Vijay Prashad explores the differences between the pandemic responses of a few countries with socialist governments and others in the capitalist order.

Vijay PRASHAD

Too little has been made of the fact that countries like Laos and Vietnam have been able to manage the coronavirus...

Counter Currents - 2020-07-16 - Original post - cached version

And he be US!’ The late great cartoonist and political satirist Walt Kelly created his Pogo comic strip that ran from 1948 to 1975. Pogo was syndicated and seen by millions each day. One famous Pogo was the aforementioned ‘ We have met the enemy… and he be US!’ How true it has always been for us...

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