Bolsonaro: A Monster Engineered by Our Corporate Media

Despite their professed concern, the plutocrats and their media spokespeople much prefer a far-right demagogue like Trump or Bolsonaro to a populist leader of the genuine left. by Jonathan Cook Common Dreams Oct 31, 2018 With Jair Bolsonaro’s victory in Brazil’s presidential election on the weekend, the doom-mongers among western elites are out in force once again. … Continue reading Bolsonaro: A Monster Engineered by Our Corporate Media

Jon Stewart On Journalists Who Take Trump’s Bait

Video: In an exclusive interview at London's Royal Albert Hall, Christiane Amanpour speaks with comics Dave Chappelle and Jon Stewart. Former "Daily Show" host Jon Stewart distilled Donald Trump's ability to control the political news cycle in an interview on Tuesday evening, explaining Trump succeeds in distracting the corporate news media from his damaging policies … Continue reading Jon Stewart On Journalists Who Take Trump’s Bait

The Forever War’s Cheerleaders

Democrats, liberals, and progressives have become some of the biggest hawks in Washington. That needs to change. By Lyle Rubin Nation Coming home from the Forever War can be difficult. Not long after returning from Afghanistan as a Marine officer in early 2011, I found myself feeling betrayed by compatriots who worshiped the idea of my … Continue reading The Forever War’s Cheerleaders

Trump’s Endless Mendacity and the Dawn of American Fascism

by Paul Street Truthdig Oct 31, 2018 American presidents lie. They always have. Just Google “Lyndon Johnson and the Gulf of Tonkin,” “Bill Clinton and NAFTA” or “George Bush and weapons of mass destruction.” Even Honest Abe likely told a fib or two. But no U.S. president has ever lied as prolifically, constantly, insidiously and dangerously as … Continue reading Trump’s Endless Mendacity and the Dawn of American Fascism

New Study Reveals the Stealth Oligarchy

What billionaires want: the secret influence of America’s 100 richest A new study reveals how the wealthy engage in ‘stealth politics’: quietly advancing unpopular, inequality-exacerbating, highly conservative policies Guardian Oct 31, 2018 If we judge US billionaires by their most prominent fellows, they may seem to be a rather attractive bunch: ideologically diverse (perhaps even … Continue reading New Study Reveals the Stealth Oligarchy

Why We Can’t Just Believe Scientists Are Going to Fix Global Warming For Us

Against Geoengineering BY SILVIA RIBEIRO Jacobin Oct 23, 2018Geoengineering is a risky business. It is so risky, it should be banned. According to the most recent IPCC report, we have only twelve years to drastically reduce emissions if we’re to keep the Earth’s temperature rise from surpassing 1.5º Celsius. The dire conclusions of the report and the daunting … Continue reading Why We Can’t Just Believe Scientists Are Going to Fix Global Warming For Us

They’re Going to Pen You In and Charge You for It

by JANINE JACKSON FAIR Oct 24, 2018 (audio at link) Janine Jackson interviewed Mara Verheyden-Hilliard about Trump’s new anti-protest rules for the October 19, 2018, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. Janine Jackson: What is clear is that the Trump White House wants what it wants, decades of carefully forged law and tradition be … Continue reading They’re Going to Pen You In and Charge You for It

Neoliberalism and Fascism: The Stealth Connection

The current fascist electoral campaign rallies by Donald Trump are designed to up the ante of charges against liberals and the Left. by William Connolly Common Dreams Oct 27, 2018 Neoliberalism is not fascism. But the fact that many famous neoliberals have been moved to support fascism to protect a regime from social democracy or socialism does give … Continue reading Neoliberalism and Fascism: The Stealth Connection

Brave New World predicted 2018 better than any other novel

His book warns us of the dangers of mass media, passivity, and how even an intelligent population can be driven to gladly choose dictatorship over freedom. by SCOTTY HENDRICKS Big Think October 13, 2018 This 1931 novel predicted modern life almost to a (model) T. While other dystopias get more press, Brave New World offers us a nightmare … Continue reading Brave New World predicted 2018 better than any other novel

10 Ways the Tech Industry and Media Helped Create Donald Trump

by Damian Radcliffe Conversation  The role played by the media and technology is coming under heavy scrutiny, with Facebook, Twitter, and Google's roles in the rise of fake news enjoying considerable coverage. This represents a shift from when the volume of media airtime given to Trump often was held culpable for the WWE reality TV star’s political ascendancy. The rise of … Continue reading 10 Ways the Tech Industry and Media Helped Create Donald Trump