Tribe

I posted this article which criticizes a recent NATO-produced anti-Russia propaganda film glorifying WWII Nazis: nato-celebrates-nazi-collaborators-who-murdered-jews-holocaust:  “In Flashy New Film, NATO Celebrates Nazi Collaborators Who Murdered Jews in the Holocaust. Top historians slam NATO for lionizing former Baltic Waffen SS fighters as anti-communist heroes.” A Facebook friend commented: We should not be surprised. The same people support Islamic…

The American “left” is dead

(that’s the castle, in the photo, in Denmark where Shakespeare set Hamlet) The American “left” is dead, thanks entirely to the American “left” itself, which over the last 3 decades has been morbidly depressed, and in the last year, first became totally unrecognizable as itself, and then committed suicide. I absolutely agree with everything Max…

“absurd or nonsensical talk or ideas” (claptrap), that usual business language that amounts to nothing, and is used both in place of actual thought, and to prevent it.

I saw one of those business articles, the usual business language that amounts to nothing, is “absurd or nonsensical talk or ideas” (claptrap), and is used both in place of actual thought, and to prevent it. The title of the article was something like “Steve Jobs did not invent the iPhone”. The article argued that…

tutte le strade portano a Roma

All roads lead to Rome. But should you be on that road? American architecture students should turn around and go home. There’s nothing to see that they can understand. The problem reminds me of what Noam Chomsky says about rats running prime number mazes. Rats don’t get prime number mazes. Prime numbers, for rats, are…

Europe has a Spine?

Finally some good news out of Europe, serious push back against Washington, a review of European backbone starting around 21 minutes into the audio. Thank god. Maybe there is one? In any case, Stephen F. Cohen is the most intelligent American, however you define that, the most coherent, the most reasonable, the most sane, the…

A Cage of Locks

We live in a time in which the Democratic Party, and its voters/supporters/believers, are the leading political force driving American wars of aggression worldwide, and the leading force driving American hostility toward Russia. This has been carried so far that Russia has nowhere left to retreat and yet the Democrats keep pushing. Who are these…

When Democracy Can’t Get Out of the Starting Gate

Geoffrey M Young posted this meme: To that, someone replied: EVERYONE who Voted for TRUMP Well no need to tell you. You wouldn’t understand Geoffrey M Young: Voted for a WORLD-CLASS asshole who didn’t become a war criminal until 1/29/17. Trump didn’t become a war criminal until he signed off on that illegal raid in Yemen, 9…

America, What are You?

  10 years ago I read the following New Year’s eve 2007 editorial in the Mexico City newspaper, Reforma, by the Mexican novelist and essayist, Carlos Fuentes. Had he lived to 2017 I think he’d be shocked by the answer the Americans have come up with to his question. New Year, New Era? By Carlos…

The Putin Interviews

You might think, and it’s probably a common belief, that copying correspondence into a blog shows some combination of laziness and arrogance. But who cares? I don’t. To some degree both accusations are true. What’s more interesting is the extent to which they’re not true, and the degree to which there’s something else in it…

Ungoverned

What many Americans have failed to notice is that over the course of the last 20 years, Americans have lost all ground to stand on. The ground is gone. We’ve managed to destroy the ground we stand on. We have nothing left to stand on as we criticize (in any way), let alone condemn, any…

Takin’ it to eleven!

I’m 50 years old. I’ve been a pretty voracious news reader since about age 15. Almost all of these 35 years I’ve spent in real doubt about American foreign policy (war), and as a skeptic since the early 90s of neoliberal economics, and before that seeing the stupidity in Reagan’s “trickle down” economics. And for…

Americans have to learn that their country CAN BE WRONG

In every case I can think of over the last 16 years, I oppose American foreign policy. My opinion is my own, my opposition to US war policy stands alone on the facts and is in no way dependent on any other country’s policies, whether their policies are similar or dissimilar to my opinions. However,…