Trump’s National Security Speech

by Paul Craig Roberts (December 19 2017) What do we make of Trump's national security speech? First of all, it is the military/security complex's speech, and it is inconsistent with Trump's intention of normalizing relations with Russia. The military/security complex, using Trump's position as President, has defined Russia and China as "revisionist powers", Washington's … Continue reading Trump’s National Security Speech

The Permanent Lie, Our Deadliest Threat Mr Fish {1} by Chris Hedges {2} Truthout (December 17 2017) The most ominous danger we face does not come from the eradication of free speech through the obliteration of net neutrality or through Google algorithms that steer people away from dissident, left-wing, progressive or anti-war sites. It does not come from a tax … Continue reading The Permanent Lie, Our Deadliest Threat

The Great Leveler

Throughout history, the best ways to reduce inequality have been disease and destruction Four Horsemen of Apocalypse, by Viktor Vasnetsov, painted in 1887. by Eshe Nelson (March 06 2017) How do you solve a problem like inequality? Economic policymakers have been grappling with this for a long time, with varying degrees of urgency. … Continue reading The Great Leveler

History Suggests There is a Way to Lower Inequality

But You're Not Going to Like It by Ana Swanson The Washington Post (April 19 2017) Rising economic inequality in the United States has been a major animating force on both the political left and the right. Whether it is Senator Bernie Sanders promising to rebuild blue-collar communities or President Trump pledging to "make America … Continue reading History Suggests There is a Way to Lower Inequality

A Good Year for Israel and Its Friends

A bad year for the US Constitution by Philip Giraldi The Unz Review (December 19 2017) Trump and Bibi The unfortunate Donald Trump Administration decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel serves no visible American interest, in spite of what some of the always-loyal-to-Israel punditry has been suggesting. Israel is already moving … Continue reading A Good Year for Israel and Its Friends

Bad Moon Rising

A new cabinet will mark neocon ascendancy by Philip Giraldi The Unz Review (December 12 2017) Bad_Moon_Rising (1) Back during the admittedly brief shock and awe period that immediately followed on the Trump electoral victory, it appeared that there might be an actual realignment of American foreign policy. The neoconservatives virtually unanimously had opposed … Continue reading Bad Moon Rising

The Only Thing, Historically …

... that's Curbed Inequality Plagues, revolutions, massive wars, collapsed states - these are what reliably reduce economic disparities. by Walter Scheidel The Atlantic (February 21 2017) Calls to make America great again hark back to a time when income inequality receded even as the economy boomed and the middle class expanded. Yet it is … Continue reading The Only Thing, Historically …