Category Government/Politics

On Contact: Hedges and Street on the Strength of Right-Wing Populism

“Despite losing, Donald Trump has solidified support from an angry, disposed working class that cuts across racial lines.”

Support the Philippine Human Rights Act

“On July 3, Philippine President Duterte signed the Anti-Terrorism Act—a law that Amnesty International has called “yet another setback for human rights.” The law appears to be a pretext to target perceived political opponents.”

The global nuclear bargain, by Paul R. Pillar

“The late political scientist Kenneth Waltz argued that nuclear weapons can generally be a good thing because fear of the cataclysmic consequences of a war breaking out can make resort to war less likely. But that always has been a minority view.”

Edwin Starr: WAR

You’ll say, “War”
I’ll say, “Huh, yeah”
You’ll say, “What is it good for?”
I’ll say, “Absolutely”
You’ll say, “Nothing”

Shredding journalistic credibility: Matt Taibbi on Chris Hedges On Contact

Marginalizing the news as propaganda for Democrats or Republicans. Igniting a 2020 firestorm. Includes traditional news sources and social media.

An Assault on Human Dignity, the Rule of Law, and the Institutions That Would Uphold Them

“The plight of Djamel Ameziane is a real-world example of the self-serving approach to human rights practiced by the United States.”

Chris Hedges: Chris Hedges on Fascism, Civil Unrest, and the Police State

“I expect serious problems in terms of civil unrest and I expect pretty draconian responses from our internal security systems, and you can look at Ferguson to get a sense of what that looks like: that’s militarized police in armored personnel carriers with 50 caliber machine guns pointed at nonviolent protesters.”

Stevie Ray Vaughan: Caught in the Crossfire

“Save the strong, lose the weak
Trust nobody, don’t be no fool
Whatever happened to the golden rule
We got stranded…”

Chris Hedges: Trump’s Barrett Nomination Another Step Toward Christian Fascism

“Since the Democratic Party is beholden to the same donor class as the Republican Party, and since the media long ago substituted the culture wars for politics, the most ominous threat Barrett’s appointment to the court represents is going unmentioned.

What’s on Polly Mann’s Mind? Shame on the Congress

“If people would refuse to support, fund, kill, or participate in the process, there would be no war. We need to reset and have a fresh start.”

Can We Learn from Cuba About COVID-19? by Penny Gardner

“The population went under ‘lockdown’ on March 20. Business taxes and domestic debts were suspended, those hospitalized had 50% of their salaries guaranteed and low-income households qualified for social and family assistance schemes, with food, medicine and other goods delivered to their homes…”

Bob Dylan: Murder Most Foul

Steven Hager  You Tube Murder Most Foul Lyrics Written by Bob Dylan ‘Twas a dark day in Dallas — November ‘63 The day that will live on in infamy President Kennedy was riding high A good day to be living and a good day to die Being led to the slaughter like a sacrificial lamb […]

Buffy St. Marie: Universal Soldier

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Bob Dylan: With God on Our Side

With God on Our Side Oh my name it ain’t nothin’ My age it means less The country I come from Is called the Midwest I was taught and brought up there The laws to abide And that land that I live in Has God on its side Oh, the history books tell it They […]

Bob Dylan: Masters of War

Masters Of War Bob Dylan, The Avener Come your masters of war You that build all the guns You that build all death planes You that build all the bombs You that hide behind walls You that hide behind desks I just want you to know I can see through your masks You that never done […]

Barry McGuire: Eve of Destruction

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Tom Engelhardt: Murder, He Said, America’s Maestro of Death and Destruction

“Trump has proven to be America’s twenty-first-century maestro of death and destruction, the P.T. Barnum of, as he put it predictively enough in his Inaugural Address, “American carnage.” In fact, he’s been a master of carnage in a way no one could then have imagined.”

Democracy Now! How Fascism Works: Trump’s “Law and Order” Is Lawlessness, Fueling Racist Violence and Chaos

“…to connect these dots, from the Republican National Convention to white supremacists in the streets of U.S. cities to the president’s embrace of fringe conspiracy theories…”

Tomgram: Mandy Smithberger, Ending the Pentagon’s Pandemic of Spending

“A Post-Coronavirus Economy Can No Longer Afford to Put the Pentagon First.”

Voter Roll Purge Errors: The ACLU of Georgia released a report by the Palast Investigative Fund

“Unsurprisingly, the state’s removals will likely affect the most vulnerable: young voters, voters of lower income, and citizens of racial groups that have been denied their sacred right to vote in the past.”