Category manufacturing consent

Fascism in the USA: Jason Stanley on How Fascism Works, plus Trump Uprising, Keeping the Left off the Streets, and more…

“Fascism is a patriarchal cult of the leader, who promises national restoration in the face of supposed humiliation by a treacherous and power-hungry global elite, who have encouraged minorities to destabilize the social order as part of their plan to dominate the “true nation,” and fold them into a global world government.”

The Empire: Chris Hedges, Noam Chomsky, Alfred McCoy, Sheldon Richman, Caitlin Johnstone

The decline and fall of the American Empire?

End This Endless War…this Endless Militarism

“We’re all part of a culture that continues to esteem war, embrace militarism, and devote more than half of federal discretionary spending to wars, weaponry, and the militarization of American culture. “

Noam Chomsky and Chris Hedges on the State of the American Empire

Noam Chomsky addresses the current state of the American Empire after the attack on the capital on Jan 6, 2021. His new book: “Consequences of Capitalism: Manufacturing Discontent and Resistance.”

Chris Hedges: The Great Delusion

“The message of the Biden administration to progressives and left-wing populists is very clear – ‘Drop dead.'”

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.

Memory Loss in the Garden of Violence: How Americans Remember (and Forget) Their Wars

“The payload of bombs unloaded on Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos between the mid-1960s and 1973 is commonly reckoned to have been between seven and eight million tons — well over 40 times the tonnage dropped on the Japanese home islands in World War II. Estimates of total deaths vary, but are all exceedingly high.”

Fourth of July Musings: The Curse of Exceptionalism and the Perils of Patriotism

“…empire-building has always been the path of this vocally republican nation. Like racism and slavery, empire evolved rather than ended.”

Glenn Greenwald: Ben Smith’s NYT Critique of Ronan Farrow Describes a Toxic, Corrosive, and Still-Vibrant Trump-Era Pathology: “Resistance Journalism”

THE MOST MENACING ATTRIBUTE of what Smith calls “Resistance Journalism” is that it permits and tolerates no dissent and questioning: perhaps the single most destructive path journalism can take.

As Corporate Capitalists Beg For Socialism, Let’s Not Forget They Tried To Destroy It

“MAINSTREAM MEDIA is more afraid of socialism than it is of COVID-19. “How the mainstream media manufactures consent to the programs for the corporations instead of for the people of the United States.

Speer Goes to Hollywood: A wake-up call about the danger of trivialising Nazi crimes

“The title of Vanessa Lapa’s documentary, Speer Goes to Hollywood, and its tagline, “The Unbelievable Second Career of the Good Nazi,” are enough to stop one in one’s tracks.”

Under the Guise of a Fact Check, NPR Provides a Propaganda Twofer, by Mike Madden

Truth is not fake news.  Justice is not fake news.
We don’t have to tell you what dangerous times we face.

Chris Hedges: The One-Choice Election

“Playing politics in a system that is not democratic is about being complicit in the charade.”

PBS NewsHour Coverage of Suleimani Assassination, by Mike Madden

On January 25, 2020 Mike Madden gave the following speech at a protest of Trump’s actions in the assassination of Suleimani, inciting a possible war with Iran. American bias in US media coverage* has been obvious for a long time: America has interests, Iran has ambitions. America has allies, Iran has proxies. America has a […]

National Endowment for Destabilization? CIA Funds for Latin America

“A lot of what we do today was done covertly 25 years ago by the CIA,” said NED cofounder Allen Weinstein in 1991.

How Journalists Demonize Venezuela’s Government, in Their Own Words, by Alan MacLeod

“One Caracas-based correspondent now working for The New York Times told me on the record that he employs “sexy tricks” to “hook” readers on dubious articles demonizing the socialist government of Venezuela.”

Hong Kong: Are These Really Protests We Want to Support? by Mary Beaudoin

“U.S. out of Hong Kong and the Asia Pacific!”

FBI Whistleblower Coleen Rowley looks at the Mueller Report

An opportunity to hear about the Mueller inquiry from someone who has been on the inside.  You’ll hear a very different story than the one in the mainstream media. This is a don’t miss episode!

Worshipping the Electronic Image, by Chris Hedges

More ominous than the president’s impoverished vocabulary is that he cannot string together sentences that make sense.

The Riptide of American Militarism: Lessons from the Natural World on Washington’s Unnatural Wars, by Wm. Astor

“The best defense against militarism is peace; the next best thing is the vigorous practice of democracy,” (The Pentagon as a Parasitic Cowbird)