Tag Archives: Donald Trump

Noam Chomsky on Rising Fascism in U.S., Class Warfare and the Climate Emergency

“And it’s not just the pandemic. Much worse than that are the attitudes of skepticism about global warming. So, one rather shocking fact that I learned recently is that during the Trump years, among Republicans, the belief that global warming is a serious problem — not even an urgent problem, just a serious problem — declined about 20%.”

Know This, Trump’s Attempted Coup on Jan. 6 Was Just Practice

“What’s left to trust and rely upon? Unorganized people organizing. What else!”

Glenn Greenwald: What Are the Major Media Sources of Fake News and Disinformation?

Two minutes of outright lies.

Chris Hedges: American Satyricon

“The Epstein case is important because, however much is being covered up, it is a window into the scourge of male violence that explodes in decayed cultures, fueled by widening income disparities, the collapse of the social contract and the grotesque entitlement that comes with celebrity, political power, and wealth.”

Hedges: The nature of neoliberalism and its consequences, with Wendy Brown

“In the Ruins of Neoliberalism: The Rise of Antidemocratic Politics in the West.” How we find ourselves in our present state of an antidemocratic state.

Chris Hedges, America’s Fate: Oligarchy or Autocracy

“The alliance of Republican and Democratic oligarchs exposes the burlesque that characterized the old two-party system, where the ruling parties fought over what Sigmund Freud called the “narcissism of minor differences” but were united on all the major structural issues including massive defense spending, free trade deals, tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations, the endless wars, government surveillance, the money-saturated election process, neoliberalism, austerity, deindustrialization, militarized police and the world’s largest prison system.”

How Corporations Won the War on Terror, by William Hartung

“To put such a figure in perspective, the $75 billion in Pentagon contracts awarded to Lockheed Martin that year was significantly more than one and one-half times the entire 2020 budget for the State Department and the Agency for International Development, which together totaled $44 billion.”

Our New Postracial Myth, by Ibram X. Kendi 

“Just as you can recognize an impoverished country by its widespread poverty, you can recognize a racist country by its widespread racial inequity.”

Noam Chomsky: Republicans Are Willing to Destroy Democracy to Retake Power

“The term “neoliberal proto-fascism” captures well both the features of the current party and the distinction from the fascism of the past. The commitment to the most brutal form of neoliberalism is apparent in the legislative record, crucially the subordination of the party to private capital, the inverse of classic fascism.”

70% of Americans Say Arms Sales Make Us Less Safe. We’re the World’s Top Dealer. By William D. Hartung

“One area where President Biden could readily begin to fulfill his campaign pledge to reduce the harm to civilians from U.S. arms sales would be firearms exports.”

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?

DN!: “A Step Forward”: Black Lives Matter Protests Forced Biden to Push Racial Equity, But More Is Needed

“And so, we’ll be fighting to make sure that when we talk about — when the Movement for Black Lives talks about defunding police, that we’re talking about all police, including ICE and Customs and Border Patrol; when we talk about abolishing prisons, that we’re talking about all of them, including detention centers; and when we’re talking about Black Lives Matter, we’re talking about all Black lives, including those of our people that are in this country without papers.”

Chris Hedges: The Ruling Elite’s War on Truth

“Never mind that both ruling parties are silent about the massive interference in our elections by Israel, which uses its lobbying groups to lavishly fund political candidates in both parties and flies members of Congress and their families to Israel for junkets at seaside resorts. Israel’s intrusion in our political process, including when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed Congress in 2015, without informing then President Barack Obama, to attack the president’s Iran nuclear deal, dwarfs that of any other country, including Russia.”

Chris Hedges: American Requiem

“If there is one group that deserves our deepest contempt it is the liberal elites, those who posture as the moral arbiters of society while abandoning every value they purportedly hold the moment they become inconvenient.”

Patrick Cockburn: The Cynical Forces Behind America’s Forever Wars

“These lessons are pretty obvious, but they don’t seem to be learned,” he goes on, “particularly by the sort of political elite, above all in Washington.”

Henry Giroux: The system has to be stopped: On state terror and collective rebellion.

“The fires burning in our cities are unfortunate, but the real fires go unnoticed. These are the fires burning the spirits of those who suffer daily traumas, fears, police violence, and policy driven hardships are what need to be noticed, addressed, and rouse mass anger. No one talks about the roots of these problems…”

The Protests Made a Huge Difference: All Four Minneapolis Cops Charged in Killing of George Floyd

Includes Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison announcing the changing of charges against Derek Chauvin to 2nd Degree Murder and the charging of the other three officers; we also hear from Tamika Mallory in New York and Nekima Levy Armstrong in Minnesota with information about Breonna Taylor of others in Louisville, Kentucky.

Some Progressives Are in Denial About Trump’s Fascist Momentum

“Fascist politics exchanges reality for the pronouncements of a single individual, or perhaps a political party. Regular and repeated obvious lying is part of the process by which fascist politics destroys the information space.”

Palast on Staying Home with Josh Fox: All we’re asking is that the voters choose the politicians and not the opposite way around

“It was brutalizing to watch. When I saw the videos of people in Milwaukee in the rain, six feet apart, standing there for hours to be able to vote because there were only five polling stations open in the entire city, it broke my heart…”