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Washington Just Can’t Help Itself

It’s as if every time our representatives look into the closet marked “solutions,” the only thing they see is a hulking, over-armed soldier whom they obsessively let loose.

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Trump’s Storm Troopers and the Possibility of American Fascism

If indeed Trump is a mere “proto-fascist,” then what ingredients, if any, are still needed for the emergence of an authentic 21st century American fascist movement?

Posted on Mar 16, 2016 READ MORE



Exxon’s Never-Ending Big Dig

As bad as Exxon has been in the past, what it’s doing now—entirely legally—is helping push the planet over the edge and into the biggest crisis in the entire span of the human story.

Posted on Feb 18, 2016 READ MORE



‘The Most Dangerous Man in America’

Addicted to the gutter politics that ruined him, Richard Nixon was—as an English earl once said of the warlord Oliver Cromwell—“a great, bad man.”

Posted on Jul 15, 2015 READ MORE



The Real American Exceptionalism

While Presidents Eisenhower and Bush decided on exceptions that violated national boundaries and international treaties, President Obama is exercising his exceptional prerogatives in the unbounded domains of aerospace and cyberspace.

Posted on Feb 26, 2015 READ MORE



Fossil-Fueled Republicanism

In the wake of the midterm elections, Republican energy hawks are ascendant, having taken the Senate and House by storm. They are preparing to put pressure on a president already presiding over a largely drill-baby-drill administration to take the last constraints off the development of North American fossil fuel reserves.

Posted on Nov 20, 2014 READ MORE



The Fourth Branch

As every schoolchild knows, there are three check-and-balance branches of the U.S. government: the executive, Congress, and the judiciary. That’s bedrock Americanism and the most basic high school civics material. Only one problem: It’s just not so.

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Dead Is Dead: Drone-Killing the Fifth Amendment

Thanks to a much contested, recently released but significantly redacted Justice Department white paper providing the basis for the extrajudicial killing of American citizen Anwar al-Awlaki, we finally know the president in post-constitutional America is officially judge, jury and executioner.

Posted on Jul 25, 2014 READ MORE



How Washington Protects Itself and the Corporate Sector

The question of how foreign policy is determined is a crucial one in world affairs. I can only provide a few hints as to how I think the subject can be productively explored.

Posted on Jul 3, 2014 READ MORE



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America’s Black-Ops Blackout

“Dude, I don’t need to play these stupid games. I know what you’re trying to do.”  With that, Maj. Matthew Robert Bockholt hung up on me.

Posted on Jan 9, 2014 READ MORE



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Border Patrol International

On one side, a man in a uniform with a gun and the authority to detain, deport, or even kill; on the other, people with the most fundamental of unmet needs and without the proper documentation to cross an international boundary.

Posted on Nov 21, 2013 READ MORE



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World Energy Report 2012: The Good, the Bad, and the Really, Truly Ugly

The “good news” of the World Energy Outlook 2012 is really the bad news: The energy industry’s ability to boost production of oil, coal, and natural gas in North America is feeding a global surge in demand for these commodities, ensuring ever higher levels of carbon emissions.

Posted on Nov 28, 2012 READ MORE



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Will Wonders Never Cease?

What once was sorcery maybe now is science, but the wonders technological of which I find myself in full possession, among them indoor plumbing and electric light, I incline to regard as demonstrations magical.

Posted on Jun 30, 2012 READ MORE



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Bread and the ‘Tropic of Chaos’

Christian Parenti, who writes regularly for The Nation magazine, has published a book detailing some of the present and future social impacts of climate change. In an essay on Tom Dispatch.com, he connects the rising cost of bread to the revolutionary uprisings in the Middle East and Northern Africa. (more)

Posted on Jul 20, 2011 READ MORE


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What Have We Done to Democracy?

While we’re still arguing about whether there’s life after death, can we add another question to the cart: Is there life after democracy? What sort of life will it be? By “democracy” I don’t mean democracy as an ideal or an aspiration. I mean the working model: Western liberal democracy, and its variants, such as they are.

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