Keith, Emma & RJ 01/01/21 – We’re back in business, historic spike in drug overdose deaths under COVID-19, governor Sisolak shut down Narcotics and Alcoholics Anonymous meetings in the least sober place on the planet, Carl Jung and the origins of mental illness, Don Wells just died of […]
One guy says he hopes for less divisiveness. Good luck with that one.
2020 was the year the Brazilianization of the economy was completed. Hill correspondent, Reid Wilson, details why 2020 really was the worst year ever.
It would be hilarious if Yang ended up replacing Diblase’. Team Rising gives their thoughts on Andrew Yang being spotted at a hair salon with a film crew.
Look for a lot of faux Le Penists and faux Christian Democrats to emerge among the Repugs in the future, along with an increased number of cranks obsessed with stuff like QAnon and UFOs. Krystal Ball and Rachel Bovard react to Josh Hawley’s plans to challenge the electoral […]
I have to disagree with Rand on this. I generally oppose any kind of “economic reform” that involves raising any new taxes, passing any new laws, or creating any new government agencies. But all wealth and resources that are possessed by the state amount to ill-gotten gains achieved […]
A perfect illustration of the neocon/neoliberal alliance. Imagine West German television in the 1950s inviting Joachim von Ribbentrop (if he hadn’t been hung at Nuremberg) on the air to complain that the economic policies of Konrad Adenauer and Ludwig Erhard were too extravagant. Krystal Ball gives her take […]
What this Blackburn person is saying might be semi-true if the social democrats actually controlled the entire government (think President Bernie with AOC as Speaker). But that’s light years away from where things are now. The neocons at FOX tend to use the social democrats as a whipping […]
The “let them eat cake” news for New Year’s Eve. I don’t think a France 1789 or Russian 1917 revolution would have a positive outcome. But these fuckheads seem hellbent on making one happen. Krystal Ball and Rachel Bovard discuss Mitch McConnell’s statements that there is “no realistic […]
It makes sense. Purge Trump and create a ruling class unity regime, but use the Senate to obstruct any populist efforts. And they’ve already got control of the judiciary nailed down. DC Bureau Chief at The Intercept, Ryan Grim, discusses why Mitch McConnell didn’t help Donald Trump get […]
Make America Boring Again? Team Rising weighs in on what Donald Trump has done for the media and how the landscape could change with the Biden Administration.
2020 has been a great year for lumpenpoletarian rebellion. By Marianne Martinez, KSDK St. Louis ST. LOUIS — A woman hit a St. Louis city sheriff’s deputy with her own baton at a St. Louis gas station on Christmas Day after the woman was told she could not […]
In anti-imperialist news: 10. The Future of Erdogan’s Power: A Geopolitics Alert Series 9. Saudis Respond to Yemenis Downing Fighter Jet by Killing 30 Civilians 8. Armenians Speak: An Interview with Dr. Vahe Sahakyan on Nagorno-Karabakh 7. Uyghur Genocide: The “Muslim Holocaust” in China? 6. Is What’s Happening […]
The first objective of any kind of anarchism worthy of the name has to be the dispersal of power. Too many anarchists put the cart before the horse and become theoretical anarchists but functional social democrats or Marxists in practice (or functional Republicans in the case of ancaps […]
This nails it. By forcing the working class and the petite bourgeoisie into the ranks of the lower proletariat and lumpenproletariat, the ruling class and managerial class are creating the conditions for a class insurgency. Notice how the ruling class media (staffed by the managerial class) has gone […]
By Chun Han Wong, Wall Street Journal HONG KONG—A Chinese court imposed a four-year prison term on a citizen journalist who documented how Covid-19 ravaged the city where the coronavirus was first detected, in a case that underscores the lengths to which Beijing has defended its official narrative […]
Most political factions only support free speech when out of power. Even then, it’s a mixed bag. Most Trumpists would probably bring back anti-flag burning laws in a heartbeat. Most leftists would probably be glad to create an Index of Prohibited Hate Books. By Chip Gibbons, The Jacobin […]
By Rod Dreher, The American Conservative Earlier this semester, Mark Crispin Miller, who teaches media studies at New York University, got in trouble because of something he was accused of saying in his class on propaganda. The academic free speech organization FIRE explains: In September, a class session […]
Ever since this thing started I have suspected that the “pandemic” was actually a manifestation of multiple illnesses rather than a singular one. In addition to suspecting there have probably been a lot of misdiagnoses. The same thing happened with AIDS in the 80s, particularly in Africa, where […]
By Glenn Greenwald Asserting that Donald Trump is a fascist-like dictator threatening the previously sturdy foundations of U.S. democracy has been a virtual requirement over the last four years to obtain entrance to cable news Green Rooms, sinecures as mainstream newspaper columnists, and popularity in faculty lounges. Yet […]
A symposium of paleoconservative scholars discusses the leftist works they most admire. By Mark G. Brennan, Pedro Gonzalez, Paul Gottfried, Alexander Riley, Robert L. Paquette, Stephen B. Presser, Chronicles In The Politics of Prudence, Russell Kirk dismissed the notion of conservatism grounding itself in a single foundational text. Since […]
At least the system showed its hand. In many ways, 2020 was actually a very good year. The inherent incompetence of the state was partially exposed by the pandemic. The corruption of the ruling class and hypocrisy of the political class was demonstrated by the economic response to […]
The gap between the upper-middle (professional-managerial) class and the lower-middle (working) class is growing. The managerial class is moving toward a tighter relationship with the ruling class (the techno-oligarch/new clerisy alliance ) and the working class is sinking into the ranks of the lower proletariat and lumpenproletariat. Krystal […]
Direct US military presence overseas is at a 60-year low. But this doesn’t mean imperialism is ending. It’s merely being farmed out to allies, client states, mercenaries, and proxy forces, with technology like drones assuming a greater role. By Kristen Bialik, Fact Tank The number of active-duty U.S. […]
The empire is starting to recede. Military spending as a percentage of GDP and the number of US troops overseas are both starting to gradually decline. By Christopher Giles, BBC READ MORE
When it comes to the arguments over censorship, “cancel culture,” doxxing, de-platforming, public shaming, or even outright violence, it seems that virtually everyone engages in special pleading on behalf of their own perceived interests and those of their reference groups, with philosophical, moral, ethical, or ideological arguments merely […]
From the time the pandemic started, I figured it would last for years.
BBC A prominent Saudi female activist, who campaigned for women’s right to drive, has been sentenced to more than five years in prison. Loujain al-Hathloul, 31, has already been in a maximum security prison for two and a half years. She and other activists were detained in 2018 […]
By Meghan Daum, Medium The end of 2019 saw several conflicting reports about the severity — and even legitimacy — of cancel culture. It’s bad. It’s not that bad. It’s real. It isn’t that real. Imposed largely by social-media-based arbiters of up-to-the-minute standards of justice, cancellation in this […]
By Laura Santhanam, PBS In a year when the coronavirus has racked up an unbearable death toll, recent preliminary data from the federal government suggests an overlap with another staggering figure: More Americans died from drug overdose in a 12-month period than at any other point in history. […]
By Peter Van Buren, The American Conservative I learned the facts of life from a drunk uncle. He was not an American, and worked in international construction in Asia. His main job was to bribe people. Over the course of many tiny glasses of some awful, clear Asian […]
‘If You Attack Us, We Will Kill You’: The Not Fucking Around Coalition Wants to Protect Black Americans
By Tess Owen, VICE Hip-hop DJ Grand Master Jay says the day after white supremacists marched through the streets of Charlottesville, Virginia, in August 2017, was the day he gave up on America. The violence that left one protester dead and dozens injured was painful, but somehow even […]
By William Rivers Pitt, Truthout More than 10,000 people in the U.S. died from COVID-19 in the time between when Donald Trump blew up the stimulus bill and when he finally signed it. No, he doesn’t care about that. The millions of people desperate for unemployment assistance, along […]
The New York Times Helped a Vindictive Teen Destroy a Classmate Who Uttered a Racial Slur When She Was 15
Social justice or mob justice inspired by moral panic? By Robby Soave, Reason Jimmy Galligan is an 18-year-old college freshman from Leesburg, Virginia. He may also be cancel culture’s Count of Monte Cristo. Some months ago, Galligan—who is biracial—posted a years’ old, three-second video of a white, female […]
Well, that didn’t take long. Statuephobia is not only a two-way street but a multi-laned highway. A sculpture dedicated to Breonna Taylor and installed in Oakland’s Latham Square was smashed in an act of vandalism over the weekend, just two weeks after being unveiled, Sunday. Oakland resident, Judith, […]
The rising class of techno-aristocrats digs in. Rachel Bovard’s comment about “one nation under tech” is spot on. Krystal Ball and Rachel Bovard share their thoughts on Amazon hiring Jeff Ricchetti, the brother of Biden’s White House counselor Steve Ricchetti.
Fragment, fragment, fragment… Journalist, Zaid Jilani, explains his take on Fox News’ support of Speaker Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, Josh Hawley, and Bernie Sanders pushing for $2,000 stimulus checks.
I’ve done interviews in television studios with fake bookshelf backdrops in the past. Krystal Ball and Rachel Bovard discuss a Maryland-based bookseller who is providing books for zoom backgrounds.
More fraud from Fraudci. We should no more take these “public health authorities” seriously than people should have taken medieval popes seriously. Krystal Ball and Rachel Bovard discuss a New York Times article that evaluates what portion of the population must acquire resistance to the coronavirus, either through […]
It’s hilarious watching “progressives” begging social democrats to beg neoliberals for a few crumbs. Krystal Ball weighs in on the debate over whether progressives should make demands in exchange for support of Nancy Pelosi as House Speaker.
Today’s “let them eat cake” news. Krystal Ball and Rachel Bovard react to the relief bill signed by President Trump. The bill averts a government shutdown and delivers economic aid to Americans.
The heirs of the Mellon banking dynasty, which goes back to the colonial period if not earlier, embrace the latest ruling class self-legitimating ideology. Right on schedule. By George Liebmann and Andrew Balio Not to be outdone by The New York Times‘ 1619 Project, the Mellon Foundation recently […]
I suspect I am part of the reason why Pete has been given grief by the folks he is describing. Many years ago, I started taking a gloves-off, no-holds-barred approach to these what are now called “cancel culture” morons. For me, it’s never been a left/right issue. Back […]
By Nicky Reid aka Comrade Hermit Exile in Happy Valley America has had some shit years lately, in fact, rapping about the general Spenglerian shitty-ness of America on the brink of decline has become a traditional feature of this annual list. But I doubt even Spengler would argue […]
A discussion of the growing Sunni/Israeli alliance in opposition to the axis of resistance. The US seems to be attempting to use Turkey and Saudi Arabia to squeeze Iran from both ends, most likely to eliminate geopolitical competition to Israel and economic competition to the Gulf States, exact […]
If Peter Zeihan’s analysis and forecasts concerning the future of the unipolar order are at all correct, my predictions about the future of geopolitics were even more accurate than I previously thought. I’ve generally thought that globalization would eventually produce a global state system, which would require a […]
It’s Going Down Indigenous Mutual Aid: Indigenous Mutual Aid: An information and support network with an anti-colonial and anti-capitalist framework. We exist to inspire and empower autonomous Indigenous relief organizing in response to COVID-19. We seek to grow the organizing of this effort into a collective hub of […]
In this week’s edition of the Collapse Chronicles conversation, I have the pleasure and honor of speaking with writer Kirkpatrick Sale, author of “The Collapse of 2020.”