By Sammy Edwards, Shepherd Gazette Opposition to American secession movements often hinges on the idea that foreign policy concerns trump any notions that the United States ought to be broken up into smaller pieces. It almost goes without saying that those who subscribe to neoconservative ideology or other […]
Kristolite stooge David French is getting worried that the Empire is cracking up. By Thomas Koenig, MerionWest.Com On February 15th, Thomas Koenig was joined by David French to discuss his latest book, Divided We Fall: America’s Secession Threat and How to Restore Our Nation, which was released in […]
My personal view is that the attack on the Capitol was well-deserved and long overdue, even if it was carried out by morons for a dubious cause. By Caitlin Flanagan, The Atlantic Here they were, a coalition of the willing: deadbeat dads, YouPorn enthusiasts, slow students, and MMA […]
They’re just now figuring this out? Krystal Ball and Saagar Enjeti react to a new Monmouth University poll showing Americans’ growing distrust in the way the government is run.
By Keith Preston Between the time that Donald Trump entered the Republican primaries in 2015 to the moment of the January 6, 2021 supposed “coup attempt,” the specter of “fascism” has been raised by critics of Trumpism. Analogies to the failed Weimar liberal-capitalist regime of the pre-Nazi era […]
It seems that right now things could be considered better for the “libertarian-left” than at any point in the past, at least in US history. By “libertarian-left,” I mean that umbrella of philosophies with a generally anti-authoritarian ethos but which also do not deify corporate tycoons as Nietzschean […]
By Douglas A. Irwing, Peterson Institute for International Economics World economic integration has been in decline since the 2008–10 financial crisis, ushering in an era of “slowbalization” or even deglobalization. Tracing global trade openness—the ratio of world exports to world GDP—reveals five distinct eras of globalization since 1870. […]
We have to be wary of mainstream claims of “American retreat,” which is often just a propagandistic tactic of the “indispensable nation” type. But it does look like the tides have very slowly started to turn away from unipolarity and globalization, a process that has been accelerated by […]
The USA is rapidly becoming a society that has the social norms of the Western European ruling classes but the class structures of Latin America. This situation will likely lead to more civil unrest in the future, along with populist movements with demagogues of their own, left and […]
Keith & RJ Study claims vaccines saved 37 million lives mostly children over the past two decades, anti-vaxxers are growing, backlash to over-medicalization, the complexity of the immune system, a long history of human poisonings, paranoia and the American tradition, criticisms of scientism, SpaceX Starship SN9 explodes during […]
Author, Thom Hartmann, discusses his new book, The Hidden History of American Oligarchy: Reclaiming Our Democracy from the Ruling Class.
Keith, Emma & RJ Game Stop vs Wall Street, Robinhood, micro-revolts in the United States, Dodger Stadium’s COVID-19 vaccination site temporarily shut down after protesters gather at entrance, Robinhood was supposed to be for the little guy, Citadel, aristocrats pretending to be friends with the peasants, rich people […]
I recently wrote about how January has been the 20 year anniversary of the founding of Attack the System. It is interesting to reflect on what has happened in the subsequent two decades. In 2001, the US empire was arguably at its apex, firmly in control of a […]
Babylon Bee SWEDEN—According to sources in the media, President Biden had an incredible first day in office. After signing executive orders to end racism, global warming, and Republican domestic terrorism, the Norwegian Nobel Committee agreed that this was possibly the best first day in office of any president […]
Mencius Moldbug argues the US is a “clerical oligarchy.” I agree half-way. My position is more like Joel Kotkin’s view of the US as a plutocratic-clerical oligarchy. By Mencius Moldbug Americans are used to a constitution which is a Constitution: half a holy document in a holy glass […]
At no point in the last 50 years has there been as much political conflict in the US as there is today. And while the conflicts of the 1960s/1970s may have been just as intense, or more intense in some instances, the situation then was qualitatively different because […]
This author predicts three potential outcomes: secession, complete Blue Tribe victory, or Red Tribe reaction. By Michael Vlahos, A New Civil War That compressed tension between continuity and change is the mainspring of History. Societies characteristically work to balance continuity with change. This is the heart of the […]
About nine minutes in, Bret and Heather discuss David Graeber, although they predictably have an ambiguous view of Graeber’s work.
Eric Weinstein explains the kayfabe nature of US politics using pro-wrestling analogies.
It’s only been a week so it’s still a bit early to fully assess what the long-term effects of the “Beer Belly Putsch” are going to be, but so far it’s looking like these will be among the outcomes. The legitimacy of the present state will be undermined. […]
It’s possible to draw analogies to the Spanish Civil War anytime there is a major left/right cleavage. But in our case, I think the civil war in El Salvador is a better political analogy in terms of parties, factions, and their relationships, and I think the Lebanese Civil […]
We’re still a long way from actual civil war. I know of no evidence that state security or the ruling class is actually threatened. The stock market is thriving and the military industrial complex shows no sign of fracturing into warring factions. by Thierry Meyssan, VoltaireNet.Org The problem […]
By Michael Warren Davis, The American Conservative On January 6th, a mob of Trump supporters staged a coup—a PR coup for the Democratic Party. Liberals have been calling Republicans “fascists” for as long as anyone can remember. The trouble is, there’s never been any real proof. There was […]
By Alan J. Devine, Chronicles It is no longer news that 2020 saw a collapse of political discourse and public behavior in the United States. Trends that developed over many years intensified last year. One major political party had as its candidate for president a magnetic figure who […]
Keith, Emma & RJ 01/09/21 – Mob assault on the Capital, 5 dead, nice photo op, police weren’t prepared, political assassinations, most were peaceful, two-party existential crisis, American Democracy, the Five Crises of the American Regime, “why the wealthiest Americans should prepare for revolt against unprecedented inequality,” Rothbard […]
Contra Weinstein’s fear of a retreating America giving rise to Russian and Chinese hegemony, Peter Zeihan is skeptical of the future prospects of Russia and China. He regards Russia as a dying civilization with an aging, sickly population for whom two world wars and the Soviet experience sealed […]
One thing Weinstein argues in this is that the fractiousness of the US would make it harder for the US to project overseas power. I would argue that’s a good thing, obviously, as I think multipolarity is preferable to unipolarity (i.e. less concentrated power, particularly on the global […]
This essay is quite good. This is what solid social science analysis looks like. By Michael Lind, Tabletmag In the last eight months, two Capitol Hills have fallen. Two shocking events symbolize the abdication of authority by America’s ruling class, an abdication that has led to what can […]
You can usually count on Bacevich to get to the point. By Andrew Bacevich, The American Conservative Writing in the journal Palladium, Richard Hanania has produced the first must-read essay of 2021. A research fellow at Columbia University’s Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies, Hanania is part […]
This is the Wikipedia description of the Powell Memorandum described in the Sam Sedar video in the post adjacent to this one. It is particularly interesting to compare the Powell Memorandum with the Dutton Strategy that was developed at precisely the same time. In many ways, Powell defined […]
Some fairly interesting commentary on modern American cultural history in this. One thing I often find interesting is the way in which the rhetoric of the socially conservative “right” and the progressive liberal “left” frequently mirror each other. Social conservatives tend to be nostalgic for the social mores […]
By Jeff Groom, The American Conservative Over the holiday weekend the United States turned 244 years old. Time flies. But is this old for a nation? Do nations have lifespans like organisms? Aren’t ideas and principles immortal? It’s natural to speak of our nation as something that will […]
Evidence shows that the globalization frenzy of the post-Cold War period is in the process of receding. US hegemony is declining due to 20 years of military defeats in imperial adventures. The percentage of US GDP devoted to military production has declined, along with the volume of US […]
By James Bovard, American Institute for Economic Research Thanks in large part to Covid lockdowns, this year has left vast wreckage in its wake, with ten million jobs lost, more than 100,000 businesses and dozens of national chains bankrupted or closed. Up to 40 million people could face […]
By Yanis Iqbal, Hampton Think USA’s President-elect Joe Biden’s cabinet picks have already deflated the hopes of lesser-evilists. Filled with deep-dyed neoliberals and unswerving imperialists, Biden’s cabinet will try its hardest to competently revive the murderous American empire. Externally, it would mean the professional management of an imperialist, […]
This actually pretty interesting. Williamson is definitely a product of her generation.
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 […]
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
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 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 […]
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.”
By Kirkpatrick Sale, Counterpunch Twenty-five years ago, when the high-tech Second Industrial Revolution had just begun, I made a bet with an editor from Wired magazine that global society led by the United States would collapse in the year 2020 from a confluence of causes created by modern […]
This is a must-watch. On today’s episode, Joel Kotkin, Executive Director of Urban Reform Institute and author of The Coming of Neo-Feudalism: A Warning to the Global Middle Class, discusses how do we confront neo-feudalism today, in conversation with Andrew Keen on the Keen On podcast..
Being an anarchist, I have a natural morbid curiosity about the functioning of statecraft. I follow politics in the same way someone might drive very slowly past the scene of some horrific accident so as not to miss the sight of even one mangled limb. But perhaps even […]
By Nebojsa Malic, Russia Today Joe Biden, set to be the oldest-ever US president, is actually on the younger side of people currently running the American political establishment, who show no sign of wanting to ever step aside for another generation. It is often overlooked that Donald Trump […]
2020 is hardly the only year in which elites have “failed.” Krystal Ball highlights what she believes were the worst moments of 2020.
I remember people laughing 20 years ago when I said that eventually, the USA would more closely resemble Brazil. I guess I had the last laugh, kinda sorta. The Latin Americanization of the USA with the related class stratification, institutional corruption, social conflict, and high rates of violence […]