Category: American Decline

Which Model of Pan-Secession is Best?

My guess is that the constituents for pan-secession will include conservatives who do not feel they can ever win under the current system but do not want to go down the road of overt authoritarianism, liberals and leftists who have a “better off without them” attitude toward conservatives, […]

The Infantilization of Western Culture

By Simon Gottschalk, Professor of Sociology, University of Nevada, Las Vegas If you regularly watch TV, you’ve probably seen a cartoon bear pitching you toilet paper, a gecko with a British accent selling you auto insurance and a bunny in sunglasses promoting batteries. This has always struck me […]

Chris Hedges: The return of the Taliban to power in Afghanistan will be one more signpost of the end of the American empire

By Chris Hedges, Russia Today Chris Hedges is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and host of RT’s On Contact, a weekly interview series on US foreign policy, economic realities and civil liberties in American society. He’s the author of 14 books, including several New York Times best-sellers. The US empire […]

When conservatives become revolutionaries

By Damon Linker, The Week The conservative intelligentsia keeps returning to authoritarianism. Back in June of last year, I wrote a column about how the intellectual right was talking itself into tearing down American democracy. The occasion was a debate between David French, a social-conservative defender of the […]

Lifestyles of the Rich and Paranoid

By Robert Weissberg, Intellectual Takeout What do super rich people with multi-million dollar summer homes in the Hamptons and similar enclaves think about today’s troubled, often violent politics? Frank answers are seldom forthcoming given that an impolite answer might invite social ostracism and exclusion from A-list parties. But […]

Barometers of Legitimacy

By William S. Lind, Traditional Right Readers may wonder why I keep returning to the theme of legitimacy. The reason is simple: legitimacy is the ground on which Fourth Generation war is fought. It is, above all, a contest for legitimacy, and winning (or losing) is measured by […]