Let’s Face it, China Is Its Own Worst Enemy Reply

The Chinese regime sucks, but the Sinophobia that the US political class is ratcheting up is all a rhetorical smokescreen that has the effect of obscuring the real relationship between the US and China.

By Doug Bandow

The American Conservative

In hopes of winning reelection, President Donald Trump is launching a new Cold War against the People’s Republic of China. Still focused on trade, however, his heart does not appear to be in his campaign—in contrast to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who obviously enjoys launching rhetorical broadsides against Beijing. Pompeo also has been seeking allies willing to join a veritable economic war against China.

So far Pompeo has met with only indifferent success. The PRC’s economic reach makes countries reluctant to risk their relationship with China. Nations in East Asia, including allies such as Australia and South Korea, worry about security as well as economic ties. And no one has any confidence in a Washington administration that has leavened arbitrary incompetence with arrogant hypocrisy. If there is one U.S. president no one is inclined to follow, it is Donald Trump.

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Trump Names Neocon Regime Changer as Iran Envoy Reply

The worst decision that Trump has made in his entire term so far. Elliot Abrams is the son-in-law of neocon godfather Norman Podhoretz.

By Daniel Larison

The American Conservative

The New York Timesreports on the resignation of Brian Hook, who will be replaced by none other than Elliott Abrams:

Mr. Hook will be succeeded by Elliott Abrams, a conservative foreign policy veteran and Iran hard-liner who is currently the State Department’s special representative for Venezuela.

As the administration’s special envoy, Hook had no success in gaining support from other governments for the “maximum pressure” campaign against Iran. His brief stint as a negotiator with our European allies yielded nothing, and when he was trying to negotiate with them Trump famously had no idea who he was. He mostly served as one of the administration’s leading propagandists.

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Election 2020: Conspiracy theory candidates become mainstream by politicizing fear Reply

As if mainstream politicians somehow aren’t involved in “politicizing fear.” Remember the “smoking gun that was going to turn into a mushroom cloud” or “Colon” Powell’s smoke and mirrors show in front of the UN? Or the daily dose of “the Russians are coming” from MSNBC? Or Iran’s non-existent nuclear program?

By Wendy Rhodes

Palm Beach Post

Reba Sherrill of Palm Beach wants to represent Florida in Congress.

The Republican candidate for the District 21 seat presently held by Democrat Lois Frankel said she supports term limits and calls for health care plans to include dental and eye coverage.

Pretty standard campaign stances for Republican candidates. Then, there are Sherrill’s more atypical beliefs.

Sherrill also believes that “pedivores” — or pedophile cannibals — eat babies to get high. And that children as young as six are taught about having sex with animals.

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Is QAnon the Most Dangerous Conspiracy Theory of the 21st Century? Reply

No. The Russophobia, Sinophobia, and Iranophobia promoted by the neocons and neoliberals are the most dangerous collection of conspiracy theories.

By Charlie Warzel

New York Times

In 2019, the F.B.I. cited QAnon as one of the dangerous conspiracy theories posing domestic terrorist threats to the United States and cited past incitements of violence from its adherents. Despite its fringe origins, the conspiracy movement continues to grow in troubling ways. QAnon-supporting candidates are running for office in surprising numbers (Media Matters’ Alex Kaplan reports that “at least 14 candidates made it out of primaries to the ballot in November or to primary runoffs.”) The movement has been tacitly embraced by President Trump and his re-election campaign, who’ve amplified QAnon accounts and even some of their memes.

For those who haven’t paid attention to the community since the early days, the movement’s growing popularity is alarming and often confusing. Some have compared it to a budding religion. Personally, the phenomenon has always struck me as a dark iteration of vigilante investigations that grew popular on message boards in the 2010s — citizen journalism gone wrong.

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Ted Cruz bashes Oprah for ‘lecture’ on race: ‘What utter, racist BS’ Reply

What I find interesting about this Oprah/Cruz confrontation is that it is an intra-ruling class and intra-minority dispute. An African-American billionaire and media mogul taking the cliched SJW line vs a Hispanic Senator and representative of “Conservatism, Inc.” taking the cliched right-wing line.

By Morgan Gstalter

The Hill

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) lashed out at Oprah Winfrey for saying white privilege is an “advantage,” accusing the Black media mogul of spewing “utter, racist BS.”

“Billionaire Oprah lectures the rest of us: ‘You still have your whiteness. That’s what the term “white privilege” is. It means that whiteness still gives you an advantage, no matter,’” the senator wrote on Twitter in response to an article from Glenn Beck’s conservative outlet The Blaze.

“What utter, racist BS,” he added.

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“The God That Failed” Reply

A classic work featuring essays by ex-Communists that was originally published in the 1950s. Today’s totalitarian humanists are going to produce a whole new generation of “god that failed” types and already appears to be doing so. The danger is that they will go the Sidney Hook, Frank Meyer, Irving Kristol, Arthur Koestler, etc. route and become right-wing reactionaries or stooges for state-capitalism and imperialism from the “right” rather than from the “left.” Pathetically, many of these types were even supporting the Vietnam War in the 1960s.

The God That Failed

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WalkAway Interview Clips with Keri Smith and Mike Harlow Reply

Former SJWs are interviewed by Gavin McInness. What I find most interesting about this is how closely it resembles the various atheist podcasts featuring former religious fundamentalists and cult members talking about how they “walked away.” In fact, years ago, there was a newsletter for former evangelicals called “Walk Away.”Although what I find troubling and unfortunate is that many of these people seem to be embracing Republicanism or neoliberalism in some form, just like many former religious fundamentalists will ironically become fanatical SJWs, and just as many former Communists during the Stalin era because ultra-right-wing reactionaries and/or neocons. I don’t really consider SJWism to be “Marxism” per se, but what we need is to emphasize the writings of Stirner, Proudhon, Bakunin, Goldman, Berkman, and other anarchist critics of authoritarian leftism, as an antidote to both SJWism and its counterparts on the right.

Trump: Tinpot Dictator? (w/ Noam Chomsky) Reply

This is an excellent interview. Chomsky really puts the phenomenon of Trumpism in context in this interview. In recent years, Chomsky has at times gone off the deep end with hyperbolic comments but he doesn’t drop the ball in this one. It is good to hear Chomsky distinguishing Trump’s pro-plutocratic authoritarianism from fascism’s cult of the state, and Sanders’ New Dealism from Marxism.

Imagine if Israel’s Likud Party and El Salvador’s ARENA  relocated to America, united as a single party, and then adopted Italy’s Silvio Berlusconi as their leader, and you have a near-perfect picture of what the Republicans actually are. The Republic Party ultimately cares about only three things: the class interests of the right-wing of the ruling class, the profit margins of the arms merchants, and the expansionist agendas of Israel and Saudi Arabia.