Matt Taibbi: FBI set up against Mike Flynn exposed Reply

The Deep State apparently feared that a Trumpian insurgency within the ranks of the ruling class would end up pushing US foreign policy in “too far” of an “isolationist” direction. There seems to be an intra-ruling class civil war going on concerning the future of the empire between the liberal internationalists (Democrats), neoconservatives and traditional hawks (mainstream Republicans) and realists (Trump/Steve Bannon types). The realists seem to realize that the empire is overextended and can’t continue indefinitely without imploding.

The Inevitable Coronavirus Censorship Crisis is Here Reply

By Matt Taibbi

Earlier this week, Atlantic magazine – fast becoming the favored media outlet for self-styled intellectual elites of the Aspen Institute type – ran an in-depth article of the problems free speech pose to American society in the coronavirus era. The headline:

Internet Speech Will Never Go Back to Normal

In the debate over freedom versus control of the global network, China was largely correct, and the U.S. was wrong.

Authored by a pair of law professors from Harvard and the University of Arizona, Jack Goldsmith and Andrew Keane Woods, the piece argued that the American and Chinese approaches to monitoring the Internet were already not that dissimilar:

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Dealing With Quarantine Anxiety & Depression With Johann Hari, Plus Matt On Bailouts | Useful Idiots Reply

A reader highly recommends this episode of Useful Idiots:

“Although the title implies a discussion of depression and anxiety in relation to being in coronavirus quarantine, what followed was in my opinion a more substantial discussion of longstanding issues of psychological ill-health living under neoliberalism (and neoliberalism’s interest in de-politicizing mental illness in order to deflect attention from its own systemic failings). Consumerism is discussed but also the mental exhaustion exerted on the lower classes through the everyday drudgery of over-work to just scrape by, with many of course living constantly on the precipice. Hari also relates a story of a rent strike that took place in a Berlin neighborhood among punks, gay men, and conservative Muslim immigrants that seemed particularly relevant to the ATS paradigm.”