Governments should serve their people. However, in society today, politicians primarily serve their own interests and that of their corporate sponsors. We must actively prevent democracy and legislation being unduly influenced by special interest lobbyists and those with money.
We live in an age of doublespeak and euphamisms, where we have corrupted language to hide the evils of society. Our future lies in honesty, in calling things by their proper name. For only when we call a spade a spade can we face the shadow that is destroying us. [more]
Jamais Cascio - The Future and You! Participatory Panopticon & Privacy / Jan 2013
Cascio, a futurist based in Northern California, discusses the Participatory Panopticon, Privacy & Secrecy, Human Evolution, Artificial Intelligence, the Need for Meaning, Building Agents to Listen to Us, Geoengineering and the Viridian Green movement.
Ring of Power - 4 hour documentary / 2008
300 families control the world — its financial system, its political power structures, its corporate sectors, its media and its military. These families are fixated on enslaving all of us, and it is our responsibility to break free from this control through peaceful non-compliance.
EU Wastes £33bn/year on Perks & Quangos (June 2012)
Whilst the ordinary people of Europe feel the financial squeeze, the non-elected EU government is quite happy to not only waste billions but award itself an extra 6.8 per cent spending budget next year, cutting only six out of 41,000 EU jobs. MEP salaries and allowances have risen by 77.5 per percent over the past 7 years, in addition to its gold-plated pensions and other perks. For the 17th year in a row, the Court of Auditors have been unable to sign off the EU buget due to unaccounted billions (€4.6bn this year). Analysis by think-tank Open Europe on EU spending has revealed that the budget could be slashed by up to 30 per cent and still deliver what it does. That means the the EU wastes £33bn a year! [Daily Mail]
When the people controlling expenditure have their snouts in the trough you get these ridiculous "Versailles" excesses, whether those people are left-wing, ring-wing or no-wing. Greed is greed no matter what part of the political spectrum a person comes from, it is human nature to grab as much as you can, especially in our modern capitalist system where greed is encouraged.
The EU will eventaully collapse as nations run out of money, but not before damaging and impoverising the lives of many ordinary Europeans, all to satisfy the ambitions of the political elite who wish to rule Europe (and the world). It is time for ordinary people to wake up and stop the contentration of power, whether it be in Europe, the United States, Russia, or Australia/New Zealand, and whether it be in the name of "unity", "safety" or "prosperity". Power always corrupts.
Dismissing alternative theories on the events of 9/11 as conspiracy theory not only excuses the real perpetrators, but gives the green light to government to continue its abuse of the people. It is time we collectively faced the facts. [more]
Washington's political class is about as upwardly removed from ordinary citizens as the ruling class is from the political class. And it is the ruling class that manipulate the markets and legislature to consolidate their billion-dollar bank balances. [more]
Israel's campaign to bomb Iran is a dangerous strategy for dragging the United States into a full-scale war with Iran. Whilst this may meet the agendas of the right-wing Israeli government, it will endanger the rest of the world. [more]
Why is Tony Blair So Unpopular in the UK?
This is a question often asked by our readers in the US and Canada. Here are five of the main reasons:
Knowing he would get a no-vote in any referendum on surrendering British sovereignty to the EU, Blair went back on his word and took it upon himself to sign up to the EU constitution on 29th Oct 2004, an act of treason by definition.
Due to US sycophancy, Blair deliberately mislead the UK and parliament into an illegal war with Iraq that has cost over a million Iraqi lives and hundreds of British personnel, and made the world a lot less safe. And he is unapologetic about his war crimes, defiantly saying he would do them again.
Not only did Blair support an illegal US-backed war that was clearly not in British interests and which spilt so much blood, he now profits from his actions in America and Israel where his popularity due to his unconditional support of the US foreign policy has earned him over 30 million dollars to date. He has also represented a South Korean oil firm interested in Iraqi oil, and his support for the EU almost saw him elected as EU President.) And he uses his ex-prime minister status to hide his business empire (some off-shore) and is thought to have rejected a peerage as lords have to divulge their financial interests.
Blair has told the British people so many lies over his years in office with silver-tongued eloquence that he is hated across the whole political spectrum, and the "a" and the "i" in his name are often reversed in protest placards.
Blair seems to have always acted entirely in his own interests without any regard for those of the British people or his country. He ignored the biggest anti-war protests ever held in the UK, despite himself starting out as a pacifist, he has destroyed British sovereignty with his fixation on EU central control, and is notoriously easily intoxicated by political power and money — a man without a shred of morality or conscience (despite grandstanding as a devout Christian, human rights advocate and peace envoy).
America's knee-jerk rejection of anything involving collective social support, such as universal healthcare, comes from a belief in self-sufficiency. Ramares shows us that self-sufficiency is a myth that has no place in modern society. [more]
Downsize to Thrive - www.downsizetothrive.com
A practical advice-packed website that shows the reader how to find balance in life and with the environment so that we can survive the 21st Century. From inner growth to managing your money, from learning to embrace simplicity to being satisfied with less, this site is a treasure-trove of wisdom that is becoming increasingly non-optional as we teeter towards the possibility of societal and ecological collapse. Check out the Survival Bible section which offers a one-page solution to the global crisis. (Thanks Shaleia:-)
Britain has turned into an Orwellian Surveillance State
This isn't just the view of civil liberty campaigners but also the conclusion of the Lords constitution committee. The peers warned that the level of British CCTV surveillance, the highest per capita in the world, has reached a point where it is threatening to undermine democracy. Not only that, but the UK also has the largest DNA database in the world, containing profiles of 7% of the population (as opposed to 0.5% in the US), showing that the government's "nothing to hide, nothing to fear" justification for Orwellian Britain is deeply flawed. [BBC
From his outsider's perspective, Bageant watches the PR overdrive launching a new American president, and challenges the reader to look past the slick media presentations and face the pain and ultimate salvation of reality. [more]
Protests against the Chinese occupation of Tibet have become a cause celebre for human rights. But such righteous protest belies the harm that it does in taking the focus off the enslavement of the Free World. [more]
Writer, military researcher and public speaker, the Earl of Stirling, reports on the build up of a US navel armada heading for Iran. Could this be another neocon war-starting operation in the Middle-East? [more]
by Andrzej Lobaczewski
Every now and then a book comes along that shatters our political paradigm. Political Ponerology is about how our current social and political systems are literally being run by psychopaths, because the ruthless lack of conscience that is characteristic of psychopaths is the very quality that guarantees that their rise to the top. This is why we have so many wars and social problems. You can find an interview with friends of the author (Laura Knight-Jadczyk and Henry See) which you can find at www.sott.net
. Perhaps we should start screening potential politicians for psychopathic tendencies so that we avoid the havoc that psychopathic leaders invariably cause. (Thanks M for link:-)
Despite the best efforts of the Religious Right to stigmatize gays, American society is becoming increasingly supportive of homosexuality. This trend potentially spells the end of US right-wing Christian bigotry. [more]
Democracy's Last Stand in the European Union (Jun 2008)
When Ireland voted against the EU Lisbon treaty this month, throwing a spanner in the works of the ever increasing centralization of EU power, it showed the danger of allowing EU citizens the luxury of referendums. If truth be told, given a democratic choice, citizens of the EU would not vote for the totalitarian European superstate we are fast approaching. Brussels and pro-European governments know this: ALL of them, except Ireland which has to by its own constitutional laws, withheld giving their people a democratic choice in the matter, which meant that Non-Irish Europeans have had ratification of this treaty imposed upon them. Not that the Irish vote will ultimately make any difference — as Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, the architect of the EU Constitution said: "Future referendums will be ignored whether they are held in Ireland or elsewhere." The UK government continues to avoid a referendum that it once promised its electorate, preferring to play down the erosion of democracy by focusing on potential economic benefits of a superstate. When MEPs (Members of the European Parliament) are unelected and referendums are avoided or ignored, when our rights as free citizens get eroded by faceless bureaucrats in Brussels, when potential economic benefit takes precedence over considerations of personal freedom and hard-won democracy, we know that Hitler's dream of a "united" Europe has finally been realized, this time by political means.
Far from being lawless and immoral, secular societies have lower levels of crime than their religious counterparts. So a belief in God enhances neither nations nor behaviour. [more]
The Religious Right, once believed to be the future of American politics, has been confounded by a profound secularization that is currently taking place, ensuring a democratic future. [more]
It is time that more American leaders and citizens stand up with courage and conviction to speak out against the murderous policies of the Bush regime. [more]
2,000,000 Organisations Oppose Globalization (Jul 2007)
A new book by Paul Hawken claims that there are about two million organisations around the world opposed to globalization and the whole process of turning us into slaves to a corporate system. However, if you are one of those who do not like what is going on, you have to act with your wallet, not just with your sentiments. For example, if you oppose the scourge of drug medicine (that kills an estimated 100,000 people annually in the US alone), then you have a responsibility to start weaning yourself off the non-essential drugs you habitually take and start pursuing natural and alternative routes. And if you oppose genetic modification or the poverty induced by supermarkets from which you buy your sterilized food packages, you have a responsibility to start buying fresh organic food from local suppliers. We cannot ideologically oppose globalisation and go about our lives 'normally' because we forget that we — little you and little me — are actually the ones bankrolling big business and their globalisation agenda with our basic consumer choices.
Joe Bageant's new book is now published
Bageant has been a regular contributor to this magazine for a few years now so it is with great pleasure that we can announce that his new book, Deer Hunting With Jesus, has finally been published. You can buy Bageant's book from his website at www.joebageant.com
. There is also a good podcast interview with Bageant out on the net at www.electricpolitics.com
A grim look at the deterioration rife in Middle America, a deterioration glossed over by the creed of "business as usual" and empty consumerism. [more]
Consumerism has colonized our inner spaces, numbing us from the utter dispair and meaninglessness of a society in a collective nervous breakdown, living in a dark and ugly age. [more]
New European justice system for the United Kingdom
Known as Corpus Juras (body of law), this is the Norman legal system that will shortly override quaint Anglo-Saxon law of "innocent until proven guilty" and trial by jury:
• Trial by Jury will be replaced by trial by the decision of a state appointed judge
• Habeas Corpus will be scrapped, replaced by arrest without charge and detention for up to 9 months without any evidence
• "Innocent until proven guilty" will be dropped so that citizens must prove their innocence to the State
• Double jeopardy, the right not to be tried for the same offence twice, will go out the window.
Watch the following film to understand some of what is going on in the corrupt dictatorship of Europe — The Real Face of the EU
Bush's War on Terrorism Increases Terrorism
A study by the NYU School of Law shows that the invasion of Iraq has made the world a much more dangerous place, serving only to spread the deadly virus of Al-Qaeda ideology. This study used data from the MIPT-RAND Terrorism database
, considered to be the most accurate publicly available record of terrorist acts. This study has revealed that, due in large part to Middle Eastern reactions to the Iraq war, there has been a global 607% rise in the average yearly incidents of terrorism. A large part of this has occurred within Iraq, but even excluding this country, jihadist attacks have risen by 265% and fatalities by 58%.
The American political system is bankrupt because it is run by an elite who have no concept of real working life. Bageant urges Americans to rediscover a true popularist politics. [more]
The intellectuals, like any privileged class, maintain the harsh exploitation of the working class upon whose labour that privilege depends, serving as hit men for the ruling elite. [more]
US Gets a New Peaceful Government — Unofficially
It may seem way-out to some, but it is an idea with huge merit at a time when the US seems out of control with a government bent on militarization and world-conquest. The US Peace Government
was set up a few years ago, in its own words, "to promote harmony in America and peace in the world." Its president, Dr. John Hagelin, a renowned quantum physicist and follower of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (the Indian holy man who brought Transcendental Meditation or TM to the world) believes that world peace can only be achieved by cultivating peace and harmony inwardly through meditation, which cuts out the roots of violence and disharmony in our minds rather than trying to deal with the outer political systems and disharmonies which sprout from those roots. A crazy idea? Well it certainly cannot be crazier than bombing the hell out of defenseless countries and mass-murdering their citizens in the name of "democracy" and "freedom". Their site is at www.uspeacegovernment.org
and you can watch their a 2 hour presentation here
Bageant describes American democracy as a grand banquet laid out for the rich in the last days of a dying empire, whilst the people stave on the illusion of liberty and democracy. [more]
From his new home in tropical Belize, Bageant describes a vastly different culture and pace of life to what he is used to, although he concedes he still feels the influence of US culture. [more]
America is in serious denial over the powerlessness of the people and the destruction of the environment, all cleverly hidden by a media virtual reality. [more]
Nations around the world are becoming more like corporations as governments collude with big business to extract maximum labour for minimum wage, both here and abroad. [more]
Gregory Sams is a pioneering writer, inventor, free thinker, counter-culture icon and genuine human being. We recently caught up with him in London. [more]
The recent change in the US political climate towards the Democrats unfortunately offers only cosmetic differences for most Americans, especially the working classes. [more]
Sadam Guilty And Sentenced To Death (5 Nov 2006)
The farcical trial of Saddam Hussein has finally come to a climax, with Saddam found guilty of mass-murder and sentenced to death. Without the capture of Osama bin Laden, Saddam has become the face of international terrorism for most ignorant people in the West, thanks to lies of the Bush administration and despite irrefutable evidence that he had no involvement in 9-11. Although the judges in both his trials were replaced for being too lenient (hardly an indictment of a fair trial) there is little doubt that Saddam was a brutal dictator who murdered many thousands of people. But let us not forget that he was supported in his climb to that murderous position by the West. And let us also not forget that that support did not waiver despite Saddam's genocide of the Kurds, using chemical weapons and armaments supplied by the West. We support many a brutal dictator around the world because international politics is nothing to do with justice or democracy: it is to do with money and power. The irony is that whilst Saddam's crimes have at least been recognized, Bush and Blair who are also mass-murderers, but on a scale that dwarfs Saddam, remain "respectable" world leaders. Let us not forget that we are all involved in this farce as most of us benefit in some way from the murderous arms trade that gives psychotic men the teeth to repress their people, with of course the blessing of our "moral" leaders. And will one more murder really help matters, or does it just spill more blood on the long road to resolution?
Freedom has become the freedom to to be unaware that freedom is eroding, the freedom to suffocate in gated communities that exclude the very dissenters that could revive the US. [more]
Bush in denial over US intelligence report (27 Sept 2006)
leaked US intelligence report has admitted that the Iraq war has only served to inflame Islamic terrorists worldwide, becoming a "cause celebre" and great recruitment tool for the "supporters for the global jihadist movement." It states that Islamic militants, although small in number, are now multiplying and dispersing geographically, and that the conflict has bred "a deep resentment of US involvement in the Muslim world." It also considers that Europe is now seriously endangered because it is an easier Western target (thanks George and Tony) and that the loss of al-Qaeda leaders will probably only serve to fracture the terrorist group, without decreasing its threat. Predictably, Bush is in complete denial over his own intelligence and stated that it is a mistake to believe that "going on the offence against people who want to do harm to the American people makes us less safe." Of course he failed to mention that Iraq was never a terrorist hot-bed and posed absolutely no threat to the US at all — a fact that even he must have known before he invaded Iraq.
America is not one massive middle class democracy. The vast majority are the sweating working classes, media-invisible but maintained by a system that feeds on their labour. [more]
Israel & Hezbollah terrorize Lebanon (July 2006)
Once again the Middle East has erupted in violence as Israel pummel Lebanon in an entirely disproportionate response to the kidnapping of two Israeli soldiers by the terrorist organization Hezbollah. And as usual, the main victims of war have been ordinary citizens, with Israeli strikes in Lebanon responsible for the murder of many hundreds of civilians, despite their transparent media propaganda about attacking only Hezbollah positions. It is time the rest of the world, and especially the US, stop taking sides in these conflicts and acknowledges that BOTH parties are acting as terrorists and therefore BOTH need to be sanctioned by the international community. The problem in this region is America's knee-jerk support for Israel, support which discourages diplomacy: after all, if you are under the protection of the playground bully (the US invariably vetoes UN censorship of Israeli terrorism), you don't bother with diplomacy. Instead, you act aggressively and with impunity. And whilst Hezbollah is a terrorist organisation, although one with political legitimacy, Israel is supposed to be a responsible democratic nation — part of an international community — and so it should know better. But instead, it is waging a war on unarmed Lebanese civilians, cutting the country to pieces with US-supplied bombs.
Update: Washington's continued opposition to an immediate ceasefire in a conflict killing hundreds of civilians, many of them children, can only imply complicity in the killing.
From a middle class perspective, the American Empire can seem a beautiful system, upholding the US's opulent lifestyle. But from other perspectives, it is a system of pure destruction. [more]
A working class perspective of how the vacuous media is shaping US culture and the minds of the people. [more]
US Spys On Own Citizens (12 May 2006): At the behest of the Bush administration, the NSA, America's National Security Agency, has been spying on tens of millions of its own citizens under the guise of fighting terrorism. According to a report in USA Today, the country's three biggest phone companies — AT&T, Verizon and BellSouth — have been handing over the landline and mobile phone recordings of tens of millions of ordinary citizens since 2001 so that that the NSA can compile a call database. All parties involved in this spying campaign — the government, the security agency and the phone companies — have unreasuringly defended themselves by stating that "no laws were broken". From their point of view, putting together phone conversations into a large computer database does not constitute "wiretapping" in the original sense of the word. However, experts disagreed with this play on definitions: Prof Greenberger of the University of Maryland school of law said, "I'm quite confident that if it's true it's illegal."
Bageant describes an America which has reduced its citizens to consumers, caught in the false and dangerous illusions of "The American Dream", "the good life" and "God's chosen". [more]
Visiting the "third-world" and supporting a poor local family is a desire Bageant has written about. Recently, he did just that and shares here with us some of his observations. [more]
Bageant takes a look at the common American voter and the motivations behind his or her political party choices. [more]
Nuclear Threat Increasing (Apr 2006): Ahmadinejad's defiance of the international community by making Iran a nuclear power nation is a serious threat to world peace and regional stability because it gives Bush the excuse he needs to continue empire building into Iran. As Paul Krugman said in the New York Times: "Given the combination of recklessness and dishonesty Bush displayed in launching the Iraq war, why should we assume that he wouldn't do it again?" And as Bush's ratings are at an all time low, such action would boost his support. Iran's defiant stance, although deplorable given the potential consequences, does not actually breach the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty that it has signed. Countries are permitted to develop nuclear power, and that is what Iran has ostensibly done. The four main countries that have not signed the NPT treaty are India, Israel, Pakistan and North Korea, all of which have surreptitiously developed nuclear weapons. However, the only signatory to seriously breach the NPT treaty terms is the US, as it continues to develop new nuclear weapons, shares them with NATO countries and has even offered to trade nuclear technology with non-NPT member India. This flagrant disregard for international law sets a dangerous example for other nations.
Bageant recalls days before the cult of consumerism strangled the lifeblood from communities, and he describes the cancerous suffocation of contemporary Middle-Class America. [more]
Racism now masquerades as anti-racism: the accusation of anti-Semitism is increasingly used to defend racism. [more]
Un Report on Guantanamo Bay (16 Feb 2006): The UN released its report today demanding the immediate closure of the Guantanamo Bay prison around further allegations of torture and inhuman treatment, including pictures and video evidence. The white House response? To call the report "a discredit to the UN." [The only thing discrediting to the UN is the fact that this report has taken so long to be released.] White House's response to these crime against humanity is to ravage the UN, in a way that shows complete disrespect for any form of political limits or international community. The US will do what it likes in "defending" its citizens even if, in the process, it incites a growing backlash that will be far more harmful in the long-run. Any moral high-ground assumed [falsely in this case] in "liberating" Iraq has been completely eroded by the use of such inhuman ways of dealing with prisoners. Just because these men are dangerous, does not give licence for inhuman treatment, for in torture the US destroys its own humanity and that of every other nation that supports these actions. And most seriously, and there is no question about this, such actions erode international human rights. There isn't one humanity for us and one humanity for them; torture and brutal treatment have no absolutely no place in any democratic modern society.
Regarded as a melting pot of multiple races and creeds, America post-09/11 has shown itself to be intolerant diversity. Kenji Yoshino examines the US Muslim identity issue. [more]
To Bageant, the American small town rednecks are 'mutt people' who, due to their enormous disadvantage, have no other choice but to act meanly and viciously in a society that breeds them as factory workers and cannon fodder. [more]
Shock and Awe In Iraq
: It is the responsibility of our media to show us the consequences of our choices, both in our own countries and abroad, so that we can steer our democratic systems in a direction that respects life. Otherwise, we can end up unwittingly making choices that are not in our interest because they destroy life. For when we destroy life, we destroy ourselves: we destroy the living spirit that can only survive if we have honoured, to the best of our ability, other human beings, animals and the eco-system of this planet. The corporate media in the US is partly responsible for war-crimes and the moral decay of our societies because it continues to deliberately hide from us the consequences of our actions and political support. And by hiding it, it perpetuates those ignorant choices, and in so doing it colludes with the consequences of those choices. The choice to support the foreign policies of Bush and Blair is an evil one. "Evil" is a harsh word, something that we associate with blind religion, but evil is the word that best describes the deliberate policy of smashing people to pieces — physically, mentally and spiritually — for the sake of political and economic ambition. It is our responsibility, therefore, to make sure that we are not ignorant of the consequences of the choices we make. So let us see for ourselves the blood running in the streets in far-off places, and then let us try to preach our right-wing "bring 'em on" ideology that was only ever supported by what Pinter describes as "a veil of lies", ideology which, if it survives the onslaught of a cold reality-check, only betrays psychopathic tendency. Please visit www.marchforjustice.com
Bageant describes an American society based on television and petroleum, one that is as empty of human values as a giant psychotic hologram. [more]
This is a transcript of Harold Pinter's powerful video-lecture given to the Nobel Foundation in December 2005. [more]
Bernard Weiner draws parallels with the Bush administrations abuse of the nation and the nightmare of the McCarthy era — highlighted by Clooney's powerful new docudrama. [more]
For Rocktroh, the New Orleans tragedy is a reflection of the fetid nature of today's American Dream and its corporate underpinnings. [more]
Rockstroh fires a timely broadside at the bigoted Christian fundamentalists who are encouraging so much of the US's current bloodlust policies both home and abroad. [more]
Empires, by their nature, sow the seeds of death into the hearts and minds of their subjects. Rockstroh describes that dying process and how it has made the US what it is today. [more]
"What no one seemed to notice… was the ever widening gap… between the government and the people… And it became always wider… The whole process of its coming into being, was, above all, diverting. It proved an excuse not to think for the people who did not want to think anyway… [It] kept us so busy with continuous changes and "crises"and so fascinated… by the machinations of the "national enemies", without and within, that we had no time to think about these dreadful things that were growing, little by little, all around us… Each step was so small, so inconsequential, so well explained or, on occasion, "regretted", that unless one understood what the whole thing was in principle, what all these "little measures"… must some day lead to, one no more saw it developing from day to day than a farmer in his field sees the corn growing… Each act… is worse than the last, but only a little worse. You wait for the next and the next. You wait for one great shocking occasion, thinking that others , when such a shock comes, will join you in resisting somehow. You don't want to act, or even talk, alone… You don't want to "go out of your way to make trouble"… But the one great shocking occasion, when tens of hundreds or thousands will join with you, never comes. That's the difficulty. The forms are all there, all untouched, all reassuring, the houses, the shops, the jobs, the mealtimes, the visits, the concerts, the cinema, the holidays. But the spirit, which you never noticed because you made the lifelong mistake of identifying if with the forms, is changed. Now you live in a world of hate and fear, and the people who hate and fear do not even know it themselves. When everyone is transformed, no one is transformed… You have accepted things you would not have accepted five years ago, a year ago, things your father… could never have imagined."They Thought They Were Free: the Germans, 1938-1945
by Milton Mayer (Quoted from The Ecologist, July/Aug 2005)
Rockstroh traces back the proto-fascism in American society to the collective denial of 70s' cultural banalities and flaunting consumption of which Nixon was merely a symptom. [more]
Rockstroh describes how, with mass-medication becoming the norm, people are losing their grip on reality and becoming pawns to big business and corrupt government. [more]
A Londoner's reaction to the terrorist bombings that took place in the capital this week, and how we might prevent this happening in the future. [more]
"While the rulers of the world cloister themselves behind the fences of Seattle or Genoa, or ascent into the inaccessible eyries of Doha or Kananaskis [or Gleneagles]… they leave the rest of the world shut out of their deliberations. We are left to shout abuse… They reduce us, in other words, to the mob, and then revile the thing they have created… They, the tiniest and most unrepresentative of the world's minorities, assert a popular mandate they do not possess, then accuse us of illegitimacy. Their rule, unauthorised and untested, is sovereign."George Monbiot, The Age of Consent, (quoted from Arguments Against G8 by Hubbard and Miller)
Rockstroh's response to yesterday's terrorist bombings in London which left more than 50 dead and over 700 injured. [more]
Rockstroh describes the "bubble" psychology of the President, one that merely reflects that of an American people in their futile efforts to escape the sharp edges of a larger reality. [more]
In its conquest of the Middle East, the American Empire is not only spilling blood in desert sands, but in the process it is destroying the hearts and minds of the American people. [more]
G8's Hypocrisy over African Debt Relief (2005)
So you think that G8 is pulling out all the stops to try to help African debt? That they are doing everything they can to prevent climate change? G8 is actually an octopus of imperialism that thinks nothing of environmental destruction, impoverishing developing nations and starting wars to maintain the elite status of the eight member states. The escalation of African debt, for example, was a deliberate policy to enslave a resource-rich continent. G8 is the problem, not the solution.
Rockstroh examines the explosive mixture of Puritanism and corporatism in US society and how it fuels a growing and helpless rage at our futile drive for righteous perfection. [more]
Just in case you thought that all US politicians were warmongers, read Brad Blanton, a 2006 candidate for US Congress, on how to reverse our current tide of terrorism. [more]
Rockstroh issues a powerful prosodic warning of America's rapid descent into a deathscape of aggression, fantasy, selfishness, ambition and ceaseless appetite—in service to Moloch. [more]
If the US/UK was occupied by an invading force, wouldn't its citizens believe it their sovereign right and duty to resist such an occupation by all means possible? So why don't more of us extend this understanding to the situation in Iraq? [more]
Education is the best hope, Bageant argues, to bringing the American working class to the realization that voting Republican is most certainly not in their best interest. [more]
The mass slaughter that has been perpetrated and continues to be perpetrated in Iraq is just the continuation of America's history of brutality, and one that is defended by the doctrine of freedom, whereby anything goes. [more]
Eichmann was certified sane by medical experts after WWII, despite being the man directly responsible for sending Jews to death camps. In much the same way, Bageant argues, what seems sane in America is insane. [more]
Bageant describes how millions of Americans are descending further and further into poverty as a direct consequence of the president they so obediently champion. [more]
Life among the Virginian working classes reveals to Bageant why liberal and leftist political policies seem unable to gain a foothold in America today. [more]
Another look by Bageant into the soul of American Christian fundamentalism, the kind that is rapidly turning the icon of democracy into an totalitarian theocracy. [more]
Bageant takes a look at the mindset of the business and owning classes in America, and shows how it is responsible for the much of the misery of the working classes. [more]
In a reflective and unusually subdued article, Bageant describes the mindset of his fellow poor, white Southerners — a mindset few liberals even try to understand. [more]
"People had no hair because their hair was burned, and at a glance you couldn't tell whether you were looking at them from front or back, and their skin — not only on their hands, but on their faces and bodies, too — hung down. If there had been only one or two such people… perhaps I would not have had such a strong impression. But wherever I walked I met these people… Many of them died along the road. I can still picture them in my mind — like walking ghosts." A survivor of Hiroshima, 1945
On the eve of Bush's inauguration, Valenzuela launches a descant on how corruption drives the elite's control of the masses, for only a corrupted people could vote back in a president so consumed by immoral self-interest. [more]
Bageant looks to the Scots Irish or 'Borderer' roots shared by a third of the US population, and asks whether their original war-hungry, Calvinist traits are responsible for the direction of American politics today. [more]
The problem with America runs much deeper than just bad government. Bad governments after all are still elected. Bageant shows us that the root of the problem actually lies with the majority of American people themselves. [more]
An alternative perspective on the US Constitution:
"Why should we feel bound today by a document produced more than two centuries ago by a group of fifty-five mortal men, actually signed by only thirty-nine, a fair number of whom were slaveholders, and adopted in only thirteen states by the votes of fewer than two thousand men, all of whom are long since dead and mainly forgotten?" Robert A. Dahl
The health of the Iraqi people, especially the children, continues to alarmingly deteriorate as the US-UK invasion force has deliberately destroyed essential services. [more]
Bageant draws chilling parallels between American's slide to totalitarianism and Ionesco's play, Rhinoceros, a satire on herd mentality. [more]
The US and its allies are covering up their war crimes in Iraq and other Middle Eastern countries by passing off their heinous actions as a push for freedom and democracy. [more]
If liberal society is to survive the rise of the Godwacks, we need to start by calling them what they are. [more]
No country embraced the idealism and liberation of the sixties as wholeheartedly as America did; and yet, today, it has become an icon of global aggression and oppression. Bageant sadly reflects on what went wrong. [more]
Eve Hillary describes the terrible Big Brother consequences of the US Patriot Act and similar legislation passed in other countries, as well as the grass-roots activist movements that are countering this oppression. [more]
Eve Hillary describes the terrible Big Brother consequences of the US Patriot Act and similar legislation passed in other countries, as well as the grass-roots activist movements that are countering this oppression. [more]
Bageant tries to describe the implications of Mount Weather, a massive underground military base in Virginia, without crossing the line into conspiracy theory. The problem is that "conspiracy" is an accurate description… [more]
You have probably read one of Bageant's articles, but who exactly is Joe Bageant? We interview him on his life, his work and his newly found internet cult status. [more]
The Forth of July has long been a celebration of independence and freedom. But does it make any sense to celebrate it any more in a nation marching towards fascism and where even public radio is creeping to the right? [more]
Bageant's heartfelt polemic on the need for better education for working-class America in order to rescue a nation from serious social and economic decline, and to reduce the gaping gap between the rich and the poor. [more]
Bush is not only stupid, he may well have a psychological disorder. Joe Bageant asks how such a dangerous leader could have been elected in the first place, and compares America today to pre-war Nazi Germany. [more]
Lynndie England, the GI who posed in those shameful Iraqi torture photos, was presented by the media as a bad apple. Bageant, however, paints a different picture of her as a victim of small-town hopelessness. [more]
Bageant gives an insightful examination of the deteriorating situation in Iraq, its parallels with Vietnam, and some of the root causes of this whole murderous travesty. [more]
Whilst Islamic fundamentalism takes centre stage, it is easy to overlook the more subtle but equally pernicious effects of Christian fundamentalism. Bageant uncovers the real reasons behind US government policy. [more]
Talking the homeland security blues with Bingo the philosopher dog. (A few of the alarming consquences of the US Patriot Act.) [more]
In the war against terrorism, FBI agents at the Norfolk, Virginia, airport took anal swabs from a mechanical farting dog to make sure it did not contain explosives. [more]
The has been much said in the media about the need to support "our boys" in Iraq. This is a message to "our boys" from a peace activist. [more]
Racism has been responsible for some of the most heinous crimes in history. But will we ever be able to stamp it out by the denial that racial difference may be more than skin-deep? [more]
It is very easy to assume, because we vote, we live in a democracy. But although the form of our society still seems democratic, power is migrating from the people to corporations. [more]
Democracy is not a passive inheritance; it is the ongoing relationship between citizen and government that demands the citizen be politically active. [more]
Gregory Sams examines how an alien would view human society. The result is thought-provoking. [more]