Fascism: Capitalism by Another Name by Michael Parenti

27 January 2017 — Michael Parenti

Fascism is a false revolution. It makes a revolutionary appeal without making an actual revolution. It propagates the widely proclaimed New Order while serving the same old moneyed interests.

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It’s Austerity, Not Globalization, That Pulls European Workers to the Right

23 January 2017 — FAIR

The Washington Post failed to mention that the Socialists’ declining fortunes are the result of anti-worker austerity programs.

Both the Washington Post (1/22/17) and New York Times (1/22/17) had pieces about declining support for the left in France and the rise of a nationalist right in both Italy and France. Both pieces attributed the rise in support for the right to people losing from globalization, implying that this is some impersonal process that is causing these people to be losers.

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This week the issue is not Trump. It is ourselves By John Pilger

17 January 2017 — John Pilger

On the day President Trump is inaugurated, thousands of writers in the United States will express their indignation. “In order for us to heal and move forward…”, say Writers Resist, “we wish to bypass direct political discourse, in favour of an inspired focus on the future, and how we, as writers, can be a unifying force for the protection of democracy.”

And: “We urge local organizers and speakers to avoid using the names of politicians or adopting ‘anti’ language as the focus for their Writers Resist event. It’s important to ensure that nonprofit organizations, which are prohibited from political campaigning, will feel confident participating in and sponsoring these events.”

Thus, real protest is to be avoided, for it is not tax exempt.

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Capitalism in Crisis? Two Essays

13 January 2017 — Theplanningmotivedotcom

Two essays on the current crisis of capitalism that I think are worth reading (PDF format):

THE CAPITALIST STATE: GENERAL INTEREST vs SPECIAL INTERESTS

The two main functions of the capitalist class are to subjugate the working class as the essential condition for the reproduction of the capitalist system and secondly to mediate in the affairs of the capitalist class itself. It is to the latter that we turn our attention. It is often stated that the state does not represent the interest of the capitalist class as a whole but only big capital sometimes referred to as monopoly capital or in its current setting, international monopoly capitalism – the multinationals and the international banks. While this last observation does have merit, the purpose of this article is to examine the state concretely, as currently shaped by neo-liberalism.

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Worse than Imagined By S. Artesian

12 January 2017 — The Wolf Report: Nonconfidential analysis for the anti-investor

Hulk Hogan in the White House, although it’s not quite clear if Hogan is quite as malicious, petty, mean-spirited as Donald Trump.

After today’s press conference, here’s a (chilling) thought:  Team Trump– Hulk Donald, son-in-law Thing Kushner, Spidey Reince Priebus, Rex the Wonder Dog Tillerson, Not Black Not Widow Ivanka–, an anti-brain trust for the ages, huddles around the office copy of the Erdogan Playbook For Dummies 

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Kinda Kute By S. Artesian

2 January 2017 — The Wolf Report:Nonconfidential analysis for the anti-investor

Ya make a guy feel humble
I make a fool of myself again
Ya make me trip and stumble
Just go dance by yourself again….

And you’re kinda kute baby, kinda kute baby
See you dance in your satin suit baby
When you move gotta sit right down
No competition with
This kinda kutie around — Joe Jackson, “Kinda Kute” 1979, from the album I’m the Man

Kinda Kute, isn’t it, watching the president of the United States whimper and moan about Russian “intervention” in the 2016 election?  Kinda precious, isn’t it, watching the titular head of a government that has intervened before, during, and after elections, and with lawyers, guns, money, and drugs, in countries around the world and across decades,  whine about the treacherous, nefarious, outrageous actions of the Putin government which violated the gentleman’s code of coup plotting….by hacking and releasing emails?  
 

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Ringing out the neo, Ringing in the neo By S. Artesian

20 December 2016 — The Wolf Report: Nonconfidential analysis for the anti-investor

1. It has been going on a long time, hasn’t it? The bourgeoisie have been on an offensive; the offensive was triggered by a decline in the rate of profitability; the offensive has not been able to systematically overcome the decline in the rate of profit; the offensive was kick-started with the overthrow of Allende in Chile, and the OPEC price spike of 1973. Both represent the attack on labor, on the class of laborers; on the living and the living standards of the workers; one using the hammer of military force, the other using the anvil of market force.  Behind every free market, there stands a death squad. Said that 43 years ago; said it yesterday. Will say it tomorrow.  Maybe from a secure, undisclosed location.

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Can We Make Sense of Trump? By Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich

16 December 2016

A month has passed since Donald Trump was declared president-elect soon to be the 45th president of the United States.    Since his win, pundits, analysts, and experts continue to debate the victory – a surprise to most.   While the reason/s for this victory depend on one’s perspective, most agree on one thing: Trump is unpredictable.

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The Case Against Sugar — New Book Reveals the Details of How the World Got Addicted to Sugar

11 December 2016 — Dr Mercola

Few would argue that excess refined sugar is pernicious to our health. However, hardly anyone is aware of the manipulation and deceit initiated and perpetuated by the sugar industry to insulate us from this truth.

Gary Taubes, an investigative journalist with a strong science background, has written an excellent book, “The Case Against Sugar,” which expertly documents how the manipulation of facts occurred. Continue reading this...

The NHS Opt-out is worthless!

9 December 2016 — MedConfidential

Jeremy Hunt changed his mind and is still selling your medical records

If you opted out of your hospital records being sold, Jeremy Hunt has changed his mind about your choice.

At the time, he said in Parliament (emphasis added):

“…this Government decided that people should be able to opt out from having their anonymised data used for the purposes of scientific research, which the previous Labour Government refused to do? When they extended the programme to out-patient data in 2003 and to A and E data in 2008, at no point did they give people the right to opt out. We have introduced that right”

The right Jeremy Hunt was so publicly proud of introducing, he has secretly taken away again. He was right to give it you – his election manifesto promised it would be there.

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We have to stop the Merger of Bayer and Monsanto!

7 December 2016 — SumOfUs

More than 600,000 people have joined our campaign to stop the dangerous merger between agrochemical giants Bayer and Monsanto. With a Trump U.S. presidency on the horizon, we must pressure antitrust regulators now to block the deal before it’s too late. Trump has already proven himself to be a corporate stooge by appointing billionaires and former lobbyists to senior cabinet team. So we need to act now to stop this merger from hell. 

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Blaming Trump’s Win on the Age Group Least Responsible for It

4 December 2016 — FAIR

WaPo: Yes, you can blame millennials for Hillary Clinton’s lossYes, you can—in the same sense that you can blame bad luck on black cats.

Before the election, corporate media nonsensically tried to blame the rise of Donald Trump on Millennials (FAIR.org, 10/10/16)—and now, after the election, the Washington Post is still at it.

“Yes, You Can Blame Millennials for Hillary Clinton’s Loss” was the headline over a piece by the Post‘s Aaron Blake (12/2/16). “Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook said Thursday that one particular group is especially to blame: Millennials.” Blake quoted another Post story citing Mook’s claim that “younger voters, perhaps assuming that Clinton was going to win, migrated to third-party candidates in the final days of the race.” “That’s why we lost,” Mook said. Continue reading this...

If GOP Gets Climate ‘Science’ From Breitbart, God Help the Planet

4 December 2016 — FAIR

The US House Committee on Science, Space and Technology recently tweeted an article by Breitbart, stating “@BreitbartNews: Global Temperatures Plunge. Icy Silence From Climate Alarmists.”

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Media: Corporate Welfare Will Bring Back Jobs vs. Jobs Will Never Come Back

30 November 2016 — FAIR

NYT: Trump to Announce Carrier Plant Will Keep Jobs in USThe New York Times (11/29/16) declares that Carrier’s job announcement “signals that Mr. Trump is a different kind of Republican.”

The Carrier company’s announcement that, after exhortations from Donald Trump, it was going to move a thousand jobs overseas—rather than the 2,000 that it had previously planned to move—led New York Times reporter Nelson Schwartz (11/29/16) to declare that “Mr. Trump is a different kind of Republican, willing to take on big business, at least in individual cases”:

Just as only a confirmed anti-Communist like Richard Nixon could go to China, so only a businessman like Mr. Trump could take on corporate America without being called a Bernie Sanders–style socialist. If Barack Obama had tried the same maneuver, he’d probably have drawn criticism for intervening in the free market.

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