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How the rich got away with it

According to British psychologist and author Adam Phillips, “getting away with it” was first used by Aldous Huxley in his 1923 novel Antic Hay. In Huxley’s postwar ethos, getting away with it is what smart, literary-educated people do to make a living, for example, in modern advertising and propaganda. The novel’s main character is “open and honest in the … Read more

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Commentators from Latin America

The countries of the Americas share much common history: Indigenous peoples, European colonizers, revolutions of independence, global immigration, racial and ethnic diversity, natural resources, wild and beautiful landscapes, hopes for the future invested in education, young and experimental societies. We also share periodically troubled democracies and monied oligarchies who attempt to control the ferment of these newly emergent lands.

So … Read more

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Post-truth fascist inspires post-truth terrorism

When explosive devices were sent to people Donald Trump routinely targets at his rallies, the response from right-wing media was painfully predictable. We all expected the response to be something akin to the now cliche claim of false flag. Thus, none of us were surprised when Alex Jones said as much.  And it really shouldn’t have shocked anyone when Read more

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When Globalism Becomes the Enemy (But It Really Isn’t)

Among the many layers of the multi-valanced meanings of the word “nationalism” used recently by Donald Trump during a campaign rally in support of Ted Cruz (R-Texas), one that emerges without much scrutiny has been its opposition to “globalists.” A globalist, Trump declared, “is a person who wants the globe to do well, frankly, not caring about our country so … Read more

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Political-Religious Doublespeak: Medical care is both good and bad

This story is more than a month old, but the doublespoken-ness of it didn’t really register for me until just the other day.

As a State Senator, Mark Green (R-TN) voted against Tennessee’s expansion of the Medicaid program; he still resists the idea. Currently running for the US Congress, Senator Green made the comment below (click anywhere on the photo … Read more

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Why is Trump Covering Up Jamal Khashoggi’s Murder?

Jamal Khashoggi is dead. The journalist was murdered on October 2 at the Saudi consulate in Turkey. The available evidence suggests with increasing certainty that it was plotted and carried out by members of Saudi crown prince Mohammad bin Salman’s coterie of advisors and confidantes. The scandal over Khashoggi’s murder has only grown over the past two weeks, with new … Read more

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Words Divide and Conquer: Political-legislative Language in International Arms-Dealing

In 2015, the US State Department signed a deal to sell Saudi Arabia 532 Evolved Sea Sparrow Missiles, 48 Harpoon Block II Missiles, and 188 Block II Rolling Airframe Missiles. By law the agreement had to be approved by Congress. Facilitating such approval is the function of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, an arm of the Department of Defense. So … Read more

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Rhetoric of Identification and Young Men of the Alt-Right

Last Friday, members of the alt-right group the Proud Boys violently attacked a number of innocent people in New York City. This group is one of a number of groups that are united by some combination of white nationalism, misogyny, and other prejudicial ideologies—with some prejudices outranking others for some young men. Young men are drawn to … Read more