Oppressors like to use “divide-and-conquer” strategies to disempower the 99%. The Olympian published an op-ed I wrote in May 2019. Here is the article as a Word document: BOC — 2019.05.16 FINAL version — We’re All in This Together Here is the article as it appeared on the editorial page on May 23, 2019: https://www.theolympian.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/article230676584.html?
I wrote an insightful article in 2017, and it is still valid, so I updated it only a little and posted it here. I’ll write another proposing remedies for how to get out of this crisis. Look for that within the next few weeks. How We Got into Our Current Crisis
For much of the U.S.’s long war in Vietnam the mainstream news media obediently reported the official propaganda that the war was necessary and going well. Only when the truth became blatantly obvious did the news media start covering it more thoughtfully and accurately. Mainstream news media obediently promoted the propaganda that the older George H.W. Bush and the younger George W. Bush promoted in order to justify their wars against Iraq. The same pattern happens over and over, and this pattern is persisting in support of Trump’s utterly unjustifiable efforts to overthrow Venezuela’s democracy by severe economic disruption and/or […]
In early May 2019 Trump is still pushing for a coup against Venezuela’s democracy. He and his top foreign policy appointees have explicitly said they want the oil of this oil-rich nation. On May 6, 2019, World Beyond War (www.worldbeyondwar.org) sent this information: The United States is openly violating the U.N. Charter by threatening war on Venezuela. Read the latest report from activists who are protecting the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington. If you’re in the U.S. email Congress. I urge people to watch this very short video (only 1 minute, 14 seconds) from World Beyond War, calling upon people […]
This 3-minute video is funny and timely. It does include some foul language. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/george-clooney-donald-trump-jimmy-kimmel_n_5cd28489e4b0e524a47cf276?ncid=newsltushpmgnews_Politics_050819&guccounter=1
The article at this link provides insights into the effectiveness of RIGHT-WING MEMES — and why the Left falls short in that: https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2019/04/right-wing-groups-are-training-young-conservatives-to-win-the-next-meme-war/?utm_source=mj-newsletters&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=econundrums-2019-04-08 The Left had raised the issue of “globalization,” but the Right stole the issue and converted it into right-wing nationalism, racism, and anti-immigrant hysteria. This allowed Trump and right-wing extremists to gain power in various countries that used to be “liberal democracies.” This article provides insights: https://fpif.org/sieg-heil-deja-vu-understanding-the-global-rise-of-the-extreme-right/ In the U.S and elsewhere, the dominant economic and political systems are not working, so mainstream (“white”) people feel victimized. The right wing has promoted the current conservative […]
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Julian Assange, the Australian computer expert, journalist, and founder of Wikileaks, became well-known for publishing information about the U.S.’s wars and other information that embarrassed the U.S. government and other governments. Under Obama, the U.S. government tried to take legal action, but Assange lived in sanctuary in Ecuador’s embassy in London. Now Trump has taken strong action to extradite him. If he is brought to the U.S., we can expect the Trump regime to vigorously prosecute him for more crimes than the “hacking” charge that they are using to extradite him. This is a major escalation on Trump’s war against […]
For many years some people have arisen within the Democratic Party and tried to push it toward becoming TRULY PROGRESSIVE. Whenever this happens, some other people — both within the mainstream Democratic Party and within the mainstream media — urge the Democratic Party to be more moderate instead of progressive. This is happening now again after the November 2018 midterm election. Progressives achieved great victories. Progressives want a Green New Deal, Medicare for All, a $15/hour minimum wage, and other strong reforms. But middle-of-the-road Democrats and mainstream media are pushing back. They think bold progressivism is too bold. But bold […]
Watch my April 2019 TV program on your computer or on TCTV. This month’s episode is: “Understand Venezuela. Respect its Sovereignty.” To watch the interview, CLICK THIS LINK. To read a very thorough summary of what we said (and many links for more information sources at the end), CLICK THIS LINK: 2019.04 Summary of Venezuela interview. The April 2019 interview on “Glen’s Parallax Perspectives” series (see below for info about watching it through your computer or TCTV channel 22) provides fresh information and insights into the crisis in Venezuela. Venezuela is a sovereign nation – a real democracy – […]
During 2015-2016 mainstream news media gave Trump billions of dollars of free publicity. They treated his campaign as entertainment and utterly failed to hold him accountable. Except for some fact-checking, they still let Trump dictate what issues they will cover, and his statements always are in the lead paragraphs. Now that the Mueller Report has been completed, mainstream news media are obediently repeating the deceptive propaganda voiced by Trump’s Attorney General William Barr. Barr has a LONG HISTORY OF COVERING UP REPUBLICAN CRIMES, going back to the Reagan era. That’s why Trump appointed him to be A.G. Barr “summarized” more […]
Thomas Jefferson once said that he would rather live in a society with newspapers but no government, rather than a society with government but no newspapers. A robust Democracy ABSOLUTELY REQUIRES a DIVERSE MIX OF VOICES. But for a number of years an escalating crisis has been interfering with Americans’ need to be well informed. The U.S. has been experiencing a crisis that destroys our society’s ability to inform itself through honest, diverse journalism. A few giant business corporations have been buying up newspapers, just like they’ve been buying up other businesses — and consolidating economic (and hence political) power […]
Decades ago, Republicans and other conservatives created the myth of the “liberal news media.” They kept harping on alleged “liberal” bias by newspapers and broadcasters. This was their strategy to bully journalists and news media companies and push them farther toward the conservative and Republican orientation. And it worked! News coverage has significantly shifted in that direction. But actually, mainstream news media are OWNED BY GIANT CAPITALISTIC BUSINESS CORPORATIONS, and even NPR and public TV get significant funding from capitalist businesses, so they reflect that bias too. They reflect the same kinds of biases that capitalist-owned media promote. Major newspapers […]
People keep saying that our nation’s systems are “broken.” That is misleading. They are NOT “broken.” They are WORKING AS INTENDED! They are DELIBERATELY UNFAIR! On issue after issue, politicians, mainstream media, and the general public keep saying that our systems are “broken.” But if you look at how they are actually functioning — WHAT THEY ACTUALLY DO — and WHAT THEY ARE PREVENTING — and WHO HAS THE POWER and WHO BENEFITS from the status quo — you’ll see that these systems are NOT really “broken.” They are serving the rich and the powerful and preventing the changes that […]
Ever since taking office in January 2017, Trump has been making war against truth, including scientific truth and scientists themselves. He has been following Orwell’s 1984 novel in eliminating truthful information he does not want. In the book it was destroyed in ways that Orwell could imagine, and now Trump is eliminating truth (including scientific truth) by deleting it from websites and prohibiting Executive Branch professionals from using certain words that Trump does not like. Climate denialism and other phony-baloney nonsense have become orthodox. Honest professional scientists are censored and demoted and hushed up in other ways. This article from […]