Category United States Politics

Obama’s pathetic legacy

Even before Barack Obama is half way through his second term you can tell how woeful his legacy will be. Thomas Frank in Salon has written a cutting piece Right-wing obstruction could have been fought: An ineffective and gutless presidency’s legacy is a failure mocking the likely highlights of the Obama Presidential Library. The task […]

Thomas Frank on Thomas Piketty

I haven’t read Thomas Piketty’s best seller Capital in the Twenty-First Century yet but I found much to applaud in Thomas Frank’s review of it on Salon. It resonates what the best heterodox economists/economic historians like Steve Keen and Michael Hudson have been saying for years. The criticism goes to the heart of of the fallacy of neo-liberalism, […]

Israel, Gaza and collective punishment

The inane and futile Palestinian/Israeli conflict is once more being played out in Gaza. Vox.com presents a very revealing graph of the disturbing asymmetry between Israeli and Palestinian casualties since 2000. Israeli response to Palestinian rockets or suicide bombers has been grossly disproportionate and there seems as little will on the Israeli side as the […]

Iraq, Wikileaks and military force – here we go again

Julian Assange has just had his second anniversary of being holed up in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. A good time to remember why Wikileaks and Assange became so hated by those in authority. I don’t know if Assange is more egotistical and misogynistic than your average bloke – his personal attributes or failings have nothing […]

Democracy and the right to dissent

Neither Walter Nash, Peter Fraser or Michael Joseph Savage were communists. Nor in the context of the first Labour government particularly radical. Yet it turns out they were subject to covert surveillance by both the Police and the intelligence service at the time. At one level this is hardly surprising. In an earlier post I […]

Glenn Greenwald – One Journalist holding those in power to account

I have highlighted the work of Glenn Greenwald before. A former New York attorney he now writes for a number of online and traditional news organisations, most prominently The Guardian newspaper in Britain. He has been at the forefront of the Edward Snowden/NSA revelations, one of the few to interview Snowden in person and responsible […]

Interview with Chris Hedges

Chris Hedges is one of the most thoughtful, persuasive and informed critics of American Exceptionalism, the entrenched mythology that allows successive US governments to act in such a callous and brutal manner, not just abroad but at home too. Belief in the American Dream, belief that the US is better than every other nation on […]