It would be funny if it wasn't so tragic!
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R.I.P. Chalmers Johnson
From the page: "âm sad to report that Chalmers Johnson died on Saturday. He was a stalwart of this site, writing for it regularly from its early moments. Without the slightest doubt, he was one of the most remarkable authors Iâve had the pleasure to edit, no less be friends with. He saw our devolving American world with striking clarity and prescience. He wrote about it with precision, passion, and courage. He never softened a thought or cut a corner. I dedicated my new book to him, writing that he was âoethe most astute observer of the American way of war I know. He broke the ground and made the difference.â I wouldnât change a word. He was a man on a journey from Depression-era Arizona through the Cold War, the collapse of the Soviet Union, and deep into a world in which the foundations of the American empire, too, began to shudder. A scholar of Japan, one-time Cold Warrior, and CIA consultant, in the twenty-first century, he became the most trenchant critic of American militarism around. I first read a book of his -- on Communist peasants in North China facing the Japanese âoekill-all, burn-all, loot-allâ campaigns of the late 1930s -- when I was 20. I last read him this week at age 66. I benefited from every word he wrote. His Blowback Trilogy (Blowback, The Sorrows of Empire, and Nemesis.) will be with us for decades to come. His final work, Dismantling the Empire: Americaâs Last Best Hope, is a testament to his enduring power, even as his body was failing him. To my mind, his final question was this: What would the âoesole superpowerâ look like as a bankrupt country? He asked that question. Nobody, I suspect, has the answer. We may find out. âoeAdios,â he invariably said as he signed off on the phone. Adios, Chal. Tom]"
From the page: "The reason it窶s important to understand that our budget gap is a not a structural economic problem is simple: presenting it as such -- and getting pretty much everyone to repeat the claim -- is giving America窶s elites an opportunity to steal your Social Security, make seniors and vets pay a bigger chunk for their health care, and otherwise deepen their brutal assault on working America窶s economic security."
From the page: "Sussex University occupation issues statement"
This afternoon, over 170 students occupied the lecture theatre in the Fulton building at the University of Sussex in protest of the trebling of tuition fees and the attack on our education system.
If American politics made any sense at all, we wouldn窶t have two giant political parties of roughly equal size perpetually fighting over the same 5窶"10 percent swatch of undecided voters, blues versus reds. Instead, the parties should be broken down into haves and have-nots -- a couple of obnoxious bankers on the Upper East Side running for office against 280 million pissed-off credit card and mortgage customers. That窶s the more accurate demographic picture of a country in which the top 1 percent has seen its share of the nation窶s overall wealth jump from 34.6 percent before the crisis, in 2007, to over 37.1 percent in 2009. Moreover, the standard of living for the average American has plummeted during the crisis -- the median American household net worth was $102,500 in 2007, and went down to $65,400 in 2009 -- while the top 1 percent saw its net worth hold relatively steady, dropping from $19.5 million to $16.5 million.
But we窶ll never see our political parties sensibly aligned according to these obvious economic divisions, mainly because it窶s so pathetically easy in the TV age to set big groups of voters off angrily chasing their own tails in response to media-manufactured nonsense, with the Tea Party being a classic example of the phenomenon. If you want to understand why America is such a paradise for high-class thieves, just look at the way a manufactured movement like the Tea Party corrals and neutralizes public anger that otherwise should be sending pitchforks in the direction of downtown Manhattan.