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Liberalism’s Communications Problem

Liberals in the United States are relatively educated, yet extremely inarticulate when it comes to Trump, his budget proposal, or the U.S. military. In a typical email, Moveon.org sent out the message this week that nobody should confirm a Supreme … Continue reading

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2-minute video: ‘We the People’ owe $20 trillion to .01% demonocracy? Demand monetary reform & public banking for $1,000,000 per US household benefits, and .01% arrests for massive fraud to call debt ‘money’ OR kiss your assets goodbye

Demonocracy’s sharp 2 minutes of the tragic-comic mathematical certainty for a society that creates what is used for money as debt; just as certain as adding negative numbers forever causes only and always increasing aggregate debt until a system collapse: … Continue reading

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‘The United States needs a war in Europe,’ Le Pen explained why Washington intends to arm Ukraine

http://rusvesna.su/news/1490390095 03/25/2017 – 7:00 By Pauline Duhanova, translation by Eric Zuesse. Posted by Eric Zuesse. US needs a military conflict in Europe, in connection with which Washington intends to  provide Ukraine with weaponry. This statement was made in the Russian State … Continue reading

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The Deep State’s Dominant Narratives and Authority Are Crumbling

As this chart from Google Trends illustrates, interest in the Deep State has increased dramatically in 2017. The term/topic has clearly moved from the specialist realm to the mainstream. I’ve been writing about the Deep State, and specifically, the fractures … Continue reading

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The Middle East for Dummies

The first point I’d like to touch on is the idea that the Middle East is a culturally violent place that can be made less violent by bombing it. The first problem with this is that bombing places makes them … Continue reading

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What America’s Coup in Ukraine Did

Eric Zuesse On March 23rd, Gallup headlined “South Sudan, Haiti and Ukraine Lead World in Suffering”, and the Ukrainian part of that can unquestionably be laid at the feet of U.S. President Barack Obama, who in February 2014 imposed upon Ukraine a very … Continue reading

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Are U.S, Economic Sanctions Against Russia Based on an Obama Lie?

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org SUMMARY If the March 2014 annexation of Crimea by Russia was based upon the overwhelming desire by Crimeans that Crimea become again a part of Russia such as Crimea had been until 1954, instead … Continue reading

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The Divided Deep State is a Symptom, Not the Disease

I’ve been writing about the divided Deep State for a number of years, most recently in The Conflict within the Deep State Just Broke into Open Warfare. The topic appears to be one of widespread interest, as this essay drew … Continue reading

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Our Hopelessly Dysfunctional Democracy

Democracy in America has become a hollow shell. The conventional markers of democracy–elections and elected representatives–exist, but they are mere facades; the mechanisms of setting the course of the nation are corrupt, and the power lies outside the public’s reach. … Continue reading

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Five Localities Pass Resolutions Against Trump Budget: Three of Them Done Well

New Haven, CT, Charlottesville, VA, and Montgomery County, MD, have passed resolutions opposing the Trump budget’s moving of money from everything else to the military, urging that money be moved in the opposite direction. Pittsburgh and Ann Arbor have denounced … Continue reading

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Successfully Urging a City to Oppose Trump Budget

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Largest Hunger Crisis since Creation of UN Underway as US Hoards Food to Feed Harmful Addiction

The UN notes the world is “facing the largest humanitarian crisis since the creation of the UN … more than 20 million people across four countries face starvation and famine. Without collective and coordinated global efforts, people will simply starve … Continue reading

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Talk Nation Radio: William Geimer on Why Canada Should Stay Out of Other People’s Wars

https://soundcloud.com/davidcnswanson/william-geimer-on-why-canada-should-stay-out-of-other-peoples-wars William Geimer, author, peace activist, is a veteran of the U.S. 82d Airborne Division and Professor of Law Emeritus, Washington and Lee University. After resigning his commission in opposition to the war on Vietnam, he represented conscientious objectors and … Continue reading

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Dear America: Better Read the Fine Print on Your Credit Card Statement

You know those disclosures on your credit card statements? That it will take 27 years to pay off your balance if you only make the minimum payment each month, and so on? You might not be aware of it, but … Continue reading

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Russia Conspiracists Claim to Possess Reality

An Associated Press story on Tuesday came with this headline: “Analysis: Reality catching up with Trump on Russia,” and began: “WASHINGTON (AP) — Reality is catching up with President Donald Trump. Hours after Trump dismissed reports that his campaign associates … Continue reading

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If we don’t regulate what we do to the climate, we’ll commit suicide,

Eric Zuesse and kill everyone else, too. The vast majority of planets have no life on them. Climate changes. Right now, ours is changing with accelerating speed, from livable toward unlivable. There is only one scientific theory as to why … Continue reading

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City of Charlottesville Passes Resolution Asking Congress to Fund Human and Environmental Needs, Not Military Expansion

Charlottesville, Va., City Council Monday evening, March 20, 2017, passed a resolution opposing President Donald Trump’s budget proposal, which shifts funding to the military from many other programs. The draft resolution brought up for consideration reads as follows. It was … Continue reading

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Americans Support Increasing Budget of Most Wasteful Federal Department

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org There is only one Cabinet-level federal Department that is so wasteful — so corrupt (&/or incompetent) — that its financial records can’t even be audited, meaning that no auditors can be found who will certify … Continue reading

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Don’t You Hate Spammy, Sensationalist Click-Bait Like this?

We’re inundated with spammy sensationalist click-bait. You know what I mean–the little boxes containing eye-candy photos and headlines such as “you won’t believe how badly these stars have aged,” “7 tricks to losing weight during Thanksgiving,” “These children of celebs … Continue reading

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The Rothschild and Saud Families Fund Both John McCain and Hillary Clinton

Eric Zuesse On 21 October 2016, I headlined “An Email From Lynn Forester de Rothschild to Hillary Clinton, Against Elizabeth Warren” and reported extensive back-door funding of Hillary Clinton by the Rothschild family.  On 15 December 2016, I headlined “U.S. Gov’t. Is Secretly … Continue reading

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STEVE EISMAN: SMART, LUCKY, ABRASIVE & NOW ONE OF THEM

I loved Michael Lewis’ book – The Big Short – about the 2008 Wall Street created global financial catastrophe, that is still impacting the little guys on Main Street eight years after it was supposedly resolved by Paulson, Bernanke and … Continue reading

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Heal or Heel: either planetary freedom for a future brighter than we can imagine, OR we roll-over to obey .01% psychopathic commands as work animals (those who survive)

heal: to make healthy, whole; free from ailment. To free from evil; cleanse; purify. heel: (dog) to follow at one’s heels on command. Those of us who are messengers for a future brighter than we have the capacity to imagine … Continue reading

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Fired FBI Whistleblower: Israel Blackmails Congress-members to Spy for Israel. FBI Was Prohibited From Investigations of Turkey, UK, and Belgium.

Eric Zuesse Sibel Edmonds — the FBI intelligence analyst who was fired and placed under a lifelong gag-order for having found criminal wrongdoing during an investigation of a member of Congress, and who had found what she says was clear … Continue reading

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When Money Is “Free,” Discipline Evaporates; When Discipline Evaporates, Decisions Are Disastrous

Whatever is free is squandered. When water is free, it’s freely wasted. When electricity is free, there’s no motivation to use it wisely. The same principle holds true for money. If money is free, or nearly free, there is no … Continue reading

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Trump’s Budget Counts on Us to Be Dumber Than He

Donald Trump does not always in every way appear to be the sharpest tool in the shed. Yet there is great wisdom to be found in some of his assumptions of stupidity on the part of the rest of us. … Continue reading

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Murky Picture of Death Figures begins to Emerge from US/Iraqi Mosul Siege

A prominent Iraqi Sunni politician, Khamis Khanjar, who is in touch with civilians on the ground in the ISIS stronghold of Mosul, which is being bombarded by US airstrikes and US-trained Iraqi ground forces, told Washington this week that …a … Continue reading

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Trump’s Federal Budget Is VERY Libertarian

Eric Zuesse Ideology shapes priorities, and largely determines what will be increased, and what will be decreased, in a government’s annual budget. U.S. President Donald Trump’s first proposed federal budget, released on March 15th, makes his ideology crystal clear. Maybe … Continue reading

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Now That Everyone’s Been Pushed into Risky Assets…

If we had to summarize what’s happened in eight years of “recovery,” we could start with this: everyone’s been pushed into risky assets while being told risk has been transformed from something to avoid (by buying risk-off assets) to something … Continue reading

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City to Vote on Resolution Opposing Trump’s Budget

Charlottesville, Va., City Council has on its agenda for Monday, March 20th, a vote on a resolution opposing President Donald Trump’s proposal to shift $54 billion from human and environmental needs to military spending. The resolution calls on Congress to … Continue reading

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UN Commission: States have a “Duty Not to Aid or Assist” Israeli “Apartheid Regime”

A UN commission has found “overwhelming evidence” that Israel is an “apartheid regime” which uses force and violence to “oppresses” and “dominate” the Palestinian people as a whole for purposes of “racial” and “demographic engineering”.  (Likewise, in 2009, “a comprehensive … Continue reading

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Oxford Study: The More Plants and Fewer Animal Products we Consume, the Greater the Health, Economic, and Emissions Benefits

Health benefits: Moving to diets with fewer animal-sourced foods would have major health benefits (Fig. 1A). Compared with the reference scenario, we project that adoption of global dietary guidelines (HGD) would result in 5.1 million avoided deaths per year [95% … Continue reading

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Assange: Hillary now ‘quietly pushing for a Pence takeover’

Eric Zuesse Here is his tweet: —— https://twitter.com/JulianAssange/status/841609854540238849?s=09 Julian Assange Clinton stated privately this month that she is quietly pushing for a Pence takeover. She stated that Pence is predictable hence defeatable. 4:20 AM – 14 Mar 2017 —— “This … Continue reading

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Poll: Twice as Many Americans Support Obamacare as Support Trumpcare

Eric Zuesse On March 7th, U.S. President Trump said of the House Republicans’ proposed healthcare legislation: “I am proud to support the replacement plan released by the House of Representatives.” (He meant replacement of Obamacare.) That’s the Paul Ryan plan, the plan … Continue reading

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Why Fragmentation Is the Solution, Not the Problem

The fragmentation of political consensus (i.e. the consent of the citizenry) is presented by the Powers That Be and their media servants as being a disaster.The implicit fear is real enough: how can we rule the entire nation-empire if it … Continue reading

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The Problem With the CIA and Drones

Thanks to a recent Wall Street Journal article, I’ve been hearing from Democratic partisans that President Trump has done something brand new, and that it amounts to tearing up the War Powers Resolution by giving the CIA the power to … Continue reading

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Rule by Thieves: One Week in the Life of the American Kleptocracy

By constitutional and civil rights attorney John Whitehead, the Rutherford Institute. “The first and most important thing to understand about politics is this: forget Right, Left, Center, socialism, fascism, or democracy. Every government that exists — or ever existed, or … Continue reading

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The Republican Healthcare Bill Is Very Free-Market, Libertarian

Eric Zuesse The Republican House proposed healthcare legislation is a substantially more free-market approach to health care than exists in any industrialized nation. It would greatly reduce regulation of health care in America, and also considerably increase the choices that consumers … Continue reading

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Are Cities the Incubators of Decentralized Solutions?

In yesterday’s entry, I suggested that rather than bemoan the inevitable failure of centralized “fixes,” let’s turn our efforts to the real solutions: decentralized, networked, localized. To commentators such as Richard Florida, decentralized, networked, localized describes cities. He describes the … Continue reading

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Talk Nation Radio: Ellen Schrecker on McCarthyism Then and Now

https://soundcloud.com/davidcnswanson/talknationradio-20170315 Ellen Schrecker is a retired professor of American history at Yeshiva University and a leading authority on McCarthyism. Her books include Many Are the Crimes: McCarthyism in America and No Ivory Tower: McCarthyism in the Universities. We discuss the … Continue reading

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Obama’s Ukrainian Coup Caused 2.5 Million Ukrainian Refugees into Russia

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org On March 7th, Russia’s top parliamentarian dealing with the Ukrainian refugee influx into Russia — dealing, that is, with the people who have fled Ukraine as a result of U.S. President Barack Obama’s 2014 … Continue reading

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Solutions Abound–on the Local Level

Those looking for centralized solutions to healthcare, jobs and other “macro-problems” will suffer inevitable disappointment. The era in which further centralization provided the “solution” has passed: additional centralization (Medicare for All, No Child Left Behind, federal job training, Universal Basic … Continue reading

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War Abolition 101: How We Create a Peaceful World

Register for Online Course: How to Get to a World Beyond War Sign up here. How can we make the best argument for shifting from war to peace? How can we become more effective advocates and activists for ending particular … Continue reading

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The Conflict within the Deep State Just Broke into Open Warfare

When do the unlimited powers of the Intelligence/Security agencies threaten America’s domestic and global national interests? The CIA and its political enablers claim the agency’s essentially unlimited powers, partially revealed by Wikileak’s Vault 7, pose no threat to America’s interests, … Continue reading

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Government employee retirement funds are NOT funded by ‘investments’: Wall Street fees are twice the income of fund contributions, taxpayers pay 95% of costs, net returns average less than 1%. Solutions are monetary reform, public banking: 22-minute video walkthrough

Among the game-changing “fake news” We the People are told by “leaders” in government and corporate media is that government employee retirement contributions placed into investment funds pay for retirees’ benefits. Let’s summarize the data of California’s 2011 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR; … Continue reading

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Bernie Sanders on American Democracy

Eric Zuesse On March 10th, Bernie Sanders was interviewed by Britain’s Guardian, headlining “Sanders on Trump and the challenge for the left”, and he said (and this is just a small sampling): — The bad news, the very bad news is … Continue reading

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WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON? (PART THREE)

In Part One and Part Two of this article I revealed how the Deep State’s fake data and fake news propaganda machine can be overcome by opening your eyes, observing reality, understanding how Fed created inflation has destroyed our lives, … Continue reading

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The Historic Magnitude of Trump’s Failure

Eric Zuesse In order to understand the enormous magnitude of Trump’s failure (not merely of performance, but of his actual intentions), consider a poll by a top pollster, published on 18 November 2016, ten days after the U.S. Presidential election, … Continue reading

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WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON? (PART TWO)

In Part One of this article I exposed the establishment narrative of a strong economy as rubbish by providing hard data regarding imploding gasoline usage, failing bricks and mortar retailers and plunging restaurant sales. “Inflation may indeed bring benefits for … Continue reading

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Trump’s Presidency Failed in Record Time

Eric Zuesse Trumpcare — his promised replacement for Obamacare — is so blatantly atrocious that an excellent NBC News article on it is headlined, and documents that — “Experts: The GOP Health Care Plan Just Won’t Work”. This was even before the … Continue reading

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Why I Have to Agree with Tim Geithner on This

Many of us disagree with the bloviated, self-congratulatory notion that the Federal Reserve and the U.S. Treasury saved the U.S. economy, capitalism and everything else in 2008-09 up to and including the Central Bank of Mars and the bat guano … Continue reading

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