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Chris Floyd is an American journalist. His work has appeared in print and online in venues all over the world, including The Nation, Counterpunch, Columbia Journalism Review, the Christian Science Monitor, Il Manifesto, the Moscow Times and many others. He is the author of Empire Burlesque: High Crimes and Low Comedy in the Bush Imperium, and is co-founder and editor of the "Empire Burlesque" political blog.
Monday, November 4, 2013 Ashes to Ashes: The Downward Arc of the American Dream (4 comments)
The American Dream, its seeming solidity was built on sand--or ashes. Built on the death and suffering of countless, faceless "others" around the world, and in our own streets. Built on the poisonous myth of "exceptionalism," the cargo cult of "the market," and the tragic denial of our commonality. The never-ending, all-devouring, pointless, heartless psycho circus rolls on.
Monday, October 28, 2013 Choosing Murder: The True Nature of the System Laid Bare (3 comments)
Murder by Drone. It's not a comic book, it's not a civics book, it's a not a movie with a happy ending. It's a brutal, murderous, lawless, dangerous, out-of-control engine of destruction, encompassing the entire political establishment and all those who support it, politically and financially. This is the system we have now.
Sunday, October 20, 2013 From Dissident Gold to Imperial Dross: The Neutering of the NSA Archives (7 comments)
The "debate" provoked by the Snowden documents might possibly, eventually, expand the number of corporate-bought senators and representatives who sit on the committees overseeing, in secret, the government's all-pervasive spy programs. Why, we might even get a new secret court to preside over the existing secret court that secretly approves the apparat's operations.
Friday, October 11, 2013 Chemistry Equations: the Pious Virtuosos of Violence
The widespread use of chemical weapons in the decimation of Fallujah -- including the flesh-eating horror of white phosphorous, the future-maiming deployment of depleted uranium and other chemicals, which have led to an epidemic of birth defects in the region -- is well-documented and, after years of outright lies and evasions, now cheerfully admitted by the United States government.
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 Dead Zone: The Deeper Poison Beyond the NSA Revelations (5 comments)
This arbitrary power to murder is the central political reality of our time; it is the bedrock, the foundation, of the American state as it actually exists today. The NSA surveillance program is merely an outgrowth -- a natural product -- of this system. Even if by some miracle, you could nip this single bud, the tree will continue to bring forth an abundance of poisonous fruit.
Friday, September 20, 2013 Ham and Iron: America's Middle East Policies in Action (1 comments)
Such is the quality of mind required to reach the top rungs of the Imperium: brutal, witless, dishonest, ignorant, lacking all nuance, all common sense, all human feeling. A mind that mindlessly disgorges murderous tropes and blatant nonsense in order to obscure, frantically, at any cost, the cynical intentions and the monstrous effects of the Imperium's Domination Machine.
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 Requiem for a Whistleblower (2 comments)
In our ultra-modern, super-savvy 21st-century world, we all know what happens to whistleblowers. But Varnadore probably thought he was still living in the kind of country he'd been told about in Civics class. He thought the federal government would want to know about these dangerous glitches, and correct them. You can guess what happened next. No remedies -- but plenty of punishment for the "troublemaker."
Tuesday, September 3, 2013 There Will Be Blood: Analogies and Analyses of the Syrian Situation (3 comments)
It almost certain that Congress will approve the killing of Syrians; indeed, many powerful figures in both parties are eager to kill even more Syrians than Obama is proposing to kill at the moment. So barring some unforeseen turn, the killing will come -- and the tragedy in Syria will be darkened with new blood.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 Moloch's Minions: Preparing More Slaughter in Syria (3 comments)
These Western leaders, primarily Barack Obama and the pathetic, feckless ex-PR shill David Cameron, will knowingly murder an unknown number of people while braying all the while of their own righteousness and the strict "legality" of their acts of mass murder. They will be supported in these murders by the leaders of the so-called opposition parties.
Friday, August 9, 2013 United We Fall: Our Egregious E Pluribus Unum (5 comments)
Every day, all across the world -- and in the holy-moley Homeland itself -- Obama commits and countenances crimes beyond the wildest dreams of LBJ and Richard Nixon. Every day he helps tighten the stranglehold of rampant militarism and corporate power on the lives of the people. Yet there are no riots, no uprisings, no public or institutional dissent that might trouble the complacency of our overlords.
Monday, July 29, 2013 Hard Rain: The Progressive Principle of Collective Punishment (2 comments)
Global climate change is a real threat. Many millions of people in the "Deep South" -- including some farmers! -- know this. Many of them are actively working to understand and address this threat. I have personally worked with many of these people, on the issue of climate change, right there in the "Deep South," as long as 25 years ago.
Monday, July 22, 2013 Soft Machine: A Bright Ray of Hope for Bradley Manning (14 comments)
Perhaps all is not lost. In the long dark night of our military imperium, a shaft of light, of hope, has suddenly appeared -- the Court of Appeal of the Armed Forces of the United States. For it turns out that if a military prisoner has faced the least mistreatment during incarceration, even a temporary abuse of due process, then all charges against him will be dropped and he can walk free.
Wednesday, July 3, 2013 Shamming into Syria
Syria is not Iraq, Libya or Afghanistan, isolated regimes on the outskirts of the Middle East. It is in the very center of the powder keg. And it has powerful allies in Russia and Iran. Expanding the civil war there could draw those countries more directly into the conflict, as well as Israel, Iraq, Lebanon, even Turkey. The risk of a wider regional war -- even a world war -- is very real.
Friday, June 28, 2013 Superiority Complex: The Reach and Roots of America's Stasi Regime (1 comments)
U.S. leaders have never acknowledged their responsibility for ruining so many lives, let alone apologized or made proper amends to the survivors. Those responsible have not been punished, but rewarded. The memory of it has been erased from national consciousness, as U.S. leaders endlessly declare their nation's, and their own, goodness.
Sunday, June 16, 2013 Absolving Obama, or The Lamentable Sigh of the Depressed Progressive (17 comments)
It's depressing that America keeps going around the world fomenting war, chaos, bloodshed, instability and ruin, bankrupting its own people in the process while stuffing the pockets of war profiteers. And depressing too that none of our presidents apparently have the power to stop this from happening. They are all "hemmed in by circumstances," by the American military empire.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 Collusion Course: Machinations of the Double-Headed Beast (1 comments)
While continuing a fierce vigilance against the relentless encroachments of an unhinged, unrestrained and openly murderous government, let us also recognize that the "free market" is, and always has been, a rigged game where vicious predators seek tyrannical control, by hook, crook and vast corruption in every way possible to squeeze out more unjust advantage for themselves.
Thursday, May 9, 2013 Radical Notions (1 comments)
If their real concern was to quell "radicalization," shouldn't they be sending in people to talk up peace, tolerance, non-violence? It's almost as if they want to foment scarifying plots, keeping the public scared, obedient -- even slavishly grateful. I wonder who radicalized them into such violent extremism?
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 Pay in Blood: May Day and Modern Politics (4 comments)
To put it plainly, the elites don't need us anymore -- or not many of us, anyway. And thanks to runaway population growth -- and the greasy mobility of global capital -- those few of us they do still need to keep the machinery going can be easily replaced, at any moment, by some other desperate chump trying to avoid destitution.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 Darkness at Dawn: Tainting Democracy for Power and Profit (2 comments)
The outpouring of violence has shaken the moral authority of Suu Kyi, as she tries to maintain the momentum of democratization through negotiation and cooperation with the power structure. Many have found her statements on the violence to be remarkably muted.
Saturday, April 20, 2013 Context and Contact: Exploring Agents of Influence in the Boston Attacks (2 comments)
This incident will greatly strengthen the military-security apparat in the United States and Russia, helping to further demonize Muslims in general. But every political power structure that feeds on fear -- and which ones do not? -- will benefit from the crime spree in Boston, whatever its origins.
Tuesday, April 16, 2013 Echoes in the Aftermath: Remembering the Victims of Violence
Let us remember the victims of violence today, those who died and those who live on in the scarred, tormented aftermath. Let us remember them in Boston, in Baghdad, in Mogadishu, in Guantanamo, in Waziristan -- and in every corner of the world where the crippled souls who live by violence seek to impose their evil dreams on us all.
Saturday, March 30, 2013 This Is Not The Age Of Defeat (1 comments)
In any given age, the lowering clouds can bear down more heavily than in others. Ours is indeed a very hard age, another age of iron. It is an age of loss, of grievous loss -- but it is not the age of defeat. Reality remains, the process goes on, the choice for goodness is always -- always -- there, no matter what.
Saturday, March 16, 2013 Barbarian Rhapsody: Ten Years Deeper Into Hell (4 comments)
The idea of restricting the president's power to kill any filthy foreigner he chooses is not in question anywhere in our national politics, of course; Rand Paul wasn't filibustering against that idea. No, any debate on the "ethics" of state murder is restricted to its application to Americans, who, as we know, are the only fully human beings on the face of the earth.
Thursday, March 7, 2013 A Low, Dishonest Decade: New Details for the Iraq War Crime Mosaic (16 comments)
In the media hoopla around the 10th anniversary of the invasion, no criminal in charge of the war crime, no savant who promoted it, or media sycophants who "stovepiped" the lies of the warmongers to the public, or any member of the political-media elite who by direct or collateral hand were complicit in this war crime have ever apologized for what they have done--much less been made to suffer the slightest discomfort for it.
Saturday, December 1, 2012 Blanking Bradley Manning: NYT and AP Launch Operation Amnesia (9 comments)
For the actual details of Manning's hearing -- which actually began a few days before his appearance -- you have to turn to foreign papers, such as the Guardian, whose coverage of Manning's situation has been copious. The Times provided only the single wire story, 11 paragraphs long, during the entire week of testimony. But, you don't have to think about it. Just nod your head, shrug your shoulders, and go about your business.
Monday, November 26, 2012 No Absence of Malice: Whitewashing the White House Murder Program (13 comments)
The only possible problem with the president of the United States and his deputized subordinates killing people all over the world outside any legal procedure or standards of evidence or, in many cases, without knowing anything at all about who they are killing -- is that the program might not be as open and efficient as it could be.
Monday, November 19, 2012 Blogging and Nothingness: Progressives Turn Their Gaze from Gaza (5 comments)
The few sporadic and ineffective missiles from Gaza "raining down" on Israel before the attack were in fact retaliation for repeated missile strikes, mortar fire, assassinations and civilian deaths caused by Israeli military incursions into Gaza.
Sunday, November 18, 2012 On the Eve: Last Thoughts Before the Latest Invasion of Gaza (4 comments)
Hell is coming. Hell is near. Thousands upon thousands of troops are massing for the ground invasion of a small patch of land crammed full with human beings trapped without any defense against the steel that will destroy them. Several children have already died in the preliminaries. Many, many more will die when the real feast of death begins.
Friday, November 16, 2012 Gaza: The Gates of Wrath and Sorrow Swing Open Once Again (1 comments)
Gaza is a concentration camp. It is not like a concentration camp. It is not a metaphorical or figurative concentration camp. It is a concentration camp. Our culture, our political leaders, and the cacophony of voices in the media have all agreed that this truth must never be spoken. Israel imposes conditions on Gaza and its inhabitants that necessarily result in a slow, long, lingering death.
Saturday, November 10, 2012 Dead Enough: The Reality of the "Lesser Evil" (24 comments)
If you really are a "lesser evilist" -- if this was a genuine moral choice you reluctantly made, and not a rationalization for indulging in unexamined, primitive partisanship -- then you will know that we are ALL the losers of this election. Even if you believe it could have been worse, it is still very bad.
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 Welcome to the Age of Hell: Entrenching Murder as the American Way (4 comments)
The sickening nature of this perpetual-motion death-machine -- and the husk-like inhumanity of those who operate it and the sycophants who applaud it -- our bipartisan elites, our whole respectable, self-righteous establishment -- have trapped us all in an Age of Hell.
Tuesday, October 16, 2012 "After the Fire, the Fire Still Burns": Horror Goes on for Victims of Iraq War Atrocities (7 comments)
the Pentagon itself finally admitted using white phosphorus shells in Fallujah -- a chemical weapon that can inflict hideous injuries on its victims. And in subsequent years, the evidence of the chemical weapons attacks on Fallujah has been growing stronger and more extensive -- not just for the confessed use of WP, but for other weapons as well.
Monday, October 15, 2012 Making a Killing: Obama-Backed Coupsters Shoot for Corporate Control (4 comments)
Even as our good progressives are plunging daggers into anyone who dares even suggest an alternative to the Doctrine of Lesser Evilism which has become the core of their partisan faith -- a doctrine that guarantees the perpetuation of the corrupt and brutal system they loudly abhor -- the American-approved carnage and terrorism in Honduras goes on.
Wednesday, September 26, 2012 Pay in Blood: The Bipartisan Terror Machine Stripped Bare (3 comments)
Beyond the rare, isolated op-ed, there is no "debate" on drone warfare in American political or media circles. The bipartisan political establishment is united in its support of the practice; indeed, both parties plan to expand the use of drones on a large scale in the future.
Monday, September 24, 2012 In Aleppo Once: Old Allies Reunite in Syria to Foment Future War
As always, while our well-wadded Western interventionists sit safely in glitzy TV studios or cozy Congressional offices and cry havoc, it is others who are devoured by the dogs of war. A hydra-headed, multi-sided conflict has been unleashed in Syria, and our warmongers are seeking frenziedly at every turn to worsen it.
Wednesday, September 19, 2012 Fat of the Land: Empire's Empty Offer (2 comments)
You love your freedom
We love it too
That's why we took it
So we can guard it for you
We'll keep it safe
Locked in the vault
Every Fourth of July
You can take it for a walk
Monday, September 17, 2012 The Howling: Embassy Riots Pale Next to State Terror Tempest
Millions and millions of people in the West believe that the Dominationist extremists are completely -- even divinely -- justified in their terrorist actions. Set against the massively supported, millions-killing terrorism of the Dominationists, the riots are like a whisper in the howling of a storm.
Thursday, September 13, 2012 Great Expectations: Benghazi-Style Blowback an Integral Part of Terror War System
No group in the world has done more to spread violent, retrograde extremism than the Saudi royals (whose regime is far more repressive than that of the Persian devils in Tehran or the Hitler du jour in Damascus) -- yet at every turn they are courted, coddled, and lavished with billions of dollars in military hardware from the ostensible defenders of freedom in Washington.
Monday, September 3, 2012 Shunning Evil: Tutu Sets Example in Call for Blair and Bush Indictments (7 comments)
Every single independent analysis of the evidence has shown the complete opposite: that high officials throughout both governments were well aware of the weakness and falsity of the "evidence" of Iraq's WMDs, and that these weak reeds were bent and shaped to fit the policy approved by both leaders: to invade Iraq, come hell or high water.
Friday, August 31, 2012 Bloc Party: Pantomime and Power in the Imperial System (4 comments)
The Obama Administration announced on Thursday that it would not prosecute anyone -- no one at all -- for the murder of two prisoners in American's Terror War gulags several years ago. The one CIA agent who revealed the names of people who tortured captives is being prosecuted with the full force of the law.
Friday, August 17, 2012 Imperial Affront: Ecuador Will Face US Wrath for Asylum Decision (3 comments)
Our imperial elites (and their innumerable little yapping media sycophants on both sides of the political fence) simply cannot bear to have American power and domination resisted in any way, at any time, for any reason, anywhere, by anyone. It offends their imperial dignity.
Saturday, July 28, 2012 Post-Neoimperial Upheavals: Twilight of the Narcissists (2 comments)
The view now taken by the entirety of America's bipartisan political elite, its media elite, and vast swathes of its ordinary citizens, who have been marinated in this belief for generations, is they do believe -- simply, deeply, sincerely -- that the "world belongs to the United States" and that the United States has the right to order the world as it pleases.
Tuesday, July 24, 2012 Triptych: Sugaring Over Evil, Looting the World, Opening the Ark (1 comments)
The world is suffering through a severe economic crisis. Governments at every level are on evangelical fire with the gospel of austerity, slashing services and people and selling off essential public goods at knock-off prices to a few rapacious elites. Everywhere, at every turn, we are told that there is simply "no money" to sustain anything remotely like the quality of life known by the past few generations before us.
Wednesday, July 18, 2012 Carnival Deception: While Mitt and Barry Posture, the Imperial Beast Plods On (2 comments)
In fitful scraps and snatches, the story of what is actually happening in Honduras filters through on occasion, usually from foreign sources. But what of that? Mitt Romney had a bad week! Obama looked cool in the rain! Who cares if the behemoth goes lumbering on? The ludicrous, hideous, hallucinatory sideshow is all that matters.
Wednesday, July 11, 2012 The Nightingale's Nest: Lamenting the Soul's Enclosure (5 comments)
In the last two decades, Clare has assumed a greater prominence in literary studies, but he retains for me that aura of a personal, private discovery -- having found out about him, many years ago, through an old and battered paperback compendium of essays by Graves, found in the stacked wooden crates of a used bookstore in a strip mall in Knoxville.
Saturday, June 30, 2012 The Naked and the Dead: Raw Hubris is Still the Rule (4 comments)
Still they cry, and still they are given, and still they spend, then cry for more. No one challenges them. The microscopic "cuts" (never in the actual military budget but only in its galloping growth rate) that are sometimes offered, meekly, are painfully absurd: even if enacted, they would amount to no more than throwing a sponge at Hurricane Katrina as it drove in the waters to drown New Orleans.
Sunday, June 24, 2012 Grand Tradition: Obama Does it the Old-Fashioned Way in Honduras (6 comments)
"Barack Obama's famed 'continuity' with his predecessors goes back to the glory days of Ronald Reagan, when American-backed, American-trained death squads and military juntas slaughtered thousands of people and stripped their people to the bone with the scorched-earth economics of oligarchy."
Tuesday, June 19, 2012 Interpreting Progressive Militarism: An Exchange with David Atkins
In order to have a local police force, making arrests with warrants, writing tickets, etc., you don't necessarily have to rip the bodies of small children to shreds. But you cannot have a "international police force" invading and "policing" whole nations and societies without killing many, many innocent people, over and over again.
Friday, June 15, 2012 Intervention Uber Alles: A Forced March to Progressive Militarism (1 comments)
The events in Iraq get lost in the general historical flood -- just one more piece of flotsam drifting by in the bloody current. Its context is lost, subsumed in general assertions about our intractable nature. Why did these Iraqi slaughters happen? There was no cause -- just our stupid violent monkey nature. Atrocities just ... happen.
Sunday, June 3, 2012 Birds of a Feather: The Hardcore Faith of the Ruling Clucks (3 comments)
The elite demonstrate day after day they don't care how many people must die or suffer for their power, privilege, self-image and status. This is moral psychosis on a monumental scale. It is the complete and utter repudiation of every civilized ideal, of every fragment of enlightenment wrenched from the blood-drenched slagheap of human history. Yet it passes for normality in our political discourse.
Wednesday, May 30, 2012 Hymns to the Violence: The NYT's Love Letter to Obama's Murder Racket (8 comments)
It is beyond all my imagining that a national leader so deeply immersed in murdering people would trumpet his atrocity so openly, so gleefully -- and so deliberately, sending his top aides out to collude in a major story in the nation's leading newspaper, to ensure maximum exposure of his killing spree.
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 Seepage and Suffering: Obama's Civil War Scenario for Afghanistan (1 comments)
The NATO summiteers sent out an array of mixed messages at their meeting this week in Chicago: the Afghan war is over, the Afghan war is going forward, NATO forces are withdrawing from Afghanistan, NATO forces are staying in Afghanistan for years to come.
Friday, May 4, 2012 Distant Drums Very Present: Misfits in the Shattered Mirror of a Nation (4 comments)
There is no attempt or desire within either party to make any kind of deep or serious changes in the increasingly corrupt, imbalanced and now almost totally dysfunctional structures of power. Neither party holds out any kind of alternative vision or ideal or aspiration, other than that what we have now should go on and on, and that their particular faction should be in control.
Wednesday, April 18, 2012 The Way of the Drone: Emblem for an Empire of Cowards (3 comments)
This hideous program of murder and terror has been fully embraced by the political elite and by society at large. And our rulers are now bringing it back home with a vengeance, putting more and more Americans under the unsleeping eye of government drones watching their every move, looking for the "signature" of "suspicious" behavior.
Sunday, April 15, 2012 Emperor of the Air: Potomac Poobahs Squeeze the Skies (4 comments)
New rules require British Airways and other airlines flying to certain airports outside America to submit passengers' personal data to US authorities. The information is checked against a 'No Fly' list containing tens of thousands of names. Even if the flight plan steers well clear of US territory, travelers whom the Americans regard as suspicious will be denied boarding.
Tuesday, April 10, 2012 Perverts in Power: The Torture-Lovers Who Rule Us (4 comments)
They love how tough torture makes them feel. Like child abusers, they enjoy their full, unchallengeable physical power over the bodies of their defenseless victims. They get off on it. They love how powerful it makes them feel. Torture is being carried out because our leaders want it to be, because they like it. There are no reluctant torturers -- neither at highest levels nor among those actually doing the deed.
Sunday, April 8, 2012 The Lawless Roads: America's Ever-Expanding Torture Matrix (2 comments)
Obama has adamantly refused to prosecute clear, credible and copious allegations of war crimes by his predecessor. He is now applying acknowledged torture techniques to the general American population. For Americans to be strip-searched when taken into custody for even the most minor infractions is clearly to humiliate and "break" the citizen, and is itself -- torture.