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Former college professor, native and denizen of New York City. Blogging at www.thepolemicist.net, aiming to be intellectually rigorous, politically challenging, and occasionally snarky, from a left-socialist perspective.


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49 Articles, 4 Quick Links, 74 Comments, 4 Diaries, 2 Series, 0 Polls

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Thursday, February 19, 2015 (6 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The SYRIZA Moment: A Skeptical Argument The victory of Syriza in Greece is likely to be a historic turning point for Europe and the world, for better or for worse. Is Syriza capable of being the energizing alternative movement that the left wants it to be? Or will it defang left-populism, and leave a vacuum that will be filled by the radical right?

Monday, December 29, 2014      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Goosebumps: A Scary Sony Story "Somebody hacked into the Sony Pictures Entertainment computer network in Hollywood, and released to the public a treasure trove of confidential information. This is an embarrassment.... It may be a violation of intellectual property rights, and personal privacy rights, and common courtesy. It may be condemnable on any of those grounds. But it is not 'terrorism' or 'cyberwar.' It's a hack."

Saturday, November 8, 2014      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Ripley Was Right: Ebola, Science, and the Precautionary Principle Looking at some of that evidence, teasing out the issues of scientific knowledge and ethico-political authority that are raised by the Ebola crisis, and which are confused by the impulse to read them through the lens of American liberal/conservative categories, with which they have nothing to do.
Series: Ebola Crisis (2 Articles, 1343 views)

Friday, November 7, 2014      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
A Joke In November On the way home from his successful fund-raising meeting, a powerful US Senator, drives his car into a tree and dies. His soul arrives at the Pearly Gates, and is met by St. Peter.

Sunday, November 2, 2014 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Irish Widow and the Liberian Fiance: Ebola, CEO Disease, and the Public Good The Ebola crisis highlights the absurdity of pretending that a private, for-profit health system can do what a real public healthcare system must.
Series: Ebola Crisis (2 Articles, 1343 views)

Monday, October 13, 2014 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Gaza Calling: It's the Colonialism, Stupid! The carnage in Gaza this summer reveals the continuity of the crimes of Israeli colonialism. The fundamental problem is not how many civilians were killed, but the ongoing colonialism-in-progress that necessarily produces these casualties.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014 (8 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Israel's "Human Shield" Hypocrisy: The Early Days The "main narrative model that [still] dominates American thinking" about Israel has gone off the rails. It's the imaginary heroic Zionism that Edward Said and others identified with the novel and movie "Exodus" which was "enormously influential in stimulating Zionism and support for Israel in the United States."
Series: Israel and "Human Shields" (2 Articles, 6953 views)

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
"Holy Bejeezus!": US Officers "Stunned" at Destruction in Gaza " senior U.S. military officers" were "stunned" at the scale of the Israeli army's "indiscriminate" shelling that demolished the Shujaiya neighborhood in Gaza on July 21st.

Sunday, September 7, 2014 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
America, ISIS, and Syria: We have to bomb the jihadis in order to save them ISIS is the product of years of American military intervention in Iraq, Libya, and Syria. American military intervention will not solve the jihad problem. It will make it worse. American and its major allies in the region know this, and are OK with it. They prefer ISIS and jihadism to stable, coherent states that can resist their hegemony.

Sunday, August 3, 2014 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Israel's "Human Shield" Hypocrisy The "human shields" argument is what allows Israeli officials, to deliberately and systematically bomb the family homes of suspected militants, killing whole families. It suggests an ethic that supposedly justifies an Israeli offensive which produces 75-80% civilian causalities, 33% of which are children, among the Palestinian population.
Series: Israel and "Human Shields" (2 Articles, 6953 views)

Monday, June 30, 2014      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
"Without America this cannot happen." Jewish Grandmother Shows the Way A must-see interview for every American--especially liberal Americans, who can be all wrought up about whether and how to criticize Israel. It's way past time cut to the chase: "It is colonialism." If Tzvia can say it, without fear, so can we. Jewish, Christian, Muslim, atheist, or Wiccan, no apology needed. Just stand with Tzvia.

Sunday, May 18, 2014 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Resurrecting the Lede: The New York Times on the F.C.C. and Net Neutrality The NYT published a misleading and contradictory story about the FCC's Net Neutrality decision, then re-wrote it without acknowledgement.

Friday, May 9, 2014 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Good for the Gander: Ukraine's Demise Accelerates The US-Obama story of them being "appendages of Russia" is a crock. The rebellion in eastern Ukraine is the result of deep divisions in Ukrainian society that were dramatically exacerbated by the Maidan coup, which was itself supported--and, to a great extent, politically managed--by the US.

Saturday, March 22, 2014 (10 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Charge of the Right Brigade: Ukraine and the Dynamics of Capitalist Insurrection It’s quite amusing, until it gets sickening, to watch American leaders--who cling to the notion that a thin, corrupt, disempowering electoral process legitimizes them--embrace the forceful overthrow of a democratically elected leader in a functioning parliamentary democracy while insisting they are doing no such thing.

Thursday, January 30, 2014 (7 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Dipsy Doodle: What "Globalization" Has Wrought Globalization's big losers are the sectors of the world's population that had decent incomes, a few notches above average -- the kind of income that allowed for homes and vacations, but not limousines and villas. It's not hard to figure who they are; they're the people on the streets in Athens, Madrid, and Paris, in the state capitol in Wisconsin, and those losing their pensions in Detroit.

Thursday, January 30, 2014 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Eye of the Beholder: Seeger & Scarlett Seeger's courage and Scarlett's excuses.

Monday, January 27, 2014      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Keep on Truckling: Mayor of New York's Job "is to be a defender of Israel" AIPAC's/de Blasio's attempt at keeping the public's eyes out of this meeting is symptomatic of the increasing discomfort that's in the air, even in New York, with this kind of toadying to Israel. What's happening is the kind of disconnect between what can be said to the voters and what must be said to the donors.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Who’s the Boss? The Obamacare Deception Obamacare is not a public program, but a government-assisted private boondoggle. Its main purpose is not to ensure public health, but to insure the profitability of private health insurance companies and the private pharmaceutical and hospital industries.

Saturday, November 9, 2013 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Dropping a DIME: Max Blumenthal and the Erosion of Liberal Zionism Zionism, like capitalism, is losing its aura of beneficence and inevitability, as its fangs become harder to hide. Israel is not the Upper West Side overseas. (No matter what many people on the Upper West Side may like to think.) It is a violently racist colonial enterprise, with all the ideological and practical viciousness that implies.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Attention Shoppers! The Westgate Mall In America's Jihad Bargain I know that events in Africa during the weekend of September 21st are, in terms of American historical memory, a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, but I'm going to pay them some belated attention.

Thursday, September 19, 2013 (4 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The New Privateers: Civil Forfeiture, Police Piracy, and the Third-Worldization of America You won't believe it. It's about the laws and practices -- developed over the last 15-20 years as part of the "war on drugs" and the general encroachment of police-state tactics -- regarding what is called "civil forfeiture." And it's about a lot more than that.

Thursday, September 12, 2013      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Syria: No Better Angels Things have changed, in a good direction. But Let's not get carried away with optimism, however.If we have to recognize that there has been real political movement, we must also recognize the enormous political, ideological, and financial forces still committed to this war, and how far we are from winning this fight against them. The balance of power is still very much against the antiwar camp.

Saturday, August 31, 2013      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
At the Syrian Threshold: "al-Qaeda's Air Force" Prepares for Battle The political and strategic purpose of American military intervention -- previously clandestine and now overt -- on behalf of the "rebellion" is to destroy the Syrian nation as a coherent political and military entity in the region. As the US already has done to Iraq and Libya. It's the same war.

Thursday, August 22, 2013      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Ball of Confusion: Bradley Manning's Meaning Thoughts after Manning's sentencing statement. In this statement, he's certainly not the Bradley Manning that we want him to be. He's not, in other words, the Bradley Manning that we have been producing in our political discourse -- and that we must continue, with all due attention to his utterances, but grounded in our own understanding of his all-important actions, to produce.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
It's Not Unusual: The Left-Right (S)Mashup in American Politics The leadership of both parties, along with the corporate and media elite, is trying desperately to maintain for the public a coherent story, with all the characters fixed in their proper roles, and the conflict structured in terms that they control. In fact, it's becoming harder to ignore that there are deep and enduring alliances between both parties, and serious and growing fractures within each of them.

Sunday, July 7, 2013      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Egypt's Groundhog Day Revolution I watch the unfolding events in Egypt with a sense of unease, even dread. In the accounts I've read so far from the Egyptian street, I get the sense that, where two years ago there was an elation married with great hope, now there is something more like muted glee accompanied by a sinking feeling.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
"Just One More Detail": American Surveillance And The Unanswered Question of Israel Israeli companies at the heart of surveillance of Americans for at least the last twelve years? Israeli equipment at the heart of surveillance of Americans within America's most secret spy agency now? An NSA operative passing to Israel the agency's most powerful secret software? The strong possibility that Israel gets to read your emails, too? Media reporting about this ignored and suppressed?

Saturday, June 22, 2013 (7 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Edward Snowden, Lawrence O'Donnell, and the Failure of Fuzzy Land Thinking Lawrence O'Donnell's failure confirmed how difficult it is going to be for conservative or liberal pundits to dismiss Snowden's actions on the basis of his personality, and it was a scene that ended up discrediting nothing more than the whole media theater of derogation itself.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013 (5 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
"No matter what the law actually says": The Snowden Revelations and the Eternal Surveillance State The sudden cascade of documents leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden through Glenn Greenwald, Ewen MacAskill, and Laura Poitras in the Guardian, and Barton Gellman in the Washington Post has provided stark confirmation of our worst fears about the American government's contemptuous disregard for our most fundamental rights.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
"Carry On Margaret": Still Playing in Theaters Near You let's not use Margaret Thatcher's death to further extend her legacy, but to insist that it's long past time to pull the plug on its run. .Thatcher was absolutely right that her greatest achievement was Tony Blair and New Labor, and -- as Obama's encomium makes quite explicit -- there's a fine parallel in that her partner, Reagan's, greatest achievement was setting an agenda that Clinton, Obama and the ....

Tuesday, April 2, 2013 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Road to Syria: "It all depends on what America says" It's really quite depressing to watch the utter destruction of another Arab state unfold, framed once again as some kind of project for humanitarianism and/or democracy. It's depressing to know that it will engender chaos and violence throughout the region, that it is only the prelude to an even more epic criminal adventure in Iran, and that there is probably nothing that is going to stop it.

Thursday, March 28, 2013 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Snowball in Hell: The Momentum of Same-Sex Marriage in Our Sulfurous Polity Glenn Greenwald's column, "The gay marriage snowball and political change," makes an important point about how the growing momentum of the movement for same-sex marriage rights demonstrates that change, even radical and rapid change, is possible.

Monday, March 25, 2013 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Apology Excepted: Obama's Turkish Twist Furkan Dorgan, along with Rachel Corrie and the sailors of the USS Liberty, officially joins the ranks of Americans with whom, when it comes to Israel's "freedom of action," the President of the United States and the American media cannot be bothered.

Sunday, March 24, 2013 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Heart of the Matter: US Media Replace Rachel Corrie with Israeli Spy When a young man interrupted President Obama's speech, shouting in Hebrew, American media outlets reported that the man was protesting about Jonathan Pollard, the imprisoned Israeli spy. The heckler was actually an Arab-Israeli student who was questioning Obama's arming of the apartheid state and the American government's complicity in the killing of Rachel Corrie.

Monday, March 18, 2013      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
"I feel a lot of horror": Remember Rachel Corrie Yesterday was the tenth anniversary of Rachel Corrie's death. Rachel was a 23-year-old peace activist from Olympia, Washington, and a student at Evergreen State College, who was crushed to death by an Israeli/American (Caterpillar) bulldozer while trying to protect the home of a Palestinian family from demolition.

Monday, February 25, 2013      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Shutterbugged: Oscar-nominated Palestinian Director Detained at LAX Palestinian director of 5 Broken Cameras, was detained wirh his family at LAX and threatened with deportation.

Sunday, February 24, 2013      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Reminder: It Has Happened Here Every social advance, every social benefit that was won from the American ruling class, was only ceded because organized labor fought for it.

Thursday, February 21, 2013 (4 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Coming Clean: Irish Prime Minister Makes an Extraordinary, Moving Apology for the Magdalene Laundries It's really an extraordinary speech in which the leader of a country abandons and denounces "generations" of self-indulgent nationalist/culturalist mythologizing.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Flight Club: The No-Fly List and the Authoritarian Theater of the Absurd [I]t is an essential part of the justice dispensed here that you should be condemned not only in innocence but also in ignorance. "- Franz Kafka, The Trial The no-fly list does not include -- it deliberately excludes -- the very people for whom the no-fly list was designed.

Sunday, February 17, 2013 (5 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
SNL Skewers America's more-Zionist-than-thou Politics (Updated) Republicans and Democrats compete in America's more-Zionst-than-thou political discourse.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
As Syria Devolves, Israel Rampages The Israeli attack on Syria last week confirms that the US has assured Israel in advance that, whatever transpires from the US-backed rebellion, Israel will get the net benefit of a weakened Syrian state, open to at-will Israeli incursion.

Saturday, February 2, 2013 (16 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Rifle on the Wall: A Left Argument for Gun Rights A left argument for gun rights. The right of citizens to own guns is a fundamental political right, the historical product of popular struggles.

Sunday, January 20, 2013      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
God Is On Their Side: No Regrets for America's Jihad Wars No force in the world has done more than the government of the United States to create a radical global jihad army.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Sticks and Drones, and Company Men: The Selective Outrage of the Liberal Caste The dominant strategy of liberal caste has become to pick easy, loud rhetorically crude reactionary targets to demonize, while embracing the pernicious, but smooth and rhetorically sophisticated liberal imperialists whose work the commentators, and the reactionaries they disdain, support.

Thursday, January 10, 2013 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Obama's Cliff DIve Obama made a deal to give new, permanent tax cuts to the wealthy, and paved the way for Social Security and Medicare to be put on the chopping block.

Sunday, December 30, 2012 (4 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Humbug and Hogwash: Human Rights Watch Expels "racist and enemy of human rights" Richard Falk Human Rights Watch Expels Richard Falk

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Long Con: Social Security and Medicare in the "Grand Bargain" "Social Security and Medicare have absolutely nothing to do with the short-term U.S. fiscal problem." And, no, not "long-term," either, in any way that requires what's being proposed. Please, read the article by William Lind, which contains the chart and quote linked above.

Thursday, November 8, 2012 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Election Choices: What to Do Instead Instead of voting for Democrats, progressives should boycott presiential elections.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 (6 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Election Choices: Obama or Not? We're up against it now. Less than two weeks left. Those on the left confront their quadrennial quandary, and the inescapable debate: to vote for the Democratic presidential nominee or not.