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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.
(1 comments) Monday, August 12, 2019 Manliness is a Warm Gun (Bang Bang Shoot Shoot): A colloquy with David French of the National Review
You want to protect your family? Then fight against the gun culture, fight against right-wing hatred, fight against the dis-empowerment and despair you right-wing extremists have advanced for decades, fight against the militarization and brutalization of our whole society which both you and your fellow travelers, the "centrist," interventionist neoliberal Democrats, have imposed on our collapsing, corroded, corrupted land.
Thursday, July 25, 2019 Witness for the non-Prosecution: Mueller, Pelosi and Trump's Likely Triumph
Robert Mueller's testimony on Wednesday was the very definition of anti-climax. After months of frantic build-up by the 'Resistance' ("At last, Mueller is going to nail Trump to the wall!") Mueller merely noted mildly, haltingly but correctly, that his report laid out evidence of obstruction of justice, and that is up to the House of Representatives to decide whether to use this evidence to impeach the president or not.
(3 comments) Friday, July 19, 2019 No Call for Muellers: Impeachment Made Easy
Whatever Mueller did, said or meant in his Russia-gate probe has no bearing at all on the other clear, undeniable, easily impeachable violations Trump perpetrates every day. There is no wiggle room for Trump on this score, no murk, no mystery: it's cut-and-dried, cash-in-hand, unconstitutional corruption.
(4 comments) Wednesday, May 29, 2019 Bipolar Disorder: America Magnetized by Despair
Perhaps, you think, what we're seeing today is not some violation of the norm in our national life (or human affairs in general); perhaps it's just a particularly vivid expression of our essential nature heightened and hyped and made more all-pervasive by technology, yes, but in no way a fundamental break from the past.
Wednesday, March 13, 2019 CIA Über Alles: The Spooky Loyalties of Evan McMullin
Evan McMullin is a former (presumably) CIA operative who once declared that his main job with the Agency was "to go out and convince al Qaeda operatives to instead work with us." In 2010 he left the CIA (presumably) to become an investment banker, then served as an adviser and policy director for the berserk right-wing extremists in the House of Representatives until 2016.
(4 comments) Saturday, February 16, 2019 Pence and the Benjamins: An Eternity of Anti-Semitism
This virulent anti-Semitism which in at least one respect surpasses that of the Nazis themselves is passionately embraced by millions of Americans. Its most prominent adherent right now in terms of actual power is the vice president of the United States, Mike Pence. So we will examine Mike Pence's beliefs as an exemplar of this growing brand of anti-Semitism.
(11 comments) Sunday, January 6, 2019 Don't Speak, Memory: Resistance Apes Trump in Weaponizing Amnesia
Trump shows us over and over, day after day, that historical facts don't matter anymore. You say whatever you need to say on any given day to scare and outrage people into turning their brains off. But it's sad to see the "Resistance" adopting this same attitude and, like Trump, continually reducing the world to a frenzied, fearful cartoon.
(3 comments) Sunday, December 16, 2018 Sucker Punch: Screwing the Rubes in Bipartisan Comity
Maybe there will be some House committee not dominated by Democratic slumlords and tax dodgers in the next Congress, and we might see a little light on this facet of Trump's wide-ranging criminal and immoral activities. Stranger things have happened, I suppose. But I wouldn't bet next month's jacked-up rent on it.
(9 comments) Tuesday, December 4, 2018 Criminal History: BCCI, the Bushes ... and Mueller
Here's the lowdown on the Bush crime family (who make the Trump Gang look like the two-bit pikers they are) -- from 12 years ago. You probably won't see these facts mentioned in any of the upchuckings of hagiography being churned out by our tough, savvy seekers of truth in the Fourth Estate.
(1 comments) Wednesday, October 31, 2018 Toxic Tropes: "Skyrocketing" Racism Through Respectable Journalism
The rise in "anchor babies" has actually had no discernible demographic impact at all. The only concern it can genuinely evoke is among those who can't bear the fact of even a small increase in the number of other-skinned people who have become American citizens. In other words, it is a "problem," only to racists, to extremists -- and to those who use racism and extremism to further their own political or professional careers
(9 comments) Wednesday, August 1, 2018 Yemen: The Damning Silence of Liberals Leaves a Legacy of Shame
There is no acknowledgement that the US & UK are directly involved in the prolonged mass slaughter of civilians in Yemen and the destruction of the nation's infrastructure, which has led to famine and epidemic on a horrendous scale.
(5 comments) Wednesday, July 18, 2018 Echoes Past and Future: Helsinki Goon Show Masks the Real Rot That Bedevils Us
If Don really has done a deal with Vlad -- as opposed to, say, simply acting out his deeply disturbed need to be stroked by tough-guy daddy figures who have killed people -- then Trump has also treated the Russian leader the same way he's treated everyone he's ever made a deal with: he's cheated him.
(7 comments) Tuesday, July 3, 2018 Decision Time for "Democracy": Who Will Be Our Next Unelected Arbiter-for-Life?
Why do we have a system where a defeated candidate can take the highest office in the land, then wield the power of making lifelong appointments to an unelected body which holds the ultimate sway over our public (and personal) life? What kind of democracy or republic do we have when someone who was not actually the choice of the majority of voters can reshape the nation in a fundamental way, for generations to come?
(2 comments) Sunday, April 15, 2018 Alchemical Reactions: Transmuting Death-Dealing Dung Into PR Gold
What DID happen after the strike? Nothing. There was no dispersal of deadly chemicals, not even in the ruins of the building itself, as AFP and the Times of India report. Foreign reporters toured the site, without protective gear, in perfect safety. Obviously, there had been no chemical weapons there.
(4 comments) Wednesday, March 21, 2018 Stumbling Blocks: Tim Kaine and the Bipartisan Abettors of Atrocity
Kaine knows -- as does anyone who has simply read the news in the past few years -- that it is an indisputable fact that the US did not "stumble" into the Yemen war. He knows that the former leader of his party, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate, very openly and deliberately and knowingly not only greenlighted the Saudi invasion but actively aided the slaughter in almost every way. When will we say enough is enough?
(4 comments) Saturday, March 10, 2018 Unbrinkmanship: Even Dubious Chance of Peace Rattles Militarist Elites
It's all just a reality TV show to him. He doesn't care what actually happens one way or another -- peace? war? -- as long as he's the star of the show. If he feels he needs to goose his ratings to "win" the news on any given day, he'll cancel the meeting, get big headlines.
(2 comments) Friday, February 23, 2018 Tell Ol' Bill: Conservative Goons Gunning for Student Survivors
We can regulate and pass laws on virtually every activity, object and substance under the sun, even if none of these laws can completely stop these elements from sometimes being misused for sinister purposes. But again, this universally applied principle seems to have only one exception in minds of our modern conservatives: guns.
(3 comments) Tuesday, February 20, 2018 Return of the Repressed: The Roots of a Resurgent Racist Notion
You can read any number of articles or tweets or quotes by people who have the ear of the president -- media figures, businessmen, politicians -- talking of how "the blacks" had it better under slavery than they do now. Indeed, you don't have to wade very deep into the fever swamps of the far-right (which also has the ear of the president) to find outright defenses of slavery and calls for its return.
(52 comments) Tuesday, February 6, 2018 Legends of the Fall:The Liberal Longing for a Lost Normality
I don't deny that Trump is a new level of threat, but our collective blindness to the bipartisan abnormality of our history is a key reason why an absurd monstrosity could rise to power in the first place.