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I'm a retired philosophy professor at Centre College. My last book was Posthumanity-Thinking Philosophically about the Future (Rowman & Littlefield, 2004). I am an anti-capitalist.

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Texas School Book Depository assassination site, From FlickrPhotos
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, August 11, 2021
The Kennedy Assassination was a military-industrial coup d'e'tat It's hard for us to see ourselves as living in a country that has been transformed by a violent, internally generated regime-change operation. We think of "regime change" as what the CIA does to other countries, including Iran, Indonesia and most of Latin America. But this same rogue agency staged a coup d'e'tat on Nov. 22, 1963 that confirmed the U.S. as a national security state ruling a global capitalist empire.
american guernica 2020, From FlickrPhotos
(10 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, August 1, 2021
By not charging Trump for treason, our nation forfeits self-respect The Constitution says that, "Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. 'Levying war' includes any armed insurrection to obstruct a law of the United States. Trump's insurrectionists were trying to obstruct something even more fundamental: the process of electing a President and Congress--the foundation of all our law.
2021.01.22 DC Street, Washington, DC USA 022 30214-Edit, From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, March 12, 2021
Unless we end the filibuster, our democracy will fail There is an air of lunacy in Congress. We face economic, health and climate crises requiring our national government to think and act big on the scale of a war mobilization. But a fanatically anti-democratic and anti-government GOP minority in the Senate is using an outdated procedural rule (the filibuster) to obstruct them. Democrats have the power to change this, but seems afraid to act.
Trump Turns MAGA Mobs Loose on Congress, From FlickrPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, February 14, 2021
With Trump's acquittal, the U.S. becomes a failed state In an ominous victory for authoritarianism, the legislative branch has willingly submitted to a violent assault by the executive branch. During the trial, many GOP senators showed in word and behavior their indifference to the powerful and emotional presentation by the House managers. As Ted Cruz said, "The result of this trial is preordained. . . the trial is a waste of time." A maskless Rand Paul doodled.
Justin Trudeau, From FlickrPhotos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, February 2, 2021
O Canada! What has happened to you? Canada seems like a cool and enlightened country for having things like single-payer health insurance and legalized weed. But it has become a bad actor on the international stage, facilitating some of the worst U.S. foreign policies and damaging the planet with its toxic oil. It has collaborated with the U.S. in a sanctions regime that has cost tens of thousands of lives in Venezuela.
2013 election in Venezuela, From FlickrPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, December 20, 2020
U.S. sanctions are killing tens of thousands of Venezuelans softly Our government and corporate media falsely blame the Venzuelan government for the catastrophic effects of economic sanctions imposed by the United States. The U.S. has used its control over the international banking system to block banks and businesses from transactions with Venezuela. These sanctions have caused tens of thousands of deaths. Venezuela has not attacked or harmed the U.S. Its only offense is committing socialism
Joe Biden - Caricature, From FlickrPhotos
(39 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, November 18, 2020
Biden's victory has left us in a dark place When I saw the record numbers of early in-person and mail-in votes, I indulged the fantasy that a powerful cleansing wave of ballots cast by an angry and disgusted citizenry would wash away our national shame on Nov. 3. It would topple a regime of grifters and incompetents led by an infantile sociopath, and shatter the political party that inflicted it on us. Trump did lose the election, but so much else didn't happen.
Trump, From FlickrPhotos
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, October 13, 2020
Trump and the politics of disrespect Although many members of our elite find Trump repulsive, they may be reacting to an uncensored exhibition of what they (fear to) see in themselves. He is the Id of the American ruling class. One of the most striking features of Trumpism is disrespect toward everyone and every institution that gets in his way.
The Leader, From InText
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, September 11, 2020
Trump has confessed to mass reckless homicide Woodward has exposed Trump as guilty of mass reckless homicide. "Reckless," means "Behavior that is so careless that it is considered an extreme departure from the care a reasonable person would exercise in similar circumstances." Trump's deliberate misinformation and bad example continue to cause many of the nearly 200,00 deaths and millions of illnesses nationwide. His behavior makes him a criminal.
coronavirus, From InText
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, August 16, 2020
Capital in the American economy acts like a virus The sickness that is causing the life of our society to ebb is more than just the coronavirus. What a virus does to the cells of a human body is similar to what we have allowed private capital to do to human labor and natural resources. Capital hijacks life-sustaining human labor and natural resources in order to grow itself endlessly in the form of profit. This sickness is neoliberal capitalism.
Protest, From InText
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, July 13, 2020
The lives of people of color have never mattered to the U.S. empire Racism is a legacy American whites have inherited from their European ancestors. Can the U.S. ever free itself from racism at home without putting an end to the racism in its treatment of other peoples? There is a long and sordid history linking Christopher Columbus to Derek Chauvin pressing his knee on the throat of George Floyd and slowly choking him to death in front of horrified witnesses.
Esper, Bezos and the defense of wealth, From FlickrPhotos
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, June 7, 2020
The urgent need for the left to unite in a national anti-capitalist party As the economic disaster of the pandemic unfolds, American billionaires are achieving complete domination over society. The word 'republic' derives from the Latin 'res publica', a public thing. Our Republic has been privatized. The Democratic Party is dead for the left.
Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day, From FlickrPhotos
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, May 6, 2020
Planet of the Humans--is the climate movement in denial? Planet of the Humans, produced by Michael Moore and directed by Jeff Gibbs, questions many banner claims of the climate movement and calls out its corporate support. It is controversial and deserves to be seen with an open but critical mind. Like the climate science community, it insists that we must produce and consume much less, and somehow reduce global population. Is there a feasible, humane and just way to do this?
Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, From FlickrPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, April 9, 2020
Is COVID-19 the 'straw' that will break the back of capitalism? For neoliberals the main role of government is to collect tax revenue to hire private for-profit providers of essential services.This results in a systematic reversal of means and ends. For example, the purpose of health insurance is to pay for the care of the sick. But if its goal is profit and paying for care lowers profit, it avoids covering those most in need of care, and denies as many claims as possible.
Joe Biden - Caricature, From FlickrPhotos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, March 20, 2020
The glaring dishonesty of Biden and the Democratic Party establishment By leaving so much of the moral continuum unoccupied, Trump and the GOP have enabled most Democrats to smugly assume they speak the truth and possess the moral high ground. This delusion permits them, even during a global pandemic, to prefer a presidential candidate in obvious mental decline who is ready to veto Medicare for All. He has a long history of lies, the worst of which is his misrepresentation of Medicare for All.
Juan Guaido receives ovation at State of the Union 2020, From FlickrPhotos
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Bipartisan standing ovation for Guaido showed the Democratic establishment's hostility to social democracy At the State of the Union address,Trump introduced Juan Guaido, whom he wants to force Venezuelans to accept as president. He got a bipartisan standing ovation as a warrior against "socialist tyranny." Trump used the occasion to warn that "Socialism destroys nations." He then pledged to defeat Sanders' "socialist" health-care plan. Was this a preview of a bipartisan anti-Sanders campaign?
Austerity isn't working, From FlickrPhotos
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, January 8, 2020
The IMF is the battering ram of American capitalism The IMF is a UN agency dominated by the U.S. government. It's supposed to be a lender of last resort to financially troubled countries. By requiring borrower nations to adopt austerity and other neoliberal 'reforms,' this agency has created economic and social devastation in much of the world, especially throughout Latin America. It is doing to other nations what our political establishment would do to us if we let them.
Joe Biden, From FlickrPhotos
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, December 12, 2019
Is Biden the Democratic Party's death wish? There is a real but disturbing possibility that Joe Biden will win the Democratic nomination. If he does, he will lose the election, and we will get four more years of chaos at home and abroad under Trump. By focusing on Ukraine in their impeachment, Democrats will enable the GOP to create the appearance of moral equivalence between Trump pressuring Zelensky and the dual roles of Joe and Hunter Biden in Kiev from 2014 to 2016.
Violent Protest in Santiago de Chile, From FlickrPhotos
(34 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, November 15, 2019
Chile and the destructive ideology of American neoliberalism For the past month the streets of every major Chilean city have seen angry demonstrations, with as many as a million per day marching in the capital, Santiago. They are rebelling against the neoliberal policies imposed by Pinochet after a CIA-supported coup in 1973. These are the same policies the U.S. is trying to impose all over Latin America in what seems to be a bipartisan consensus. Why is this happening?
Independence monument. Maidan Square, Kiev. Ukraine, From FlickrPhotos
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, October 18, 2019
American toads in the Ukrainian swamp According to 1027 former federal prosecutors from both parties, the Mueller report delivered multiple documented instances of obstruction of justice. But Pelosi wouldn't impeach. Six months later we have a murky Ukraine-based impeachment process that exposes both Donald Trump and Joe Biden. Fortunately Trump's defense is so unhinged that he is likely to be impeached. But Democrats now have another reason not to nominate Biden.

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