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Steven Jonas, MD, MPH, MS is a Professor Emeritus of Preventive Medicine at StonyBrookMedicine (NY) and author/co-author/editor/co-editor of over 35 books. In addition to his position on OpEdNews as a “Trusted Author,” he is a Senior Editor, Politics, for The Greanville Post; a Contributor for American Politics to The Planetary Movement; a contributor to the “Writing for Godot” section of Reader Supported News; and a contributor to From The G-Man. Furthermore, he is an occasional contributor to BuzzFlash Commentary Headlines and The Harder Stuff. He is also a triathlete (34 seasons, 250 multi-sport races).
Dr. Jonas’ latest book is Ending the ‘Drug War’; Solving the Drug Problem: The Public Health Approach, Brewster, NY: Punto Press Publishing, (Brewster, NY, 2016, available on Kindle from Amazon, and also in hardcover from Amazon). His most recent book on US politics is The 15% Solution: How the Republican Religious Right Took Control of the U.S., 1981-2022: A Futuristic Novel (Trepper & Katz Impact Books, Punto Press Publishing, 2013, Brewster, NY), and available on Amazon. The book is currently being serialized on OpEdNews.
21st Century Trumpite Fascism, the Previously Published Parts 1-4, Plus a New Introduction
In my view, the United States is on the cusp of going beyond functional fascism to the real thing, now. It remains to be seen who will come to the defense of the bourgeois democracy now governing the US. It is a full-blown fascism, of the 21st century variety, that the Trumpites would very much like to impose on the US. Here I am re-publishing, with a new Introduction, my recent four-part series on the Trumpites and Fascism.
Tuesday, January 30, 2018
"Trump-Russia:" Qui Bono?"
"Trump-Russia." A) I think that it's real and B) the primary beneficiaries of it, at least up to now, have been the Trump/Repub./Fascists. For while the media is so focused on the investigation and its ramifications, the Rightists have been able to push forward with their agenda, full steam ahead.
21st Century Fascism: Trump Style -- Part II
This is the second part of a three-part series on 21st century fascism, what I call "functional fascism," Trump/Republican style. The first part was concerned with definitions of "fascism." This part focuses on the characteristics of Trump/Republican-style fascism in the 21st century.
Thursday, January 4, 2018(8 comments)
21st Century Fascism: Trump Style -- Part I
This is the first of what will be a 3 part series on 21st century fascism --- how it is similar to and how it differs from --- classic 20th century fascism. This part deals with definitions, Part 2 with the functional 21st century Republican/Trumpite fascism. Part 3 will offer some thoughts on the developing Anti-fascist Resistance and the political/theoretical problems it faces.
Thursday, December 28, 2017(1 comments)
Trump Tweets, 2017
This column presents a series of tweets-on-Trump (sounds like a place name in England, no?) that I have posted over the course of the last year.
LGBT Rights and Religious Freedom
The underlying issue in the "Cake Baker's Discrimination" case is whether the State can protect, from the consequences of the law, one religious view as against another.
The 75 Years War Against the Soviet Union, Part 2
This is Part 2 of the series that briefly describes the components of The 75 Years War Against the Soviet Union. That War, occasionally "hot" but mostly "cold," eventually led to the collapse of the Soviet state.
Friday, November 10, 2017(3 comments)
The 75 Years War Against the Soviet Union, Part 1
The 75 years of the existence of the Soviet Union was paralleled by the little recognized but very real "75 Years War Against the Soviet Union." This column is the first of a two part series introducing the history of that that conflict.
"Losing the Abortion Wars"
The Republicans and their allies on the Christian Right, want to impose their religious dogmas on the whole country, and criminalize abortion. The abortion-rights movement must soon face this issue of religious authoritarianism, or the battle will be lost.
Steve Bannon, Donald Trump, and THE Prince of Wales, Part 1
As I have written about previously, I think that, with Steve Bannon at his side (or perhaps out in front of him), as the various investigations close in on him, Pres. Trump is planning to resign (with pardons all round). There are certain parallels on both the personal and political sides between Trump and history's most famous Prince of Wales. These are the subjects of this two-part series, of which this is Part I.
Friday, October 6, 2017(3 comments)
The Last Viet Nam War: Who Won?"
Ken Burns' self-styled documentary, "The Viet Nam War," has set off a large number of commentaries, on the film and the accompanying book, on the War, on the U.S. role, on the aftermath, and etc. One question about the horror (primarily for the people of Indo-China, most especially Viet Nam) that isn't often asked is "who won?" The conventional wisdom is that the U.S. lost. This column presents the case that the U.S. won.
Thursday, September 28, 2017(1 comments)
Is Trump Crazy? Personality disorder? Or crazy like a fox?
Trump. Why he does what he does. All part of a plan, and he does have a set of policies --- really. As for Roy Moore , he does too. Outside of the Republican "mainstream?" Well, that stream has been moving to the Right (facing downstream) for years. Indeed, it moves with the force of the Republican Right-wing Imperative, of which Moore is the latest product. And believe me, Trump will be just fine with it.
Korea --- A Settlement? Very Possible, Highly Unlikely, But ---
North Korea will never give up its nuclear weapons and its right to maintain them, indefinitely. They are its one ironclad guarantee against U.S.-sponsored "regime change" (at which the U.s. has had so much practice, beginning with --- wait for it --- Korea). So what might a settlement look like and how might it actually come about?
Wednesday, August 30, 2017
The Election of 1860 (and 2020?)
For the first time in U.S. history, the Presidential election of 1860 featured four major party candidates. There has not been a similar one since then. But the U.S. election of 2020 might change all that.
Friday, August 25, 2017(2 comments)
The Rightward Imperative, the Republican Party, and Trump
Trump's racism, misogyny, Islamophobia, xenophobia and homophobia: anything new for a Republican? No, not in terms of policy. But the attempts have always been made to cover these things up. The strategy/tactic goes back 50 years, under the hood of the "Rightward Imperative." Trump has just undressed Repub. doctrine in public, taken the hood off as it were, bringing it all out into the open.
Tuesday, August 22, 2017(1 comments)
Trump on Afghanistan
Trump on Afghanistan. Self-contradictory? Yes. New on form --- for how long? New on content? How is he going to get around this major reversal of a major campaign promise (yet again)? Some comments.
Trump and His Base
As Trump lurches from, what appear to the outside world as, disaster to disaster, "Trump's Base," for the most part appears to remain immovable in its continuing support of him. A whole variety of episodes/policies would seem to be cause for at least some of that base's members abandoning him. So why? Why does his base seem to remain solidly behind him? This column poses one answer to that question.
Tuesday, July 25, 2017(2 comments)
Trump's Future; with Bits of his Past
Trump has a new Communications Director, a man with no experience in directing political communications. Whether or not he is willing to and capable of learning how, that's neither here nor there. For he has a boss who has not the foggiest notion of what the Presidency is and shows neither willingness nor capability to learn. This column is about a few of problems that that has led to for Trump.
Monday, July 17, 2017(1 comments)
The Serialization (10) of The 15% Solution: Chap. 6: The First Hague Inaugural Address (Part 1)
This chapter presents the First Inaugural Address of Jefferson Davis Hague, who would become the first fascist President of the United States and then The New American Republics. This installment presents Part 1 of that chapter. In it, President Hague makes it clear that under the leadership of himself and the newly formed "Republican-Christian Alliance," the course is being set to make the United States a "Christian Nation."
Thursday, July 13, 2017(2 comments)
Trump, Bannon, Poland, and 'The Triumph of Will"
Introduction: Trump's choice of Poland as the country in which he would make his one speech outside of the recent G-20 meeting was highly symbolic. The content of the speech, especially with its stress on the concept of "The Will," was too. That's what this column is about.
Tuesday, July 4, 2017(48 comments)
Trump and the War on the Media: On the road to Fascism
Trump's attacks on the media are getting evermore virulent. Much is known and has been written about the "what." Not too much about the "why." It's not because Trump is a nut, an ego-maniac. Yes, he is, but the primary reason for the media-assault is to help pave the way for the establishment of a 21st-century form of fascism in the U.S. The media is the last major institution standing in the Trumpites' way.
Tuesday, June 27, 2017(1 comments)
Permanent War and the U.S. Military-Industrial Complex
Permanent War is built into the fabric of the U.S. economy. This column focuses on bringing back a column about the first post-Cold War enterprise, the BushCheney War on Iraq, designed to perpetuate this state well into the 21st century, with Russia as principal enemy. Trump would not be able to change that situation even if he wanted to. Today, he seems to have fully signed on to Russia-is-the-enemy US ruling class needs.
Thursday, June 22, 2017(2 comments)
The Serialization (9) of The 15% Solution: Chap. 5: Anderson v. Board of Education
"Original Intent," is what we hear about the Supreme Court and its functioning from the Repubs., over and over again. Except when they do not want to hear it, as in "Original Intent" Scalia and "Heller," in which he ignored Supreme Court precedent and also rewrote the 2nd Amendment by hiving off its first clause. In this case, a Repub. Supreme Court recognizes that nowhere in the Constitution is judicial review mentioned.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017(24 comments)
Trump: The 'Peace' Candidate
Trump the "peace" candidate? I don't think so (and actually never have). Now, with his re-affirmation of NATO Article 5 and anti-Russian statements coming from members of his Administration, the U.S. is moving rapidly back towards its original Russia policy.
Monday, June 5, 2017
The Serialization (8) of The 15% Solution: Chap. 4: The 30th Amendment - Preserve America
This is the eighth in the series of serializations of my book, "The 15% Solution." This one is about the first of a series of Constitutional Amendments that the Republican Christian Right governments around the country passed that led to fascism. This one denied citizenship to any immigrant, although children of immigrants could become children, if one parent were a citizen themselves. Sound familiar?
Tuesday, May 30, 2017(2 comments)
Trumpism and the Ruling Class: Will the U.S. Ever Recover?
Major, draconian, cuts to health social services for the poor and presently not-so-poor are coming via the Trump Budget (which will be passed by the Republican congress in one form or another). There will be long-term consequences (like otherwise unnecessary deaths) which will be very hard to reverse down the road. Eventually, unrest will arise, and then . . .
Trump's Triumphant First 100 Days (for the Ruling Class)"
In terms of the interests of the economically dominant sector of the U.S. ruling class, Trump's First 100 Days have been anything but a failure. See tax cuts (which will happen, regardless of the details), massive deregulation, the reattachment to NATO and the Military Industrial Complex, and the associated programs designed to keep the Religious/Misogynistic Right fully on board the Trump Train.
"Trump: The 'Shift' and the Ruling Class"
Since he became the minority President, Trump has clearly changed course, on many of his important issues, especially those central to the interests of the economically dominant sector of the ruling class. This column outlines the essential elements of the "Trump Shift."
Wednesday, April 12, 2017(6 comments)
Bush/Cheney, Trump, and Permanent War
Trump is in trouble politically, with disastrous poll numbers and the inability to get anything major done. And his poll numbers have upticked dramatically since the Syrian missile strike. And so, here's a shot (literally) to overcome all the negatives so far. Such an attack takes quite a bit of planning.) And so, there are certain comparisons with Bush/Cheney and the state of permanent war
Monday, April 3, 2017
Serialization of The 15% Solution: Section 1: Setting the Stage. Chap. 1
A note from the actual author (that is Steven Jonas, MD, MPH): Please note that this chapter was actually written in 1994-95. The similarities between the politics of the Republicans and of the Democrats then and in recent times are NOT purely coincidental. In fact, the policies of the Democratic Party in the 1990s very much facilitated the eventual Right-Wing Republican takeover described in the book.
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
On the Limits of "Free Speech" -- Variations Over Time
The Trumpian model for the United States: A politico-economic system in which the Racist Reactionary Religious Right controls both the Executive and Legislative Branches of government and the former dominates it; to the extent possible the Judiciary is ignored; the non-right-wing media are cast as "the enemy"; all political, religious, and ideological opposition to its policies and programs are demonized and then criminalized.
"A U.S. Diplomat and Self-Delusion"
The U.S. is indeed a multi-cultural state. The problem is that going back to its founding the 1850s, with a few exceptions over time, following the end of Reconstruction the Republican Party has never accepted this. Anyone who thinks that the U.S. has done great things around the world since World War II either thinks that U.S. Imperialism is just a great thing or is just self-delusional.
Racism, Charles Murray, and Free Speech
The Southern Poverty Law Center describes Murray (Seelye) as a "white nationalist" who uses "pseudoscience and misleading statistics to argue that social inequality is caused by the genetic inferiority of black [and now] Latino communities, women, and the poor.
Friday, March 3, 2017(2 comments)
Column No. 4A: "The Russia House: A Class Analysis"
The real conflict within the Trump regime is between the USMIC guys, led by General Mattis at Defense, and the drop the sanctions and let's get on with it guys at State. And then further, the real aim of the latter, and Trump himself, may well be to gain some significant hold on some segment of the Russian economy.
Thursday, February 23, 2017(21 comments)
Why They Are Coming for the Immigrants"
Many in the U.S. are already waking up to the danger. Many more will have to do so, and maintain the energy and drive, if the progression of Trumpism to full-blown fascism is to be prevented.
2017 Onwards, Column No. 2: "Why the Muslim Ban"
it is a Muslim Ban, regardless of what the Trumpites say publicly (and even regardless of what revised language that have put into the current Ban or might put into a revised one). The objective is clearly to intensify Islamophobia at home.
Monday, February 6, 2017
"Warning (Warnung, auch)"
Trumpism demands acceptance or rejection, period. Only a social revolution can destroy the Trumpist state. Only an upheaval in which the political power of the economically-dominant sector of the ruling class is permanently broken by mass action from below can offer hope of weakening the grip upon the sources of power of the Trumpist state.
Sunday, January 22, 2017(5 comments)
It is likely not Trump himself who has made most of the picks, but rather the transition team under Pence's leadership -- has indeed loaded his cabinet with many top representatives of the dominant economic wing of the ruling class. It now has a control of the U.S. State unlike anything we have seen since March 3, 1933. This is the swamp on steroids. Series: Trump, from 2011 (20 Articles, 16921 views)
Friday, January 13, 2017(3 comments)
The Repubs., the Religious Right, and the Criminalization of Religious Belief
With a great flourish, the Dominionist Senator from Texas, Ted Cruz introduced his "First Amendment Defense Act" into the new Congress. His stated purpose is to protect the "freedom of religion" for persons who would like to prevent the Federal government from "retaliating against businesses or people who refuse service to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer individuals."
Thursday, January 12, 2017(1 comments)
The Repubs.' New -- Old -- "New-Trumpian" Base: The Religious Right, Part 1
In every election from 1980 through 2012, win or lose, the Religious Right was a central part of the Republican base. But then came 2016 and the rise of you-know-who. Not exactly an ideal candidate with whom to woo the Religious Right: twice-divorced/thrice-married, a proudly boastful "lady's man," and a former Democrat who had supported abortion and gay rights. Series: Trump, from 2011 (20 Articles, 16921 views)
Tuesday, January 3, 2017
A Trump Retrospective
Not too many observers, including myself, thought he could win the Presidency. But hindsight is 20/20. Now, given the strength of his combination of bringing out into the open the Repubs' traditional racism, Islamophobia, xenophobia, and misogyny, and the many weaknesses of the Democratic Party and its candidate, it seems almost inevitable. Series: Trump, from 2011 (20 Articles, 16921 views)