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Former college professor, native and denizen of New York City. Blogging at www.thepolemicist.net, from a left-socialist perspective. Also publishing on Counterpunch The Greanville Post, Medium, Dandelion Salad, and other sites around the net. Frequent guest on the radio shows Loud & Clear with Brian Becker and John Kiriakou and The Critical Hour with Dr. Wilmer Leon.
(11 comments) SHARE Monday, December 2, 2019 Defeat or Impeach? The (Il)Logic of Impeachment
First, we had Prime Directive A: The Absolute Most Important Thing Ever In The History Of The Universe (or at least The American Republic) Is To Defeat Trump in 2020.
Now, there's Prime Directive B: We Must Impeach Trump, even if doing so helps to re-elect him!
There's an absolute contradiction in these positions that has to be recognized. There cannot be two "most important" things.
(6 comments) SHARE Friday, November 15, 2019 Trump's Syrian See-Saw: From Pullout to Pillage
To withdraw, or not to withdraw? That is the question Donald Trump, in his own inimitable way, has answered both ways. He tried to disengage from one "ridiculous endless" war, but neocons played his crass "take the oil" bent like a fiddle.
(16 comments) SHARE Monday, August 19, 2019 Dead Man's Hand: The Impeachment Gambit
As Michael Tracey says: "being 'progressive' is now equated in the public mind with advocating that the president be impeached."
Let me count the ways this is a supremely bad idea.
The Democrats will continue to dangle the shiny possibility of impeachment before their enraged and transfixed constituents--so that they will not turn their attention away from Trump to the structural problems. Series: Trump (3 Articles, 4790 views)
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, July 2, 2019 Eve of Destruction: Iran Strikes Back
Iran considers that it is already at war, and has struck back. And it will do so again-with whatever instruments of force it can muster, in a manner of its choosing, at whatever deadly level of escalation the US uses to try to force Iran to accept its own strangulation.
SHARE Sunday, April 28, 2019 Avoiding Assange
Assange will be prosecuted by US for one reason: to punish him for publishing true, embarrassing information about US crimes and intimidate every journalist in the world from doing so again. This piece deconstructs the twin pillars of diversion for liberals--"the indictment is for hacking not publishing" (favorite of NYT & WaPo) and "the important thing is to extradite him to Sweden for sex charges" (current favorite in UK).
(15 comments) SHARE Saturday, April 20, 2019 Investigation Nation: Mueller, Russiagate, and Fake Politics
Russiagate/Mueller Investigation was a great success--it increased Russophobia, corralled Dem base & fenced out left--& will continue to be a great success. There will be endless summaries & interpretations, and arguments about the interpretations based on endless speculation.
(16 comments) SHARE Thursday, February 28, 2019 The Siege of Venezuela and The Travails of Empire
The United States government's new offensive against Venezuela is an act of naked imperialism.
The United States is attempting to seize control of another sovereign nation, Venezuela. Having no speck of standing within Venezuela or in international law, the U.S. is resorting to regime change by edict.
(5 comments) SHARE Saturday, July 21, 2018 Fighting Fake Stories: The New Yorker, Israel and Obama
In any possible reading of this article, it's a damning indictment of the liberal ideology embodied by Obama Democrats and/or by an iconic media outlet of highbrow culture. In any possible reading, someone's a political fool
(3 comments) SHARE Thursday, February 1, 2018 Honoring Robert Parry
Robert Parry's death is a profound loss to our country as a political and intellectual community. It's a shame that most Americans don't know that--and, indeed, don't even know who Robert Parry is. That ignorance is a sign of how impoverished our political and intellectual community has already become. Series: Media (2 Articles, 2013 views)
(4 comments) SHARE Wednesday, January 24, 2018 Behind the Money Curtain: A Left Take on Taxes, Spending, and Modern Monetary Theory
The first reason leftists should adopt MMT is the same reason some conservatives do--because it's true, and has been known to be for a long time. And a strong left movement can only be built on a correct economic analysis. Money is a powerful tool/weapon in the hands of our class enemy. We better know how it works. Series: Media (2 Articles, 2013 views)
(11 comments) SHARE Wednesday, January 3, 2018 Sticks and Stones: Free Speech And Punching Politics
The question is: In our country today, is it acceptable, even necessary, to deny right-wing, characterizable-as-"fascist," political opponents the right to express their views in public, with whatever means necessary, whether that be legal censorship or preemptive physical force?
(6 comments) SHARE Friday, December 15, 2017 Zionism In The Light of Jerusalem
Donald Trump's official recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is an embarrassment. A salutary embarrassment. It's a clumsy, all-too-obvious unmasking of decades of bipartisan U.S. policy whose contempt for Palestinians has been cloaked with a smile and a handshake. Series: Palestine-Israel-Zionism (18 Articles, 23810 views)
(3 comments) SHARE Saturday, September 23, 2017 Fool Me Twice: Trojan Horse Democrats Pile Into the House of Single-Payer
It's great the so many senators co-sponsored Bernie's single-payer bill. But it does not mean that most, or any, of those Democratic senators actually support single-payer. Most of those Democrats have signed on because they felt politically forced to. But many of them do not support single-payer, have no intention of actually working to make it happen, and will, in fact, do their best to undermine and prevent it Series: Healthcare & Obamacare (3 Articles, 3375 views)
(21 comments) SHARE Wednesday, June 28, 2017 California Scheming: Single-Payer Betrayed By The Democrats Again
Nothing better illustrates the political bankruptcy of the Democratic Party--for all progressive intents and purposes--than California State Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon's announcement on Friday afternoon that he was going to put a "hold" on the single-payer health care bill (SB 562) for the state, effectively killing its passage for at least the year. Series: Healthcare & Obamacare (3 Articles, 3375 views)