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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, The Critical Hour, and By Any Means Necessary.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, August 30, 2020 Payroll Taxes Are the Achilles Heel of Social Security
For whatever opportunistic reasons and however fragmentarily, they have opened the door for questioning the "payroll tax/trust fund" structure, which is actually a weak and failing line of defense for SS&M that must be abandoned. The better response of the left is not to reflexively reject what they are saying, but to say "You're right. The tax isn't necessary," and take the discussion in a much more productive direction.
(7 comments) SHARE Wednesday, April 29, 2020 Joe or No?
I won't be voting for Joe Biden. Here's why, and here's what I make of the arguments why I should vote Biden no matter what, a corollary of Vote Blue No Matter Who (VBNMW). Series: Elections (12 Articles, 13277 views)
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, January 2, 2020 Impeachment: What Lies Beneath?
The obvious weakness of the Dems' Articles of Impeachment makes me wonder why the most politically-seasoned Democrats seem determined to play it out. What lies beneath the thin ice of these Articles? If the apparent agenda makes no sense, look for the hidden. Something that better explains why Pelosi et al find it so urgent to replace Trump before the election and why they think they can succeed in doing that. Series: Russiagate-Mueller Investigation (6 Articles, 8734 views), Trump (8 Articles, 11568 views)
(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. Series: Russiagate-Mueller Investigation (6 Articles, 8734 views), Trump (8 Articles, 11568 views)
(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: Russiagate-Mueller Investigation (6 Articles, 8734 views), Trump (8 Articles, 11568 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).
(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