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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.

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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
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SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, June 14, 2020
Over the Rainbow: Paths of Resistance after George Floyd We are in the midst of a political fight to end the disproportionately racialized social inequality and desperation U.S. capitalism produces, and the inevitably racist policing and criminal justice practices that sustain it.
From InText
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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)
Bernie Sanders, From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, February 2, 2020
The Party's Over: Bernie's Last Dance With The Dems Bernie's greatest achievement is that he has created the conditions for a break with the two-party duopoly; his greatest failure is that he will probably block that from happening.
Series: Bernie Sanders & 2016 Dem Primary (7 Articles, 5736 views), Elections (12 Articles, 13277 views)
From InText
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, January 30, 2020
Aftermath: The Iran War After The Soleimani Assassination Radical actions like Soleimani Assassination signal that the Trump administration is jumping right to the endgame of war with Iran, as neocon hawks have been "agitating for."
Series: Imperialism -Regime Change- Foreign Intervention (4 Articles, 5149 views)
From InText
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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)
Adam Schiff, From FlickrPhotos
(11 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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)
From InText
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
Series: Imperialism -Regime Change- Foreign Intervention (4 Articles, 5149 views), Syria (11 Articles, 12149 views), Trump (8 Articles, 11568 views) (View All Series)
From InText
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, October 24, 2019
The Empire Steps Back: Trump Withdraws From Syria - Impeachment Now Possible A series of Donald Trump's decisions, culminating in the decision to withdraw US troops from Syria, has set off a cascade of effects that are dramatically changing the geopolitics of the Middle East and the internal politics of the United States.
Series: Imperialism -Regime Change- Foreign Intervention (4 Articles, 5149 views), Syria (11 Articles, 12149 views), Trump (8 Articles, 11568 views) (View All Series)
From InText
(16 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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)
From InText
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
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SHARE More Sharing        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).
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(15 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
Series: Russiagate-Mueller Investigation (6 Articles, 8734 views), Trump (8 Articles, 11568 views)
Not on CNN or MSNBC. Four of the huge pro-government rallies held throughout Venezuela on February 1st, From InText
(16 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
Series: Imperialism -Regime Change- Foreign Intervention (4 Articles, 5149 views)
From ImagesAttr
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, December 27, 2018
For What It's Worth: The Yellow Vests and the Left The Yellow Vest movement is a widespread working-class revolt against economic injustice and the neo-liberal state. Exactly what the left should embrace.
From ImagesAttr
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, September 24, 2018
"Taxpayer Money" Threatens Medicare-for-All (And Every Other Social Program) Leftists need to stop talking about "taxpayer money." It perpetuates an ideology of how money and public financing work that is not only false, but profoundly reactionary and politically damaging--that is designed to, and will, impede achieving the most basic progressive goals.
Series: Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) (2 Articles, 2078 views)
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(18 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, August 26, 2018
Be Careful What You Ask For: Wasting Time with Manafort, Cohen, and Russiagate Will Democrats push for impeachment? They know it's unlikely to succeed. They know the can of worms they are opening with charges that could be levied against most rich politicians. And, most importantly, they know the fight they will have to wage will be intensely divisive and will deeply undermine confidence in the political system, however it ends up.
Series: Russiagate-Mueller Investigation (6 Articles, 8734 views)
From ImagesAttr
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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
From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, June 8, 2018
Sacrificing Gaza: The Great March of Zionist Hypocrisy The Great March of Return is a startling, powerful expression of Palestinian identity and resistance. Thousands of Palestinians have come out, bravely and unapologetically, to say: "We refuse to remain invisible. We reject any attempt to assign us to the discard pile of history. We will exercise our fundamental right to go home."
Series: Israel and "Human Shields" (3 Articles, 10625 views), Palestine-Israel-Zionism (18 Articles, 24328 views)
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(16 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, April 3, 2018
The Warm War: Russiamania At The Boiling Point "Russiagate" has become Russiamania. It's a relentless economic, diplomatic, and ideological war, spiced with (so far) just a dash of military war, and the strong scent of more to come.
Series: Russiagate-Mueller Investigation (6 Articles, 8734 views)

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