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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, Political Misfits, and Fault Lines.
(23 comments) SHARE Monday, November 21, 2022 Devil's Advocate: Farewell to Fauci
My summary take on Anthony Fauci is that he has played a central role in creating what is a social, political, and epistemological (undermining our ability to know how to know), as well as medical, disaster from which it is going to be very difficult for U.S. society, public health, and scientific practice to recover.
(3 comments) SHARE Saturday, November 19, 2022 Will There Be a Nuclear War?
I see about a 50% chance of nuclear war. If you want to argue otherwise, in this war between the US/NATO/Kiev vs. Russia, please tell me: Who will accept defeat?
We all know that such an outcome would devastate humanity, and render any "victory" pointless. Unfortunately, war is not a rational enterprise.
Nobody will accept defeat, so everybody will lose.
(6 comments) SHARE Thursday, September 15, 2022 Let Roe Go: Winning Abortion Rights
An arguable ethical claim about life of the zygote/blastula/embryo/fetus does not dictate a criminal policy toward the inarguably human person whose body is its host.
(16 comments) SHARE Wednesday, May 11, 2022 Ukraine Negotiation Kabuki
Want to plead for negotiation rather than escalation? Go right ahead, but do not allow such language to wishfully avoid the single, hard, determinative question in this conflict:
Who will accept defeat Series: Ukraine (4 Articles, 7641 views)
(13 comments) SHARE Monday, May 2, 2022 The Battle of Ukraine and the War It's Part Of
The battle of Ukraine is part of a war that didn't start in February and is not about Ukraine. It's about whether the US will continue to control the world-including the Western Hemisphere, in every way, with impunity. It's a war that goes back at least to the 1990s and Yugoslavia. Ukraine was recruited into it in 2014, as a pawn for the U.S. to open a new front against Russia.The aggressor in that war is the United States. Series: Ukraine (4 Articles, 7641 views)
(3 comments) SHARE Thursday, February 17, 2022 Shallow Marxist Trashing of Truckers
It's hard to conjure up a shallower, more self-defeating use of marxist language than dismissing the truckers who are resisting vaccine mandates because they are not "workers" but "owner-operators".
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, August 9, 2021 Playing the Field: A Critique of the DiMaggio Paradigm
A recent article in Counterpunch blames sharp leftist critics of the Democrats for "normalizing white supremacy and the right's neofascistic politics."
I reject that framing and see it as frantically trying to divert from Democratic policy failures.
(11 comments) SHARE Thursday, May 27, 2021 Apartheid Does Not Have the Right To Defend Itself, Or To Exist
I hope that everyone, or at least an increasing number of Americans, can finally acknowledge what they are seeing, what Israel is, and that they will then reject the fables and excuses they are being constantly fed.
Israel is a colonial-settler enterprise. Israel is an ethno-religious (Jewish) supremacist enterprise. Ipso facto, Israel is an apartheid enterprise.
(10 comments) SHARE Saturday, February 27, 2021 The American Farce Unravels: Shreds of January 6th
The storming of the Capitol on January 6th was an acceleration in the unraveling of the American political regime and the fantastic ideology that sustains it. Unfortunately, the likeliest result, in the short term at least, is that the regime will knit itself a tighter coat of control, with the help, sadly, of a large number of professed "progressives" who are rushing to bolster an imperial center that cannot hold.
(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, 14682 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, 9577 views), Trump (8 Articles, 12800 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, 9577 views), Trump (8 Articles, 12800 views)