Monthly Archives: November 2013

Time for multi-party democracy in the USA?

The local and state elections earlier this month generated a flurry of commentary suggesting that the results show that Americans are turning their backs on the Tea Party and the GOP agenda as a whole, opting instead for progressive alternatives offered by new stars of the Democratic Party. The big story of election 2013, wrote […]

50 years later, JFK cover stories abound

Let’s just say it off the bat. Elements of the U.S. defense and intelligence community conspired to assassinate President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963. A straightforward examination of the facts surrounding the slaying, the cover-up (including the botched autopsy, the murder of patsy Lee Harvey Oswald, the fictitious Warren Commission report, etc.), as […]

The right-wing privilege of advocating violence

Earlier this week, perennial presidential candidate and former Texas congressman Ron Paul made a rather startling remark while campaigning for Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli in Virginia. At least, it would have been startling coming from anyone but a privileged white man on the political right. After arguing that “we need someone to stand up […]

NSA’s knowledge is power

In the fall of 2002, the American public’s post-9/11 trauma-based complacency was briefly shaken when the Pentagon’s Total Information Awareness program was revealed to the country. Suddenly, a population that had seemingly resigned itself to a host of new inconveniences at airport security checkpoints and the government monitoring its library reading habits decided that there ought […]