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This Week on CounterPunch Radio
Working people in Flint, Michigan are suffering mightily from the poisoning of the city’s water supply that resulted from callous decisions by government officials—from the unelected emergency city manager, on up to the governor and the federal Environmental Protection Agency. All of these officials acted in the name of austerity and cutting costs. But as is so often the case, the tragedy in Flint is not merely the result of individual bad actors but flows from an economic system that pits the wealthy few at the top against the vast majority who work for a living. More
I confess, I am a culturally alienated, old, disconnected 1960s and ‘70s radical trying to live and struggle for revolutionary change in a world that might have passed me by, because I cannot for the life of me understand how Beyonce’s commodified caricature of black opposition was in any way progressive. Instead what I saw was the cultural power of neoliberal capitalism to co-opt opposition, monetize it and provide some mindless entertainment all at the same time. I didn’t see opposition; I saw the imagery and symbols of authentic black radicalism grotesquely transformed into a de-politicized spectacle by gyrating, light-skinned booty-short-clad sisters.
I am told that I am being too harsh. That there were positive messages encoded into Beyonce’s performance. In their rebuke of my interpretation, my friends return to that old canard that “we got to meet the people where they are at” and take every opportunity within the domain of popular culture to push positive messages. More
The Democrats’ fight against Bernie is appearing futile. Like a python choking on an elephant, they’ve miscalculated. The Party elites underestimated their opponent, and with each new attack the snake swallows an extra inch, harming only itself. Establishment figureheads are taking turns ruining their reputation as they attempt to ruin Bernie’s.
The U.S. ruling class as a whole revealed the depth of its crisis in this election: not since the Vietnam War have both wings of the establishment thoroughly discredited themselves. The Republican wing combusted quickly while the Democrats have chosen a slower, more torturous form of self-harm. More
Exclusively in the New Print Issue of CounterPunch
John LaForge on the escalating nuclear rhetoric of the presidential candidates; The FBI’s Pursuit of Saul Landau: David Price digs through the FBI file on the late Saul Landau, and finds the agents tracking him from New York to DC, London to the Soviet Union and Mexico to Cuba. It appears J. Edgar Hoover himself had become obsessed with Landau and desperately wanted to see him locked away in a federal prison; Life in a Cage: a harrowing dispatch from inside the Colorado prison system by John Cochran; Middle East Notes: Jennifer Loewenstein on the execution of Sheikh Nimr and the rising tensions between the House of Saud and Iran; Down in Sonora: Lawrence Reichard reports from Mexico on the desperation of migrants on the run from La Migra; The Conspiracy of Capitalism: Mike Whitney on why the stock market is going crazy. Plus: A Comedy of Terrors by Jeffrey St. Clair; Don’t Fear the Reaper by Chris Floyd; The Political Economy of Boxing by Dave Macaray and The Root of All Evil by Lee Ballinger.