For years, under the glitzy brand of ‘New Labour’ and its facile slogans of ‘modernisation’, the British Labour Party had been moving to the right. Encouraging people to get ‘filthy rich’, systematically reducing corporation tax, courting powerful press barons like Rupert Murdoch and committing to the type of bellicose foreign policy which would facilitate the death of hundreds of thousands in the bloody mire of Iraq. Inevitably, inexorably, Labour ceased to be ‘the party of dissent’ as its policies shaded seamlessly into the politics of the ruling elite more generally. More
Donald Trump’s narcissistic, authoritarian instincts and the man’s clear admiration of Vladimir Putin’s gangster-capitalist leadership style makes me think of archetypal killers. During his campaign for president he spoke often of killing; he would anonymously refer to some of his business friends as “real killers,” which was meant as a compliment on their skills and effectiveness. There was the remark he could shoot someone on Fifth Avenue and get away with it. Lately, it’s his public intervention in military discipline issues lionizing Seal Team Chief Petty Officer Edward Gallagher, who’s accused of being an overly enthusiastic killer. More
For months, the names of Michael Horowitz and John Durham have figured in the pounding rhythms of right-wing media in which a heroically afflicted president faces down his perfidious enemies. A steady drumbeat of reports from Fox News, echoed by President Trump and Republican loyalists in Congress, proclaimed these two obscure Justice Department officials would get to the bottom of an alleged conspiracy against the Trump presidency. More
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Jennifer Matsui on global capitalism’s killer rampage; Thomas Adams on Corruption Inside the UAW; Laura Carlsen on the Collapse of Honduras; TJ Coles on using Aid as a Weapon Against Venezuela; Christopher Ketcham on the Fantasy of Sustainable Development; Andrew Smolski on FOIA and Transparency; and Alexander Cockburn on George Orwell as Snitch. PLUS: Kent Paterson goes inside El Paso and Juarez; Jeffrey St. Clair on impeachment; Pete Dolack, Daniel Raventos and Julie Work on Brexit; Ron Jacobs on Marianne Williamson and Lucy Schiller on a Body in Fukushima.