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America's Destruction, Anonymous

America’s Russia Hysteria Is What Happens When A Collapsing Empire Descends Into Paranoia

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  • This is what makes America so dangerous in its current state of imperial collapse. As American global influence rapidly shrinks amid an increasingly multipolar world, America is following the historical pattern where declining empires lash out to try to regain their lost influence. And when the U.S. empire’s leaders live in such a false reality, they make increasingly irrational and dangerous decisions.
  • Related: The Russia Interference Narrative is McCarthyism Reborn in the 21st Century.

Rainer Shea‬, Medium

 

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Mar 2, 2019 | In 2017, as revealed by the New York Times, FBI lawyer Lisa Page privately said to investigators in the “Russiagate” scandal:

In the Russian Federation and in President Putin himself, you have an individual whose aim is to disrupt the Western alliance and whose aim is to make Western democracy more fractious in order to weaken our ability, America’s ability and the West’s ability to spread our democratic ideals. That’s the goal, to make us less of a moral authority to spread democratic values.

‪‬https://miro.medium.com/fit/c/240/240/1*k0DjxrqrhEx2o6r7Pg9EeQ@2x.jpeg / ‪Rainer Shea‬: I’m using this platform to deconstruct establishment propaganda and to promote meaningful action.

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https://i2.wp.com/ghionjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/f7piUqV.png?w=900&ssl=1The Russia Interference Narrative is McCarthyism Reborn in the 21st Century. Rainer Shea, Ghion Journal

  • At least within the limits of its influence over public opinion, Russiagate has been very effective at propagating militaristic and authoritarian views.
  • Related: Special Project | Russiagate: The American Boogeyman

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From the Archives | It was the Democrats' embrace of neoliberalism that won it for Trump.

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‘Elite neoliberalism unleashed the Davos class. People such as Hillary and Bill Clinton are the toast of the Davos party. In truth, they threw the party.’ Photograph: Ruben Sprich/Reuters

People have lost their sense of security, status and even identity. This result is the scream of an America desperate for radical change.
Related: Neoliberalism: Free Market Fundamentalism or Corporate Power?

Naomi Klein <https://www.theguardian.com/profile/naomiklein>, the Guardian <https://www.theguardian.com>

 

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Wed 9 Nov 2016 | They will blame James Comey and the FBI. They will blame voter suppression and racism. They will blame Bernie or bust and misogyny. They will blame third parties and independent candidates. They will blame the corporate media for giving him the platform, social media for being a bullhorn, and WikiLeaks for airing the laundry.
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Here is what we need to understand: a hell of a lot of people are in pain.
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But this leaves out the force most responsible for creating the nightmare in which we now find ourselves wide awake: neoliberalism. That worldview – fully embodied by Hillary Clinton and her machine – is no match for Trump-style extremism. The decision to run one against the other is what sealed our fate. If we learn nothing else, can we please learn from that mistake?

http://www.naomiklein.org/files/images/Naomi-Klein-credit-Kourosh-Keshir... Naomi Klein <https://www.theguardian.com/profile/naomiklein> is an award-winning journalist, syndicated columnist and author of the New York Times and international bestsellers, No is Not Enough: Resisting Trump’s Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need (2017), This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs The Climate (2014), The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism (2007) and No Logo (2000).

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Neoliberalism: Free Market Fundamentalism or Corporate Power?, Richard Moser, Counterpunch <https://www.counterpunch.org/>

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The lack of historical consciousness lies at the heart of American exceptionalism. It hobbles our capacity to think and act. This denial of history is the masters’ mythology, not ours. Corporate power is not eternal but historical. It too shall pass — but only if we make it so.
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UN Report Says US is a “Shithole Country”

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  • "The symptoms of the devastating inequality here include Americans now living shorter and sicker lives than citizens of other rich democracies." (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
  • Instead of corporate media basically ignoring the UN report, there should be screaming headlines.

John M. Repp, Common Dreams

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Friday, June 15, 2018 | Philip Alston is the UN special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights. He traveled to the United States last December to some of our most destitute communities such as Skid Row in LA, poor African American areas in the Alabama, impoverished coal communities in West Virginia and to Puerto Rico. He issued his report on June 1, 2018. It should be front page news.
Five million live in the absolute deprivation we usually associate with the developing world.



Five million live in the absolute deprivation we usually associate with the developing world.




The report is a terrible indictment of our country and of the Trump Administration. Joseph Stiglitz, a Nobel prize winning economist told the Guardian “This administration inherited a bad situation with inequality in the U.S. and is now fanning the flames and worsening the situation. What is so disturbing is that Trump, rather than taking measures to ameliorate the problem, is taking measures to aggravate it.” The U.S. has one in four of the world’s billionaires. But we also have 40 million citizens who live in poverty. Five million live in the absolute deprivation we usually associate with the developing world. Four in ten Americans are so broke that they could not cover an emergency expense of $400 without selling something or borrowing.

John M. Repp writes for PeaceVoice and is an activist in Seattle.

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The Mindless Menace of Compliance

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It is easy to be mad at politicians and rage against their malpractice; however, maybe it is time for us to look in the mirror.

Teodrose Fikre, Ghion Journal

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February 7, 2019 | Two days ago, I made a resolution and swore that I would not partake in the absurdity of the State of the Union address. Rather than indulging indignity, I took the occasion to share my story in an attempt to encourage more people to have heartfelt conversations instead of bludgeoning each other with partisan cudgels. After publishing my article, I was determined to not succumb to temptation; I refused to flip on the television and watch the kabuki dance that was poisoning the public airwaves.

I was proud of myself; not only did I not watch the carnival in Congress, I barely talked about it that evening. Alas, my success story ran head first into a wall of speculation and post-game analysis that flooded my social media newsfeed the ensuing morning. One post in general repulsed me to no end, I had a gag reflex induced by a picture of Nancy Pelosi “clapping back and throwing shade” at Trump shared by a friend—my break from fatuous politics lasted less than 12 hours. Just when I thought I was out, they pulled me back in!

https://i2.wp.com/ghionjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/teogi.jpg?resize=150%2C150&ssl=1/ Teodrose Fikre is the co-founder and editor of the Ghion Journal. A published author and prolific writer, a once defense consultant was profoundly changed by a two year journey of hardship and struggle.

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