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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.

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  • 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?

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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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Effort to Abandon Electoral College Gains Steam. Here’s What It Would Ruin for America.

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  • This misguided attempt to subvert the Constitution (is) partisan and historically ignorant. It overlooks … that the Electoral College has produced … a stable political system that forces politicians to reckon with our nation’s diverse needs.
  • Related: The Controversial Conundrum That Is the Electoral College

Jarrett Stepman, the Daily Signal / Intellectual Takeout

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February 28, 2019 | Colorado is joining a list of states attempting to overturn the way Americans have selected their presidents for over two centuries.

The Colorado Legislature recently passed a bill to join an interstate effort called the “interstate compact,” to attempt to sidestep the Electoral College system defined by the Constitution. Gov. Jared Polis, a Democrat, called the Electoral College an “undemocratic relic” and vowed to sign the bill into law.

Jarrett Stepman is an editor and commentary writer for The Daily Signal and co-host of "The Right Side of History" podcast.

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The Controversial Conundrum That Is the Electoral College, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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  • Part 1: From the Archives | The Electoral College Was Meant to Stop Men Like Trump From Being President
  • The founders envisioned electors as people who could prevent an irresponsible demagogue from taking office.
  • Part 2: The Electoral College Conundrum
  • There’s no consensus on abolishing the Electoral College, which has countered the popular vote in two of the past five presidential elections.

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Special Report | The House Democrats’ “Rebuke” of Rep. Ilhan Omar Is Fraud, HateOmar Is Fraud, Hate


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  • Part 1: The House Democrats’ “Rebuke” of Rep. Ilhan Omar Is a Fraud for Many Reasons, Including Its Wild Distortion of Her Comments ~ Glenn Greenwald.
  • Look at what … Omar has actually said … and there's not much with which to argue.
  • Part 2: We Know What Hate Looks Like: Standing With Ilhan.
  • What people are afraid of is that there are two Muslims in Congress … that are fearless.
  • Related: Wake Up, American Jews: You’ve Enabled Israel’s Racism For Years.

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Part 1: The House Democrats’ “Rebuke” of Rep. Ilhan Omar Is a Fraud for Many Reasons, Including Its Wild Distortion of Her Comments ~ Glenn Greenwald

Glen Greenwald, Intercept

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Look at what much condemned Rep. Ilhan Omar has actually said about Israel and the Jewish lobby and there's not much with which to argue.

March 6, 2019 | GOP Congressman Steve King has served in the U.S. House of Representatives for sixteen years, yet Democrats – who controlled the House for four of those years and now control it again – never formally rebuked or condemned him until last month (they did so at the same time that Republicans removed him from his Committee assignments due to a long history of white supremacist remarks).

By extremely stark contrast, Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar – the first black Muslim woman ever elected to the Congress – has served in the House for a little more than two months, and House Democratic leaders have already formally condemned her once and are preparing to so again, this time even more harshly and officially, on Wednesday.

Glenn Greenwald is one of three co-founding editors of The Intercept. He is a journalist, constitutional lawyer, and author of four New York Times best-selling books on politics and law.

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Part 2: We Know What Hate Looks Like: Standing With Ilhan

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"What people are afraid of is that there are two Muslims in Congress that have their eyes wide open, that have their feet to the ground, that know what they’re talking about, that are fearless." --Illhan Omar

Abby Zimet, Common Dreams

Tuesday, March 05, 2019 | Amidst the ongoing, breathtaking hypocrisy of rabid charges of anti-Semitism - aka daring to criticize America's toxic complicity with Israeli war crimes - heedlessly leveled against her, often from down-and-dirty bigots, Ilhan Omar is all done apologizing. And well she should be. Even as the outrage machinery grinds on, African-Americans, progressive Jews and many others have rallied to support her. The House reportedly still plans to issue its hollow, ugly rebuke of "anti-Semitism," but pushback has grown, it's been delayed, and thanks to the Congressional Black and Progressive Caucuses it may also condemn anti-Muslim sentiments, because today we evidently have to say these things. The Movement for Black Lives, a coalition of over 50 organizations, have charged that criticisms of Omar, Angela Davis and other black progressives speaking out for Palestinian rights seek "to regulate behavior (and) mute independent Black political voices." Others have called out the willful inaccuracies of Omar's critics, noting that AIPAC is of course a Zionist, not Jewish lobby whose politics are abhorrent to many Jews. From Deadspin's David Roth, "Pay attention to who the people are pretending not to understand that."

Abby Zimet has written Common Dreams' (CD's) Further column since 2008. A longtime, award-winning print journalist for newspapers and magazines, she lived in the Maine woods for about a dozen years before moving to Portland in 1983. Having come of political age during the Vietnam War, she has long been involved in women's, labor, anti-war, social justice and refugee rights issues.

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Wake Up, American Jews: You’ve Enabled Israel’s Racism For Years. Joshua Leifer, the Forward / Portside

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Israeli politics during the successive Netanyahu governments has become a parade of hate speech, with right-wing politicians competing over who will do the worst to “the Arabs.”


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When Chimamanda Met Hillary: A Tale of How Liberals Cosy Up to Power

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Nigerian American novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s interview of Hillary Clinton is another example of writers embraced by the establishment who not only fail to confront the colossal violence inflicted by theWest; but often hail and endorse it.

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November 27, 2018 | In April, at an event called Resist and Reimagine, PEN America invited Hillary Clinton to deliver the Arthur Miller Freedom to Write lecture. The former secretary of state, chosen by America’s pre-eminent literary organization for her “human rights accomplishments”, engaged in a Q&A afterwards with Nigerian American novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

Admirers of Adichie’s writings may have hoped that she would hold Clinton to account for her ruinous human rights record: her vociferous support for all the wars the United States has fought since 2001, costing almost $5tn, according to a recent report from Brown University, and causing the death of more than a third of a million people in Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan. During Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state, the United States expanded its disastrous war on terror in Africa, most notably in Libya, Mali and Somalia. But Adichie wasn’t expressing her own anguish at this despoiling of several African countries as she sat down with the former presidential candidate and said: “When I said hello to Mrs Clinton backstage, I had to try very hard not to get emotional.”

Fatima Bhutto is the author of several books. Her novel The Runaways comes in the the UK in March 2019.

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The Price of Empire ~ Umair Haque


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  • But violence and greed and cruelty cannot lead anyone anymore to prosperity in the 21st century. There is nobody left to colonize and exploit left but yourself, your very own society, in a world which is out of easy frontiers and helpless peoples.
  • The price of empire is a nation's soul.

Robert Gore, Eudaimonia / Straight Line Logic

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January 19, 2019 | It’s a striking fact of today’s world that the two rich societies in shocking, swift, sharp decline are America and Britain. Nowhere else in the world, for example, are real income, life expectancy, happiness, and trust all plummeting, apart from maybe Venezuela (No, “but at least we’re not Venezuela!” is not the bar to aim for, my friends.) Their downfall is, of course, a self-inflicted catastrophe. But the interesting question is: why? And what does it tell us about what it takes to prosper and thrive in the 21st century, which is something that America and Britain clearly aren’t doing, and maybe aren’t capable of doing?

Here’s an equally curious observation. America and Britain aren’t just any countries. They are the former hegemons of the world’s most powerful empires. Britain, until the first half of the 20th century, and America, picking up where Britain left off. Is this just a strange cosmic coincidence — that it is the two greatest empires of the most recent past who are the ones seemingly most incapable of meeting the challenges of the 21st century? There aren’t coincidences that great, my friends. Such tides of history always whisper lessons to be learned. What is this one trying to urgently teach us?

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Robert Gore is a featured writer on The Savvy Street, and,  although he engages in political commentary, he enthusiastically shuns politics.

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