The Birth of American Empire by H. Patricia Hynes

By the final decade of the 19th century, the American project sanctified as Manifest Destiny was complete. The western boundary of the United States now stretched to the Pacific Ocean, leaving in its wake the genocide of Native Americans, the purchase of Louisiana without the consent of the governed, and a war of aggression against Mexico. What…

Red Team vs. Blue Team | Toxic Tribalism We Must Transcend by David Matthew

In Brief: The Facts: Public discourse is dominated by a dual-based system of categorization and rigid identity. The end-goal of interaction is not to broaden perspective and work together – but to argue and “win” a debate. It is time to transcend this paradigm. Reflect On: How can we institute a more open-minded framework whereby…

Path To Radicalization: A Mother Turns to Hate

Jacob Goodwin, a self-proclaimed white nationalist, was charged with injuring a black counterprotester in the wake of the August Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. As Goodwin awaits trial, his parents become increasingly more involved in Goodwin’s extremist group, following a gradual path to their own radicalization. America is becoming more hateful & ignorant…

Musings

“Being in a minority, even a minority of one, did not make you mad. There was truth and there was untruth, and if you clung to the truth even against the whole world, you were not mad.” – George Orwell, “1984”

Trump’s Supreme Court: Capitalism and Democracy Can No Longer Coexist

Dump’s….er…I mean, Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh pushes the Supreme Court towards defending a far-right corporate state according to world-renowned intellectual Henry A. Giroux, the author of the recently published ‘American Nightmare: Facing the Challenge of Fascism’ Also check here for more info on this nominee: Brett Kavanaugh

The Rich Are Only Rich If We Let Them Be by Dariel Garner

100 kids with 100 toys in a big room. Shrieks of joy. Kids running everywhere. Playing, laughing, squeals of delight. Everyone has a toy, everyone is having fun. What if those 100 kids represent all the people of the United States and those 100 toys represent all the wealth and all the income of our country?

The Con of Diversity by Chris Hedges

In 1970, when black students occupied the dean’s office at Harvard Divinity School to protest against the absence of African-American scholars on the school’s faculty, the white administration was forced to respond and interview black candidates. It asked James Cone, the greatest theologian of his generation, to come to Cambridge, Mass., for a meeting. But the…

Shaykh Hamza Yusuf: The Seen and Unseen World

Let this sink in….let’s water our compassion & enrich our understanding of life while we still have air to breathe. This is the only way we can save this dark world….& ourselves.

Realize You Are the Earth by Thich Nhat Hanh

You carry Mother Earth within you. She is not outside of you. Mother Earth is not just your environment. In that insight of inter-being, it is possible to have real communication with the Earth, which is the highest form of prayer. In that kind of relationship you have enough love, strength and awakening in order…

2Pac – The Lost Prison Interview

  2Pacalypse Now, 2PAC’s debut album blew my mind back in ’91. Lyrically, I had never heard anything as powerful as this in Rap music at that time. Public Enemy, A Tribe Called Quest & Naughty By Nature dropped gems, but 2PAC stood out for me. That album highlighted the many social & cultural conflicts stewing…

In Conversation: Chauncey DeVega & Richard Painter

   In Conversation Richard  Painter was White House chief ethics counsel under George W. Bush and is a frequent political commentator and analyst on CNN, MSNBC and other news networks. He is also a professor of corporate law at the University of Minnesota and the author of several books including “Getting the Government America Deserves.”

Another Reason Young Americans Don’t Revolt Against Being Screwed by Bruce E. Levine

“8 Reasons Young Americans Don’t Fight Back: How the US Crushed Youth Resistance” was originally published in 2011, then republished on several Internet sites, and has become one of my most viewed articles. The eight reasons include: student-loan debt; various pacifying effects of standard schooling; the psychopathologizing and medicating of noncompliance; surveillance; television; and fundamentalist…

Frederick Douglass’ Rebuke

Read Frederick Douglass’ What To The Slave Is The 4th Of July? “Do you mean, citizens, to mock me, by asking me to speak to-day?” Frederick Douglass asked a packed hall of fellow Americans in Rochester, New York on July 5, 1852, a full 10 years before Lincoln would sign an executive order freeing enslaved persons in southern…

How the Right Built Trump’s Nativist Ideology

Law Professor Robert Tsai traces the harsh White nativist logic of President Trump’s immigration policies back to a multi-decade project of the right, to build an ideology around cultural nationalism, to push fear around racial demographics to the forefront of politics, and to capture power on an exclusionary, defensive agenda. Robert wrote the Boston Review…

Three Climatic Monsters with Asteroid Impact by Robert Hunziker

    Three monster climatic events are currently shaping up to collide. It’ll be like an asteroid collision. In that regard, this article, in two parts, explores real, already happening, indisputable climate change that is starting to take down ecosystems throughout the biosphere. It’s happening now.

America the Failed State by Chris Hedges

Our “corporate coup d’état in slow motion,” as the writer John Ralston Saul calls it, has opened a Pandora’s box of evils that is transforming America into a failed state. The “unholy trinity of corruption, impunity and violence,” he said, can no longer be checked. The ruling elites abjectly serve corporate power to exploit and impoverish the…

Islamophobia Inc

Incidents of violence and discrimination against Muslim Americans are on the rise. Inflamed by fears, misinformation and bald-faced prejudice, anti-Islamic organizations have tripled their membership just in the past three years. How did this disturbing trend begin, where is it going and how do we stop it? This film examines the source of hatred against Muslims,…

American Oblivion: Sinking and Drowning in the Obama & Trump Years

Writer Thomas Frank explores the collapsing political landscape of late-stage America – from the surging populism that put the right back in power, to the easily-erased half measures of a Democratic president and party that could have stopped it – and explains why the Trump chapter in American history is going to be at least…

Gerrymandering – How Elections Are Rigged

Right now, across the country, our two major political parties are gearing up for a once-a-decade war whose winner will control Congress for the next ten years, and possibly more. There will be battles in every state, and each will be kept carefully hidden from the prying eyes of average voters who only become more…

American Totalitarianism and the Culture of Fake News by Finian Cunningham

American citizens have a problem telling the difference between facts and opinion. That’s the finding of a recent survey carried out by the respected Pew organization. It was found that only a quarter of the people polled were able to correctly distinguish between a factual statement and an opinion claim. In other words, the majority…

Musings

  “Arguing with an idiot is like playing chess with a pigeon. No matter how good you are, the bird is going to poop on the board and strut around as if it won.” ~ Author Unknown “Stupidity is a more dangerous enemy of the good than malice. One may protest against evil; it can…

The Gospel of Thomas

Many  moons ago, I visited this little bookstore in Washington DC & stumbled on a thin  little book entitled, “The Gospel of Thomas”. I was not aware at that time that there were books beyond Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. After years of meditative experiences since high school and my own research into the nature…

Humanity’s ‘Dirty Little Secret’: Starving, Enslaving, Raping, Torturing and Killing our Children by Robert Burrowes

In a recent article titled ‘Challenges for Resolving Complex Conflicts’, I pointed out four conflict configurations that are paid little attention by conflict theorists. In this article, I would like to discuss a fifth conflict configuration that is effectively ignored by conflict theorists (and virtually everyone else). This conflict is undoubtedly the most fundamental conflict in…

American Mythology and the Loss of Democracy

  Ralph Nader & Chris Hedges discuss American Mythology in this very illuminating segment of On Contact. These two scholars never disappoint. They are both indefatigable & courageous critics of this corrupt, anti-democratic American empire & have, for obvious reasons, been shut out from the mainstream outlets. Truth-telling is dangerous & as Orwell once noted,…