What Partisan Divide?
Jun26

What Partisan Divide?

  If you listen to the mainstream media, you’ll hear a lot about the “partisan divide” in Congress, and how “the ideological middle is dead.” Liberals say that the Republican Party has shifted to the extreme right, alienating its own moderate members, with the prime example being House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s recent defeat to a Tea Party-er in his district’s Republican primary....

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Venezuela: Democracy Under Siege
Jun17

Venezuela: Democracy Under Siege

  The mainstream American press has been creating a lot of buzz about the “crisis” in Venezuela recently, accusing the government of violent repression. This isn’t the first time that liberal news outlets like the NY Times have joined right-wing outfits in demonizing Venezuela. Two years ago, the Times bashed price controls on food in Venezuela, blaming them for widespread food shortages. This was blatant...

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Misreporting Genocide
Jan20

Misreporting Genocide

American foreign policy remains as interventionist now as it was during the Cold War. In our large-scale wars against Afghanistan and Iraq, the media played a large role in turning public support for intervention. In June 2002, prior to the invasion, just 20% thought that we should go to war with or without UN backing. By March 2o03, after we had illegally gone to war without UN support, a whopping 72% supported the war. A similar...

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It’s Not a Crime If We Do It
Nov09

It’s Not a Crime If We Do It

Last month, President Obama told the UN that “America is exceptional… because we… stand up not only for our own narrow self-interest, but for the interests of all.” It’s unclear how the administration’s use of drones and targeted killings in Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia serves the interests of the people anywhere, in the US or abroad. The more apparent fact is that the program, which Amnesty International concludes “may...

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America – Anything But Democracy
Nov09

America – Anything But Democracy

The Supreme Court will soon decide whether individuals can make unlimited contributions to political campaigns and parties. Those on the left have loudly criticized the fact that this all-important restriction is even being debated, saying that it “could completely derail America.” Meanwhile, those on the right have claimed that such restrictions infringe the First Amendment right to freedom of speech. Both of these claims...

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Obama’s Imperialist UN Speech
Sep28

Obama’s Imperialist UN Speech

A few days ago, Obama decided to address the UN on a number of issues, most importantly, American foreign policy in the Middle East. This seemed predictable, given all the attention being given by the media to relations between Iran and the US. I’ve written about why Iran poses no threat to America and how our sanctions are both illegal and immoral. Considering that we overthrew a democratic government in Iran in 1953 and then...

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