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10 Compelling Realpolitik Assessments of Syrian Scenario

1) Kevin Carson

In short, the United States simply does not give a rip about Saddam, Assad, or anyone else using chemical weapons or committing war crimes of any kind. The US routinely supports regimes that engage in war crimes — and then publicly condemns them for war crimes only when they stop taking orders from Washington or otherwise become a liability. War crimes by official enemies are just a propaganda point for selling wars to the public.

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US Congress Will Give Obama Blank Check for WWIII!

So according to William Blum in “Saddam’s WMDs, Found at Last … in Syria!” there is a profound reluctance among millions globally AND in the U.S. to enable “ANOTHER IRAQ.” This is something that should give us hope about our fellow humans. There is a genuine reluctance among millions not to automatically follow say-anything, moral-compass-less Obama into further U.S. Read below the fold...

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Last of Nixon's tapes posted online

Hat tip to the New York Times, the Nixon Library website has posted the Fifth Chronological Conversation Tape Release:

While the conversations document the entire scope of issues in which the Nixon White House engaged in early 1973, these conversations particularly concern the peace settlement ending United States involvement in the Vietnam War and the return of American prisoners of war from Southeast Asia. Other major topics include Native Americans, the international monetary situation, events in the Middle East, the President’s domestic agenda, Most Favored Nations (MFN) status for the Soviet Union, the diplomacy around the Agreement on the Prevention of Nuclear War, and energy and broadcasting policy.

The joy of secret recordings in all its glory. Read below the fold...

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It was 39 years ago today...

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The Grapes of Wrath, and the Great Recession

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[note: please donate to corrente if you're not already as fucked as I am and living in bank-account seized hell over medical bills. This is not a game. This is a war.]

I'm reading the Grapes of Wrath for the first time ever.

"what land's outside the door? How if you wake up in the night and know — and know the willow tree's not there? Can you live without the willow tree? Well, no, you can't. The willow tree is you. The pain on that mattress there — that dreadful pain — that's you." - The Grapes of Wrath Read below the fold...

Worker Co-operatives

Grassroots Economic Organizing has published a very interesting interview with John Curl, author of For All the People, published by PM Press. Worthwhile reading ... it covers a lot of ground and draws parallels between the events leading up to the foundation of the Populist Party in the late 19th century and the events that we will be facing in the decades to come. Read below the fold...

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Beyond whether Obama wins or loses

Cross-posted from Real Economics.

A week ago, Matt Stoller provoked a lot of discussion with his The Progressive Case Against Obama, a masterful accounting of this administration’s dismal policy record “on the grounds of economic and social equity.” Income and wealth inequalities, Stoller points out, have not just continued under Obama, but have actually become some fifty percent worse than during the Bush regime. Read below the fold...

Pulling Up Stakes: Secession? Seriously.

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Secession is often derided by liberals as some kind of cock-a-mammy right wing nut idea from Texas. But the idea of being free to leave an organization or union or union of states should not be dismissed out of hand. In modern times, thoughtful people have come up with pretty solid theories to support this kind of freedom that both right and left should think about. Read below the fold...

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American Revolutionaries were "ashamed of success"

Cross posted from Real Economics.

In response to President Obama’s rather inept explanation that nobody can build a successful business outside the supportive legal and physical environment created and funded by all the rest of us citizens of the republic, Mitt Romney declared that, “I’m convinced [the President] wants Americans to be ashamed of success.” Read below the fold...

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LQD: Daniel Raymond on Corporations and Banks, 1820

Democracy is Messy: On Wolin's "Managed Democracy and the Specter of Inverted Totalitarianism

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(I've taken some excerpts from a piece I did in July 2008 on Sheldon Wolin's "Democracy Incorporated: Managed Democracy and the Specter of Inverted Totalitarianism. Wolin was a professor of politics at Princeton U. He was also Chalmers Johnson's professor. This book is especially important now that the Occupy movement is here and we can see the similarities and differences between now and the sixties.)

How did we get to this state of what Wolin calls inverted totalitarianism with its Superpowerness? Wolin says it corresponds to the consolidation of the media into a handful of corporations. Read below the fold...

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