Political Articles from 2017

America’s Enemies, Who’s On the List?

[Political]
America’s Enemies, Who’s On the List?
By Prof. James Petras
Posted December 14, 2017

US enemies listThe politicians and propagandists in Washington can blather about Russia’s interference in the US’s corrupt electoral theater and scuttle moves to improve diplomatic ties, but they cannot counter Russia’s growing influence in the Middle East and its expanding trade with Asia, especially China.

The US ‘priority’ targets are unattainable and invulnerable. In the midst of the on-going inter-elite dogfight within the US, it may be too much to hope for the emergence of any rational policymakers in Washington who could rethink strategic priorities and calibrate policies of mutual accommodation to fit in with global realities.

The US would regain some of its credibility if it operated within the contexts of global realities and pursued a win-win agenda instead of remaining a consistent loser in a zero-sum game. More…

Understanding How the Enemy of Your Enemy Is Not Your Friend

[Politics]
Understanding How the Enemy of Your Enemy Is Not Your Friend
by Eric Zuesse
Posted December 13, 2017

sheep marching off to warIn political matters, the public are taught to believe that some political Party is ‘good’, and that the others are “bad”; but the reality in recent times, at least in the United States, has instead been that both Parties are rotten to the core (as will be clear from the linked documentation provided here).

Belief in this myth (that the opposition between Parties is between ‘good’ ‘friend’ versus ‘bad’ ‘enemy’) is based upon the common adage that “The enemy of my enemy is my friend.” One side is believed, and ones that contradict it are disbelieved — considered to be lying, distorting: bad. But, maybe, both (or all) Parties are deceiving; maybe all of them are enemies of the public, but just in different ways; maybe each of them is trying to control the country in the interests of (and so to obtain the most financial support from) the aristocracy, while all of them are actually against the public. More…

Pawns in the Game

[Economics]
Pawns in the Game
by William Guy Carr
Posted December 9, 2017

Nathan Mayer Rothchild, banker to nations and kings

Nathan Mayer Rothschild

Robert L. Owen, former chairman, Committee on Banking and Currency, United States Senate, states that when associates of the Rothschild’s asked [Benjamin] Franklin how he accounted for the prosperous conditions prevailing in the colonies, he replied : “That is simple — In the Colonies we issue our own money. It is called Colonial Script — We issue it in proper proportion to the demands of trade and industry.”

Robert L. Owen remarked that not very long after the Rothschilds heard of this they realized the opportunity to exploit the situation with considerable profit to themselves. The obvious thing to do was to have a law passed prohibiting the Colonial officials from issuing their own money and make it compulsory for them to obtain the money they required through the medium of the Banks. Amschel Mayer Rothschild was still in Germany but he was supplying the British Government with Mercenary Troops at £8 per man. Such was his influence that in 1764 he succeeded, through the Directors of the Bank of England, in having laws passed in accordance with his dictates.

The authorities in the Colonies had to discard their Script money. They had to mortgage the Colonial assets and securities to the Bank of England in order to borrow the money they needed to carry on business. Referring to those facts Benjamin Franklin stated. “In one year the conditions were so reversed that the era of prosperity ended, and a depression set in, to such an extent that the streets of the Colonies were filled with unemployed.” Franklin stated : “The Bank of England refused to give more than 50 per cent of the face value of the Script when turned over as required by law. The circulating medium of exchange was thus reduced by half”.[1] More…

Net neutrality supporters take protest to Verizon stores

[Politics]
Net neutrality supporters take protest to Verizon stores
by Sarah Tew
Posted December 8, 2017

protesting for Net neutrality On Thursday, people took to the streets outside Verizon stores across the country to protest FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s decision to end protections for net neutrality. Here are some of the signs we saw outside Verizon’s flagship location in New York City.

At the heart of the net neutrality debate is the question of how carriers can avoid playing favorites with internet traffic. Net neutrality supporters worry that the end of the FCC’s regulations will bring new costs and fees.

Some people are hoping Congress will step in to stop the FCC’s repeal of the rules. More…

Some additional stories on the protests:
Protesters Demonstrate Outside Verizon Stores, Congressional Offices To Save Net Neutrality
People protest for net neutrality across US
Madison protesters join nationwide demonstrations against changes to net neutrality

NOW is the time to call you representatives if you want to keep the Internet as we have known it.
Call 202-224-3121 and you will be connected to your representatives.

How America’s Deep State Operates to Control the Message

[Politics]
How America’s Deep State Operates to Control the Message
by Philip M. Giraldi
Posted December 8, 2017

deep state controls the message we hearNot a single major media outlet in the US reported that it just might be possible that Putin was telling the truth and that the intelligence community, which has been wrong many times over the past twenty years, might have to look again at what it considers to be evidence. No journalist had the courage to point out that the claims of the Washington national security team have been remarkably devoid of anything credible to support the conclusions about what the Russian government might or might not have been up to. That is what a good journalist is supposed to do and it has nothing to do with whether or not one admires or loathes either Putin or Trump.

It is not possible to overstate the power of certain constituencies and corporate lobbies in the United States. These pressure groups, joined by powerful government agencies, many of which have secret agendas that focus on national security, constitute what is increasingly being recognized as “Deep State America.” Deep State is the widespread belief that there exists in many countries an entrenched and largely hidden infrastructure that really controls the national narrative and runs things. It explains why, for example, a country like the United States is perpetually at war even though the wars have been disastrous failures ever since Korea and have not made the nation more secure. More…

Here’s Why Your Local TV News is About to Get Even Worse

[Media]
Here’s Why Your Local TV News is About to Get Even Worse
by Margot Susca
Posted December 5, 2017

your news coverage  is about to get even worseIn late October 2017, the Federal Communications Commission made it even easier for media conglomerates to focus on money-making. That was when the FCC abolished a World War II-era policy that was intended to force news broadcasters to be connected to – and accountable to – the communities their programming reached.

My work as a political economist suggests that local broadcast media content is about to get worse, focusing even more on stories that can turn a profit for corporate headquarters rather than serving local communities. And the big companies that operate these stations are going to withdraw even farther from the communities they cover, threatening a key foundation of American democracy. More…

The Whiskey Rebellion: How Brand New America Tore Up The Bill of Rights

[Justice]
The Whiskey Rebellion: How Brand New America Tore Up The Bill of Rights
By Joe Jarvis
Posted December 4, 2017

Hamilton starts federal use of force223 years ago today, “The Dreadful Night” occurred in Western Pennsylvania, after an uprising called The Whiskey Rebellion. The United States was brand new. Soldiers who had fought for independence from Great Britain found themselves on opposite sides of a skirmish. Some were having their rights violated practically before the ink was dry on the Bill of Rights. Other Veterans of the Revolution were doing the oppressing at Alexander Hamilton’s behest.

The Whiskey Rebellion saw farmers stand up to an unfair tax handed down by the federal government, and the government responded with the force of a monarchy. It may have all sprung from Alexander Hamilton’s desire for glory. Or Hamilton, the first Secretary of Treasury, may have had other motives for setting the precedent of force which still lives on today.

It all started after the Revolution, in 1791, when the federal government was in debt, and had no official money. The notes they paid to soldiers were worth fractions of what was promised, but many had no choice but to accept the funds and go home in order to try to survive. More…

Trump Now Says Wall Street Is the Victim, Not the Villain

[Economic]
Trump Now Says Wall Street Is the Victim, Not the Villain
By Pam Martens and Russ Martens
Posted December 1, 2017

Trump now serves Wall Street“Populist” candidate for President, Donald Trump, railed against the “political establishment” and Wall Street elites who were “getting away with murder.” On October 26, 2016, just days before the Presidential election, Trump spoke at a rally in Charlotte, North Carolina and promised to uphold the plank in the Republican Party platform to break up the big banks by restoring the Glass-Steagall Act.

Now, as the sitting President, the former populist candidate has become the embodiment of the political establishment he railed against. He has stacked his administration with former bankers from Goldman Sachs; he has placed deeply conflicted Wall Street cronies in key regulatory posts; and he is promising to roll back critical financial reforms. His Treasury Secretary, Steve Mnuchin, has disavowed any intention to reinstate the Glass-Steagall Act. More…

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