That Exceptionalism Thing

I just finished reading Noam Chomsky’s latest work, Who Rules the World this morning, As the craziness of this presidential election unfolds around us both the major party candidates share the dominant script of America the Exceptional. In fact, both not only wish to preserve and protect that image, but one would even expand it. …

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Crisis

This morning, the following things happened in this order: PEGIDA shared a post by Vera Lengsfeld, CDU politician, which implied that Merkel was responsible for the attacks in Brussels due to her open-door policy. I shared this post, expressing concern for Lengsfeld’s Orbanization – i.e. the process by which those who were involved in the Peaceful …

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Put Down the Guns

If “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results is a definition of insanity,” it seems, to this observer, that nowhere is this more evident than in the use of violence to end violence. I attended an impassioned and respectful discussion at a community meeting last night  over the best response …

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Financing Terror

How do terrorist groups finance the purchase of arms?  With drug profits of course.  Will the US wise up and treat addicts rather than build fences and hire guards?  Our refusal to do so is ruining a lot of countries including Afghanistan and Mexico. It’s bloody nonsense. The NY Times reports that along old African …

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