Dead Wild Roses: You Know Its Bad in the US When Inverted Totalitarianism Seems Reasonable

Paul Street writing for Counterpunch. : “The Republican deal with the Trump phenomenon has always been based on opportunism. The Trumpenstein’s growingly evident status as an irreversibly deadly liability for the Republican agenda could make it easy for top GOP players to unsheathe their knives and sink them into the president’s back. With Trump having already ...

Dead Wild Roses: Nationalism on the Rise – Trump and Bannon speak.

  Nationalism is one of the major currents in US society that is wearing away the roots of their democratic nation.  The capitalist 1%’ers are using their political and media distractors in a desperate ploy to place the blame for working classes on immigrants and people who are not white. Blaming the ‘other’ for your ...

The Progressive Economics Forum: Lessons from the Reagan Era on Managing Twin Deficits

Below is a guest post from Norman Mogil and Arthur Donner. Lessons from the Reagan Era on Managing Twin Deficits Many in the U.S. are harking back to the Reagan era for guidance on how to implement the pro-growth policies advocated by President Donald Trump and the Republican Congress. When Ronald Reagan took over the leadership ...

Left Over: There’s Somethin’ Happening Here…

I’ve been holding back on commenting….reality has been so overwhelming and I feel as if, for the first time since possibly the War of  1812, that  the West is  slowly, inexorably being pulled into  another war, this time on home turf..perhaps  even  CW2..(Civil War)… If we look at what is  happening around the world, it ...

Dead Wild Roses: Gun Violence – Who You Shoot Matters

  Some peoples lives are worth more than others. In the context of American society one of the deciding factors of how much your life is worth is determined by the colour of your skin.  Here in Canada a similar skin tone gradient applies as being First Nations in Canada gets you the special police ...

Left Over: Brexit – Stage Left…

The Guardian view on post-Brexit politics: perilous times for progressives Editorial Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn leaves his home in north London in the wake of resignations from his shadow cabinet. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images Sunday 26 June 2016 20.12 BST   Frankly, I don’t see why all the panic is being created..it’s terrible that immigrants feel ...

Dead Wild Roses: The USA – Fascism and the Failure of (neo)Liberalism.

Chris Hedges occasionally has some good ideas when it comes to the American body politic.  Consider what we are seeing on the news, and is it really that far off from what is being stated here? “As Arendt noted, the fascist and communist movements in Europe in the 1930s “… recruited their members from this ...

Left Over: A New Deal for Alberta?

Oilpatch worker urges Justin Trudeau to help Alberta in widely shared Facebook post ‘Please start helping our own people through these tough times’ By Andrea Huncar, CBC News Posted: Jan 15, 2016 3:21 PM MT Last Updated: Jan 15, 2016 3:39 PM MT Could someone please explain to me why it is that Rachel Notley hasn’t ...

Left Over: Three Card Monte in LaLaLand

Corus Entertainment is buying Shaw Media in $2.65B deal Acquisition ‘redefines Corus and Canada’s media landscape,’ president/CEO says The Canadian Press Posted: Jan 13, 2016 7:20 AM ET   Same circus, same clowns…Canada is once again allowing big business to consolidate still more of the country’s communications and adding more and more power to fewer ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice – On Church, State, and Politics

    I’m consistently amazed by the audacity of organized religion and the amount of steamy-ripe-bullshit that it forces down our society’s throat.  The fetid promotion and glorification of ignorance coupled with the consistent denial of science and fact is a burgeoning cataclysm for the human race.  Organized stupidity, if left unchecked, will be the end ...

The Disaffected Lib: Could Syria Become the 21st Century Sarajevo?

There were plenty of proxy wars during the Cold War only back then the principals had enough sense to avoid direct clashes. That was then, this is Syria where today we find the rival superpowers circling each other inside the same phone booth. You could search the world over and never find one place where ...

Dead Wild Roses: Iraq in State of Higgledy-Piggledy – United States Perplexed as to Why.

Great mysteries of empire are always shrouded in mystery.  One idea that I have lifted from terrible military fiction is the concept of the 6P’s. They are: Proper Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance. Can you guess which imperialistic nation didn’t do their homework? “Sky said the United States led the invasion of Iraq in 2003 to ...

The Disaffected Lib: What Now? What If the US Senate Scuttles the Iran Nuclear Deal?

All 54 Republicans in the US Senate will vote against ratification of the Iran nuclear pact negotiated between Tehran and the P6 nations.  They’ll need 13 Democrats to vote with them and the deal is effectively stillborn.  Democratic senator Chuck Schumer could deliver the Republicans the votes they need. Israeli prime minister Netanyahu has shamelessly ...

The Disaffected Lib: China’s "Century of Humiliation" And Why It Matters.

I’m regularly astonished at the reaction I receive when I mention the militant nationalism flourishing within China’s military establishment, stoked by the perceived need to avenge what they call China’s “century of humiliation.” Few in the West have the slightest idea of how Britain and her allies suppressed the Chinese and laid low their once ...

Dead Wild Roses: China or Russia? Who is Boogyman Number One for the US

   The concluding paragraphs from Michael Klare’s Essay on the Coming Cold War 2.0. “For those of us residing outside Washington, this choice may appear to have few immediate consequences. The defense budget will rise in either case; troops will, as now, be shuttled desperately around the hot spots of the planet, and so on. ...

The Disaffected Lib: Meanwhile, In Our Vast, Undefended North…

The latest issue of Foreign Policy magazine is devoted to espionage, spying, and the magazine reports that today’s Ground Zero of spying is the Arctic. For the countries that border the Arctic Ocean—
Russia, the United States, Canada, Norway, and Denmark (through its territory of Greenland)—an accessible ocean means new opportunities. And for the states that have ...

The Disaffected Lib: America’s Racist Revolution

“Should any political party attempt to abolish social security, unemployment insurance and eliminate labor laws and farm programs, you would not hear of that party again in our political history. There is a tiny splinter group, of course, that believes that you can do these things. Among them are a few Texas oil millionaires, and ...

Dead Wild Roses: No Good Men Among The Living – Dispelling The Imperial Narrative

    We tell ourselves the stories we need to hear.  This is excerpt details American involvement in Afghanistan, but from a non-embedded reporters point of view and analysis.   “The central thesis of the American failure in Afghanistan — the one you’ll hear from politicians and pundits and even scholars — was succinctly propounded by ...

The Disaffected Lib: That Burnt Smell, That Hissing Sound? That’s the Fuze.

Well, if nothing else, Stephen Harper might just have earned Canada a ringside seat to the outbreak of a Middle East regional war.  The way the International Crisis Group sees it, the Saudi air war on Shiite Yemeni rebels might just be the burning fuze that explodes the Sunni-Shia powder keg. Obama and the Euros ...

The Disaffected Lib: Coming Clean, It’s Good for the Soul.

After half a century of persistent fudging the Pentagon has officially admitted the undeniable – Israel has an arsenal of nuclear weapons and all the high tech gear to best use them. That revelation might not matter much to most of us but, to the US government, it has serious military and foreign policy ramifications. ...

The Disaffected Lib: Oh, snap! Iran Corners the US.

Iran has told the U.S. that it’s prepared to get rid of all of its nuclear hardware, down to the last nut and bolt, if only the U.S. complies with the 1970 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. “The Iranian people can no longer withstand the sanctions,” Mr. Iqhal said. “We have thrown in the towel. All the ...

The Disaffected Lib: Americans See Combating Climate Change a Moral Obligation. Speaking of Morality, Where’s Steve Harper?

Some are calling it the “Francis effect” after the forceful statements the Pope has made about the need to address climate change. A significant majority of Americans say combating climate change is a moral issue that obligates them – and world leaders – to reduce carbon emissions, a Reuters/IPSOS poll has found. The poll of ...

The Disaffected Lib: The Christian States of America?

What if America became a theocracy?  Apparently a survey of Republicans found 57 per cent in favour of making Christianity the official religion of the United States. Younger Republicans in the 18 – 45 age group were more favorable to the idea, with 63 percent of that cohort affirming that Christianity should be our national ...

The Disaffected Lib: Is Netanyahu Being Targeted for Regime Change – By the White House?

Barack Obama may have had enough of Benjamin Netanyahu’s stunts.  It might just be time for Bibi to go.  Foreign Policy’s Aaron David Miller writes that Obama is pursuing regime change in the upcoming Israeli elections. Welcome to regime change, Obama-style. There are few opportunities to change the mullahcracy in Tehran. But Jerusalem may be another ...

The Progressive Economics Forum: ROCHON: Harper in closet over the economy as Canada heads toward another recession

This guest blog post has been written by Louis-Philippe Rochon. You can follow him on Twitter @Lprochon – Harper’s recent incarnation as an anti-terrorist crusader has caught many Canadians by surprise. Harper is spending considerable political energy beating the drums of war against terrorists, and introducing a far-reaching, and much condemned, bill aimed at restricting ...