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Privilege Displaces Equality

None of us growing up in Atlanta in the 1940’s were under the delusion that we were equal.  We were aware of a myriad of differences that had nothing to do with race or gender.  Some were better football players. 

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How the West Was Restored

He had finally done it.  He had mastered the physics of time.  He was ready to visit the past.

He had made his first fortune in U.S. Treasury bond futures in the early 1980’s.  Wall Street had thought that the

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Correcting a Legal Transgression

The trial was fixed.  The judge knew it.  The rancher had the town buffaloed.  The jury would deliver the verdict the rancher wanted.

The judge was concerned that the rancher’s rowdies would use the verdict for a lynching.  The rancher

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Doubts About the Law

“Rawhide” Andrews was a Texas Ranger.  He came to the force after it was reconstituted in 1874, the Rangers having been discredited in the years following the War of Yankee Aggression as an enforcement unit for carpetbaggers.

Comanches were in

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Measuring Decline By Prices

In 1939, the year I was born, gasoline was ten cents per gallon.  A new car cost $700.  A new house cost $3,850, and the average rent was $28 per month.  Harvard tuition was $420 annually.

A loaf of bread

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How Things Change Out From Under Us

Anyone who has been around for a while and who pays any attention to the news sees many disturbing changes.  Recently, I read a report that two children, ages seven and eight, had an altercation at school during recess.  They

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What Became of Western Morality?

On the last day of the old year in the newsletter CounterPunch, two Israelis—Jeff Halper, who heads the Israeli peace movement ICAHD, and Neve Gordon, who is chairman of the department of politics and government at Ben-Gurion University—asked, “Where’s …

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May We No Longer Be Silent

The title of my article comes from the sermon of the Episcopal bishop of Washington, D.C., John Bryson Chane, delivered on Oct. 5, 2008, at St. Columba Church.

The bishop’s eyes were opened to Israel’s persecution of Palestinians by his …

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America’s Moronic Iraqi Policy

According to all accounts, the United States faces its worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, with $2 trillion in near-term financing needs for bailouts and economic stimulus. This is an enormous sum for any country, especially one that is …

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The No-Think Nation

“The prospects of a government rescue for the foundering American automakers dwindled Thursday as Democratic congressional leaders conceded that they would face potentially insurmountable Republican opposition,” reported the New York Times last Friday.

Wow! The entire country is steamed up …

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Conned Again

If the change that President-elect Obama has promised includes a halt to America’s wars of aggression and an end to the rip-off of taxpayers by powerful financial interests, what explains Obama’s choice of foreign and economic policy advisors? Indeed, Obama’s …

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The End of American Hegemony

America has become a pretty discouraging place. If Ronald Reagan were still with us, I wonder if he would again refer to the United States as a city on a hill, a light unto the world.

I think not. Reagan …

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There May Be Many Mushroom Clouds in Our Future

The success of the Bush regime’s propaganda, lies and deception with gullible and inattentive Americans since 9-11 has made it difficult for intelligent, aware people to be optimistic about the future of the United States. For almost eight years, the …

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American Insouciance

Now that military officers selected by the Bush Pentagon have reached a split verdict convicting Salim Hamdan, a onetime driver for Osama bin Laden, of supporting terrorism, but innocent of terrorist conspiracy, do you feel safe?

Or are we superpower …

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Marching Off Into Tyranny

In last weekend’s edition of CounterPunch, Alexander Cockburn updates the ongoing persecution of Sami Al-Arian by federal prosecutors. Al-Arian was a Florida university professor of computer science who was ensnared by the Bush regime’s need to produce “terrorists” in order …

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John Yoo, Totalitarian

John Yoo stands outside the Anglo-American legal tradition. His views lead to self-incrimination wrung out of a victim by torture. He believes a president of the United States can initiate war, even on false pretenses, and then use the war …

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Why the Oil Price Is High

How to explain the oil price? Why is it so high? Are we running out? Are supplies disrupted, or is the high price a reflection of oil company greed or OPEC greed? Are Hugo Chavez and the Saudis conspiring against …

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The Decline and Fall of the American Economy

The United States has three large economic problems.  The overarching one is that the U.S. dollar’s role as world reserve currency is wearing out from continuous and large trade deficits and from government budget deficits that have to be financed

Free No More
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Free No More

In his latest book, Day of Reckoning, Pat Buchanan argues that hubris, ideology, and greed are among America’s deadliest enemies.  Hubris led to overreach.  Hegemonic neoconservative ideology turned most of the world against the United States.  And free trade

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Paying Insurgents Not to Fight

Paul Craig RobertsIt is impossible to keep up with all the Bush regime’s lies. There are simply too many. Among the recent crop, one of the biggest is that the “surge” is working.

Launched last year, the “surge” was the extra 20,000 …

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The War Criminal in the Living Room

Paul Craig RobertsThe media are silent, Congress is absent, and Americans are distracted as George W. Bush openly prepares aggression against Iran.

U.S. Navy aircraft carrier strike forces are deployed off Iran.

U.S. Air Force jets and missile systems are deployed in …

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Losing the Economy to Mythology

Paul Craig RobertsEconomic discussion in the United States is trapped in ancient ruts. Both right and left are stuck in old habitual ways of thinking. Neither shows inclination or ability to think independently of ideology. For a country beset with economic problems, …

Alien Future
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Alien Future

“A nation scattered and peeled, . . . a nation meted out and trodden down.”
—Isaiah

Like Romans in ancient times, Americans are losing their country to immigration, and few seem to know it. One who does know is