The Trump presidency is the ultimate larger-than-life – for many the only – show on earth. It’s open to debate whether the vicious civil war currently in effect between Team Trump and powerful deep state factions enmeshed with the neocon/neoliberalcon galaxy is just shadowplay; or whether this is the real deal underlining the eventual crash and burn of the American Empire.… Read More Total Screen: How Baudrillard Anticipated Trump
It is the job of the guardians of orthodoxy to plaster over the brutal reality and cruelty of neoliberalism and empire with a patina of civility or entertainment. They pay homage to a nonexistent democracy and nonexistent American virtues. … Read More Donald Trump’s Greatest Allies Are the Liberal Elites
Here’s another serving of fascinating insights on the current state of economics and politics in the United States and Europe from the Scottish political scientist Mark Blyth… Read More Mark Blyth– “The Function of Democracy (These Days) Is to Stop People Effecting Change.”
Mark Blyth, one of select few economists to correctly predict the triumph of Brexit and Trumpism discusses why the financial elites will not take responsibility for the fallout of the 2008 Global Financial Crisis. … Read More Mark Blyth on Why the Financial Elite Just Can't Get Enough of Austerity (For Others)
To many Europeans, it felt like Americans had just elected a xenophobic man on a power trip with no respect for human rights to be Commander-in-Chief of a powerful military. It brought an instant, anxiety-producing reminder of how fascism became unbridled in Europe in the leadup to World War II.… Read More Has America Fallen? Krugman and Europeans Raise the Question.