Category Archives: Politics

The week in review

On Friday, the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives capitulated to White House demands and passed a bill that essentially legalizes — retroactively — the Bush administration’s covert spying program on Americans (see Salon’s Glenn Greenwald on the many ways in which … Continue reading

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George Orwell on Power

One of the subjects I come back to again and again on this blog is the doctrine of “American exceptionalism”; the idea that the United States — and only the United States — can preemptively invade any country on Earth … Continue reading

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Bertrand Russell on politics and power

A few weeks ago I was browsing the selection at the local library when I picked up a little book called Power by philosopher and noted anti-imperialist, Bertrand Russell. Though written in 1938, much of what Russell wrote remains timely … Continue reading

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Barack Obama: Change you probably shouldn’t believe in…

For months Barack Obama has chastised Hillary Clinton over her support for the so-called Kyl-Lieberman amendment, which blamed Iran for the U.S. military’s ongoing problems in Iraq and called on the State Department to list the Iranian Revolutionary Guard as … Continue reading

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Another year, another broken promise

Over at his blog, IPS Washington bureau chief Jim Lobe reports on the hawkish makeup of the speakers at this year’s annual meeting of the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC): Monday morning marks the formal opening of the annual three-day … Continue reading

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Lysander Spooner on the 2008 election

If, like me, you have had your fill of non-stop election coverage, partisan peans to would-be kings (and queens), heated discussions over whether McCain or Obama’s pastor hates America and apple pie more, and the every-four-years talk about the “Most. … Continue reading

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We’re always fighting World War II

Speaking yesterday at the Air Force Academy graduation in Colorado Springs, CO, President Bush yet again compared the U.S. occupation of Iraq to the post-WWII rebuilding period in Germany and Japan. Though the White House has repeatedly compared the war … Continue reading

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