The Death of American Competence

Washington’s reputation for expertise is one of the greatest sources of its power. The coronavirus pandemic may end it for good. by Stephen Walt edited by O Society April 4, 2020 No matter how the federal government responded, the United States was never going to escape COVID-19 entirely. Even Singapore, whose response to the virus seems … Continue reading The Death of American Competence

A Trump Bailout to Save the Obama Bailout

"Insanity is making the same mistakes over and over again expecting different results." "If you keep doing what you've been doing, don't be surprised when you keep getting what you've been getting." ~ Narcotics Anonymous While it will take years to sort through the details, Trump’s $2 trillion COVID-19 response is a double-down on Obama's … Continue reading A Trump Bailout to Save the Obama Bailout

Pathocracy: Tyranny at the Hands of a Psychopathic Government

“Politicians are more likely than people in the general population to be sociopaths. I think you would find no expert in the field of sociopathy/ psychopathy/ antisocial personality disorder who would dispute this. The realization a small minority of human beings literally have no conscience was and is a bitter pill for our society to … Continue reading Pathocracy: Tyranny at the Hands of a Psychopathic Government

Chomsky: Ventilator Shortage Exposes the Cruelty of Neoliberal Capitalism

C.J. Polychroniou interviews Noam Chomsky edited by O Society April 2, 2020 COVID-19 takes the world by storm. Hundreds of thousands are infected (possibly many times more than the confirmed cases), the list of dead is growing exponentially longer, and capitalist economies have come to a standstill, with a global recession now virtually inevitable. The … Continue reading Chomsky: Ventilator Shortage Exposes the Cruelty of Neoliberal Capitalism

How Trump Is Going to Get Away With a Pandemic

There are many ways for the Trump administration to cook the books to hide the extent of the coronavirus outbreak—in fact, it already is doing so. by Sonia Shah edited by O Society April 2, 2020 In the early days of the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, the Trump administration and right-wing commentators were only too keen … Continue reading How Trump Is Going to Get Away With a Pandemic

The Cult of the Shining City Embraces the Plague

by Jared Sexton edited by O Society April 1, 2020 Those who see Trump as a messianic figure believe the coronavirus will put a fallen world right again. Trump answers questions Tuesday afternoon for a Fox News virtual town hall (most watched in history) surrounded by a frame of graphics. In the lower right-hand corner, a … Continue reading The Cult of the Shining City Embraces the Plague