The Bigger Picture is Hiding in Plain Sight

by Jonathan Cook edited by O Society April 6, 2020 Things often look the way they do because someone claiming authority tells us they look that way. If that sounds too cynical, pause for a moment and reflect on what seemed most important to you just a year ago, or even a few weeks ago. Then, … Continue reading The Bigger Picture is Hiding in Plain Sight

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

Having It Easy in the Beginning, Tough in the End: How My Dad Predicted the Decline of America

by William Astore edited by O Society March 31, 2020 My dad was born in 1917. Somehow, he survived the Spanish Flupandemic of 1918-1919, but an outbreak of whooping cough in 1923 claimed his baby sister, Clementina. One of my dad’s first memories was seeing his sister’s tiny white casket. Another sister was permanently marked by scarlet fever. … Continue reading Having It Easy in the Beginning, Tough in the End: How My Dad Predicted the Decline of America

Our Leaders are Terrified. Not of the Virus – of Us

by Jonathan Cook edited by O Society March 26, 2020 You can almost smell the fear-laden sweat oozing from the pores of television broadcasts and social media posts as it finally dawns on our political and media establishments what the coronavirus actually means. And I am not talking about the threat posed to our health. The … Continue reading Our Leaders are Terrified. Not of the Virus – of Us

COVID-19: America Prepared for the Wrong War

'After All Man’s Defenses Had Failed, Slain By the Humblest Thing Put Upon This Earth’ by Joe Lauria edited by O Society March 25, 2020 In Orson Welles’ radio broadcast of H.G. Wells’ science fiction fantasy, War of the Worlds, all the military spending and preparedness by the United States could not defend the American people … Continue reading COVID-19: America Prepared for the Wrong War

Just Use ‘the Computer’ at the Fed to Give People More Money

Up“We simply use the computer to mark up the size of the account.” ~ Ben Bernanke Congress has all the firepower it needs. It just needs to send spending instructions to the Federal Reserve, as it always does. Markets Go Berserk as Fed Just Starts Printing More Money Vice-president Dick Cheney famously boasted, “Reagan proved … Continue reading Just Use ‘the Computer’ at the Fed to Give People More Money