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
https://youtu.be/U7s5pT3Rris by Steve Hurst edited by O Society Jan 13, 2020 Donald Trump backed out of the Iranian nuclear deal and the rest of the world is trying to understand the thinking that went into his decision. High up the list of factors is a longstanding American unease about Iran in general. But while most Americans don’t like … Continue reading Why do the Neoconservatives of the American Right Hate Iran so Much?
by Joshua Tait edited by O Society August 21, 2019 When the Norse god Loki threatens earth in the 2012 film The Avengers, the “playboy billionaire genius” Tony Stark confronts him in a Manhattan penthouse. Overlooking the cityscape, Stark warns Loki if earth’s most powerful superheroes “can’t protect the earth, you can be damned sure we’ll … Continue reading Marvel’s War on Terror
by Richard Moser edited by O Society August 8, 2019 The climate crisis is proof positive that the ruling class is an utter failure — but it will not fall on its own. Can the working class rise to the challenge? It sure will help if we understand that our class interests are not merely … Continue reading The Climate Crisis Proves the Ruling Class Failed Us
https://youtu.be/Df4R-xdKvpM by Abby Martin edited by O Society August 2, 2019 Empire Files: Our Hidden Empire with historian Daniel Immerwahr The global expanse of US military bases is well-known; but its actual territorial empire is largely hidden. The true map of America is not taught in our schools. Abby Martin interviews history professor Daniel … Continue reading How to Hide an Empire: A History of the Greater United States
RussiaGate and Propaganda Disinformation in the Age of Social Media by Oliver Barrett edited by O Society For over two years RussiaGate has accounted for a substantial proportion of all mainstream US media political journalism and, because US media have significant agenda-setting propulsion, of global media coverage as well. The timing has been catastrophic. The … Continue reading RussiaGate as Organised Distraction
It’s no small thing to lodge a word or phrase of your own in our language. So give Dwight D. Eisenhower credit. In his presidential farewell address to the American people in 1961, the former five-star general of World War II warned -- and who would have known better -- of the growth of what … Continue reading Lessons From the Natural World on Washington’s Unnatural Wars