Authoritarianism & Post-Truth Politics

by Jacob Levy Niskanen Center  edited by O Society June 5, 2019 In response to the bizarre politics the day, the Oxford Dictionaries selected as the word of the year “post-truth,” a term that highlights how far we’ve come in the years since Stephen Colbert coined “truthiness” for his comedic coverage of the George W. Bush … Continue reading Authoritarianism & Post-Truth Politics

Discipline Will Remain…or Will It?

by William Hawes Jan 21, 2019 Last October, Philip Hammond, the UK Chancellor of the Exchequer, in the annual federal budget speech to the UK Parliament, said this: “Austerity is coming to an end, but discipline will remain.” Talk about Orwellian doublespeak. The truth about austerity is it is a means of social control, or … Continue reading Discipline Will Remain…or Will It?

United States and USSR/Russia intervene in about one of every nine competitive national-level executive elections

When the Great Power Gets a Vote: The Effects of Great Power Electoral Interventions on Election Results Dov H. Levin International Studies Quarterly, Volume 60, Issue 2, 1 June 2016, Pages 189–202, https://doi.org/10.1093/isq/sqv016 Published:13 February 2016 Abstract What are the electoral consequences of attempts by great powers to intervene in a partisan manner in another country’s … Continue reading United States and USSR/Russia intervene in about one of every nine competitive national-level executive elections

Escape From the Trump Cult

Millions of Americans are blindly devoted to their Dear Leader. What will it take for them to snap out of it? by ALEXANDER HURST New Republic Dec 13, 2018 On December 20, 1954, some 62 years before Donald Trump would be sworn in as president of the United States, Dorothy Martin and dozens of her followers … Continue reading Escape From the Trump Cult

The Quintessential American in the Greatest Show on Earth

by Chris Hedges Truthdig Dec 17, 2018 Donald Trump is part of the peculiar breed Herman Melville described in his novel “The Confidence-Man,” in which the main character uses protean personas, flattery and lies to gain the confidence of his fellow passengers to fleece them on a Mississippi River steamboat. “Confidence men,” as Melville understood, are an … Continue reading The Quintessential American in the Greatest Show on Earth

Lessons From Chomsky

Some things I’ve learned from his writings… by Nathan Robinson Current Affairs Dec 7, 2018 It has been 50 years since Noam Chomsky first became a major public figure in the United States, after publishing his essay “The Responsibility of Intellectuals,” which argued that American academics had failed in their core duty to responsibly inquire … Continue reading Lessons From Chomsky

The Posse Comitatus Act and Related Matters: A Sketch

by Jennifer Elsea Congressional Research Service Nov 6, 2018 The Posse Comitatus Act states that “Whoever, except in cases and under circumstances expressly authorized by the Constitution or Act of Congress, willfully uses any part of the Army or the Air Force as a posse comitatus or otherwise to execute the laws shall be fined under … Continue reading The Posse Comitatus Act and Related Matters: A Sketch