I Helped Sell the False Choice of War in Iraq. It’s Happening Again

  by Col Lawrence Wilkerson edited by O Society Jan 8, 2019 Fifteen years ago, Colin Powell, then the secretary of state, spoke at the United Nations to sell pre-emptive war with Iraq. As his chief of staff, I helped Secretary Powell paint a clear picture war was the only choice, when “we confront a regime that harbors … Continue reading I Helped Sell the False Choice of War in Iraq. It’s Happening Again

Neoliberalism: Dare Not Speak Its Name

by Jennifer Matsui edited by O Society October 17, 2019 The question, “What is neoliberalism?” invites a response similar to the old canard about art: “I don’t know what it is, but I know it when I see it.” Unlike art, which seldom rears its head outside a rarified, specially-designated setting, neoliberalism is everywhere, which is … Continue reading Neoliberalism: Dare Not Speak Its Name

HyperNormalisation Explained

One of our O Society people says they feel like they just don't get it after watching Adam Curtis' documentary HyperNormalisation, which we discuss here: Crazy is the New Normal: HyperNormalisation by O Society May 22, 2019 So let's put it into context, Ok? One of the things about all of this which sticks out … Continue reading HyperNormalisation Explained

The Media and the Chemical Imbalance Theory of Depression

by Jonathan Leo & Jeffrey Lacasse Society Download as PDF Abstract The cause of mental disorders such as depression remains unknown. However, the idea that neurotransmitter imbalances cause depression is vigorously promoted by pharmaceutical companies and the psychiatric profession at large. We examine media reports referring to this chemical imbalance theory and ask reporters for … Continue reading The Media and the Chemical Imbalance Theory of Depression

A Guide to Russian Propaganda: WhatAboutIsm Controls the United States

The Russian propaganda machine produces endless streams of fakes and manipulative stories. While at times they may seem outrageous or silly, they are far from being random. Russian propaganda for both domestic and foreign audiences follows techniques that stem from Goebbel’s times. Ultimately, it is a weapon of war. In our series A guide to … Continue reading A Guide to Russian Propaganda: WhatAboutIsm Controls the United States

The Democrats Are Climate Change Deniers

by BRANKO MARCETIC  Jacobin Jan 28, 2019 If the Democrats really believed the science on climate change, they'd be offering far more radical proposals. We have to make them. "Après nous, le déluge!"   Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer talk during an event at the US Capitol on January 16 in Washington DC. Chip Somodevilla / Getty Imagine … Continue reading The Democrats Are Climate Change Deniers

That sophisticated, specific Russian 2016 voter targeting effort doesn’t seem to exist

by  Philip Bump  Washington Post Jan 9, 2019 The revelation on Tuesday that Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, shared polling data with a colleague in Ukraine who had ties to Russian intelligence predictably kicked up a furor of speculation about the significance of the move. This is what one of the Russia-Trump collusion scenarios looks like: … Continue reading That sophisticated, specific Russian 2016 voter targeting effort doesn’t seem to exist