The nation’s current post-truth moment is the ultimate expression of mind-sets that have made America exceptional throughout its history. by Kurt Andersen Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire—A 500-Year History “You are entitled to your own opinion, but you are not entitled to your own facts.” — Daniel Patrick Moynihan — “We risk being the first … Continue reading How America Lost Its Damned Mind
by Max Read Intelligencer Dec 26, 2018 In late November, the Justice Department unsealed indictments against eight people accused of fleecing advertisers of $36 million in two of the largest digital ad-fraud operations ever uncovered. Digital advertisers tend to want two things: people to look at their ads and “premium” websites — i.e., established and … Continue reading How Much of the Internet Is Fake? Turns Out, a Lot of It, Actually.
It is fitting really, the fact we have a reality show clown as the titular head of our nation is a perfect encapsulation of our time. We have become a nation addicted on the pornography that is politics, the back and forth between team red and team blue in Washington DC has become our national … Continue reading PolitiPorn: Our Most Unhealthy Addiction to this Vile Political Reality Show
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
by Andre Vltchek New Eastern Outlook Nov 27, 2018 We are living in an age when Western propaganda has become truly intense, even surreal. It always has been, of course, but now those who are producing it, have lost all their respect for the public. It is almost as if the propagandists were laughing amongst themselves, … Continue reading The Western Public “Does Not Know,” or “Does Not Want to Know?”
Mental Whiplash and Forgotten Outrages By Rebecca Gordon TomDispatch Dec 6, 2018 I took my first hit of speed in 1970 during my freshman year in college. That little white pill -- Dexedrine -- was a revelation. It made whatever I was doing absolutely fascinating. Amphetamine sharpened my focus and banished all appetites except a … Continue reading Life at Trump Speed
"The aide said that guys like me were "in what we call the reality-based community," which he defined as people who "believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality." ... "That's not the way the world really works anymore," he continued. "We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our … Continue reading The Reality-Based Community