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Articles by: Edward Curtin

Slow Suicide and the Abandonment of the World

Slow Suicide and the Abandonment of the World

“The condition of alienation, of being asleep, of being unconscious, of being out of one’s mind, is the condition of the normal man.  Society highly values its normal man.  It educates children to lose themselves and to become absurd, and thus to be normal.  Normal men have killed perhaps 100,000,000 of their fellow normal men in the last fifty years. [Read More…]

American Values: Lessons I Learned from My Family by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.- A Review

American Values: Lessons I Learned from My Family by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.- A Review

When a bookas fascinating, truthful, beautifully written, and politically significant as American Values:Lessons I Learned from My Family, written by a very well-known author by the name of Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and published by aprominent publisher (HarperCollins),is boycotted by mainstream book reviewers, you know it is an important book and has touched a nerve that the corporate mainstream media[Read More…]

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The Blatant Conspiracy behind Senator Robert F. Kennedy’s Assassination

The Blatant Conspiracy behind Senator Robert F. Kennedy’s Assassination

Early in 1968, Clyde Tolson, F.B.I. Director J. Edgar Hoover’s deputy and bosom buddy, a key player in the assassination of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., expressed both the hope and intent of those making sure that there would never be another president by the name Kennedy, when he said about RFK that “I hope someone shoots and kills the[Read More…]

Gina Haspel and Pinocchio from Rome

Gina Haspel and Pinocchio from Rome

Being in Rome, Italy and thinking of Gina Haspel, the CIA nominee and admitted torturer who says her “moral conscience” has changed after the fact, seems most fitting.  Wherever you go in central Rome, you can hear the screams and smell the blood of those tortured and killed by the Roman Empire and those who ably followed in their stead.  [Read More…]

A Love Song to Americans

A Love Song to Americans

It doesn’t matter that the wars are coming It doesn’t matter that the wars just came It doesn’t matter that we had our warning To you all wars are just the same   I thought you really loved me I thought you really cared I thought that when the bombs were falling You’d shelter me when I was scared  [Read More…]

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A Passing Thought in the Age of Terror

A Passing Thought in the Age of Terror

  “Those with no sides and no causes.  Those who won’t take measure of their own strength, for fear of antagonizing their own weakness.  Those who don’t like to make waves – or enemies.  Those for whom freedom, honor, truth, and principles are only literature.  Those who live small, mate small, die small.  It’s the reductionist approach to life: if[Read More…]

Though Invisible to Us, Our Dead Are Not Absent

Though Invisible to Us, Our Dead Are Not Absent

Those titular words were sent to me by Fr. Daniel Berrigan shortly before he died. It is a glorious spring day as I write.  The day my father died was also glorious, and I cried like a baby. It was 25 years ago today, May 1, 1993.To the young it must seem like a long time ago.  To me it[Read More…]

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Speaking the Unspeakable: The Assassination and Martyrdom of Thomas Merton

Speaking the Unspeakable: The Assassination and Martyrdom of Thomas Merton

A Quasi-Review of The Martyrdom of Thomas Merton by Hugh Turley & David Martin “Killing a man who says ‘No!’ is a risky business,” the priest replied, “because even a corpse can go on whispering ‘No! No! No! with a persistence and obstinacy that only certain corpses are capable of.  And how can you silence a corpse?”   Ignazio Silone, Bread and[Read More…]

Disembodied Americans and the Crucifixion of the World

Disembodied Americans and the Crucifixion of the World

  “The existent, the body, disappears.  We live within a spectacle of empty clothes and unworn masks….Nobodies and no Necessity – for Necessity is the condition of the existent.  It is what makes reality real.” – John Berger, “Steps Toward a Small Theory of the Visible” “The real body.  To be real, it must be bodily; and to be a[Read More…]

Further Signs of More War: A Most Dangerous Game

Further Signs of More War: A Most Dangerous Game

  Donald Trump’s days of playing the passive/aggressive host of a reality-television game show are coming to an end.  Either he fires all the apprentices who might slightly hesitate to wage a much larger world war and lets the bombs fly, or he will be replaced by one who will.  Signs are that he has learned what his job entails[Read More…]

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Kevin Love: Making a Hole in Denial

Kevin Love: Making a Hole in Denial

“For behind the sense of insecurity in the face of danger, behind the sense of discouragement and depression, there always lurks the basic fear of death, a fear which undergoes most complex elaborations and manifests itself in many indirect ways….No one is free of the fear ofdeath.” – Gregory Zilboorg, psychanalyst “An anxiety is a lack that causes pain; a[Read More…]

The Slick and Sick Propaganda Coming from Russia and Muslim Terrorists

The Slick and Sick Propaganda Coming from Russia and Muslim Terrorists

  As anyone even slightly aware knows, Americans are being inundated with endless Russian and Muslim propaganda aimed at convincing the American people that it is the United States that stands in the way of peace around the world.  Sophisticated and crude in turns, what the psychologists call passive aggressive, these efforts at mind-control can be seen all across the[Read More…]

The Shadow of An Israeli/U.S. Attack Grows Larger By the Day

The Shadow of An Israeli/U.S. Attack Grows Larger By the Day

  Last week I wrote that “all signs point toward an upcoming large-scale Israeli/U.S. attack on Lebanon and Syria, and all the sycophantic mainstream media are in the kitchen prepping for the feast.  Russia and Iran are the main course, with Lebanon and Syria, who will be devoured first, as the hors d’oeuvres.”  Those signs are growing more numerous by[Read More…]

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The Coming Wars to End All Wars

The Coming Wars to End All Wars

  “The compulsive hatred of Putin by many who have almost zero idea about Putin or Russian history is disproportionate to any rational analysis, but not surprising. Trump and Putin are like weird doppelgangers in the liberal imagination.”                                      – John Steppling, “Trump,[Read More…]

Try Learning Not to Ride a Bicycle So We Can Save the World

Try Learning Not to Ride a Bicycle So We Can Save the World

  “Who would study and describe the living, starts /By driving the spirits out of the parts: /In the palm of his hand he holds all the sections, /Lacks nothing, except the spirit’s connections.” Mephistopheles warning to the student in Goethe’s Faust   “And how far would you like to go in?” he asked and the three kings all looked[Read More…]

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A Genuine Actor: Francesco Serpico

A Genuine Actor: Francesco Serpico

“There are unconscious actors among them and involuntary actors; the genuine are always rare, especially genuine actors.” – Friedrick Nietzche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra “Any artist [person] who goes in for being famous in our society must know that it is not he who will become famous, but someone else under his name, someone who will eventually escape him and perhaps[Read More…]

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We Need A Martin Luther King Day Of Truth

We Need A Martin Luther King Day Of Truth

  As Martin Luther King’s birthday is celebrated with a national holiday, his death day disappears down the memory hole. Across the country – in response to the King Holiday and Service Act passed by Congress and signed by Bill Clinton in 1994 – people will be encouraged to make the day one of service.Such service does not include King’s[Read More…]

To Honor Albert Camus On The Day He Died: January 4, 1960

To Honor Albert Camus On The Day He Died: January 4, 1960

  Because he was not a partisan in the Cold War between the U.S./NATO and the U.S.S.R, Albert Camus was an odd ball.  As a result, he was criticized by the right, left, and center.  His allegiance was to truth, not ideologies.  He opposed state murder, terrorism, and warfare from all quarters.  An artistic anarchist with a passionate spiritual hunger,[Read More…]

An Advent Calendar To Beat The Devil

An Advent Calendar To Beat The Devil

  “The task of setting free one’s gifts was a recognized labor in the ancient world….the spirit that brings us our gifts finds its eventual freedom only through our sacrifice, and those who do not reciprocate the gifts of their genius [daemon, personal spirit that comes to us at birth] will leave it in bondage when they die.” – Lewis[Read More…]

A Man Turns

A Man Turns

He feels she called him out of love,
So turns, his life jumps up, they run
Joyously into each other’s arms
As the snow falls upon them
For the first time,alone to face
The gathering storm.

Photo by Ian Sane

Waiting For The American Dream

  “All good things arrive for them that wait – and don’t die in the meantime.” – Mark Twain It is damp, drizzly November once again, the grim grey in-between month, a time for dying and a time, above all, for waiting.  Waiting for the fallen dead foliage to be buried in snow, waiting for the shortest day to come[Read More…]

File photo dated 27/06/1963 of US President John F. Kennedy acknowledging the cheers of the crowd when he visits New Ross, Co. Wexford, Ireland as the world marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of JFK.

Thanksgiving For JFK

  If he had lived, President John F. Kennedy would have been 100 years old this year.  At Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow, his family would be raising a glass in his honor. But as we all know, he was murdered in Dallas, Texas on this date – November 22nd – in 1963.  A true war hero twice over, he risked his[Read More…]

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Reviving The Spirit Of Existential Rebellion In A World Of Propaganda, Lies, And Self Deception

Reviving The Spirit Of Existential Rebellion In A World Of Propaganda, Lies, And Self Deception

In these very dark times – these end- times created by nuclear weapons – seeing the truth is dependent on the will to truth, and the will to truth only arises when people believe they are free to alter the circumstances in which they find themselves. This belief in freedom is at the core of all existential thought and is why we need to resurrect it today.

Finding Our Way Back To Truth by Following A String of Facts

Finding Our Way Back To Truth by Following A String of Facts

  “To lead you to an overwhelming question…/Oh do not ask, “What is it?”/Let us go and make our visit.” – T.S. Eliot, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock   If you find yourself lost and confused in a dark wood, then perhaps following this network of knots strung on a long string of dates listed below will help[Read More…]

The Only Time

The Only Time

We met at the wrong time,
which, as chance would have it,
is always the right time. No one
who doesn’t know will ever know
what passion can do to calendars.

The Super Patriotic Draft Dodger’s Rag: “Fire the Son-of-a-Bitch”

The Super Patriotic Draft Dodger’s Rag: “Fire the Son-of-a-Bitch”

So I wish you well, Sarge, give ’em Hell! Kill me a thousand or so And if you ever get a war without blood and gore I’ll be the first to go                                                            [Read More…]

Winners Take Nothing

Winners Take Nothing

We didn’t listen then
and aren’t listening still.
Perhaps we never will.
Who do you think will win
the Doomsday Bowl?

Why I Don’t Speak of 9/11 Anymore

Why I Don’t Speak of 9/11 Anymore

Tuesday, September 11, 2001, was a non-teaching day for me.  I was home when the phone rang at 9 A.M.  It was my daughter, who was on a week’s vacation with her future husband.  “Turn on the TV,” she said.  “Why?” I asked.  “Haven’t you heard?  A plane hit the World Trade Tower.” I turned the TV on and watched[Read More…]

Photo by Frederic Mancosu

Ghostly Voices Dancing in the Rain

“In the other room Rateau was looking at the canvas, completely blank, in the center of which Jonas had merely written in very small letters a word that could be made out, but without any certainty as to whether it should be read solitary or solidary.” Albert Camus, “The Artist at Work” A solitary, early Sunday morning walk in the[Read More…]