Articles by: Gary Olson

Was It Only “Fear Itself?”:  FDR and Today

Was It Only “Fear Itself?”:  FDR and Today

“Movement” politics is how the people flex their power, while electoral politics under the corporate duopoly is the domain of the moneyed classes.                       — Glen Ford, Black Agenda  Report While it’s myth that after the stock market crash of 1929, brokers pitched themselves off of tall buildings in Lower[Read More…]

by June 17, 2020 World
 “No. It’s Capitalism, Stupid.”

 “No. It’s Capitalism, Stupid.”

The title is a riff on James Carville’s disingenuous (and stupid) phrase from 1992 when he was Bill Clinton’s campaign director. Carville’s pithy quip, “It’s the economy, stupid,”  became the campaign’s de facto slogan. It functioned as a clever ruse to help Clinton beat Bush by pandering to workers and creating the impression that his policies would actually help them.[Read More…]

by May 18, 2020 World
COVID-19 and The New York Times as Ideological Gatekeeper

COVID-19 and The New York Times as Ideological Gatekeeper

“Accumulate, accumulate! That is Moses and the prophets.” — Karl Marx I’ve been negligent in failing to acknowledge my gratitude to op-ed writers at the New York Times for their frequent doses of insidious misinformation which demand disassembling and refutation. They didn’t disappoint on May 5, 2020. In the lead op-ed, “Will We Get Used to the Dying?” Editor-at-Large Charlie[Read More…]

by May 9, 2020 World