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State of Disgrace in Washington

State of Disgrace in Washington

Well before the House select committee’s January 6th investigation began, trust in the classic American system of checks and balances as reliable protection against executive (or, more recently, Supreme Court) abuses of power had already fallen into a state of disgrace. A domestically shackled Biden presidency, a Congress unable to act, and a Supreme Court that seems ever more like[Read More…]

by 18/07/2022 Comments are Disabled World
Islamophobia and the Capitol Insurrection

Islamophobia and the Capitol Insurrection

How the FBI Ignored White Radicals While Spying 24/7 on Muslim Americans Fox News anchor Tucker Carlson excused one of the leaders of the extremist Oath Keepers organization implicated in the January 6th insurrection by describing him as “a devout Christian.” It’s safe to surmise that he wouldn’t have offered a similar defense for a Muslim American. Since September 11th, and even[Read More…]

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What Biden did not say in his national address on the January 6 coup attempt

What Biden did not say in his national address on the January 6 coup attempt

Yesterday, Joe Biden delivered a speech from the U.S. Capitol in which he told the population there had been an attempt to overthrow the Constitution and establish a dictatorship in America. Biden warned that the danger had not passed and that the conspirators were actively planning to overturn upcoming elections. January 6 was “an inflection point in history,” he said.[Read More…]

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The American polity is cracked, and might collapse

The American polity is cracked, and might collapse

By 2025, American democracy could collapse, causing extreme domestic political instability, including widespread civil violence. By 2030, if not sooner, the country could be governed by a right-wing dictatorship. We mustn’t dismiss these possibilities just because they seem ludicrous or too horrible to imagine. In 2014, the suggestion that Donald Trump would become president would also have struck nearly everyone[Read More…]

by 06/01/2022 1 comment World
Photo Win McNamee/Getty Images  Mobs carrying Trump “Law & Order” & Gadsen “Don’t Tread on Me’ Flags Breach Locked US Capitol Doors

The Redneck Coup… One Year On

A must see, especially during these times, is John Frankenheimer’s 1964 film Seven Days in May. In the movie, with a screenplay by genius Rod Serling ( of Twilight Zone fame- his creation by the way) a right wing conspiracy by generals and Fat Cats plot to overthrow our government. As a parallel to this film the January 6th Commission[Read More…]

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Possibility Of Civil War in U.S., Warn Three Retired Generals And CIA Consultant

Possibility Of Civil War in U.S., Warn Three Retired Generals And CIA Consultant

Three retired U.S. army generals warned of an insurrection or even civil war if the results of the 2024 presidential election were not accepted by some in the military. Former Major Gen. Paul Eaton, former Major Gen. Antonio Taguba, and former Brig. Gen. Steven Anderson made the warnings in an op-ed in The Washington Post on Friday. They wrote that they were[Read More…]

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An American Coup, A Recurring Nightmare?

An American Coup, A Recurring Nightmare?

As an eyewitness, I can recall the events of January 6th in Washington as if they were yesterday. The crowds of angry loyalists storming the building while overwhelmed security guards gave way. The slavishly loyal vice-president who would, the president hoped, restore him to power. The crush of media that seemed confused, almost overwhelmed, by the crowd’s fury. The waiter[Read More…]

by 26/10/2021 Comments are Disabled World
Witness to Turbulent American Democracy:  The Paradox for Soul Searching of American Acclaimed Values

Witness to Turbulent American Democracy:  The Paradox for Soul Searching of American Acclaimed Values

The Myriad Drama at the US Congressional Committee Hearings Nancy Pelosi, the US House Speaker wanted an independent and non-partisan congressional investigation into the January 6, 2021 Trump planned mobbed invasion of the US Congressional complex in Washington, D.C.  Its aim was to undo the peaceful transfer of power to Joe Biden- the President Elect according to the US Constitution.[Read More…]

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The Far Right in Uniform

The Far Right in Uniform

It was around noon and I was texting a friend about who-knows-what when I added, almost as an afterthought: “tho they seem to be invading the Capitol at the mo.” I wasn’t faintly as blasé as that may sound on January 6th, especially when it became ever clearer who “they” were and what they were doing. Five people would die[Read More…]

by 08/04/2021 Comments are Disabled World
On January 6th, the U.S. Became a Foreign Country

On January 6th, the U.S. Became a Foreign Country

Just about everyone was shocked by what happened at the Capitol building on January 6th. But as a former soldier in America’s forever wars, horrifying as the scenes were, I also found what happened strangely familiar, almost inevitable. I thought that, if only we had taken our country’s imperial history seriously, none of us would have found that day either[Read More…]

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The ‘Insurrection’ and Its Discontents: ‘American Exceptionalism’ Revisited 

The ‘Insurrection’ and Its Discontents: ‘American Exceptionalism’ Revisited 

History is being written in the United States today. Even the most pessimistic about the prospects of American democracy have rarely ventured out this far while offering a bleak analysis of America’s future, whether in terms of political polarization at home or global standing abroad. As shocking and, certainly, telling as the images of thousands of American protesters taking over[Read More…]

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 Brainwashed To Violence

 Brainwashed To Violence

When brainwashed to commit violence, your conscience doesn’t prick when you kill. The barbaric actions at the Capitol on January 6, 2021 were taken by Americans convinced by Donald Trump and others that violence—even war—is essential to secure the nation, democracy, and freedom. Consequently, when rioters killed one police officer, savagely beat another, tried to gouge out the eye of[Read More…]

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Antifa(scism) is the Antidote to Full-Throated American Fascism

Antifa(scism) is the Antidote to Full-Throated American Fascism

Under no circumstances will white supremacy, authoritarian fascism, and rollbacks of global human rights be tolerated “When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross.” – Sinclair Lewis* “…another generation of American antifascists has been called to duty.” – Dr. Glen Barry * quote disputed yet salient The American Capitol defiled by traitorous[Read More…]

by 20/01/2021 3 comments World
By ‘Force and Fraud’: Is This the End of the US Democracy Doctrine? 

By ‘Force and Fraud’: Is This the End of the US Democracy Doctrine? 

In an interview with the British newspaper, The Times, in 2015, former US Defense Secretary, Donald Rumsfeld, vehemently denied that exporting democracy to Iraq was the main motive behind the US invasion of that Arab country 12 years earlier. Rumsfeld further alleged that “the idea that we could fashion a democracy in Iraq seemed to me unrealistic.” But the US’[Read More…]

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Photo Win McNamee/Getty Images  Mobs carrying Trump “Law & Order” & Gadsen “Don’t Tread on Me’ Flags Breach Locked US Capitol Doors

Raskolnikov’s Dream Come True

“Something is happening here, But you don’t know what it is, Do you, Mr. Jones?” — Bob Dylan, Ballad of A Thin Man It’s hard. Life today seems like a dream, doesn’t it?  Surreal to the point where everything seems haunted and betwixt and between, or this against that, or that and this against us. Something. Or a Luis Buñuel film. [Read More…]

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Illogical Thinking Leading to Illogical Actions

Illogical Thinking Leading to Illogical Actions

Preventing the assault on America’s capitol was not exclusively a policing failure; the twisted behavior culminated from inadequate response to Trump and his supporters’ unsubstantiated attacks on the validity of the 2020 election. A simple analysis could have uncovered the illogical thinking and convinced many that the charges of election fraud were fallacious. Media and public servants allowed deranged accusations[Read More…]

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Mr. MAGA Undone

Mr. MAGA Undone

The guys and gals at work always called him ‘ Mr. MAGA’ for several reasons. One, he always wore that red hat wherever he went. Two, he was ‘ In ‘ with Trump from 2015 when the guy first entered the presidential race. When he had a day off, or decided to take one, he always showed up at any[Read More…]

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Lessons from the Beer Belly Putsch

Lessons from the Beer Belly Putsch

In Europe we are not accustomed to seeing images on the television of thousands of Americans—right-wingers to boot—breaking the law, overrunning government buildings and violently attacking the police. By rushing the Capitol, the heart of American democracy, President Trump’s supporters demonstrated that they are ready for a fight. Many of these fanatics would love to use their weapons beyond the[Read More…]

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Hold On To That Fear

Hold On To That Fear

Dear Congresspersons and Senators, This letter is about that nauseating, trembling fear you felt when that hate exploded at you on January 6. Please don’t forget it. Journal about it before it fades. Tolerate the nightmares. Keep pen and paper on your nightstand to record what woke you from screaming fits. Don’t block it out. Don’t let it go. If[Read More…]

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Photo Win McNamee/Getty Images  Mobs carrying Trump “Law & Order” & Gadsen “Don’t Tread on Me’ Flags Breach Locked US Capitol Doors

Impeaching Trump

Why it was so important to impeach President Trump this time than it was ever before. The American democracy is the result of years of struggle, resistance and sacrifice – a system for which people laid down their lives during the American War of Independence and again for preserving it during American  Civil War. Many countries around the world have[Read More…]

by 14/01/2021 1 comment World
Capitol Hill Violence and Lessons for Indian Democracy

Capitol Hill Violence and Lessons for Indian Democracy

People all over the globe were shocked and shaken by the event that unfolded at the Capitol Hill in the United States of America in the morning of 7th January, 2021. Some of the politicians used this as an opportunity to hit at the US using this an opportunity to revel on the incidence. Russian lawmakers were quick to jump[Read More…]

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Violent Right Wing Forces Have Been Activated, It Requires Strategic Action To Stop Them

Violent Right Wing Forces Have Been Activated, It Requires Strategic Action To Stop Them

Since the assault on the US Capitol on January 6 by right-wing Trump supporters, the fallout has been rapid. The Democrats, both elected officials and voters, were quick to jump on the impeachment train. Some elected officials are calling for Members of Congress who supported the events to resign and to refuse to seat them in the new Congress. Employers[Read More…]

by 12/01/2021 1 comment World
Twitter Nukes Trump

Twitter Nukes Trump

This was Twitter Safety’s January 8 post, full of noble concern: “After close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them – specifically how they are being received and interpreted off Twitter – we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence.” Is it ever wise for a social[Read More…]

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Twitter’s ban on Trump will deepen the US tribal divide

Twitter’s ban on Trump will deepen the US tribal divide

Anyone who believes locking President Donald Trump out of his social media accounts will serve as the first step on the path to healing the political divide in the United States is likely to be in for a bitter disappointment. The flaws in this reasoning need to be peeled away, like the layers of an onion. Twitter’s decision to permanently[Read More…]

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‘ Trust Me… Obey Me!!

‘ Trust Me… Obey Me!!

Before I go on with my thoughts on the use of persuasion by demagogues like Donald Trump, we need to understand how powerful a system of obedience can be. There are two past studies that this writer recommends which get to the heart of the use of obedience to shape an individual’s behavior. The earliest one is the Milgram Experiment[Read More…]

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Lame Duck – A Peril

Lame Duck – A Peril

The United States election process requires the congress to validate the election of the President. Congress is a bicameral legislature, the senate being the upper house and the House of Representatives the lower house. A raucous mob raided the capitol building displaying pro-Trump slogans and managed to enter the senate chamber at the time when the election results were being[Read More…]

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Photo Win McNamee/Getty Images  Mobs carrying Trump “Law & Order” & Gadsen “Don’t Tread on Me’ Flags Breach Locked US Capitol Doors

America and Turbulent Democracy Look for Change

The Unthinkable Insurrection on America Powerhouse America and its politics find itself at the tyranny of reason of which it appears to be unconscious either by design or by choice.  The living thought of American political harmony does not seem to exhibit an ideal scenario of democracy as acclaimed by its political proponents. The perplexities and despotic character are rooted[Read More…]

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Storms of Protest in Washington and Hong Kong

Storms of Protest in Washington and Hong Kong

The coverage of groups of people, described as mobs, rioters, or protestors depending on one’s prejudice or adherence to accurate reporting, who “stormed” the Capitol in Washington and the Legislative Council in Hong Kong is revealing for how media and politicians react. The American media ran headlines such as: “Trump supporters storm Capitol,” Washington Post “Inside the mob that swarmed[Read More…]

by 11/01/2021 Comments are Disabled World
Trump, Insurrections and the 25th Amendment

Trump, Insurrections and the 25th Amendment

How strange it must have seemed for US lawmakers to be suddenly facing what was described as a “mob”, not so much storming as striding into the Capitol with angry purpose.  A terrified security force proved understaffed and overwhelmed.  Members of Congress hid.  Five people lost their lives. With the US imperium responsible for fostering numerous revolutions and coups across[Read More…]

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Vandalizing democracy, the American way

Vandalizing democracy, the American way

A popular joke among leftists in the eighties was to ask why there had never been a military coup in Washington D.C. The answer: Because it doesn’t have a US embassy. This was an allusion to the nefarious US role in toppling legitimate governments around the globe, many of them violently. The storming of the US Capitol Hill on 6[Read More…]

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Photo Win McNamee/Getty Images  Mobs carrying Trump “Law & Order” & Gadsen “Don’t Tread on Me’ Flags Breach Locked US Capitol Doors

It was a Disgraceful, Horrific, Yet Fitting Close to the Trump Era

January 5th, 2021, was another Day of Infamy in US History that bookmarked an unsavory, unseemly, disgraceful, yet fitting close to the ruthlessness of the Trump Era in American and World politics. It seemingly couldn’t have happened any other way, given the kind of self-centered myopic government that Trump, as a man, as a white supremacist and as a president,[Read More…]

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It’s regime change within the Empire: Utterances in the US capitol

It’s regime change within the Empire: Utterances in the US capitol

Hundreds of protesters breached the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, forcing lockdowns as the US Congress was convening a joint session to count the certified 2020 Electoral College votes. The entire episode, although with a few gaps, was in the mainstream media. Death number, arrests, etc. accompanied. There’re some more things. What came out was an exhibition of bourgeois politics. A[Read More…]

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