The Syrian Crisis is a Crisis of Imperialism

After the terrorist attack in Paris that left about a hundred dead and over three hundred injured, the question of Syrian refugees is in the air.  The connection between terrorism and refugees seems intuitive if we unquestionably accept the media narrative.
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TPP and Corporate Control

No thanks to the Obama administration who wanted to keep the agreement a secret, the New Zealand government released the full text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).  This “free trade” agreement currently includes 12 member countries encompassing 40% of world GDP (Singapore, Brunei, New Zealand, Chile, United States, Australia, Peru, Vietnam, Malaysia, Mexico, Canada and Japan).  President Obama tried to assure the public that it need not know what is in the trade deal because he and the corporate lobbyists who shaped the deal had the public’s best interests in mind.  With the release of the full text, we now know that it is worse than even its harshest critics feared. Continue reading

5 Things Every Socialist Must Believe

There is some talk in the media about whether Americans can accept a socialist president.  Many young people are beginning to view socialism favorably.  Bernie Sanders self-identifies as a democratic socialist (though truthfully, he is not.  He’s a mere social democrat).  You hear a lot of talk about how “Medicare is socialist”, “public roads are socialist”, and even “military spending is socialist.”  Americans are mislead by politicians and the corporate press into believing that socialism is merely Keynesian style government expenditure.  This would come as a great shock to not just John Maynard Keynes and his followers, but to actual socialists today.  The ‘socialism’ of Bernie Sanders has very little to do with socialism as it’s understood today and historically.

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Recovery For Whom?

As the first Democratic primary debate is tomorrow, expect to hear at least one presidential candidate extol the greatness of the Obama recovery.  This is a common message among Democrats eager to defend the entirely lackluster record of Obama’s economic policies.  Comedian and political commentator Bill Maher defends the economic “recovery” with the same misleading statistics repeated ad nauseam by uncritical liberals. Continue reading

Hypocrisy: US Condemns Russia for Civilian Deaths, Then Bombs a Hospital

On October 2, US Ambassador Samantha Power criticized Russia’s bombing of ISIS in Syria and called for the immediate cessation of “attacks on Syrian oppo[sition and] civilians.”  Following the condemnation was a joint statement by US allies that the Russian bombing of civilian targets “constitute[s] a further escalation and will only fuel more extremism and radicalization.”  Similar condemnations of equal or greater destruction of civilian targets is curiously absent from the United States’ own usage of aerial bombardment.  American officials expressed no such concern for the civilians killed in their aerial campaigns in the former Yugoslavia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Yemen, and elsewhere. Continue reading

Some Thoughts on Leftist Organizational Culture

This Reddit post is making its way around the internet.  I don’t usually talk about Reddit on here, but since it is now being reposted on some serious Leftist websites, I figured it’s worth saying something.  I apologize if this is not well structured.  I wanted to get some thoughts out there while anarchists are having this long overdue conversation.  Continue reading