Book Review — Pentagon on Alert: The Russian Peace Threat

By Dave Lindorff

            In the preface to his remarkable three-volume History of the Russian Revolution, Leon Trotsky, writing in 1930 about earth-shaking events in which he was a key actor, explains his view of writing history. Citing the reactionary French historian Louis Madelin, who wrote that “…the historian ought to stand upon the wall of a threatened city, and behold at the same time the besiegers and the besieged” in read more

Bloomberg a Dem Prez candidate?: We Already Have a Fake Billionaire President; Why Would We Want a Real One Running in 2020?

By Dave Lindorff

Word is that Michael Bloomberg, the mega-billionaire former mayor of New York City who watched his wealth more than double while he sat in the mayor’s office is thinking of running for President as a Democrat in 2020.

Why does that suck?

Well, listen as my dear departed friend and co-founder of this site, Chuck Young, recounts (in an  read more

Crying wolf over looming economic and climate crises: The US Need Not Inevitably Descend into Violent Chaos If and When Disaster Strikes

By Dave Lindorff

            Liberal opponents of serious, aggressive action on climate change like California Governor Jerry Brown are the strange bedfellows of right-wing survivalists on one thing:  Both are quick to warn darkly that if environmentalists have their way and imposestrict cuts on oil, gas and coal production or on mileage standards for automobiles and pollution controls on power plants, or in the case of right-wingers, if the read more

Sen. Gravel’s high bar for political courage: The Kavanaugh Hearing is about Political Posturing, Not Keeping a Political Hack Off the High Court

By Dave Lindorff

The politically ambitious mainstream Democratic Senator Cory Booker has been posing as a courageous man ready to put his seat in the Senate at risk by violating Senate rules and releasing “confidential” emails of Supreme Court nominee and current Appeals Court Judge Brett Kavanaugh at Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The truth of course is that some of what Sen. Booker “released” had already been declassified, and that in any event, read more

Cook boiled for doing ‘right’: Philly Police Officer Fired for Exposing Corrupt Law Enforcement Conduct

By Linn Washington, Jr.

Efforts by Tyrone Cook in 2010 to end the wrongful arrest of a nephew plunged this veteran law enforcer into the cesspool of dirty practices among police and prosecutors in Philadelphia.

An investigation conducted by Cook succeeded in having the false charges against his nephew dismissed. Those charges arose from improper investigative techniques by detectives Cook discovered. Such corner-cutting techniques fuel mass incarceration read more

Milkweed patch in yard yields rich dividend: Winning a Small Victory is Still Winning

By Dave Lindorff

I found them today: five plump zebra-striped caterpillars munching with gusto on milkweed leaves in an area of the tall dark-leaved plants growing in my front yard.

The beautiful orange-and-black monarch butterfly that I saw a few weeks ago flitting from plant to plant in that milkweed patch I have nurtured and allowed to expand naturally in my front yard over the last few years, apparently deposited an egg on each plant it landed on, read more

Mainstream media hypocrisy on display: Corporate Media Join in Editorializing for Press Freedom…for Themselves

By Dave Lindorff

            Some 300 newspapers, large and small, joined today in publishing, often on their front pages, editorials defending the First Amendment’s freedom of the press, often making note of their own efforts to combat current threats to that freedom posed by President Trump’s attacks on journalists and the entire Fourth Estate, which Trump routinely denounces in tweets and at rallies as “enemies of the people.”

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Mystery of the underpaid American worker: Economists ‘Can’t Understand’ Why Workers Can’t Get Paid More in a ‘Booming’ Economy

By Dave Lindorff

            Economists say they are stumped by a mystery: Since the US economy is doing so well, and unemployment is down to below 4%, which many argue is close to “full employment” in historic US terms, why is it that wages are not growing, and in fact, are lower in real dollars than they were in 1974, almost half a century ago.

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Where’s the ‘democratic socialist’ challenge to militarism? Senate Democrats, with Few Exceptions, are a Gang of War-Mongers

By Dave Lindorff

            Democrats in the US Senate showed themselves to be just another war party this week, with 40 of their number out of 47 voting to pass a record $717-billion military budget for FY 2019. Only seven Democrats (Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey, D-MA, Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, D-OR, Kamala Harris, D-CA, Dick Durbin, D-IL, and Kirstin Gillibrand, D-NY) and independent Bernie Sanders, who caucuses with the Democratic Party, voted against read more