Secrecy and the Warfare State

Daniel Ellsberg is quite a remarkable man. He defied the law, his future, an entire career’s worth of brainwashing, and important friendships in order to leak the truth about the Vietnam War to the people of America. Richard Nixon so feared the man that he sent CIA hitmen to “incapacitate him totally” – whatever that … Continue reading “Secrecy and the Warfare State”

Maniacs on Pedestals

“[B]y false interpretations, and naked usurpations, the government has been made in practice a very widely, and almost wholly, different thing from what the Constitution itself purports to authorize. … But whether the Constitution really be one thing, or another, this much is certain – that it has either authorized such a government as we … Continue reading “Maniacs on Pedestals”

The Economics of Terrorism

On my June 18 radio show [stream] [download], I interviewed Loretta Napoleoni, an economist, reporter, and novelist from Italy, about the economics of terrorism, a subject she knows well. Her work for Italy’s financial papers goes back to the ’70s and includes coverage of jihadists, the IRA, and even interviews with leaders of the Italian … Continue reading “The Economics of Terrorism”

Star Wars and the American Empire

[Spoiler warning: This article gives away important details about the new movie.] “For a thousand generations, the Jedi Knights were the guardians of peace and justice in the Old Republic. Before the Dark Times. Before the Empire.” – Ben Kenobi “This is how liberty dies: with thundering applause.” – Senator Padme Amidala Listen to Scott’s … Continue readingStar Wars and the American Empire”

I’m Here for My Bill of Goods

“America must not ignore the threat gathering against us. Facing clear evidence of peril, we cannot wait for the final proof – the smoking gun – that could come in the form of a mushroom cloud.” – George W. Bush October 7, 2002 Listen to Scott’s interview with Ray McGovern stream download mp3 Whew! Lucky … Continue reading “I’m Here for My Bill of Goods”

How Communists Became Republicans

Who and what is a neoconservative? Where do they come from? What do they have to do with Leon Trotsky, with Leo Strauss? How and why did they lie us into war with Iraq? These were my questions for Justin Raimondo on my radio show April 30, 2005, and this is what he said: Streaming … Continue reading “How Communists Became Republicans”

The Teetering Empire

Listen to Scott’s interview with Chalmers Johnson stream download mp3   Chalmers Johnson, author of Blowback: The Costs and Consequences of American Empire and Sorrows of Empire: Militarism, Secrecy, and the End of the Republic, and the guest on my March 26 radio show [stream] [download mp3], spent decades as what he now calls a … Continue reading “The Teetering Empire”

Who’s Afraid of John Bolton?

Listen to Scott’s interview with Tom Barry stream download mp3 George Bush’s nomination of John Bolton to be U.S. ambassador to the United Nations has provoked a storm of controversy, setting off cries of “loose cannon!” and “unilateralism!” from the more internationalist of the American interventionists. Currently undersecretary of state for arms control and international … Continue reading “Who’s Afraid of John Bolton?”