Empire, ‘Overstretch,’ and the Joys of Collapse

Many people take social theory to be a fortress held by the left. In many respects this is true. This is not, however, a good reason to eschew social theory. As much as I admire the late Russell Kirk, I do not think that his constant refrain against reason was much help in addressing the … Continue reading “Empire, ‘Overstretch,’ and the Joys of Collapse”

Mad About McCain: A Love Story

The media’s well-known love affair with presidential aspirant John McCain is almost embarrassing to behold; it is like those couples that are all over each other in public, and make you want to say: “Could you take that somewhere else – perhaps someplace more private?” Salon’s Jake Tapper is positively homoerotic in his breathless ardor: … Continue reading “Mad About McCain: A Love Story”

Mad About McCain: A Love Story

The media’s well-known love affair with presidential aspirant John McCain is almost embarrassing to behold; it is like those couples that are all over each other in public, and make you want to say: “Could you take that somewhere else – perhaps someplace more private?” Salon’s Jake Tapper is positively homoerotic in his breathless ardor: … Continue reading “Mad About McCain: A Love Story”

COSTS OF IMMIGRATION CONTROL

The images were horrific, but what they reveal about the emptiness and ultimately the cruelty of American policy is even worse. Authorities inspecting a container ship in Seattle found human cargo dozens of sick, ill-nourished Chinese, many verging on starvation. And three of them corpses. Authorities have captured illegal immigrants brought in by smugglers before. … Continue reading “COSTS OF IMMIGRATION CONTROL”

The Globalists Come Out of the Closet

We were right. For years, conservatives and some libertarians have been descrying the erosion of American sovereignty and warning about the dangers of global governance. During the sixties, the John Birch Society was roundly ridiculed by liberals for sounding the alarm about the United Nations as a nascent world state: perhaps they went a bit … Continue reading “The Globalists Come Out of the Closet”

Who’s Playing the Trump Card?

What makes ‘The Donald’ run? Donald Trump, hotshot real estate developer and the biggest vulgarian in the Western Hemisphere, suddenly discover a heretofore-unsuspected ambition for political office – and not just any political office, but nothing less than the White House? What’s up with that?MEANING AND MOTIVE I’ll tell you what’s up. Or, better yet, … Continue reading “Who’s Playing the Trump Card?”

Edward Palmer Thompson (1924-93): Historian, Neutralist, Marxist

Edward Palmer Thompson (1924-93): Historian, Neutralist, Marxist MY FAVORITE MARXIST People may or may not have a favorite Martian – although several are running for President this time around – but some of us do have a favorite Marxist. This takes a little explaining. After all, Marxism ought to be lying in ruins, its theoretical … Continue reading “Edward Palmer Thompson (1924-93): Historian, Neutralist, Marxist”

Cyber-Cops, Watchdogs and the Thought Police

“Bad boyz, Bay boyz, What-cha gonna do? What-cha gonna do when they come for you?” Ah yes, the theme song of my favorite TV program – next to The McLaughlin Group, of course: it could serve as the theme song of the new millennium. Cops – they’re everywhere. Rounding up wild-eyed Algerian “terrorists” as they … Continue reading “Cyber-Cops, Watchdogs and the Thought Police”

COLOMBIAN DRUG WAR HEATING UP

With the announcement this week by President Clinton that he will propose a two-year $1.3 billion emergency anti-narcotics aid package to Colombia, the drug war and the counter-insurgency war waged as part of a 40-year civil war in Colombia have been ratcheted to a new level of violence and risk. If the most likely outcome … Continue reading “COLOMBIAN DRUG WAR HEATING UP”

The Emerging Media Trust

The triumph of America Online, in its much-ballyhooed mega-merger with the Time Warner media group, represents a major threat to the Internet as a medium free of government regulation and cultural freedom. Yes, I know, I know – all the nerdiest yuppies are chortling over how it was AOL that swallowed up Time Warner, and … Continue reading “The Emerging Media Trust”