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I am reclaiming two articles of mine that were written for another website which I am no longer affiliated with. I thought I would share them with any readers of mine who might not have read them.

From Clinton to Obama

Reconciling Hope with Reality

Having spent my entire adult life living through the Clinton, W., and now Obama administrations, not only do I have the intellectual and academic tools to put these political years in proper historical context, I have the sometimes rare blessing of actual real-time critique and analysis—rare to Historians such as myself at least. Around the time Clinton took office, we saw an explosion of cable news and right-wing talk radio, and a little later, the internet became a widely available source for the propagation of information from all corridors of political debate.

By and large, this wealth of information would ultimately serve to further divide what is largely a politically moderate population. Rather than thoughtful debate on real issues, the prevailing apparatus of political discussion was merely more than a screaming match between two sides, “Liberal” and “Conservative,” that produced little actual meaningful dialogue, but further divided an electorate that in reality is not too far apart on most issues. continue reading…

With the BP oil spill still raging after a month of disinformation and stonewalling from both BP and the Obama Administration as well as the catastrophe of the Massey coal mine explosion just two weeks prior to the BP Gulf disaster, the left and right are playing their trite and expected “blame game” without acknowledging the actual systemic realities of a Government that enables BP and Massey to rape and plunder the earth for the sake of profit at the expense of the environment and human life.

Rather than exacerbating the reactionary mindset of the “left” and the “right,” I prefer to look at the history of political economy as a whole, and show that the recent environmental and economic disasters of BP and Massey are the result of a system that promotes unsustainable energy simply for the sake of propagating energy profiteers that have had their teeth in our political system for well over 150 years. The environmental and human collateral has been tremendous and is not about the incompetence or passivity of either the Democrats or the Republicans as they both propagate this system. continue reading…

United for Corporatism

To say there is no more left and no more right might be a bit of an over simplification of a complex dynamic of political economy, but nonetheless is an accurate one given the utter and total takeover of government by moneyed, corporate interests. This modern corporatism has created a democratic system that serves only to divide and conquer. Rather than taking constructive and historically realistic views of the state of the two party system, the two camps, Liberal and Conservative (Democrat & Republican), are engaged in a constant reactionary state, disregarding material reality in order to claim the rightness of their actions. When W. Bush was blindly supported and cheered by the “right” for the dismantling of democracy for corporate interests, the so-called “left” spent a great deal of energy reacting to Bush’s actions and using charged hyperbole that did little, if anything to change perceptions of his administration’s actions. Likewise, as those on “the left,” or the Liberals, blindly cheer Obama as he dismantles our democracy for corporate interests, the “right” uses their energy to react by claiming “socialism”among other loaded terms that perpetuate the same divisiveness.

In Neil Postman’s book Amusing Ourselves to Death (1985), the concept of big brother is described through an analysis of Aldous Huxley’s 1932 classic Brave New World rather than the cliched totalitarianism of Orwell’s 1984. There is one particular passage that is quite profound in regard to the current climate of political, cultural and social discourse — or the lack thereof — that pervades every aspect of our current ability to disregard history for the immediate reactionary propagation of disinformation intended to keep us divided. When the term Big Brother is used and thrown around, its meaning is relegated to a very simplified notion of Government and/or corporate control of our lives. In this particular case, Big Brother is the Government and Corporate interests all in one package: a symbiotic assimilation of capitalist/corporate interests that control our democracy through our elected officials. continue reading…

Ho Chi Minh: the target of the 10,000 day war

Before I get into Vietnam, I just wanted to let my readers know (all six of you) that Chapter One was just a very brief synopsis of some of the ideas and events that have led up to the modern imperialist system and what has become Capitalist Totalitarianism. I glossed over some important topics that are indeed related to the theme. Specifically: post reconstruction, sharecropping, the great migration, Jim Crow laws, and many events associated with slavery and oppression. I would also be remiss to leave out the exploitation of other minority groups like the Chinese who constructed the railroads and the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. Also, I left out the expansion and take-over of Mexico and the Caribbean for furthering Imperialist interests prior to the Great Depression.

I will hopefully, in time, be able to write more thoroughly on every single issue I’ve brushed upon thus far and perhaps link a page(s) to each major theme that I glossed over — in essence, an online book of real American History, or at least a history from a perspective not commonly available to the masses. Of course, that, in and of itself will be very incomplete, yet will cover specific events and topics in far greater detail. Expect completion of my on-line History book within the next ten years — that’s the best I can promise. Now, on to Vietnam.

Historical Realities:

First things first. Any general discussions of the Vietnam War pertaining to mainstream historical analysis typically give the sanitized diatribe that US involvement in Vietnam was to stop the spread of Communism into Asia. This analysis usually includes a brief explanation of the so-called Domino Effect wherein if one state is taken over by the commies, then all surrounding states will eventually be taken over by the commies, and so on and so forth. That theory has been proven time and again to be preposterous, yet is still given as a possible rationale for US involvement.

The war in Vietnam was solely to propagate and expand imperialist interests in Southeast Asia (Indochina if you will). Not only did the US remove what was left of French Colonialism, it also confirmed that profiting from war by setting up a complex industrial base to produce the tangible units of war (IE: Military Industrial Complex) would extend the reach of Imperialism by selling the products of this industry to any small-time despot who would pay, leading to perpetual war and perpetual profits for this industry. That in turn leads to perpetual instability of the peripheral, or third world, leading to Imperialist interests being able to more easily come in and exploit natural resources and the slave labor provided by these despots for our continued military support. continue reading…

If the title seems inflammatory, it is not because I am trying to be divisive or radical for the sake of “shock and awe.” I am truly of the belief — a belief developed and honed through rational observation of American Democracy — that the only losers of today’s primaries, donkeys and elephants alike, will be our democratic process. The only winner will be the system of the powerful and wealthy who use the representatives we vote into office to propagate and maintain their stranglehold on policies and legislation designed to benefit their moneyed interests at our expense.

I genuinely and honestly ask all members and supporters of the Democratic Party, without intended derision: please tell me what democrats as a whole have done the past 20 years to further the interests of the people, the one’s who vote them into office, over the interests of global imperialism which includes the banking, military, prison, insurance, pharmaceutical, agricultural, manufacturing, media and telecommunications industries?

Please do not offer rhetoric and lip service as examples of furthering the people’s interests. That’s all the Democrats offer: “we will change this; we will change that; we will stand up to so and so.” I am not out to bash Democrats, as I truly believe most members of the party actually are good, intelligent people who actually care about other human beings. But the historical realities of the past 20 years overwhelmingly show a party that gives lip service to progressive causes, yet does nothing other than maintain the same corporate fascism that Reagan and Bush Sr. and Jr. maintained. continue reading…

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