Socialized Medicine; The Horror Movie

The core argument of the hysterical Republican diatribe against Obamacare is that it will push Americans down a slippery slope into the nightmare of, gasp, SOCIALIZED MEDICINE! The phrase regularly trips from the lips of GOP reactionaries. Here’s Texas Senator…

Best for Obama: Lose Syria Vote

On the merits, Barack Obama has already lost the Congress on his proposal to intervene in the Syrian Civil War. What’s left is an argument on the politics. The White House’s message to Democrats is that rejection will doom the…

Complacent Consensus on China

Within the next few years, China will surpass the United States as the world’s largest economy. Anticipating the impact of this milestone on our national psyche, the US policy class has been assuring Americans that there is nothing to worry…

Brazilian Protests; Could They Happen Here?

“Bread and Circuses” were the means by which ancient Rome’s elite diverted the attention of ordinary citizens from the corruption and folly that eventually destroyed the Republic. Throughout history, self-proclaimed democratic leaders have pursued variations on this theme to placate,…

Where’s the Change?

The Democratic Party’s long-term prospects have dramatically improved since the November election. They will control the White House for another four years. The Republicans, who lost the total vote for the House of Representatives, remain captive of an unpopular reactionary…