Mourning in America

•November 13, 2016 • 1 Comment

While Liberal progressives are mourning in America over the election of a sociopath as President of the United States, Christian dominionists are rejoicing at the election of a Christian fundamentalist as Vice President. As news and social commentators scramble to explain how this happened, the line of descent from Reagan to Trump is revealed in such publications as Religion Dispatches magazine.

Understanding Christian fascism in the US, however, requires a lesson in Christian Right politics, whose overwhelming success in subverting American democracy is attributable to the supreme strategist Paul Weyrich, the right-wing analyst who made the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush possible. For those bewildered by the current incoherence, Jerome Himmelstein’s book To The Right patiently follows the transformation of American conservatism brought about by social movement entrepreneurs like Weyrich, who brokered the marriage of conservatism with dominionism.

While this and other writing on the madness of the US right-wing is worth our attention, it is useful to keep in mind that the alternate version of capitalist faith in the free market — otherwise known as neoliberalism — also offers a limited and dogmatic view of modern development that actively represses authentic democratic organizing and self-determination — what some of us would call freedom.

Writing at Talk to Action, Bruce Wilson in 2012 exposed the Christian Jihad meetings taking place after hours in America’s public schools. Good News Clubs and other Christian fundamentalist indoctrination like Child Evangelism Fellowship, reported Wilson, are using the public schools to generate support for murder of non-believers worldwide — a legacy concept that in earlier times engendered genocide against Native Americans. As part of the New Apostolic Reformation that propelled neopentecostal politicians like Sarah Palin into the mainstream media, American evangelicalism is reinvigorated by their Biblical-oriented calls to crusade.

In 2011, Rachel Tabachnick discussed Christian Dominion and the Uganda prototype. As a charismatic movement of world conquest founded on bigotry and murder, this form of faith professed by such notables as Sarah Palin threatens democratic aspirations worldwide. As Tabachnick noted, Uganda’s legislated death penalty for homosexuality was just the beginning.

As Jack Crow wrote in 2010, Sarah Palin’s breed of Charismatic, Latter Rain theology desires both World’s End, and an ‘end times’ theocracy, to enact the Holy Nation Perfection which will induce God to send Jesus back. As Crow observes, “That’s about 25% of the US population, right there. And they all need Jews to behave a certain way (up to and including dying off) in order to get God to notice all the nice white people in the States, who want into heaven.” A great warmup for the Rapture.

In 2009, Author Frederick Clarkson reminded us that when Christian Patriot friends of Sarah Palin do things like murder federal judges or attempt to assassinate members of Congress, there’s a reason. Part of that is brain damage, but the catalyst for Constitution Party members and other vigilantes is demonizing by right-wing demagogues, especially Christian Reconstructionist preachers. Remember the Oklahoma City bombing?

In 1994, Jim Halpin and Paul de Armond wrote The Merchant of Fear, which noted that the board of governors on the powerful and ultra-secretive Council for National Policy (CNP) included such familiar right-wing stalwarts as former U.S. Attorney General Edwin Meese, founding president of the Heritage Foundation Paul Weyrich, Jerry Falwell and Oliver North. Front Lines Research, a Planned Parenthood magazine, called the CNP, “the central leadership network of the far right in the United States.”

For readers who wish to understand Christian fascism in the US, INSiGHT journal, Volume 2, FALL 2016 examines religious hysteria in America, and the spiritual warfare of Puritanical conservatism against socialism and the indigenous peoples’ movement.

Unraveling the EU

•November 12, 2016 • Leave a Comment

While xenophobic Hungary forces other EU countries to deal with war refugees, NATO outposts like schizophrenic Turkey help to generate them. As the EU unravels under the refugee crisis caused by the US-Russia competing pipelines for Caspian Sea oil and gas, geographically strategic countries like Syria will continue to suffer from the fallout.

Timeline of Collapse

•November 6, 2016 • Leave a Comment

The collapse of civilization projected timeline is slowly coming into focus. In the near term, electricity and internet blackouts will become common. In the mid term, meltdown of generating stations and other infrastructure will cause long interruptions in service. In the long term, the lack of refrigeration, communication and functioning public health facilities will propel pandemics of plague. Contributing factors to the collapse include system complexity, corruption, incompetence, neglect, nihilism, sabotage and terrorism.

Recalling Termination

•October 29, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Dr. Dean Chavers recalls the 1953 termination of 179 Indian tribes by the Eisenhower administration.

The Reagan Revolution

•October 21, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Neoliberalism is rooted in the Reagan Revolution of 1980, when this long-time fascist and former Hollywood FBI anti-Communist snitch teamed up with Ed Meese, the former Bay Area anti-free speech prosecutor, to create the most criminal U.S. administration in history. In fact, when campaigning for president in 2008, Obama publicly announced that his ideological mentor was Ronald Reagan.

While Reagan’s term as Governor of California in the 1960s was replete with FBI collusion against the Free Speech Movement, initiated by students at UC Berkeley, his career as an informer during the HUAC witch hunts against Hollywood screenwriters and actors were his formative years. The fact Obama chose him as his guiding light says something definitive about Neoliberalism.

In May 2007, in an attempt to resurrect the cult of conservatism embodied in their reactionary cultural icon, Republican Party faithful held a Reagan revival in San Diego. As the godfather of Iran-Contra and other crimes against humanity, Reagan was celebrated by the GOP for pioneering the abolishment of international law and human rights. But as this photo gallery of Bloody Thursday May 15, 1969 so dutifully documents, the befuddled fascist, who rode into White House history with a pair of pearl-handled six-guns, had a long history of killing for his misguided ideas.

As Governor of California, Reagan’s merciless crusade against communism drove him to send thousands of municipal police, state patrol, and national guard to attack the residents of Berkeley for the crime of beautifying a University of California vacant lot by planting flowers and cleaning up debris neglected by the school. 210 citizens were seriously wounded by law enforcement gunfire; 1 was murdered; thousands more were physically incapacitated by CS gas and baton blows.

Eleven years later, Americans rewarded Reagan with the two-term presidency that laid the groundwork for the criminal privatization of government now being consolidated under his ideological heir.

When the US abandoned any pretense at pursuing democratic values, opting instead for an economy based solely on exporting violence and fraud, the window of opportunity for democratic reform in Latin America rapidly closed. As Upside Down World reports, the 2009 US-backed coup in Honduras has set in motion a replay of President Reagan’s murderous meddling in Central America, while Plan Colombia and the reintroduction of U.S. military bases in Chile and Argentina preclude even Neoliberal independence in South America.

As President Obama seeks to emulate and maybe even surpass the ruthlessness of his mentor President Reagan, democracies and democratic movements in the Western hemisphere are no more immune to U.S. military aggression and economic subversion than are Central Asia or the Middle East.

Ups & Downs

•September 7, 2016 • Leave a Comment

My high school years were a roller coaster ride:

1967–Summer of Love

1968–Chicago riots

1969–Woodstock

1970–Kent State shootings

Theatre of State

•June 15, 2016 • Leave a Comment

The U.S. State Department is essentially a theatrical production company encompassing the concept of good and evil in international relations in which its contracted writers, directors and stage managers handle such tasks as costume design and wardrobe management, conveying the recurring roles of good and evil, dispensing halos and horns that are reversed as required in sequels where former ‘bad guys’ become ‘good guys’ and the targeted audience responds accordingly.