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David Peterson: Social Contracts, American Style II

Man. Is the class-warfare dragon in the States fanning its wings these days. Or what? Not only does it feed off the Bunko Artist-in-Chief’s proposal to “reform” the Social Security system—potentially the single greatest financial scam in American history. (Though I must admit: The Pentagon has got such a huge headstart over it, it’d take Read more…

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David Peterson: Social Contracts, American-Style I

The last time I looked at the phenomenon of bankruptcy in the States—and, yes, it appears that Americans lead the world in this category too, inasmuch as comparitive date are available—as they do in public indebtedness, private indebetedness, military spending, the number of concurrent wars of foreign aggression, the percentage of their own population they Read more…

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Paul Street: “Because We Are America!”

In 1994, Madeleine Albright, then UN Ambassador, informed the UN Security Council during a 1994 discussion about Iraq that America “will behave, with others, multilaterally when we can and unilaterally when we must” (Middle East International [London], Oct. 21, 1994, p. 4). This was her fancy way of saying that the United States will play Read more…

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Michael Albert: First Draft Introduction to possible new book – Remembering Tomorrow (memoirs)

At the suggestion of a number of folks I am trying to write about the past few decades actions, reactions, ideas, and notions as I have experienced them, using stories, anecdotes, etc. People call this sort of thing a memoir…but what I am doing is not about me, or even the times, so much as Read more…

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David Peterson: A “Cedar Revolution” II

The “Arab World” keeps turning up lately. So much so, in fact, that it sometimes seems as if the English-language media have caught an “Arab World” cold, and can’t stop blowing their collective nose. Of course, I won’t speak for you. But I for one can’t help but feel that a hitherto unknown continent suddenly Read more…

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David Peterson: Manufacturing Public Opinion

Last July, the highly respected Program on International Policy Attitudes at the University of Maryland reported that slightly more than one-in-two Americans (56%) believed that “genocide” either had or was in the process of occurring in the Darfur states of the western Sudan. The same survey found that seven-in-ten Americans (69%) believed that, “If the Read more…

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David Peterson: Iran V

Anyone care to take a stab at the reasons why the “international community” would expect Iran to permanently forgo all uranium-enrichment activities, and why this morning’s New York Times expressed shock over the fact that “Iran says it won’t”? Sure. A bunch of possibilities come to mind. And at least one of them is true: Read more…

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Paul Street: Life Expectancy, Inequality, Overwork, Insurance, and Empire

Ever get tired of American “leaders” like George W. Bush and others saying again and again that the United States of America is the “greatest country in the world”? For an especially asinine version of this standard patriotic cliché, see Dinesh d’Souza, “10 Great Things: What to Love About the United States” at http://www.nationalreview.com/comment/comment-dsouza070203.asp. One Read more…

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David Peterson: Cardinal Jaime Ortega Alamino

According to the CIA World Factbook 2004, among the slightly more than 11 million people who live on the island of Cuba (exclusive of the Guantanamo Bay population, that is), “nominally 85% [of them were] Roman Catholic prior to Castro assuming power”—though where the island’s Roman Catholic population has been hiding since Castro took power, Read more…

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David Peterson: “The Case for the Draft”

The March 2005 issue of the Washington Monthly has just published a lengthy article titled, “The Case for the Draft.” Co-authored by Phillip Carter and Paul Glastris, the article’s revealing subtitle reads: America can remain the world’s superpower. Or it can maintain its current all-volunteer military. It can’t do both. Now. I do not know Read more…

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