About Z Blogs

Hello,

Blogs are a familiar feature on the internet - where users post content in an accumulating manner, with comments beneath and search options, etc. Blogs facilitate expression and exploration, and via attached comments, also debate and synthesis.

 

Creating Blog Posts

You can click here to create a new post.

Or, here is the whole procedure...

  1. Log into ZNet. Use your email and password. The system can send you a new password if you need one. If you haven't logged in at all, as yet, to start you need to request a new password.
  2. After loging in, on the left side of the admin bar at the very top of the page, you will see a plus symbol with the word New next to it, that looks like "+ New". Role your mouse over the symbol and click "ZBlog". This will take you to the admin page to upload a new blog. This is the most convenient access, as you can do it from anywhere on the site, anytime. You can also click this link: add a blog post.
  3. Add a blog title, fill the body content area (you can edit the source code/html by clicking the Text option on the Visual/Text tab in the editor). You can choose from among many formatting options, and embedding media.
  4. Once done editing your blog, in the top right "Publish" box, you can choose to save your blog as a draft or you can publish it immediately.
  5. After saving your blog as either Published or Draft, you can choose to view your post by selecting the "View post" link above the title or "Preview Changes" in the "Publish" box.
  6. You can edit your published blog either from your admin dashboard by clicking "ZBlogs" in the left side menu, or by viewing your blog and clicking the "Edit ZBlog" from the top admin bar.

Navigating and Using Blogs

Each Z author can post. Z Sustainers can also post. All Blogs appear in the blog system, and sometimes also in content boxes the top page of ZNet and can be found via searches, etc.

Comments on blogs follow the blogs, attached at the bottom, and blog comments, like all others, are also visible in many places that show comments. In addition, the entire blog system gathers content from everyone - but one can look at the accumulating content in many ways.

For example one can look at one writer's efforts - so one is seeing what is effectively a blog system for that one writer, or Sustainer.

One can also look at the content by topic, seeing blogs that are tagged as being about a certain topic - or place. When doing that, it is a blog system about a topic, or a place, with many contributors.

One can look at only writer blogs, or only sustainer blogs, as well.

Searches allow even more variables and refinements.

Recent Blogs

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Joe Emersberger: Remembering the Venezuelan National Assembly vote lost by Guaidó in January 2019

The view of the US government and the pro-Guaidó faction of the opposition was summed up by a New York Times headline and subhead that on January 5 that said Venezuela’s Maduro Claims Control of National Assembly, Tightening Grip on Power It was the last political institution in opposition hands. Now President Nicolás Maduro’s has Read more…

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Dave Markland: Podur’s “The Path of the Unarmed”

Frequent Z writer Justin Podur is in the midst of writing what appears to be a young adult-aimed book of fiction (sci-fi perhaps) that seeks to relate what a “leftist,” revolutionary point of view is. Entitled “The Path of the Unarmed,” the story describes the political education of a youth named Unarmed Warrior who receives Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Don’t forget that Human Rights Watch, not only OAS Chief Luis Almagro, helped a US-backed military coup in Bolivia

On November 10 of 2019, Bolivian President Evo Morales was overthrown and barely escaped the country alive. The military publicly ”suggested” that he resign. The military and police also made it clear that they would not protect him from vigilantes who wanted to lynch him. His house was ransacked by opposition supporters the night he Read more…

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Brad Wilson: Smashing the Illusion ‘Farmer Clout:’ Part II

This is Part II Part I is here:  https://zcomm.org/zblogs/smashing-the-illusion-farmer-clout-a-white-paper-by-brad-wilson/  (Continuing from Part I.) Specific Farm State Data I’ve also started crunching the commodity crop numbers for various “farm states,” such as states where House and Senate Agriculture Committee members are based. For example, Iowa (Tom Harkin, Charles Grassley & Steve King, Leonard Boswell) and Kansas Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: Let Them Eat Weapons: Trump’s Bizarre Arms Race

In late May of this year, President Donald Trump’s special envoy for arms control bragged before a Washington think tank that the U.S. government was prepared to outspend Russia and China to win a new nuclear arms race.  “The president has made clear that we have a tried and true practice here,” he remarked.  “We Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: When did Venezuela’s Economic Crisis begin?

The starting point for Venezuela’s current depression has been the subject of some debate. It can get a bit technical, so I’ll weigh in on it here. Looking at Real GDP Inflation adjusted (i.e. real) Gross Domestic Product (GDP ) is essentially a country’s aggregate income. I say “essentially” because there is an adjustment that Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: In 2007, acclaimed US physician Paul Farmer pushed for Cuban Medical Brigades to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize

Today Code Pink is making a push for that. It would be a lock in a civilized world. Click below to here to read Farmer’s letter. In it, he glowingly sums up his decades of working closely with Cuban doctors in Haiti.

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Joe Emersberger: Cuba has maintained a lower infant morality rate than Canada since 2009

According to UNICEF’s latest figures which can be downloaded here. I should add that UN agencies like UNICEF are not biased in favor of states like Cuba that the US  has been trying to destroy for decades.  

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Joe Emersberger: Disgraceful yet illuminating reactions to the 2002 coup that briefly ousted Hugo Chavez: IACHR, CPJ and RSF

The Inter American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) The IACHR claimed in 2009 report on Venezuela that its reaction to the “the attempted coup d’état [of 2002] was immediate and decisive” and that it “warned that these acts constituted an interruption of the constitutional order as defined in the Democratic Charter.” The evidence it offered Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Attempts to whitewash the military coup of April 2002 in Venezuela

Given the overwhelming support opposition voices have been given in western media since Hugo Chavez was first elected in 1998, it is unsurprising that some would have had the audacity to attempt at least a partial whitewash of what the opposition and its foreign allies did in April of 2002. I’ll address some of those Read more…

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Zoran Andelkovic: Do you make more per month than a Roman slave?

What began as a casual lunchtime conversation in the office, turned out to be a very interesting question with surprising answers: do you make more money per month than a slave in ancient Rome? Although at first glance it sounds like an oxymoron, the question is indeed valid, since a slave has a cost, not Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic, America’s Billionaires Thrive and Prosper

Although most Americans currently face hard times, with unemployment surging to the levels of the Great Depression and enormous numbers of people sick or dying from the coronavirus pandemic, the nation’s super-rich remain a notable exception. Financially, they are doing remarkably well.  According to the Institute for Policy Studies, between March 18 and April 28, Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Remembering Henri Falcon’s May 2018 Presidential campaign in Venezuela

Henri Falcon was a viable candidate – attacked by his own side  Venezuela’s opposition had a viable candidate in Henri Falcon, a two-time governor of the state of Lara. He was first elected governor of the state of Lara in 2008 as a pro-Chavez candidate.[1] He broke with Chavez in 2010 and was then re-elected Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: If Farmworkers Are “Essential,” Why Are They Treated So Badly?

On March 19, 2020, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, spurred to action by the coronavirus pandemic, issued a memorandum that identified the nation’s 2.5 million farmworkers as “essential” workers.  Soon thereafter, agribusinesses began distributing formal letters to their farm laborers, also declaring that that they were “essential.” Of course, it shouldn’t have required a Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: Will the Coronavirus Pandemic Help Curb War and Militarism?

Decades ago, when I began teaching international history, I used to ask students if they thought it was possible for nations to end their fighting of wars against one another.  Their responses varied.  But the more pessimistic conclusions were sometimes tempered by the contention that, if the world’s nations faced a common foe, such as Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: The Coronavirus Pandemic, Like Other Global Catastrophes, Reveals the Limitations of Nationalism

We live with a profound paradox.  Our lives are powerfully affected by worldwide economic, communications, transportation, food supply, and entertainment systems.  Yet we continue an outdated faith in the nation-state, with all the divisiveness, competition, and helplessness that faith produces when dealing with planetary problems. As we have seen in recent weeks, the coronavirus, like Read more…

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fernando_santamaria: Infected or sick? Infected or ill?

In Spain  around 80.000 people are infected, or sick, and around 7000  have been cured. Deads are approximately 8000. There is a big gap between the number of ill people (80,000) and the rest.  I don’t understand why these 80.000 (infected/sick/ill) ) citizens have barely presence in the media. In my opinion,  there should  be Read more…

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fernando_santamaria: Bob Dylan’s new song

Don’t quite understand the attitude nor the point of view of Dylan’s last song. Elitism, anti-capitalism? I can’t see Kennedy’s murder as such a turning point, either. “Play darkness and death will come when it comes.” Would throwing in the towel, knowing it is what it is, be  “Murder Most Foul”? Of course, his encyclopedic Read more…

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Tapani Lausti: Journalism and “Western Values”

Diana Johnstone, Circle in the Darkness: Memoir of a World Watcher. Clarity Press, Inc. 2020. Diana Johnstone’s book opens up in an excellent way how the world’s current intellectual atmosphere has corrupted much of the media world. A few decades ago there was still some openness in the way journalists were reporting world affairs. Recently, Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: The World’s Major Military and Economic Powers Find Happiness Elusive

Long before the advent of the coronavirus pandemic left people around the world desperate for survival, a popular assumption emerged that national governments are also supposed to promote the happiness and well-being of their citizens.  This idea was expressed in the U.S. Declaration of Independence, which proclaimed that governments are instituted to secure humanity’s “unalienable Read more…

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fernando_santamaria: Coronavirus as a catalyst for change

In Spain the situation generated by the Coronavirus is disturbing.  The government, backed by the Constitution, has declared a “state of alarm”: bars and restaurants have closed, you can only go out for working, getting food or meds at the pharmacy, or walking your dog, and always alone.  Police cars patrol the streets to ensure Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: Trump’s Budget Proposal Reveals His Values

It is often said that government budgets are “an expression of values.”  Those values are clear in the Trump administration’s $4.8 trillion budget proposal for fiscal 2021, unveiled early this February. The budget calls for deep cuts in major U.S. government programs, especially those protecting public health.  The Department of Health and Human Services would Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: No, Venezuela does not have a six child per family policy

I respect UK journalist Andrew Buncombe. As I noted for FAIR last year, he was one of the few corporate journalists who reported on a study linking Trump’s financial sanctions on Venezuela to thousands of deaths by the end of 2018. Since 2018, Trump has repeatedly intensified the sanctions and threatened Venezuela with military action, Read more…

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Antonio Carty: If Sanders forms a real Alliance with Warren, their Popular Policies Can Win

Conventional wisdom is that a presidential candidate should pick an opposite or contrasting vice presidential running mate, to create a perception of a balanced ticket. But this is not a conventional time or race, Bernie is offering a clear and practical progressive choice to fix the USA. So his running mate needs to be a Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: Trump Betrays His Promise to Protect and Fight for American Workers

Campaigning for the presidency in 2016, Donald Trump promised that, if he was elected, “American worker[s] will finally have a president who will protect them and fight for them.” Has he kept this promise? When it comes to protecting workers’ health and safety, his administration has been a disaster.  Once in office, Trump packed the Read more…

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Antonio Carty: Forget Brexit, Rebellion is the Verb!

While I essentially agree with Patrick Cockburn’s article in the Independent “Sinn Fein’s Election Victory is Ireland’s Brexit Moment”. I would like to make a distinction against its use of Brexit as a new verb for political upset and rebellion. Rebellion is a perfectly clear and uncontaminated verb! As Patrick points out, Ireland’s surprise surge Read more…

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Antonio Carty: Ireland’s Sinn Fein has offered citizens a truly just and constructive Manifesto for Ireland’s 8th February 2020 Election

On the 14th of January last month Ireland’s Taoiseach (Leader) announced a snap election for 8th February 2020. On that day I wrote this Z.Net blog on how I thought about that. Now this new blog hopes you may have first read that, instead of me repeating it to much in this one. (I’m not Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: Could the Climate Crisis Be “The Good News of Damnation”?

On August 12, 1945, six days after the U.S. government obliterated the city of Hiroshima with a single atomic bomb, Robert Hutchins, the president of the University of Chicago, delivered a remarkable public address.  Speaking on his weekly radio program, the Chicago Roundtable, Hutchins observed that Leon Bloy, a French philosopher, had referred to “the Read more…

Anil Eklavya: An Easy Proof of Behaviourism

The Experiment Confirming that stimulus and reward change behaviour. Participant (Subject): Consent not necessary, as it avoids chances of bias. A Human Lab Rat Behaviour Waking up early based on the stimulus. Stimulus Holding a gun to the head of the participant and threatening to shoot him/her if they don’t wake up at the pre-decided Read more…

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Antonio Carty: Rush elections are like a non violent coup against public consciousness.

Ireland’s leader Leo Varadkar, has just announced snap election for February 8th?? that’s about 3 weeks, how does a legitimate public debate and campaign by opposition party’s have a proper chance to lodge an alternative to this self proclaimed ‘Government of Ireland’ who instead of getting any real progress on the fundamental outstanding problems people Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: A Historian Reflects on the Return of Fascism

Back in 1941, the year of my birth, fascism stood on the brink of conquering the world.  During the preceding decades, movements of the Radical Right―mobilized by demagogues into a cult of virulent nationalism, racial and religious hatred, and militarism―had made great strides in nations around the globe.  By the end of 1941, fascist Germany, Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: Americans Are Ready for a Different Approach to Nuclear Weapons

Although today’s public protests against nuclear weapons can’t compare to the major antinuclear upheavals of past decades, there are clear indications that most Americans reject the Trump administration’s nuclear weapons policies. Since entering office in 2017, the Trump administration has withdrawn the United States from the nuclear agreement with Iran, scrapped the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Notes on a private TV newscast in Bolivia. The contrast with Venezuela is clear as day

In August, I took detailed notes a news broadcast on one of Venezuela’s largest TV networks. I summarized these notes in an interview I did with the Real News Network making the point that Venezuela’s private media (which reaches 60-90% of households) is remarkably free – most especially when you consider the US is openly Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Francisco Rodriguez answers some questions I asked about Venezuela

Venezuelan economist Francisco Rodriguez, formerly of Torino Economics, answered a few questions of mine about his country. He was the economic adviser to Henri Falcon, the second place finisher in the May 2018 presidential election. His updated estimate for 2019 is that Venezuela’s real GDP will contract by 25% . That’s horrific, but less severe Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: 128 Reuters articles on Bolivia since October 20, 2019 election with no mention of expert criticism of OAS audit UPDATED

Bolivia´s foreign minister says Mexico appeal to International Court ‘a mistake’ Bolivia’s YPFB strikes transition deal with Petrobras to extend natural gas exports Bolivia is not a Mexican colony, acting foreign minister Longaric tells El Pais Mexico says Spanish diplomats’ cars blocked by Bolivia at La Paz embassy Mexico appeals to international court as diplomatic Read more…

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Gerry Mohan: Get Corbyn

The UK Daily Mail: without the support of this newspaper – which has run a rabid propaganda campaign against Jeremy Corbyn since he became leader of the UK Labour party – it’s said to be very hard to win a British election. Noam Chomsky said recently that the rise of Trump isn’t the same as Read more…

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Gerry Mohan: Patriotism, Boris Johnson and Brexit

Patriotism, everyone’s heard of that. Proud to be Irish, French, American? Comedian George Carlin: “Being Irish isn’t a skill. It’s a fuckin’ genetic accident.” Dammit, try another one: let’s say, anti-patriotism. Who’s heard of that one? Not so popular I think, but a guy called Gustav Hervé wrote a pamphlet in Paris with that title Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: A Boss is a Boss: Nurses Battle for Their First Union Contract at Albany Medical Center

A nonprofit employer is not necessarily a better boss than a profit-making one. That sad truth is reinforced by the experience of some 2,200 nurses at Albany Medical Center, who have been fighting for a contract since April 2018, when they voted for union representation. Even that union recognition struggle proved exceptionally difficult.  The management Read more…

Mina Khanlarzadeh: Anti-Imperialism As An Intellectual Trap

The US-led economic sanctions have caused a great deal of death and destruction in Iranian society, and the IMF policies in Iran, similar to other developing countries, have resulted in a widening of the class gap, poverty, severe marginalization of the peripheries, and a lowering of living standards. Yet, the US sanctions together with IMF Read more…

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Gerry Mohan: Chief Rabbi Accuses Jeremy Corbyn’s Dog of Antisemitism

In an interview in the UK ‘Times’ today the UK Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis has accused Jeremy Corbyn’s dog of antisemitism, making the comments two weeks before Britons vote in the general election. Mirvis made it clear that he had no desire to influence the outcome of the election. The Chief Rabbi denied ever having Read more…

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Gerry Mohan: Just Trying to Get It

Front page of the Guardian Review I’m trying to get it: a US president who waged war against 7 Muslim countries; droned, murdered and terrorized thousands of civilians in some of the poorest countries on earth; just by the way got rid of habeas corpus; spent a trillion dollars on “modernizing” the US military and Read more…

Mina Khanlarzadeh: The Silenced Screams Fighting Impoverishment in Iran

It started one morning when I woke up to one gray tick next to a WhatsApp message to my mother. A day passes, and one gray tick still won’t turn into two. In a state of suffocating confusion, I eventually realize that none of the messages I’ve sent to my folks in Iran have been Read more…

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fernando_santamaria: A brief memory of Angela Davis

I just finished reading Angela Davis’ autobiography, published in 1978, shortly after the conclusion of her trial, when she was 28 years old.  The Spanish edition is extended very briefly by another political prisoner, the Basque Arnaldo Otegi. I found attractive the simplicity and the clarity Davis uses to expose the institutional racism and police Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: Which Would You Prefer–Nuclear War or Climate Catastrophe?

To:      The people of the world From:  The Joint Public Relations Department of the Great Powers The world owes an enormous debt of gratitude to Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin, Xi Jinping, Narendra Modi, Boris Johnson, and other heroic rulers of our glorious nations.  Not only are they hard at work making their respective countries great Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Note to Shami Chakrabarti about the John McDonnell – Alastair Campbell interview

Hi Shami, John McDonnell was recently interviewed by Alastair Campbell.for GQ Magazine He invited Campbell back into Labour, said Blair was not a war criminal, and even added that he hoped Blair would not go down in history over Iraq – an unprovoked war of aggression that took the lives of 500k – 1 million Iraqis. Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: The Widening Gap Between the Super-Rich and Other Americans

Despite the upbeat words from America’s billionaire president about the “economic miracle” he has produced, economic inequality in the United States is on the rise. In August 2019, the Economic Policy Institute reported that, in 2018, the average pay of CEOs at America’s 350 top firms hit $17.2 million―an increase, when adjusted for inflation, of Read more…

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Gerry Mohan: Secretive State ‘Cesspit’

Lefties have been warning anyone who cares to listen for two decades now, to smirks and eyerolling, about the UK’s stealthy march to a surveillance state, which it now is. And to fascism of the creeping kind. The treatment of Julian Assange accompanied by jeers, gloating and personal attacks from the “liberal” media like the Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: Why Are Americans So Confused About the Meaning of “Democratic Socialism”?

The meaning of democratic socialism―a mixture of political and economic democracy―should be no mystery to Americans.  After all, socialist programs have been adopted in most other democratic nations.  And, in fact, Americans appear happy enough with a wide range of democratic socialist institutions in the United States, including public schools, public parks, minimum wage laws, Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: The Two Internationalisms

In recent years, internationalism―cooperation among nations for promotion of the common good―has acquired a bad reputation. Of course, internationalism has long been anathema to the political Right, where a primitive tribalism and its successor, nationalism, have flourished for many years.  Focusing on their nation’s supposed superiority to others, a long line of rightwing demagogues, including Read more…

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Dave Markland: Burt Neuborne, holocaust huckster

Z Net recently ran a valuable review of Burt Neuborne’s recent book, When at Times the Mob is Swayed. In it Steven Rosenfeld summarizes a lot of the book’s key points and arguments, especially as regards Trump’s Hitlerian parallels. While they are of passing interest, much of his arguments are quite flawed. For instance, Neuborne Read more…

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