John McCain & the Liberty Medal: history just rang a bell

On 16th October the world received a clear signal of what is valued by the ruling elites of the United States – John McCain was awarded the 2017 Liberty Medal at the National Constitution Centre. Whatever John McCain received that medal for – it was not ‘liberty’.  History doesn’t actually ring a bell, but it does provide signals of what is to come. John McCain’s medal represents the hijacking of liberty to justify tyranny.

North Korea: A history of American aggression

Given the column-inches devoted to maligning Kim Jong Un as some kind of crazed war-maker,  you’d be forgiven for having the impression that North Korea is provoking a potential military conflict in the Asia-Pacific.  In reality, America has been trying to provoke war with the country since the 1950s when President Harry S Truman imposed a military dictatorship in South Korea, crippling sanctions on North Korea, and wiping out four million Koreans with napalm and white phosphorus from 1950-53. Don’t be fooled. Tensions with North Korea are entirely of America’s own making. 

Washington’s war on Julian Assange

Washington in general, and the CIA in particular, are going after Julian Assange for one reason: Because he reveals the truth about the crimes they commit. The rest of it is bullshit.

Marriage and the job guarantee

There is a clear connection between income insecurity and marriage. More specifically, the lack of it. In an era where fewer people are marrying, full employment policies and the job guarantee is the best way to strengthen family financial stability, says Economist Professor Bill Black. A job guarantee program would also allow for the closure of one of the great perception gulfs between progressives and conservatives. 

Jared Bernstein & the cost of not understanding sovereign currencies

Former chief economist to Vice President Joe Biden, Jared Bernstein claims Republicans are hypocrites about the federal budget deficit, pretending to care when the Democrats hold power, shrugging it off when Republicans pass tax cuts for the wealthy. The truth is Republican elites haven’t cared about the deficit for decades, Democrats would do well to do the same and stop claiming to be the Party that “really cares” about the deficit. That politically attractive pose is not simply dishonest and financially illiterate, it is also a trap.