Dead Wild Roses: On American Exceptionalism – Mistakes Happen…

   This excerpt from Paul Street’s essay, “Bob Kerrey, Fulbright University, and the Neoliberal Erasure of History.” Mistakes Happen “And besides, the conventional imperial American exceptionalist wisdom holds. mistakes happen. It’s true, dominant media and reputable intellectuals acknowledge, Uncle Sam and his innately gallant gendarmes occasionally make “mistakes” in their inherently noble (because American) zeal ...

Dead Wild Roses: Testing the Manufacturing Consent Hypothesis – Jill Stein

From Counterpunch:   “Jill Stein, the Green Party’s nominee for president, has been the sudden target of attacks from all corners of online media since the official end of Bernie Sanders’ campaign at the Democratic National Convention. Outlets like the Washington Post, New York Magazine and Gizmodo have assaulted Stein by using out-of-context quotes to ...

Dead Wild Roses: John Pilger on Identity Politics

  “A generation ago, a post-modern cult now known as “identity politics” stopped many intelligent, liberal-minded people examining the causes and individuals they supported — such as the fakery of Obama and Clinton;  such as bogus progressive movements like Syriza in Greece, which betrayed the people of that country and allied with their enemies. Self ...

Dead Wild Roses: The State of the Republican Party – Noam Chomsky

As far as concise descriptions of the state of the GOP in the US go, this is fairly accurate and sadly amusing all at the same time. “It is important to bear in mind that the Republicans have long abandoned the pretence of functioning as a normal parliamentary party. Rather, they have become a “radical ...

Dead Wild Roses: 5000 Dollars and One Goat.

Murder, by the numbers.   “Matters were moving toward a climax. Reliant on bulletins from the Predator crew, the captain commanding the raiding party on the ground had interpreted the news that the convoy was now heading away from the Americans on the ground as confirmation not only that the enemy was “maneuvering” but that ...

Dead Wild Roses: The Liberal Media and the Ideology of Black Victimhood

Fascinating article by Thomas Barker- here is the conclusion.  Find the rest on Counterpunch. […] Conclusions As with so much of the racial tension in the United States, the origins of the present situation can be traced back to slavery. In his ground-breaking work on the American slave system, the historian John Blassingame has suggested ...

Dead Wild Roses: Some Recent History in the Middle East – ISIS and US.

Fascinating reading about some of the circular nature of events that are playing out in the Middle East as of late.  This excerpt from the Counterpunch article titled Once More, Into the Quagmire.   The Middle East Needs Our Military Might One can hear, in the reverberating noise of mainstream justifications, a series of claims. ...

Dead Wild Roses: There is always a Class War going On – Noam Chomsky

From an article at Counterpunch, I suggest you go there and read the whole interview with Noam Chomsky: “Well, there’s always a class war going on. The United States, to an unusual extent, is a business-run society, more so than others. The business classes are very class-conscious—they’re constantly fighting a bitter class war to improve ...

Dead Wild Roses: At the End of Capitalism’s Rope – BENJAMIN J. GEORGE

I suggest you go to Counterpunch and read the whole article, but here we see the benefit of Marx’s analysis of capitalism. “In Stack’s “manifesto”, he quotes Karl Marx.  Ironically, Marx is useful here.  Explaining how human labor-power is objectified in commodities, which then become realized as social relations once they are put to use, ...

Dead Wild Roses: Quote of the Day – Gail Dines on Government.

   What would you suggest as a metric for determining the quality of governance?  Gail Dines has a simple suggestion (taken from a counterpunch article on contrasting styles of governing): ” […]  a government that has demonstrated a capacity to work for the people rather than just corporate interests, and a government that works for ...