Dark Side Links


The links on this page assume a connection between predatory capitalism, corporatism, fascism, and other forms of tyranny.  Although capitalism has been deceptively conflated with democracy and liberty, corporate capitalism is anti-democratic and has, in fact, become imperialistic.  The dark side of the imperialistic adventures of Western civilization is manifesting in many ways.  This perspective is discussed in detail in Positive Disintegration, Economic Meltdown Links, The Dark Side, Demons in Our Midst, and Psycho-Spiritual Evolution.   For the eco-psycho-spiritual perspective of this website, see the Dharmagaians Introduction.





Defining Fascism


Psychopathology of the Dark Side


Empire, Fascism, and Predator Culture


Denial, Irrationality, and Collective Delusion


Sites & Blogs


Audio & Video






Defining Fascism


The Danger of American Fascism  by Henry A. Wallace  4/9/44


Eternal Fascism: Fourteen Ways of Looking at a Blackshirt  by Umberto Eco  1995


Education is Ignorance: Noam Chomsky interviewed by David Barsamian 1996, excerpted from Class Warfare.


Fascism Anyone?  By Laurence W. Britt 2003


Fascist America, in 10 easy steps  by Naomi Wolf  4/24/07



Psychopathology of the Dark Side


C.G. Jung on the European Shadow:  The face of a bird of prey

"What we from our point of view call colonization, missions to the heathen, spread of civilization, etc., has another face--the face of a bird of prey seeking with cruel intentness for distant quarry--a face worthy of a race of pirates and highwaymen. All the eagles and other predatory creatures that adorn our coats of arms seem to me apt psychological representatives of our true nature.”  This short article on how a chief of the Taos Pueblo, New Mexico, changed Jung’s view of Western Civilization is the introduction to several articles on depth psychology and colonialism. Highly recommended!


Shedding Light On Evil  by Paul Levy  2008  - To deal with evil as it manifests in the world, we have to be able to look at and embrace the evil within ourselves. If we refuse to look at the evil within our own heart, however, our refusal simply feeds the evil. If we look away and allow evil to be acted out, thinking we are innocent, we are unconsciously colluding with evil.  Evil, like a vampire, can’t stand to be seen, for once it is seen and made conscious, it loses its omnipotence and autonomy, as it can no longer act itself out through us. As each of us recognizes and integrates our own darker halves, we liberate the energy that was bound up in the compulsion to unconsciously act out our darker side in the external world. Instead, this archetypal energy of the shadow is assimilated into the wholeness of our personality and becomes available for the expression of creativity and love. Any one of us making the darkness conscious lightens the weight for all of us, as we are all connected.


What Makes People Vote Republican?  Jonathan Haidt  9/9/08  - Conservative positions on gays, guns, god, and immigration must be understood as means to achieve one kind of morally ordered society. When Democrats try to explain away these positions using pop psychology they err, they alienate, and they earn the label "elitist." But how can Democrats learn to see—let alone respect—a moral order they regard as narrow-minded, racist, and dumb?


Obama and the Palin Effect  by Deepak Chopra  9/4/08  - Sarah Palin is the reverse of Barack Obama, in essence his shadow, deriding his idealism and exhorting people to obey their worst impulses. In psychological terms the shadow is that part of the psyche that hides out of sight, countering our aspirations, virtue, and vision with qualities we are ashamed to face: anger, fear, revenge, violence, selfishness, and suspicion of "the other."


Moral Endo-skeletons and Exo-skeletons: A Perspective on America’s Cultural Divide and Current Crisis  by Andrew Bard Schmookler  7/29/08  - People with a “moral exo-skeleton” rely on external moral structures – laws, punishments, etc. – to keep them within the moral confines in which they believe.  Those with a “moral endo-skeleton” have internalized and integrated their moral beliefs.  The latter need to understand the psychology of the former.  


Twilight of the Psychopaths  by Dr. Kevin Barrett  7/29/08  - Behind the apparent insanity of contemporary history, is the actual insanity of psychopaths fighting to preserve their disproportionate power. And as that power grows ever-more-threatened, the psychopaths grow ever-more-desperate. We are witnessing the apotheosis of the overworld—the criminal syndicate or overlapping set of syndicates that lurks above ordinary society and law, just as the underworld lurks below it.


Like the Little Satans We Are  by Jason Miller  7/26/08  - Despite the slow and choppy moral progress we’ve made in how we treat our fellow human animals, we are still acculturated to view non-human animals as enslaved property or lesser beings, unworthy of the basic rights to life, freedom, and protection from torture. Like the little Satans we are, we ply our sadistic crafts of animal exploitation, subjugation, and murder with a narcissistic zeal– simply to satiate our desires. Tragically, we are oblivious to the tremendous cost to our victims and to our own souls.


Pain And Conscience  by Charles Sullivan  5/30/08  (6 p)  - With so much attention given to Bush, people are failing to confront the root cause of which George W. Bush is but a single manifestation: the sociopolitical system that put the present criminal regime in power. Beyond capitalism, other destructive paradigms are operating to produce a hybridized and even more virulent form of economics. One might call it hyper capitalism. This explains why the American form of capitalism is so much more destructive than most of its European counterparts.


Beware Of The Psychopath My Son  by Clinton Callahan 5/12/08  - When you understand the true nature of psychopathic influence, that it is conscienceless, emotionless, selfish, cold and calculating, and devoid of any moral or ethical standards, you are horrified, but at the same time everything suddenly begins to makes sense. Our society is ever more soulless because the people who lead it and who set the example are soulless - they literally have no conscience.


Political Ponerology: Relinked Review, By Carolyn Baker  4/14/08 - Political ponerology (originating from the Greek word for evil, poneros) is a science of the nature of evil adjusted for political purposes, which ultimately on a larger scale results in a pathocracy.


The Trick of the Psychopath's Trade: Make Us Believe that Evil Comes from Others  by Silvia Cattori  1/31/08 (44 p) - Ponerology is the science of evil, of understanding its origins scientifically, and how it can infect individuals and societies like a disease.  When you come to understand that the reins of political and economic power are in the hands of people who have no conscience, who have no capacity for empathy, it opens up a completely new way of looking at what we call "evil". Evil is no longer only a moral issue; it can now be analyzed and understood scientifically. People of conscience are being ruled by people with no conscience. This fact is the primary injustice and is the basis for the other ills of society. One cannot really designate the issues that confront us today as "political", using the ordinary names of political ideologies, because pathological deviants operate behind a complete mask, by deception.


The Concept of Evil – Why It is Intellectually Valid and Politically and Spiritually Important  by Andrew Bard Schmookler  6/05 - I’ve come lately to believe that the concept of evil captures a vital human reality. So vital that its disappearance from the cognitive maps of many modern sophisticated people is a dangerous development—dangerous because when people do not recognize the nature of the forces they are up against, they will be less able to deal with them effectively.


Demons in Our Midst: Facing the Tyrant Inside and Out  by Suzanne Duarte  12/04, updated 5/08  - It cannot be an accident, or mere "coincidence," that the movie trilogy of J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings became box office hits during the George W. Bush’s first four years as the U.S. president. We needed those images of leathery-winged monsters with huge teeth and claws, of the pathetic Gollum with the vicious shadow, of the goodness of fellowship and the evil of greed for absolute power over the world. Why did we need them? I think we needed those visual images to remind us of the nature of evil and the existence of demons because, in our secularlized, mechanistic world, we had forgotten about them. We thought we were safe.


The Trouble With Politics  by Stuart Hertzog  9/23/04  - Politics is systemically pathological in the same way that many people now accept that the big corporations are pathological.  The trouble with politics is that being based on power relationships, it attracts and promotes people who have a pathological need for power over others and thus who are psychopaths in the strict definition of the term.


Why Socialism?  by Albert Einstein  1949 – We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if mankind is to survive.  The real purpose of socialism is to overcome and advance beyond the predatory phase of human development.  Unlike capitalism, socialism has a social-ethical purpose.


Predators:  The Shaman’s View - A conversation between Carlos Casteneda and Yaqui shaman don Juan - What we have against us is not a simple predator. It is very smart and organized. It follows a methodical system to render us useless. Man, the magical being that he is destined to be, is no longer magical. He's an average piece of meat. There are no more dreams for man but the dreams of an animal who is being raised to become a piece of meat: trite, conventional, imbecilic.



Empire, Fascism, and Predator Culture


Corporate Anarchy: Wall Street and BP Criminals At Large  by Danny Schechter 6/23/10 - The BP oil spill is part of the same problem as the financial crisis: The BP oil spill and the banking crisis are two examples of the era we are living in, the era of corporate anarchy. In a nutshell, in this era of corporate anarchy, corporations do not have to abide by any rules—none at all. Legal, moral, ethical, even financial rules are irrelevant. They have all been rescinded in the pursuit of profit—literally nothing else matters. As a result, corporations currently exist in a state of almost pure anarchy—but an anarchy directly related to their size: The larger the corporation, the greater its absolute freedom to do and act as it pleases.  In many ways, we have been here before in our one nation under the dollar sign.


Quelling the WTO Protests in Seattle, WA, 1999

No Nukes/No Empire: The Abolition of Nuclear Weapons Requires the End of the U.S. Empire by Robert Jensen  6/15/10  - If we are serious about the abolition of nuclear weapons, we have to place the abolition of the U.S. empire at the center of our politics.  Working toward a world free of nuclear weapons demands we not only critique the reactionary wing of the U.S. power structure, the reckless hawks. A serious commitment to a future free of nuclear weapons also demands critique of the moderate wing, the reasonable hawks. The former group is psychotic, while the latter is merely cynical. After eight years of reckless reactionary psychotics, it's easy to be lulled into a false sense of security by reasonable moderate cynics. But we should remember that a hawk is a hawk. The next step is asking whose interests are advanced by the hawks. Even though the hawks have sometimes differed on strategy and tactics, they have defended the same economic system: a predatory corporate capitalism. Let's call those folks the vultures. Different groupings of hawks might be associated with different groupings of vultures, giving the appearance of serious political conflict within the elite, but what they have in common is much more important than their differences. The political empire of the contemporary United States serves the corporate empires that dominate not only the domestic but the global economy, and it all depends on U.S. military power, of which the nuclear arsenal is one component.


A "Prophecy" Worth Watching  by Chris Hedges  6/13/10  - The corporate and government censorship – practiced in the name of sponsorship – is the censorship that has decimated the arts, the universities, the press and the church and destroyed the theater. These liberal institutions have been bought off. Corporate money, grants and government support reward those who stay on script, who do not challenge the cruel structures of American imperialism, our permanent war economy and unfettered capitalism. And those theater productions that break the rules are tossed aside. It is this kind of insidious censorship that takes cutting-edge productions, such as Malpede's fierce new anti-war play, "Prophecy," and relegates them to obscurity.


Disaster in the Amazon  by Bob Herbert  6/5/10  - BP's calamitous behavior in the Gulf of Mexico is the big oil story of the moment. But for many years, indigenous people from a formerly pristine region of the Amazon rainforest in Ecuador have been trying to get relief from an American company, Texaco (which later merged with Chevron), for what has been described as the largest oil-related environmental catastrophe ever. Texaco operated more than 300 oil wells for the better part of three decades in a vast swath of Ecuador's northern Amazon region. When it left in 1992, it left behind widespread toxic contamination that devastated the livelihoods and traditions of the local people, and took a severe toll on their physical well-being. The quest for oil is, by its nature, colossally destructive. And the giant oil companies, when left to their own devices, will treat even the most magnificent of nature's wonders like a sewer. But the riches to be made are so vastly corrupting that governments refuse to impose the kinds of rigid oversight and safeguards that would mitigate the damage to the environment and its human and animal inhabitants.


A Warning From Noam Chomsky on the Threat Posed By ElitesA review of Chomsky’s Hopes and Prospects by Fred Branfman  6/7/10  - As America’s economy and politics continue to unravel, it is clear that the elite mentality and the system it has created will produce more and more victims in the years to come. The many Americans whose lives have been damaged by financiers’ single-minded focus on short-term profits at the expense of everyone else are only a harbinger of what is to come. And, as U.S. competitiveness continues to decline and it cannot afford its endless wars without drastically cutting social spending, countless more Americans will find themselves paying the price for U.S. elites’ imperial mentality.  This mentality described by Chomsky includes the following elements: (1) a single-minded focus on maximizing short-term elite economic and military interests; (2) a refusal to let other societies follow their own paths if perceived to conflict with these interests; (3) continual and massive violations of international law; (4) indifference to human life, particularly in the Third World; (5) massive violation of the U.S. Constitution, especially through the executive branch’s seizure of the power to wage unilateral and unaccountable war in every corner of the globe; (6) indifference to U.S. and international public opinion, which is often more progressive and humane than that of the elites; (7) a remarkable ability to “manufacture consent,” aided by the mass media and intellectuals, that has blinded most Americans to the truth of what their leaders actually do in their names.


The Christian Fascists Are Growing Stronger  by Chris Hedges  6/7/10  - Ideological, theological and political debates are useless with the Christian right. It does not respond to a dialogue. It is impervious to rational thought and discussion. The naive attempts to placate a movement bent on our destruction, to prove to it that we too have “values,” only strengthens its legitimacy and weakness our own. If we do not have a right to be, if our very existence is not legitimate in the eyes of God, there can be no dialogue. At this point it is a fight for survival.  Those gathered into the arms of this Christian fascist movement are desperately struggling to survive in an increasingly hostile environment. We failed them; we owe them more: This is their response. The financial dislocations, the struggles with domestic and sexual abuse, the battle against addictions, the poverty and the despair that many in the movement endure are tragic, painful and real. They have a right to their rage and alienation. But they are also being used and manipulated by forces that seek to dismantle what is left of our democracy and abolish the pluralism that was once the hallmark of our society.


The Black Art of "Master Illusions"  by John Pilger  6/3/10  - H ow do wars begin? With a 'master illusion,' according to Ralph McGehee, one of the CIA's pioneers in 'black propaganda,' known today as 'news management.' In 1983, he described to me how the CIA had faked an 'incident' that became the 'conclusive proof of North Vietnam's aggression.' This followed a claim, also fake, that North Vietnamese torpedo boats had attacked an American warship in the Gulf of Tonkin in August 1964. In Britain, we have our own master illusions.


Revenge of the Zombies: Palin, Beck, Limbaugh and the Return of Dark Times  by Henry A. Giroux  6/2/10  - 21st century zombies no longer emerge from the grave; they now inhabit the rich environs of Wall Street and roam the halls of the gilded monuments of greed such as Goldman Sachs. In this way, the zombie - the immoral, sub-Nietzschean, id-driven "other" who is "hyper-dead," but still alive as an avatar of death and cruelty - provides an apt metaphor for a new kind of authoritarianism that has a grip on contemporary politics in the United States.  This is an authoritarianism in which mindless self-gratification becomes the norm, and public issues collapse into realm of privatized anger and rage. The rule of the market offers the hyper-dead an opportunity to exercise unprecedented power in American society, reconstructing civic and political culture almost entirely in the service of a politics that fuels the friend/enemy divide.  The new zombies are not only wandering around in the banks, investment houses and death chambers of high finance; they have an ever increasing presence in the highest reaches of government and in the forefront of mainstream media.


The Financial Oligarchy Reigns: Democracy’s Death Spiral From Greece to the United States by David DeGraw  6/9/10  - As the Economic Elite continue their plunder, the people in Greece riot and the big banks score yet another big blow against the people of the United States. Democracy throughout the world is under attack. Many people can make the argument that our democracy here in America is only an illusion, but even the illusion of democracy is crashing down. Tragedies are currently playing out across the world on an epic scale. Unprecedented economic and environmental catastrophes have become the norm. Billions of people, the overwhelming majority of humanity, have been sentenced to a slow death due to a concentration of wealth and resources within humanity’s economic top 0.5%. Ultimately, short-sighted greed has proven to be humanity’s most severe disease.


The Business Roundtable: The Most Powerful Corporate Business Club Most Americans Have Never Heard Of  - by David DeGraw  3/12/10  - It has now become evident to a critical mass that the Republican and Democratic parties, along with all three branches of our government, have been bought off by a well-organized Economic Elite who are tactically destroying our way of life. The harsh truth is that 99% of the US population no longer has political representation. The US economy, government and tax system is now blatantly rigged against us. Current statistical societal indicators clearly demonstrate that a strategic attack has been launched and an analysis of current governmental policies prove that conditions for 99% of Americans will continue to deteriorate. The Economic Elite have engineered a financial coup and have brought war to our doorstep. . . and make no mistake, they have launched a war to eliminate the US middle class.


Calling All Rebels  by Chris Hedges  3/8/10  - There are no constraints left to halt America's slide into a totalitarian capitalism. Those singled out as internal enemies will include people of color, immigrants, gays, intellectuals, feminists, Jews, Muslims, union leaders and those defined as "liberals." They will be condemned as anti-American and blamed for our decline. The economic collapse, which remains mysterious and enigmatic to most Americans, will be pinned by demagogues and hatemongers on these hapless scapegoats. And the random acts of violence, which are already leaping up around the fringes of American society, will justify harsh measures of internal control that will snuff out the final vestiges of our democracy.


What Do Empires Do?  by Michael Parenti  2/13/10  - While we hear a lot about empire, we hear very little about imperialism. Now that is strange, for imperialism is what empires are all about. Imperialism is the process whereby the dominant investor interests in one country bring to bear their economic and military power upon another nation or region in order to expropriate its land, labor, natural resources, capital, and markets – in such a manner as to enrich the investor interests.  Empires do not just pursue "power for power's sake." Empires are enormously profitable for the dominant economic interests of the imperial nation but enormously costly to the people of the colonized country.  In addition to suffering the pillage of their lands and natural resources, the people of these targeted countries are frequently killed in large numbers by the intruders. The purpose of all this killing is to prevent alternative, independent, self-defining nations from emerging. 


Zero Point Of Systemic Collapse  by Chris Hedges  2/12/10  - The increasingly overt uses of force by the elites to maintain control should not end acts of resistance. Acts of resistance are moral acts. They begin because people of conscience understand the moral imperative to challenge systems of abuse and despotism. They should be carried out not because they are effective but because they are right. Those who begin these acts are always few in number and dismissed by those who hide their cowardice behind their cynicism. But resistance, however marginal, continues to affirm life in a world awash in death. It is the supreme act of faith, the highest form of spirituality and alone makes hope possible. Those who carried out great acts of resistance often sacrificed their security and comfort, often spent time in jail and in some cases were killed. They understood that to live in the fullest sense of the word, to exist as free and independent human beings, even under the darkest night of state repression, meant to defy injustice.


Wall Street Will Be Back For More  by Chris Hedges  1/11/10  - How you make money and how you climb the ladder of the corporate structure are irrelevant. Success becomes its own morality. Those who do well in this environment possess the traits often exhibited by psychopaths – superficial charm, grandiosity and self-importance, a need for constant stimulation, a penchant for lying, deception and manipulation, and the incapacity for remorse or guilt. They, like competitors on a reality television program, lie, cheat and betray to climb over those around them and advance. These demented individuals are admired and envied within the firm. They achieve heroic status. The lower-ranking employees are supposed to emulate them.  And this makes Goldman Sachs and other speculative financial firms upscale lunatic asylums where the inmates wear Brooks Brothers suits and drink expensive chardonnay. Our problem is that the lunatics have been let out of the asylum. They have been empowered to cannibalize the government on behalf of the corporations that spawned them like mutant carp.


Zombie Politics and Other Late Modern Monstrosities in the Age of Disposability  by Henry Giroux  11/17/09  - Zombie politics reveals much about the gory social and political undercurrent of American society. This is a politics where the undead, or more aptly, the living dead, rule and rail against any institution, set of values, and social relations that embrace the common good or exhibit compassion for the suffering of others. Zombie politics supports megacorporations that cannibalize the economy, feeding off taxpayer dollars while undercutting much-needed spending for social services. The vampires of Wall Street reach above and beyond the trajectories of traditional politics, exercising an influence that has no national or civic allegiance, displaying an arrogance that is as unchecked as its power is unregulated. One of the cardinal policies of zombie politics is to redistribute wealth upwards to produce record high levels of inequality, just as corporate power is simultaneously consolidated at a speed that threatens to erase the most critical gains made over the last fifty years to curb the anti-democratic power of corporations.


Dismantling the Empire: Three Good Reasons To Liquidate Our Empire And Ten Steps to Take to Do So by Chalmers Johnson  7/30/09  - The 800-pound gorilla in the American living room is our longstanding reliance on imperialism and militarism in our relations with other countries and the vast, potentially ruinous global empire of bases that goes with it. The failure to begin to deal with our bloated military establishment and the profligate use of it in missions for which it is hopelessly inappropriate will, sooner rather than later, condemn the United States to a devastating trio of consequences: imperial overstretch, perpetual war, and insolvency, leading to a likely collapse similar to that of the former Soviet Union.


Daniel Estulin's "True Story of The Bilderberg Group" And What They May Be Planning Now  by Stephen Lendman  6/1/09  - For over 14 years, Daniel Estulin has investigated and researched the Bilderberg Group's far-reaching influence on business and finance, global politics, war and peace, and control of the world's resources and its money. His book, "The True Story of the Bilderberg Group," was published in 2005 and is now updated in a new 2009 edition. He states that in 1954, "the most powerful men in the world met for the first time" in Oosterbeek, Netherlands, "debated the future of the world," and decided to meet annually in secret.  The Bilderberg Group is Predator Culture incarnate.


The Bilderberg Plan for 2009: Remaking the Global Political Economy  by Andrew G. Marshall  5/26/09  - From May 14-17, the global elite met in secret in Greece for the yearly Bilderberg conference, amid scattered and limited global media attention. Roughly 130 of the world’s most powerful individuals came together to discuss the pressing issues of today, and to chart a course for the next year. The main topic of discussion at this years meeting was the global financial crisis, which is no surprise, considering the list of conference attendees includes many of the primary architects of the crisis, as well as those poised to “solve” it.


Masters of Defeat: Retreating Empire and Bellicose Bluster  by James Petras  9/13/08  - Everywhere one looks, US imperial policy has suffered major military and diplomatic defeats. With the backing of the Democratic Congress, the Republican White House’s aggressive pursuit of a military approach to empire-building has led to a world-wide decline of US influence, the realignment of former client rulers toward imperial adversaries, the emergence of competing hegemons and loss of crucial sources of strategic raw materials. Failed military imperialism brings in its wake a burgeoning police state — backed by both political parties — in the face of economic crises which threaten the political and social foundations of the empire.


Military Industrial Complex 2.0: The Pentagon Legacy of the MBA President  by Frida Berrigan  9/14/08  - In these last seven years, the Pentagon's key role as war fighter has increasingly become a privatized operation. The U.S. has already spent at least $100 billion on private contractors. Private contractors now outnumber the 146,000 U.S. troops in Iraq. At 180,000, they represent a second, private army, larger than the United States military force, and one whose roles and missions and even casualties among its work force have largely been hidden from public view. Top to bottom, the Pentagon's war machine is no longer just driven by, but staffed by, corporations. Given the spectrum of services offered and the level of integration that has already taken place between the Pentagon and these private companies, the United States can no longer wage a war or even run payroll without them.


War With Russia Is On The Agenda  by Paul Craig Roberts  8-26-08  - Americans have become perfect subjects for George Orwell's Big Brother. They sit stupidly in front of the TV news or the New York Times or Washington Post and absorb the lies fed to them.  What is wrong with Americans?  Why do they put up with it?  Are Americans the nation of sheep that Judge Andrew P. Napolitano says they are? Americans flaunt "freedom and democracy" and live under a Ministry of Propaganda.


A New Rush to Spy  by The New York Times  8/22/08  - There is apparently no limit to the Bush administration's desire to invade Americans' privacy in the name of national security. According to members of Congress, Attorney General Michael Mukasey is preparing to give the F.B.I. broad new authority to investigate Americans - without any clear basis for suspicion that they are committing a crime.


The Plot Against Liberal America  by Thomas Frank  8/17/08  - Liberalism, as we know it, arose out of a compromise between left-wing social movements and business interests. It depends on the efficient functioning of certain organs of the state; it does not call for all-out war on private industry. Conservatism, on the other hand, speaks not of compromise, but of removing its adversaries from the field altogether. While de-funding the left is the north star of the conservative project, there is no comparable campaign to “de-fund the right”; indeed, it would be difficult to imagine one.



Local Police May Get Broader Spy Powers  by Spencer S. Hsu and Carrie Johnson  8/16/08 - The Justice Department has proposed a new domestic spying measure that would make it easier for state and local police to collect intelligence about Americans, share the sensitive data with federal agencies and retain it for at least 10 years. The proposed changes would revise the federal government's rules for police intelligence-gathering for the first time since 1993 and would apply to any of the nation's 18,000 state and local police agencies that receive roughly $1.6 billion each year in federal grants. Quietly unveiled late last month, the proposal is part of a flurry of domestic intelligence changes issued and planned by the Bush administration in its waning months.


Washington's Lords of CreationFollow This Dime: Why Misgovernment Was No Accident in George W. Bush's Washington  by Thomas Frank  8/4/08  - Author of The Wrecking Crew: How Conservatives Rule, Frank offers nothing short of a how-to history of the conservative era -- specifically how to destroy a government, leave Americans in the lurch, and enrich yourselves all at the same time.


Adventures in the Poison Factory  by Chris Floyd  8/1/08  - There is no place left for the kind of action that Thoreau advocated. His way - and that of Gandhi and King, who took so much from him - envisions a state opponent which one could hope to shame into honorable action by the superior moral force of principled civil disobedience. But the very hallmark of the present regime is its shamelessness, its utter lack of any sense of honor or principle, its bestial addiction to raw power.


The Military-Industrial Complex: It's Much Later Than You Think  by Chalmers Johnson  7/27/08  - The privatization of military and intelligence functions in the US is breeding incompetence and corruption while dismantling democracy.


Post-Peak Politics by John Michael Greer  7/23/08 - If Weimar America is to have a less disastrous future than its 20th century counterpart, we need to move toward serious debate over the shape that future is going to have, and our economically ruinous empire, our disintegrating national economy, and our extravagant lifestyles need to be among the things up for discussion. The first political movement to come up with a plausible response to peak oil will likely define the political discourse around energy and society for decades to come.


Naomi Klein: Bush Sees Crises in Fuel, Food, Housing and Banking as Chance to Exploit Us More  by Amy Goodman  7/16/08 - As the country and the world reel from crises ranging from skyrocketing oil prices and global food shortages to housing and climate change, the government pushes through policies that don't solve the crises but are highly profitable for corporations.


Court: US Can Jail Civilians Indefinitely  7/16/08 - A federal appeals court has ruled President Bush can order the indefinite jailing of civilians imprisoned in the United States. The five-to-four decision effectively reverses last year's ruling that the administration cannot label US residents "enemy combatants" and jail them indefinitely without charge. This decision means the president can pick up any person in the country-citizen or legal resident-and lock them up for years without the most basic safeguard in the Constitution, the right to a criminal trial.


Berlusconi & Bush

Duce Bags: Italy Leads Fascist Revanche in Western Democracies by Chris Floyd  7/13/08  - The rise of neo-fascism in Italy, and elsewhere, is tied to the collapse – or rather the surrender – of center-left parties to the pernicious doctrines of the Right. Everywhere, these parties --- Democrats in America, Labour in the UK, various Social Democrats throughout Europe – have turned themselves into pale copies of conservative parties, adopting policies that have degraded society, destroyed communities, entrenched injustice, rewarded greed, poisoned the earth, embraced militarism and aggression, inflicted vast suffering on developing nations (through the straightjacket of "market reforms," i.e., corporate-crony welfare), subverted democracy, diminished liberty and gutted the very notion of the common good.


Is the Fourth Estate a Fifth Column? Corporate media colludes with democracy’s demise  by Bill Moyers  7/11/08  - We now know that a neoconservative is an arsonist who sets a house on fire and six years later boasts that no one can put it out. You couldn't find a more revealing measure of the state of the dominant media today than the continuing ubiquitous presence on the air and in print of the very pundits and experts, self-selected message multipliers of a disastrous foreign policy, who got it all wrong in the first place. It just goes to show, when the bar is low enough, you can never be too wrong.


Disaster Capitalism: State of Extortion  by Naomi Klein  7/1/08 - Privatizing Iraq's oil, ensuring global dominance for genetically modified crops, lowering the last of the trade barriers and opening the last of the wildlife refuges... Not so long ago, those goals were pursued through polite trade agreements, under the benign pseudonym "globalization." Now this discredited agenda is forced to ride on the backs of serial crises, selling itself as lifesaving medicine for a world in pain.


Free speech and the fate of humanity by Kurt Cobb 6/29/08 – James Hansen, speaking before the U. S. Congress, said that the CEOs of fossil fuel companies should be tried for "high crimes against humanity and nature." He said they deserve this fate because they know full well that continued burning of fossil fuels threatens the stability of the climate and with it civilization. Yet, they have huge sums of money to exercise their ‘freedom of speech’ in the media in order to purposely confuse the public and forestall the day when limits will be placed on carbon emissions.

 With so much at stake, is there a way of addressing free speech that preserves the basic principles of an open and democratic society, but still allows for those who have the evidence and the logic on their side to prevail in time to avoid the worst?


The Big Outcome of the '60s: The Triumph of Capitalism  by Slavoj Zizek  6/27/08  - The commons of external nature are threatened by pollution and exploitation; the commons of internal nature (the biogenetic inheritance of humanity) are threatened by technological interference; and the commons of culture -- the socialized forms of "cognitive" capital, primarily language, our means of communication and education, but also the shared infrastructure of public transport, electricity, post, etc. -- are privatized for profit.  We are gradually becoming aware of the destructive potential, up to the self-annihilation of humanity itself, that could be unleashed if the capitalist logic of enclosing these commons is allowed a free run.


Techno-Fascism: Every Move You Make  by Chellis Glendinning 6/19/08 - Inverted totalitarianism is both inverted and totalitarian because of the power of modern mass technological systems to shape and control social realities, just as they shape and control individual understandings of those realities.  Its contemporary existence is most definitely the result of the efforts of a group of right-wing fundamentalists who hurled themselves into power through devious means -- but today’s desperate social inequities, dire ecological predicament, and fascist politics are the offspring of long-evolving technological centralization and control as well.


Food, Water And Fuel. Three Fundamental Necessities Of Life In Jeopardy  By Michel Chossudovsky  6/6/08  (24 p)  - We are dealing with a complex and centralized constellation of economic power in which the instruments of market manipulation have a direct bearing on the lives of millions of people.  The prices of food, water, fuel are determined at the global level, beyond the reach of national government policy. The price hikes of these three essential commodities constitute an instrument of "economic warfare", carried out through the "free market" on the futures and options exchanges. These hikes in the prices of food, water and fuel are contributing in a very real sense to "eliminating the poor" through "starvation deaths".  With charts/graphs.


Global Famine  by Michel Chossudovsky  5/2/08  - Humanity is undergoing in the post-Cold War era an economic and social crisis of unprecedented scale leading to the rapid impoverishment of large sectors of the world population. National economies are collapsing, unemployment is rampant. Local level famines have erupted in Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and parts of Latin America. This "globalization of poverty" was initiated in the Third World coinciding with the debt crisis of the early 1980s and the imposition of the IMF's deadly economic reforms.


The Terror President  by Anthony Lewis  5/1/08  - I grew up believing that Americans did not torture prisoners, as Hitler's and Stalin's agents did. There were rogue episodes of American brutality, but to make torture a national policy? Unthinkable.  No one should be in any doubt that torture was what President Bush had in mind. No one should be fooled by Orwellian talk of "enhanced interrogation techniques."


Green Scare State Terrorism  by Stephen Lendman  4/29/08  - The "war against terrorism" was planned and ready before 9/11 to defile the law, wage aggressive wars, usurp unprecedented powers, destroy civil liberties, and convince the public to sacrifice freedom for security they never got.  “Ecoterrorism” was the key target in the war against “domestic terrorism,” which criminalizes First Amendment activities like peaceful protests, leafleting, undercover investigations, whistleblowing and boycotts.


Message Machine: Behind TV Analysts, Pentagon’s Hidden Hand  by David Barstow  4/20/08  (23 p)  - War profiteers posing as experts present the news according to Pentagon talking points – with a pro-war bias, of course.


False Flag Terror Attacks: a History 4/10/08


What schools didn't teach about empire  by Howard Zinn 4/4/08 - Have not the justifications for empire, embedded in our culture, assaulting our good sense - that war is necessary for security, that expansion is fundamental to civilization - begun to lose their hold on our minds?


Bill Moyers Acceptance of Courage Prize (Bill Moyers acceptance speech for the Ridenhour Courage Prize)  4/3/08 - The job of trying to tell the truth about people whose job it is to hide the truth is almost as complicated and difficult as trying to hide it in the first place. We journalists are of course obliged to cover the news, but our deeper mission is to uncover the news that powerful people would prefer to keep hidden.


Is An International Financial Conspiracy Driving World Events?  By Richard C. Cook  3/27/08 - Isn’t it a little strange that the means which have been selected to achieve "peace and prosperity for the whole of humanity" involve so much violence, deception, oppression, exploitation, graft, and theft?  In fact it looks to me as though "our plan for the world" is one that is based on genocide, world war, police control of populations, and seizure of the world’s resources by the financial elite and their puppet politicians and military forces. One thing is certain: The voters of America have never knowingly agreed to any of this.


Seeds of destruction  by Stephen Hume 3/19/08  - The concentration of more and more of the world's crop seeds in fewer and fewer hands is a threat to global agriculture and everyone's food supply. So it's fascinating to observe how we appear to be collectively sleepwalking toward precisely such a potential catastrophe with that most strategic of all things, a sustainable, secure, equitably distributed global food supply.


Food, Fuel, And Fascism: Their Election Or Your Life?  by Carolyn Baker  3/13/08  - I must ask what you are doing to prepare yourself and your loved ones for living in a world of famine, thirst, lawlessness, lack of health care, a worthless dollar, and possible martial law. How are you building community with others to weather this scenario?


Overcoming Human Nature: The Revolution of the Meek  by Peter Chamberlin  03/09/08  - The closing of minds is the cornerstone of all efforts to claim illegitimate power on this earth. Conversely, the opening of minds must be the foundation for any effort to call forth the new man, who will naturally assume his rightful place between the majority of the human race and the evil minority that seeks to enslave all life.


The Global Water Crisis And The Coming Battle For  The Right To Water  by Maude Barlow  2/28/08


When Change Is Not Enough: Seven Steps to Revolution  by Sara Robinson 2/22/08  - It turns out that, historically, liberal nations make very poor grounds for revolution -- but deeply conservative ones very reliably create the conditions that eventually make violent overthrow necessary. And our own Republicans, it turns out, have done a hell of a job.


America’s Blinders  by Howard Zinn   2/08/08 

A short history of big lies and how to protect ourselves from deception.


Exclusive! The FBI Deputizes Business  by Matthew Rothschild 2/7/08  - Today, more than 23,000 representatives of private industry are working quietly with the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security. The members of InfraGard, receive secret warnings of terrorist threats before the public does.  In return, they provide information to the government.


US Politics Have No Left Wing  by Martin Rundkvist  2/3/08


Pentagon: The internet needs to be dealt with as if it were an enemy "weapons system"  by Brent Jessop  2/2/08


Western Civilization: An Idea Whose Time Has Come  by Amy Goodman  1/31/08 - On American torture policies and support for dictators.


NATO Must Prepare For Nuclear First Strike, Report Urges  by Bill Van Auken  1/24/08


An Iron Fist In A Velvet Glove  by Ted Rall  1/5/08


How to Erode and Destroy Democracy: a Dozen Tested Strategies  by Rob Kall   1/2/08  - Tips to fascists, dictators, corporatists, militarists, imperialists, neocons, right-wingers, theocrats, theofascists and terrorists.


How Bush Took Us to the Dark Side - Journey to the Dark Side, The Bush Legacy (Take One)   by Tom Engelhardt  1/2/08  - Let no one tell you that the institution of a global network of secret prisons and borrowed torture chambers, along with those "enhanced interrogation techniques," was primarily done for information or even security. The urge to resort to such tactics is invariably more primal than that.


The Future that Wasn't, Part Two:  The Phantom of Empire  by John Michael Greer  1/2/08


The Post-Bush Regime: A Prognosis by Richard K. Moore 12/27/07

Hidden agendas of Federal Reserve elites/Bilderbergers, biofuels, food, genocide, capitalism, power and empowerment.


Thought Control on the Internet by Michael Collins, Part 1   12/19/07


Reconciling Fascism with Reality  By Pervez Dastoor  12/14/07


International Campaign Against Mass Surveillance 12/ 10/07

The Emergence of a Global Infrastructure For Mass Registration and Surveillance: 10 Signposts




"Doomsday Seed Vault" in the Arctic - Bill Gates, Rockefeller and the GMO giants know something we don’t.  by F. William Engdahl  12/4/07


The Planned Collapse of America by Peter Chamberlin 12/4/07


Fascism, Feudalism, and the Future  by John Michael Greer 11/14/07


Why Even If You Have Nothing To Hide, Government Surveillance Threatens Your Freedom   by John Dean  10/19/07


Police State America -  A Look Back And Ahead  by Stephen Lendman  10/17/07 Catalogues the steps taken by Bush Administration towards police state.


American Tears  by Naomi Wolf  10/12/07


The Mean Streets of the Homeland Security State-let: NYC, the NYPD, the RNC, and Me - Fortress Big Apple, 2007  By Nick Turse  9/30/07


America’s Guardian Myths  by Susan Faludi  9/7/07 - By returning us to the trauma that produced our national myth, the 9/11 attacks present the opportunity to look past the era of buckskin bravado and unlock the cabinet wherein lies America’s deepest formative fear, the fear of home-soil terrorism.


'A Coup Has Occurred'  By Daniel Ellsberg  9/26/07 (Text of a speech delivered September 20, 2007)


The Necessary Embrace of Conspiracy  by Robert Shetterly 8/31/07 - The cultural success of labeling investigative reporters and forensic historians, and, simply, anyone who tries to name reality, “conspiracy nuts” is perhaps the most successful conspiracy of our time. Well, not the most successful. That prize goes to the conspiracy to give corporations all the rights of individual persons under our Constitution.  [This is one of the most important articles on this page.]




Tales of Angst, Alienation and Martial Law: Roasting Marshmallows on the American Reichstag Fire to Come  by Phil Rockstroh  7/26/07


Fascist America, in 10 easy steps  by Naomi Wolf  4/24/07 - From Hitler to Pinochet and beyond, history shows there are certain steps that any would-be dictator must take to destroy constitutional freedoms. And, argues Naomi Wolf, George Bush and his administration seem to be taking them all.


Project Censored: Media Democracy in Action, Top Censored Stories


BuzzFlash.com  Talks with Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., About his indictment of the Bush anti-environmental record and fascism.  12/15/03


Operation Northwoods in ABC News Report
:  Top US Generals Approved Terror Acts in US  5/1/01   -  The revealing ABC news article at the link below begins, "In the early 1960s, America's top military leaders reportedly drafted plans to kill innocent people and commit acts of terrorism in U.S. cities to create public support for a war against Cuba." The article goes on to say that the plans, code-named Operation Northwoods, were approved in writing by the top US military chiefs. These plans, revealed in declassified US government documents, even proposed that the US military secretly blow up an American ship and hijack US planes as a false pretext for war. You can read all four pages of this vitally important article on the ABC website.


The Lugano Report: On Preserving Capitalism in the Twenty-first Century by Susan George, a review by David Cromwell  1/2000 - The planet's future may be reserved for an exclusive, self-selecting elite few, while the rest of us are shut out if we do not serve their needs. Welcome to a world riven by a million virtual Berlin Walls.

 The seeds of this potential future are with us already. Public resources - civic services, land, the atmosphere, the genetic blueprints of life - are being transferred into private hands. The rising dominance of corporations over our daily lives is increasingly acknowledged - and resisted - by people everywhere, though not by the corporate media that tell us what to think (or not to think). The ongoing liberalisation of global trade and investment, with publicly-funded government stacking the odds in favour of big business - using corporate-friendly tax breaks, subsidies and legislation - are enabling international investors and transnational corporations to ‘enclose the commons.’


Torheit der Furcht (Foolishness of Fear) by Francisco Goya

Denial, Irrationality, and Collective Delusion


Facing our Demons - Or Not by Judith Gayle 6/18/10 - In this country, "where never is heard a discouraging word," we lie to each other and to ourselves to preserve that sunny Reaganesque illusion. Believing lies is our national version of Prozac. Not wanting to know is a sedation overdose that has now landed us all in the emergency room. Because we still don't want to face the truth, we continue to slap band-aids on national wounds to our treasury, liberties and ethics that gush like BP's failed pipes.


The BP Disaster Marks the End of the Age of Arrogance About the Environment ... Can We Change?  by Chip Ward  6/10/10 - This spill will mark the time we started to learn about ecocide; as a turning point in our realization that our industrial, carbon-dependent way of life is ruinous and cannot last.  We dreamed we were living in a fabulous mansion but are waking up in a greasy gutter.  The ecological and economic catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico makes our most infamous oil spill, the Exxon Valdez, look miniscule by comparison.  This time we have fouled our nest on an epic scale.  How many more of these wrenching experiences must we endure before we finally get it and change?   The age of hubris, a time when all things are knowable, all problems can be fixed, and all limits surpassed is crashing all around us.  We granted ourselves an exemption from the limits of a natural realm where there is only so much fertile soil, so much fresh water, so many fish in the ocean.  The atmosphere can only absorb so much CO2 and stay benign.  You can shred just so much biodiversity and expect nature to be resilient and recover from the wounds we recklessly inflict. 


The Mental Environment: Where our fate as humans will be decided  - by Bill Mc Kibben  6/1/10 – Perhaps earlier in our primate evolution our brains worked differently, but for millions of years we have been shaping our own minds and the minds of those around us. Our mental environment is not the Yosemite of John Muir or Ansel Adams. It has always been more like Central Park, a landscaped reflection of human notions. Every generation, every community, has had a mental environment. The culture. The zeitgeist. It is that almost invisible fog of assumptions in which we live our lives, the set of images and ideas we barely notice because they are so common as to be both banal and overwhelming.  This is not the first moment that our mental environment has been polluted. The state, the church have time and again become mentally oppressive until eventually a resistance emerged — a resistance that, from Martin Luther to Vaclav Havel, said at least in part: “We want our minds back.” The mental environment is under siege from a particularly difficult variety of pollution. We are the first few generations to receive most of our sense of the world mediated rather than direct, to have it arrive through one screen or another instead of from contact with other human beings or with nature.


Knowledge, Truth, And Human Action: Americans Hit The Wall by John Kozy  5/16/10  - Americans have a problem with the truth. They seem to be unable to accept it, which is difficult to understand at a time in history when knowledge plays a larger and larger role in determining human action.  The debasement of truth stems from two misguided beliefs that many Americans hold. They affect much of American society and define the American psyche. One belief is that the truth emerges from a debate between adversaries. The other is the belief that everyone has a right to his/her own opinion. Many American activities are based on these beliefs.


Is humanity inherently unsustainable?  by Alex Smith 4/15/10 - A milestone lecture by Dr. Bill Rees about our three brains: the reactive reptile stem, mammalian emotions, and the late-coming attempt at rationality. Which wins? After explaining years of research showing humanity has passed a biological condition known as "overshoot" - Rees is examining an evolutionary weakness in the human brain, which may explain our failure to react to dangerous threats to our own survival. Full transcript or audio.


Haiti: There's So Much More To The Story...  by Tom Atlee  1/20/10  - The global response to the tragedy in Haiti is an excellent example of our readiness to respond to challenges that present obvious immediate personal suffering or danger and our inability to respond to challenges whose dangers are more diffuse in space or time, or are invisible to our immediate senses -- even when they have potential for far greater disaster.  I believe addressing our blindness to long-term less-visible dangers is the most important lesson of all because behind every shortcoming -- as well as behind most future disasters -- are systems and cultures that make them virtually inevitable.  And what will support every positive possibility will be changes in our social systems -- especially political, governance, and economic systems -- and changes in the cultural stories we tell ourselves about who we are and what we are doing here on Earth.  Haiti's crisis is only one step on a long journey we will be traveling together during this new century.  Let us build a better path as we walk it.


America the Traumatized: How 13 Events of the Decade Made Us the PTSD Nation  by Adele M. Stan  12/30/09  - In America today, it seems we all have a touch of post-traumatic stress disorder, as evidenced by our increasingly vitriolic political environment, where reality is denied and histrionics run riot. Anger, we're told, is the natural reaction to trauma; in people with PTSD, the anger is out of control. By that measure, the millennial decade has brought us 10 years of PTSD politics -- with no end in sight.


A Battle to Redefine Humanity  by George Monbiot  12/15/09  - It's hard for a species used to ever-expanding frontiers, but survival depends on accepting we live within limits.  This is the moment at which we turn and face ourselves. Here, in the plastic corridors and crowded stalls, among impenetrable texts and withering procedures, humankind decides what it is and what it will become. It chooses whether to continue living as it has done, until it must make a wasteland of its home, or to stop and redefine itself. This is about much more than climate change. This is about us. The meeting at Copenhagen confronts us with our primal tragedy.


The Common Link with Climate Change, Peak Oil, Limits To Growth, Etc. - Belief Systems  by Nate Hagens  12/10/09  - Many of the issues discussed on this bandwidth are large, long term, and threatening. Consider the three primary society-wide topics of analysis and discourse: climate, energy and the economy. It is my belief these 3 are linked by an underlying cultural growth/debt imperative running into a planet with finite sources and sinks. But within each category you have, still, despite the same access to facts and considerable passage of time, widely disparate and strongly held opinions. If you find yourself in a debate about any of these issues you'll find apathy or you'll find cognitive biases underlying a polarized opinion.  This post will address some social and psychological reasons why the urgency of our resource situation may not be being addressed on an individual level and only at a snails pace on the governmental level. Among the phenomena we will explore are a) why we have beliefs and how they are changed, b) our propensity to believe in authority figures, c) our penchant for optimism, d) cognitive load theory, e) relative fitness, f) the recency effect, and several others.


Thelma, Louise and Six Degrees  by Tim Bennett  12/9/09  - If "Thelma & Louise" shows us the Geist, it’s the Geist of our own Zeit.   Did not the culture of civilization, at some point, take off on a weekend fling of unexpected exhilaration that spiraled out of control, bringing the entire planet face to face with our present predicament?  And have not many people’s lives, at least those lived here in the heart of Empire, become so loveless, abused and unsatisfying that we’re poised now to do almost anything to get out of them?  Have we not truly managed to do something no other living creature has managed to do, which is to make ourselves, individually and collectively, miserable? And I wonder if we’re not buying any attempt to fix this problem that has as its goal the preservation of the culture of Empire.  I think, collectively, our bodies are not buying that.  Our sane essential selves are not buying that.  iPods and duck confit DO NOT outweigh the costs to our souls of lives lived in prison and the destruction of the community of life.  And sadly, we do not see that anything less than global catastrophe will free us from our collective insanity.


Chris Hedges warns of pageantry's perils  by Brad Buchholz
 12/5/09  - Chris Hedges, who wrote Empire of Illusion, examines America's identity crisis in an age of consumerism and spectacle.  He sees, in America, a nation that has lost its way. He sees a country that places prosperity above principle, celebrity above substance, spectacle above nuance and introspection. He sees a "timid, cowed, confused" populace disconnected from language, governed by consumerism, ambivalent toward the common good, enamored by an American myth that has no basis in the American reality.


The Dark Side of the Bright Side: an interview with Barbara Ehrenreich  by Anis Shivani  11/4/09  - In her new book Bright-Sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America, Barbara Ehrenreich traces the origins of contemporary optimism from nineteenth-century healers to twentieth-century pushers of consumerism. She explores how that culture of optimism prevents us from holding to account both corporate heads and elected officials. This mania for looking on the bright side has given us the present financial collapse; optimistic business leaders—assisted by rosy-eyed policymakers—made very bad decisions.


Strange Bright Banners  by John Michael Greer  10/21/09  - It’s quite possible to replace a bad system with one that is much, much worse. The collapse of American democracy, or what is left of it, into one or another form of autocracy may be a foregone conclusion at this point. Oswald Spengler argued that the great struggle of the century or two ahead of his time would pit failing democracies corrupted by wealth in a long but ultimately losing struggle against the rising force of what he called Caesarism – the rise of charismatic leaders who would finish destroying crumbling democratic institutions and rule by a combination of force of personality and raw physical violence. For more than two centuries, the glue that has held American society together has been the hope that each generation, no matter how difficult its own life might be, could hope for better things for its children. That faith is breaking apart where it has not already shattered. In its wake, strange bright banners are all too likely to be unfurled, and I suspect that a great many people who imagine themselves immune from the temptation of simple answers will end up marching beneath those banners toward some terrible destiny.


Six Degrees of Separation from Reality  by Tom Atlee  9/30/09  - Evolution demands that we be aligned with reality as it really is.  When any organism gets out of alignment -- when it doesn't fit, when its ways don't work any more -- reality steps in to correct the dissonance.  Organisms, ideas, governments, businesses and technologies die or go extinct while new ones arise that are more in alignment with What Is. There are many ways to view civilization in this dynamic.  One of them is that civilization is an exercise in making us invulnerable to the efforts of reality to limit or correct our behaviors, ideas, and systems. Whenever nature intervenes and says to us "Don't Do That!", we take that as a problem to be solved -- and measure our cleverness by our ability to keep doing that thing that got us in trouble. We are geniuses at impacting the world while preventing impact on ourselves.  As we solve our lives into greater and greater separation from the built-in learning mechanisms of evolution, nature has to stretch further and further to heal itself, to get us to pay attention, to stop treating feedback as a problem and see it as an increasingly urgent invitation -- indeed a demand -- to change.


The War on Language  by Chris Hedges  9/28/09  - The debasement of language, which Shakespeare understood was a prelude to violence, is the curse of modernity. We have stopped communicating, even with ourselves. And the consequences will be as extreme as in a Shakespearean tragedy. Those who seek to dominate our behavior first seek to dominate our speech. They seek to obscure meaning. They make war on language. And the English- and Arabic-speaking worlds are each beset with a similar assault on language. An impoverished language solidifies a binary world and renders us children with weapons. 


Beyond Statecraft; Navigating The Collapse Of Industrial Civilization  by Frank Joseph Smecker  9/17/09  - In an interview with Carolyn Baker on her book Sacred Demise, she talks about the collapse of industrial civilization – what it may look like, reasons for its occurrence, the effects of collapse and, how to relocalize and create sustainable communities in the throes of collapse. Through the lenses of psychology, spirituality, and history, Carolyn discusses denial and addiction, how whatever we deny or ignore only becomes a larger threat, how collapse is a drawn-out process of erosion that will test our sanity while shaking off old paradigms, and what we can do to maintain a sense of peace, pragmatism, and community.


The Spectacle of Illiteracy and the Crisis of Democracy  by Henry A. Giroux  9/15/09  - I don't mean illiterate in the sense of not being able to read, though we have far too many people who are functionally illiterate in a so-called advanced democracy. But I am talking about a different species of ignorance and anti-intellectualism. Illiterate in this instance refers to the inability on the part of much of the American public to grasp private troubles and the meaning of the self in relation to larger public problems and social relations. It is a form of illiteracy that points less to the lack of technical skills and the absence of certain competencies than to a deficit in the realms of politics—one that subverts both critical thinking and the notion of literacy as both critical interpretation and the possibility of intervention in the world. The type of illiteracy is not only incapable of dealing with complex and contested questions; it also glorifyies the principle of self-interest as a paradigm for understanding politics.


Are We Possessed?  by Paul Levy  9/09  - This is a long, very thorough description of the process, characteristics and symptoms of archetypal possession and inflation in individuals and in groups and masses of people.  Liberally supported by quotes from C.G. Jung, Paul Levy shows how, through consciousness, individuals can access the creative genius of an archetype and thus avoid its diabolical and destructive manifestations.  Only by developing psycho-spiritual fluency can we avoid getting caught up in the psychic epidemics that lead to mass psychosis and catastrophic destruction.


The Problem of Denial  by William R. Catton, Jr.   8/6/09  - This 1995 article, resurrected by Culture Change in mid-2009, remains one of the best on the psychology of denial. This is Catton’s abstract, lightly edited:  Abundant evidence suggests industrial civilization must be "downsized" to curb damage to the ecosphere by the "technosphere." Trends behind this prospect include prodigious population growth, urbanization, cultural dependence upon ravenous use of fossil fuels and other nonrenewable resources, consequent air pollution, and global climate change.  Although these trends have been well publicized, eminent writers persist in denying that human carrying capacity (Earth's maximum sustainable human load) has now been or ever will be exceeded. Denials of ecological limits resemble anosognosia (inability of stroke patients to recognize their paralysis). Some denial literature resembles their confabulations (elaborately unreal stories concocted as rationalizations). Denial by opponents of human ecology seems to be a way of coping with an insufferable contradiction between past convictions and present circumstances, a defense against the cognitive dissonance created by intolerable anomalous information.  (Includes an extensive literature review up to 1995.)


Don't Turn the Page on History: Facing the American World We Created  by Tom Engelhardt  7/23/09  - Given the last eight years of disaster piled on catastrophe, who in our American world would want to look backward? The urge to turn the page in this country is palpable, but -- just for a moment -- let's not. Whatever the Obama administration may want to do, or think should be done, if we don't face the record we created, if we only look forward, if we only round up the usual suspects, if we try to turn that page in history and put a paperweight atop it, we will be haunted by the Bush years until hell freezes over. However busy we may be, whatever tasks await us here in this country -- and they remain monstrously large -- we do need to make an honest, clear-headed assessment of what we did (and, in some cases, continue to do), of the horrors we committed in the name of... well, of us and our "safety." We need to face who we've been and just how badly we've acted, if we care to become something better.


The Psychological and Evolutionary Roots of Resource Overconsumption Revisited  by Nate Hagens  6/25/09  - This post examines our own history on the planet, outlines how the ancient-derived reward pathways of our brain are easily hijacked by modern stimuli, and concludes that in very real ways, we have become addicted to the 'consumptive behaviors' linked to oil.


Selling Education, Manufacturing Technocrats, Torturing Souls  by William Astore  5/28/09  - I'm convinced that American education, even in the worst of times, even recognizing the desperate need of most college students to land jobs, is far too utilitarian, vocational, and narrow. It's simply not enough to prepare students for a job: We need to prepare them for life, while challenging them to think beyond the confines of their often parochial and provincial upbringings. And here's one compelling lesson all of us, students and teachers alike, need to relearn constantly: If you view education in purely instrumental terms as a way to a higher-paying job -- if it's merely a mechanism for mass customization within a marketplace of ephemeral consumer goods -- you've effectively given a free pass to the prevailing machinery of power and those who run it.


Silent Armageddon?  by Alexis Ziegler  2/28/09  - The greatest danger of the ecological collapse of civilization is that we might not notice. There are a few taboos in political and academic discussion that serve to make our leaders look important and moral. We are not supposed to admit that our minds are directly influenced by the Earth on which we walk, or the degree to which we benefit from the exploitation of the global underclass. Our failure to recognize these things hides the impacts of ecological collapse. A simple extrapolation of current trends would indicate that those in power are going to try to stay in power, try to maintain their privilege, and will be willing to use many different schemes, overt and covert, to do so. They are going to try to shuffle the distress downward.


How To Control A Herd Of Humans  by David Robson  2/4/09  - Hitler and Mussolini both had the ability to bend millions of people to their fascist will. Now evidence from psychology and neurology is emerging to explain how tactics like organised marching and propaganda can work to exert mass mind control.


Confronting the Terrorist Within  by Chris Hedges  12/1/08  - The fantasy of an enlightened West that spreads civilization to a savage world of religious fanatics is not supported by history. The worst genocides and slaughters of the last century were perpetrated by highly industrialized nations.  Those who externalize evil and seek to eradicate that evil through violence lose touch with their own humanity and the humanity of others. They cannot make moral distinctions. They are blind to their own moral corruption. In the name of civilization and high ideals, in the name of reason and science, they become monsters. We will never free ourselves from the self-delusion of the "war on terror" until we first vanquish the terrorist within.


A Letter to America  by Anwaar Hussain  11/20/08  - Before you can join Barack Obama’s sweet lilting voice in singing, Free at last! Free at last!, Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!, you have one last ritual to perform. And that is the killing of the demons of your recent past lest they come back to haunt you yet again. Unless you perform that sacred rite too, this transformation stands incomplete.


America the Illiterate  by Chris Hedges  11/10/08  - We live in two Americas. One America, now the minority, functions in a print-based, literate world. It can cope with complexity and has the intellectual tools to separate illusion from truth. The other America, which constitutes the majority, exists in a non-reality-based belief system. This America, dependent on skillfully manipulated images for information, has severed itself from the literate, print-based culture. It cannot differentiate between lies and truth. It is informed by simplistic, childish narratives and clichés. Nearly a third of the nation’s population is illiterate or barely literate. And their numbers are growing by an estimated 2 million a year.


Apocalypse Later: A Futurologist Looks Back at 2008  by John Feffer  8/20/08  - We seek out the comfortable middle at our own peril. Not too hot and not too cold, not too hard and not too soft, it's a strategy guaranteed to lull anyone into a dangerous complacency. After all, once you've made your bed, however comfortable it may be, you have to lie in it. And it's then, after a few brief moments of self-satisfied sleep, that you're bound to hear the scratching at the door.


The Delusion Revolution: We're on the Road to Extinction and in Denial  by Robert Jensen  8/15/08  - Our current way of life is unsustainable. We are the first species that will have to self-consciously impose limits on ourselves if we are to survive. We're in trouble, on all fronts, and the trouble is wider and deeper than most of us have been willing to acknowledge. We should struggle to build a road on which we can walk through those troubles -- if such a road is possible -- but I doubt it's going to look like any path we had previously envisioned, nor is it likely to lead anywhere close to where most of us thought we were going.


Dumb and Dumber: Are Americans Hostile to Knowledge?  By Patricia Cohen  2/14/08  Not only are Americans ignorant about essential scientific, civic and cultural knowledge but they also don’t think it matters.


The Absurd Persistence Of Domination  by Jason Miller  1/2/08  - Capitalism, the systemization of greed, selfishness, subjugation, and exploitation camouflaged by the narcotic of consumerism, the irresistible illusion of equal opportunity for all, and its ostensible compatibility with liberal democracy, has seduced hundreds of millions of people into ignoring its contradictions, injustices, and malevolence.


The Madness Of George W. Bush:
 A Reflection Of Our Collective Psychosis  by Paul Levy - George W. Bush is ill. He has a psycho-spiritual dis-ease of the soul, a sickness that is endemic to our culture and symptomatic of the times in which we live. It is an illness that has been with us since time immemorial. Because it is an illness in the soul of all of humanity, it pervades the field and is in all of us in potential at any moment, which makes it especially hard to diagnose. The malignant egophrenia epidemic has induced a form of criminal insanity in the entire Bush regime that we are all complicit in by allowing it to happen.


The Value of the Truth  
Andrew Bard Schmookler, Summer 2005  - There’s a good reason why the truth has a good reputation.  One need only look at where untruth gets us. The quest for truth may at times lead to confusion, but in the long run such confusion is a lot less dangerous than a disastrously false certainty.  Reality may not always be what we might wish it were, but reality doesn’t go away even when we close our eyes to it. And those who don’t grab that bull by the tail are likely to end up getting trampled by it.


What Makes Americans Susceptible to Manipulation?  
 Andrew Bard Schmookler  10/04  - The powerful used to just take what they wanted by the sword. The rise of democracy required the powerful to trade in the sword for the con job: just manipulate the people into choosing against their own true interests. It is only when the people can see through the lies that they reclaim the power that is their birthright as citizens of this American democracy.



Sites & Blogs


Truthdig – drilling beneath the headlines – 2010 best political blog


Boiling Frogs: home of the irate minority – Sibel Edmonds’ podcasts and blogs.


International Forum on Globalization (IFG) - (IFG) is a North-South research and educational institution composed of leading activists, economists, scholars, and researchers providing analysis and critiques on the cultural, social, political, and environmental impacts of economic globalization.


Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization


The Transnational Institute (TNI)TNI carries out cutting-edge analysis on critical global issues, builds alliances with grassroots social movements, develops proposals for a more sustainable and just world.


The American Empire ProjectAt this moment of unprecedented economic and military strength, the leaders of the United States have embraced imperial ambitions openly. How did we get to this point? And what lies down the road?


Project CensoredMedia Democracy in Action. Top censored stories.


Want to Know Our website focuses on providing reliable, verifiable facts which are being hidden from public view. By spreading this important information, each of us can make a difference.


Wall Street Warzone: the Secret War to Control America's Mind, Your Money & Global Markets by Paul B. Farrell, JK, PhD - Economics, new science, psychology.


The Zeitgeist Movement - Fluid social change can only materialize if two circumstances are met. One, the human value system, which consists of our understandings and beliefs, must be updated and changed through education and thoughtful introspection. Two, the environment surrounding that value system must change to support the new world view. The interaction between a person's value system and their environment is what influences human behavior.


Empire Burlesque: High Crimes and Low Comedy in the American ImperiumChris Floyd’s blog


Ebullient SkepticismPhil Rockstroh’s blog - Commentary on the current political and cultural climate of America and the internalization of corporate capitalism.


Naomi Klein’s Shock Doctrine Blog


Big Brother Media Articles: Excerpts of Key Big Brother Media Articles from Major Media



Audio & Video


Social Pathology: the Invisible Prison, Part1/11 by Peter Joseph  4/10 – We can no longer rely on government institutions to steer us in the right direction.  Every government on this planet is locked into an economically oriented social program, which is self-serving, unsustainable and destructive, to one degree or another.


The Real News Network – “The Future Depends on Knowing”


Dennis Kucinich at the DNC: Wake Up America!


Naomi Klein on China and the Olympics  8/9-18/08 – "Corporations are built to be opportunistic. That's their mission. If there's an opportunity, they must take advantage of it, and it's in the interests of their shareholders, and they shouldn't be sentimental about it. So that's what capitalism is supposed to do: take advantage of opportunities. What I'm talking about, and what I mean by disaster capitalism, is a political strategy."  5-part interview includes Is China a new disaster-capitalism trough? China security tech supplied by US companies, Is China’s authoritarian capitalism a global trend?, Shock doctrine opens way for oil drilling.


The Way of the World: Ron Suskind - How the Bush Admin deliberately faked an Iraq-al-Qaeda connection and undermined diplomacy and democracy in Pakistan and Iran8/13/08  (1 hour)


Democracy Now: American Fascists Pt. 1Chris Hedges on Democracy Now! - Hedges draws striking parallels between 20th-century totalitarian movements and the highly organized, well-funded "dominionist movement" in the United States, an influential theocratic sect within the country's huge evangelical population.

Democracy Now: American Fascists Pt. 2 - Chris Hedges


With Crises in Fuel, Food, Housing and Banking, What Gvt. Policies Are Being Pushed Through? Naomi Klein Reexamines "The Shock Doctrine" 7/15/08  - Klein: What I mean by “the shock doctrine” is that there is a clear political strategy, and has been for several decades, to exploit these moments when people are desperate for quick-fix solutions and more inclined to believe in a kind of a magical cure, to push through very, very unpopular policies that don’t actually solve the crisis at hand, that don’t actually help people, but are incredibly profitable for multinational corporations.    


A People's History of American Empire by Howard Zinn – an animated video of Zinn’s "Empire or Humanity? What the Classroom Didn't Teach Me about the American Empire," read by Viggo Mortensen.


CAUGHT: Pentagon pundits on TV news


Skimbleshanks   3/21/08  - Of all the books on 9/11, Peter Dale Scott's learned The Road To 9/11  deserves special recognition for situating the events of 9/11 in an intelligible, albeit complicated, context. Unlike other social critics who see a simple narrative in government actions, Peter sees rich textures in what he calls 'the deep state.' An agnostic about what actually happened on 9/11 Peter nevertheless convincingly argues that everything is not as it seems. Here, we take up 9/11 as well as larger philosophical themes. Audio: 1 hour, 16 min.


TomDispatch interviews Nick Turse on The Complex: How the Military Invades Our Everyday Lives  (3/08)


Privacy is Dead: Get Over It - Part I  by Steven Rambam

Privacy is Dead: Get Over It – Part 2  by Steven Rambam


Robert F. Kennedy Jr. on the American MediaAmericans are the most entertained and least informed people in the world.


Torture and Democracy: Scholar Darius Rejali Details the History and Scope of Modern Torture  3/12/08 - Darius Rejali has been described as “one of the world’s leading thinkers and writers on the subject of torture and the consequences of its use for modern society.” Rejali is a professor of political science at Reed College and author of the new book Torture and Democracy.


American Unreason - Bill Moyers talks with Susan Jacoby about her new book, THE AGE OF AMERICAN UNREASON.  2/15/08


Taxi to the Dark Side: Oscar-winning documentary film explores U.S. abuses in “War on Terror - director Alex Gibney interview on Democracy Now!  2/1/08


Dramatic Voices of Dissent: Celebrities Film Zinn's 'The People Speak'  by Sue Katz  1/26/08


Author and Social Critic Susan Faludi on “The Terror Dream: Fear and Fantasy in Post-9/11 America” examines the cultural impact of the 9/11 attacks and concludes that the United States has been living in a myth since. She explores how the attacks led to the denigration of women here in the United States, the magnification of manly men and the call for greater domesticity. 10/4/07


“The End of America”: Naomi Wolf Warns U.S. in Slow Descent into Fascism on Democracy Now!


Talk by Naomi Wolf - The End of America - The Fascist Blueprint, it can happen here


The Shock Doctrine Short Film - A Film by Alfonso Cuarón and Naomi Klein, directed by Jonás Cuarón.


A Big Easy North American Union A complete restructuring of US laws and transportation infrastructure is taking place behind closed doors, without Congressional oversight or approval.  This shows the disastrous consequences of NAFTA for New Orleans and the US.


Edward Bernays and the Assassination of Democracy - Mind manipulation USA - It's possible that Americans are single most manipulated people on earth.  How did we get this way?  Here's some essential history you weren't taught in school.


The Century Of The Self  by Adam Curtis 2007, Parts 1-4 (58 min each) - A BBC series on the manipulation of the American public by using Freud’s theories in order to control the masses in an age of democracy.  The appeal to the public‘s baser instincts by business and then politicians has promoted narcissism and confusion, and debased democracy.


Economic Hitman - John Perkins interviewed on Democracy Now! 2/15/06 - The US has long exploited countries throughout Central and Latin America for the natural resources, labor and land. Over the decades, this exploitation has been backed up by force and through devastating policies dictated to puppet regimes. Our next guest says he helped the U.S. cheat poor countries in Latin America and around the globe out of trillions of dollars by lending them more money than they could possibly repay and then taking over their economies.


Why We Fight – a documentary by Eugene Jarecki  2005  (99 min) - Inspired by Dwight Eisenhower's legendary farewell speech (in which he coined the phrase 'military industrial complex'), filmmaker Jarecki surveys the scorched landscape of a half-century's military adventures, asking how and telling why a nation of, by, and for the people has become the savings-and-loan of a system whose survival depends on a state of constant war. Wars use expensive weapons and arms. Corporations gain from the sale of these weapons through increased revenues, profits and stock prices. Military companies support politicians that are expected to keep their interests in mind. And the bill for these weapons comes directly from the government to U.S. taxpayers. This is not a far-fetched conspiracy theory but simply the natural evolution of business when checks and balances are not in place. This film investigates the history of 'the military industrial complex.' Every American needs to see this film.


Hijacked Future  - Canadian documentary examines the increasingly fragile base of the North American industrial food system in order to bring consumers to a better understanding of what’s at stake with our daily bread.  It asks us to question the wisdom of a system precariously based on oil and corporate seeds while we’re witnessing the impact of climate change.


Zeitgeist (2 hrs.) - 9/11, military industrial complex, religious institutions, total information awareness, global control, the federal reserve, what global corporate power is planning for us all.


Unconstitutional: the War on our Civil Liberties - A documentary that investigates the ways in which the civil liberties of American citizens and immigrants have been rolled back since the September 11 and the Patriot Act.


Uncovered: The Whole Truth about the Iraq War


Best Videos Available for Free Viewing – many surprises here!


Blimp TV – Humor!


The Secret Government videos by Brasscheck TV


Paul Hawken on Blessed Unrest The largest social movement in the world has no (white male) leader and nobody’s in charge. It is about ideas, not ideologies.  Social and environmental justice movements have merged under an ethos of connection and sacredness.  We’re moving into a world created by community. It’s humanity’s immune response to corruption and injustice.  (1 hr.)





Zeitgeist: Addendum - Instead of weapons of mass destruction, it is time to unleash something much more powerful… Weapons of Mass Creation. Our true divinity is our ability to create, and armed with the understanding of the Symbiotic connections of life, while being guided by the emergent nature of reality, there is nothing we cannot do or accomplish. Of course, we face strong barriers, in the form of established power structures that refuse to change. At the heart of these structures is the monetary system. The fractional reserve policy is a form of slavery through debt, where it is literally impossible for society to be free. These financial and corporate structures are now obsolete and they must be outgrown.


Taxi to the Dark Side - An in-depth look at the torture practices of the United States in Afghanistan, Iraq and Guantanamo Bay.


911 False Flag  - This 73 min. documentary focuses on the inconsistencies in the official version of the events as well as on the evidence that has been suppressed regarding September 11th. In addition, it answers the questions of why we still know nothing about it to this day and why we are being deceived – also in European countries.  A German film with English subtitles.


Manufactured Landscapes  - A documentary by Jennifer Baichwal on the work of renowned artist Edward Burtynsky. Internationally acclaimed for his large-scale photographs of “manufactured landscapes”—quarries, recycling yards, factories, mines and dams—Burtynsky creates beautiful art from industrial civilization’s materials and debris. The film follows him through China, as he shoots the evidence and effects of that country’s massive industrial revolution, inspiring us to meditate on our impact on the planet as we witness both the epicenters of industrial endeavor and the dumping grounds of its waste.  Manufactured Landscapes powerfully shifts our consciousness about the world and the way we live in it, without simplistic judgments or reductive resolutions.


The Lives of Others - Before the fall of the Berlin Wall, East Germany's secret police listened to your secrets. In 1984 East Berlin, an agent of the secret police, conducting surveillance on a writer and his lover, finds himself becoming increasingly absorbed in their lives.


Children of Men feature film by Alfonso Cuarón


The Corporation  - a film and a campaign for corporate harm reduction


The Black PimpernelSwedish film about Swedish ambassador Harald Edelstam and his fight for human rights in Chile during the military coup that replaced Salvador Allende with Augusto Pinochet in 1973.


Amazing GraceA film about social change, and the compassion and courage it took to end the slave trade in Britain.





Extraordinary Popular Delusions and The Madness of Crowds  by Charles Mackay - Why do otherwise intelligent individuals form seething masses of idiocy when they engage in collective action? Why do financially sensible people jump lemming-like into hare-brained speculative frenzies--only to jump broker-like out of windows when their fantasies dissolve? We may think that the Great Crash of 1929, junk bonds of the '80s, and over-valued high-tech stocks of the '90s are peculiarly 20th century aberrations, but Mackay's classic--first published in 1841--shows that the madness and confusion of crowds knows no limits, and has no temporal bounds. These are extraordinarily illuminating, and, unfortunately, entertaining tales of chicanery, greed and naivete. Essential reading for any student of human nature or the transmission of ideas.  If you want to know how many times the world has been gripped by madness then look no farther than MacKay's classic. Written in that wonderful Olde English style of the early 19th century, MacKay takes us on a tour of the world's most horrifying manias - up to about 1840 anyway. It deals with irrational behaviour and mass stupidity in all walks of life.


Hopes and Prospects  by Noam Chomsky  6/10  - As not only American foreign policy but its domestic economy accelerates its decline to a point that only the blind or obtuse can ignore, people who have dismissed Noam Chomsky in the past as "too radical" may now want to read Hopes and Prospects in order to understand what is really going on.


Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle  by Chris Hedges  7/09  - Pulitzer prize-winning Chris Hedges charts the political, social and cultural consequences of the dramatic and disturbing rise of a post-literate America that craves fantasy, ecstasy and illusion. Hedges exposes the mechanisms used to divert us from confronting the economic, political, and moral collapse around us. The cultural embrace of illusion, and the celebrity culture that has risen up around it, have accompanied a growing system of casino capitalism, with its complicated and unregulated deals of turning debt into magical assets to create fictional wealth for us, and vast wealth for our elite. Corporations, behind the smoke screen, have ruthlessly dismantled and destroyed our manufacturing base and impoverished our working class. The free market became our god and government was taken hostage by corporations, the same corporations that entice us daily with illusions through the mass media, the entertainment industry, and popular culture.


Delusions of Normality: Sanity, Drugs, Sex, Money and Beliefs in America  by J.P. Harpignies  2/09  - In Delusions of Normality: Sanity, Drugs, Sex, Money and Beliefs in America, J P Harpignies argues convincingly that many of the unspoken assumptions underlying our media's discourse about our society are at serious odds with the reality of our lives. Delusions offers a bracing but entertaining look at some of the darker corners of American life, providing a corrective lens to our rose-colored myopia about how we really are. It offers compelling evidence that we are collectively far less sane, far more corruptible, and far 'druggier', kinkier and zanier than we generally admit. Educators, social scientists, therapists and the merely curious, take note.  Harpignies says, “A remarkably dynamic strain of corruption, bottom-feeding con artistry and predatory financial behavior at all levels, some technically legal, some borderline, some blatantly criminal, is an integral aspect of American life, central to the evolution of our economic system. It’s not a disease. It's long been a core attribute of the organism itself.


The Predator State: How Conservatives Abandoned the Free Market and Why Liberals Should Too  by James Galbraith  2008  - The cult of the free market has dominated economic policy-talk since the Reagan revolution of nearly thirty years ago. Tax cuts and small government, monetarism, balanced budgets, deregulation, and free trade are the core elements of this dogma, a dogma so successful that even many liberals accept it.  In this riveting book, Galbraith first dissects the stale remains of Reaganism and shows how Bush and company had no choice except to dump them into the trash. He then explores the true nature of the Bush regime: a "corporate republic," bringing the methods and mentality of big business to public life; a coalition of lobbies, doing the bidding of clients in the oil, mining, military, pharmaceutical, agribusiness, insurance, and media industries; and a predator state, intent not on reducing government but rather on diverting public cash into private hands. In plain English, the Republican Party has been hijacked by political leaders who long since stopped caring if reality conformed to their message.


The Madness Of George W. Bush: A Reflection Of Our Collective Psychosis  by Paul Levy  - Paul Levy explores whether the madness that George W. Bush has fallen into is showing us something particularly important about ourselves. What if Bush’s madness is a reflection of our own potential for madness? What if Bush has been collectively dreamed up to play out, in full-bodied form, a pathological role existing deep within the collective unconscious of all humanity? Though this book centers on George Bush, it is ultimately about ourselves. 


The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How The War on Terror Turned into a War on American Ideals  by Jane Mayer  - This hard-hitting expose examines both the controversial excesses of the war on terror and the home-front struggle to circumvent legal obstacles to its prosecution. Mayer details the battle within the Bush Administration over a new anti-terrorism policy of harsh interrogations, indefinite detentions without due process, extraordinary renditions, secret CIA prisons and warrantless wiretappings. Fighting with memos and legal briefs, hard-liners led by Dick Cheney rejected any constraints on the treatment of prisoners or limitations on presidential power in fighting terrorism, while less militant administration lawyers invoked the Constitution and international law to oppose their initiatives. As a counterpoint to the wrangling over the definition of torture and the Geneva Conventions, the author looks at the interrogation techniques used by the American military and CIA; her chilling account compellingly argues that this "enhanced interrogation" regimen constitutes torture. The result is a meticulous behind-the-scenes reconstruction of policymaking that demonstrates how legal abstractions became an ugly reality.


The Wrecking Crew: How Conservatives Rule by Thomas Frank - Casting back to the early days of the conservative revolution, Frank describes the rise of a ruling coalition dedicated to dismantling government. But rather than cutting down the big government they claim to hate, conservatives have simply sold it off, deregulating some industries, defunding others, but always turning public policy into a private-sector bidding war. It is no coincidence that the same politicians who guffaw at the idea of effective government have installed a regime in which incompetence is the rule. Nor will the country easily shake off the consequences of deliberate misgovernment through the usual election remedies. Obsessed with achieving a lasting victory, conservatives have taken pains to enshrine the free market as a permanent creed of the state.  


The Way of the World: A Story of Truth and Hope in an Age of Extremism  by Ron Suskind  -  A startling look at how America lost its way and at the nation’s struggle, day by day, to reclaim the moral authority upon which its survival depends. From the White House to Downing Street, from the fault-line countries of South Asia to the sands of Guantánamo, Suskind offers an astonishing story that connects world leaders to the forces waging today’s shadow wars and to the next generation of global citizens. Tracking down truth and hope within the Beltway and far beyond it, Suskind delivers historic disclosures with this emotionally stirring and strikingly original portrait of the post-9/11 world.


It's Getting Ugly Out There: The Frauds, Bunglers, Liars, and Losers Who Are Hurting America  by Jack Cafferty  - Newsman Cafferty has made a career of saying whatever he damn well pleases: "I get paid to ask questions I don't know the answers to and to complain about the things that bother me." Reading the television news correspondent's first book feels much like watching his segments on CNN's The Situation Room, in which he follows a similarly straightforward formula: denounce bad leadership, media shortcomings and government missteps with a satirical tone just above withering. Without his rich vocal presence, Cafferty's tough talking cynicism can become grating, but also cuts through, with ease, a media climate thick with rigid ideology and tabloid excess.


American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America by Chris Hedges  - Citing the psychology and sociology of fascism and cults, including the work of German historian Fritz Stern, Hedges draws striking parallels between 20th-century totalitarian movements and the highly organized, well-funded "dominionist movement" in the United States, an influential theocratic sect within the country's huge evangelical population. Rooted in a radical Calvinism, and wrapping its apocalyptic, vehemently militant, sexist and homophobic vision in patriotic and religious rhetoric, dominionism seeks absolute power in a Christian state. Hedges's reportage profiles both former members and true believers, evoking the particular characteristics of this American variant of fascism. This urgent book forcefully illuminates what many across the political spectrum will recognize as a serious and growing threat to the very concept and practice of an open society.


American Mania: When More Is Not Enough  by Dr. Peter Whybrow  - The indictment of American society offered here—that America's supercharged free-market capitalism shackles us to a treadmill of overwork and overconsumption, frays family and community ties and leaves us anxious, alienated and overweight—is familiar. What's more idiosyncratic and compelling is the author's grounding his treatise in political economy (citing everyone from Adam Smith to Thorstein Veblen) as well as in neuropsychiatry, primatology and genetics. Psychiatrist Whybrow (Mood Apart) diagnoses a form of clinical mania in which "the dopamine reward systems of the brain are... hijacked" by pleasurable frenzies.  Whybrow's analysis of the contemporary rat race is acute, and by medicalizing the problem he locates it in behavior and genetics—away from the arena of conventional political and economic action where more systemic solutions might surface, but toward a place where individual responsibility can turn "self-interest into social fellowship."


The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder  by Vincent Bugliosi 5/08 – Former prosecutor Bugliosi presents a tight, meticulously researched legal case that puts George W. Bush on trial in an American courtroom for the murder of nearly 4,000 American soldiers fighting the war in Iraq. Bugliosi sets forth the legal architecture and incontrovertible evidence that President Bush took this nation to war in Iraq under false pretenses—a war that has not only caused the deaths of American soldiers but also over 100,000 innocent Iraqi men, women, and children; cost the United States over one trillion dollars thus far with no end in sight; and alienated many American allies in the Western world.


The Complex: How the Military Invades Our Everyday Lives  by Nick Turse  - Here is the new, hip, high-tech military-industrial complex -- an omnipresent, hidden-in-plain-sight system of systems that penetrates all our lives. Mapping out what should more properly be called the Military - Industrial - Technological - Entertainment - Scientific - Media - Intelligence - Corporate Complex, historian Nick Turse demonstrates just how extensively the Pentagon, through its little-noticed contacts (and contracts) with America's major corporations, has taken hold of the nation.


Distracted: The Erosion of Attention and the Coming Dark Age  by Maggie Jackson  - In this richly detailed and passionately argued book, Jackson warns that modern society's inability to focus heralds an impending Dark Age—an era historically characterized by the decline of a civilization amid abundance and technological advancement. Jackson posits that our near-religious allegiance to a constant state of motion and addiction to multitasking are eroding our capacity for deep, sustained, perceptive attention—the building block of intimacy, wisdom and cultural progress—and stunting society's ability to comprehend what's relevant and permanent.


Just How Stupid Are We?: Facing the Truth About the American Voter  by Rick Shenkman – Shenkman makes the provocative argument that as American voters have gained political power in the last 50 years, they have become increasingly ignorant of politics and world affairs—and dangerously susceptible to manipulation. The book provides a litany of depressing statistics as Shenkman inquires whether Americans are capable of voting in the nation's or even their own best interests. In lucid, playful prose, he illustrates how politicians have repeatedly misled voters and analyzes the dumbing down of American politics via marketing, spin machines and misinformation. He makes welcome suggestions to reinvigorate civic responsibility and provide people with the knowledge and tools necessary to effictively participate in the political process.


No Contest: The Case Against Competition  by Alfie Kohn  - Contending that competition in all areas - school, family, sports and business is destructive, and that success so achieved is at the expense of another's failure - Kohn, a correspondent for USA Today, advocates a restructuring of our institutions to replace competition with cooperation. He persuasively demonstrates how the ingrained American myth that competition is the only normal and desirable way of life - from Little Leagues to the presidency - is counterproductive, personally and for the national economy, and how psychologically it poisons relationships, fosters anxiety and takes the fun out of work and play. He charges that competition is a learned phenomenon and denies that it builds character and self-esteem. Kohn's measures to encourage cooperation in lieu of competition include promoting noncompetitive games, eliminating scholastic grades and substitution of mutual security for national security.


The End of America by Naomi Wolf


The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism by Naomi Klein


The True Story of the Bilderberg Group   by Daniel Estulin


Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army by Jeremy Scahill


The Lugano Report: On Preserving Capitalism in the Twenty-first Century  by Susan George,  Pluto Press, 2003 - A new edition of Susan George's prophetic satire on capitalism: Fictional experts recruited by world leaders to discuss the future of global capitalism provide their assessment of the dire state of the current economy and put forward new ideas for ensuring the survival of the system. But at what cost?  Susan George provides a brilliant and chilling vision of the way the winners in the globalisation game profit from poverty and reveals, with relentless logic, the dark future that lies ahead under corporate globalization.



See Positive Disintegration Links for more links related to empire and fascism, and the Cassandra Club for more links to blogs by those who are facing and writing about the disintegration of empire.



Pity the Nation

By Lawrence Ferlinghetti


Pity the nation whose people are sheep,

and whose shepherds mislead them.


Pity the nation whose leaders are liars, whose sages are silenced,

and whose bigots haunt the airwaves.


Pity the nation that raises not its voice,

except to praise conquerors and acclaim the bully as hero

and aims to rule the world with force and by torture.


Pity the nation that knows no other language but its own

and no other culture but its own.


Pity the nation whose breath is money

and sleeps the sleep of the too well fed.


Pity the nation -- oh, pity the people who allow their rights to erode

and their freedoms to be washed away.


My country, tears of thee, sweet land of liberty.




Land of the Free © Michele Waters

© 2010 Suzanne Duarte