Category History and Politics

A Reason to Impeach Trump Now

1.) The Constitution gives Congress and only Congress the right to declare war. 2.) The United States funds the Israeli military to the tune of billions of dollars a year. 3.) Trump is colluding with Benjamin Netanyahu to keep members of the United States Congress from traveling to Israel, limiting Congress’s ability to make informed […]

Our Fascist American Labor Unions

A union in Pennsylvania goes along with Royal Dutch Shell’s coercing their workers into attending a speech by Donald Trump and forbidding protests. “This is just what Shell wanted to do and we went along with it,” Ken Broadbent, business manager for Steamfitters Local 449, told the newspaper. He said he wouldn’t “bad rap” the […]

Ulysses Grant and Leo Tolstoy

  Let us consider the Battle of Gettysburg and the Battle of Borodino, the two greatest battles of the 19th Century. Most Americans, even the most historically illiterate Americans, know that from July 2nd to July 4th in 1863, Robert E. Lee and the Army of Northern Virginia, after having scored a stunning victory at […]

Al Franken Did Nothing Wrong

While the Me Too movement has had a positive effect on American culture, making it easier for women to speak out against sexual abuse at the workplace, it has always had one big problem. It makes little or no distinction between genuine evil, Harvey Weinstein and Jeffrey Epstein, and male behavior that’s merely vulgar or […]

Why Are Conspiracy Theories So Addictive?

A couple of weeks ago, for reasons I can’t entirely remember, I started reading a book by David McGowan (who was a major figure in the 9/11 Truth movement) called “Weird Scenes from the Canyon.” Weird Scenes from the Canyon is not about 9/11. It’s about popular culture. McGowan, who died back in 2015, argues […]

On Being a Millennial Turning 30

I have written two full length books and 160 articles for this website but I walk dogs for a living. Part of this was leaving college in the wake of the financial crash, part of this was refusing to water down my politics to suit an increasingly regressive employment culture, part of this was journalistic […]

It Can And Is Happening Here

I gave a quick talk about Occupy Wall Street to the Malta NY Rotary Club once. A man came up to me afterward. He looked like the aged Buster Keaton of The Railrodder and had made his living before he retired fixing CRT televisions. In the abstract I should have loved this guy. He came […]

Why are Eastern European Women Smarter than Western European Women?

Well, they’re not exactly “smarter” but according to the Economist, Polish, Lithuanian, and Serbian women do go into the sciences at a far higher rate than their counterparts in the West. The writer can’t quite figure out why so they blame it on those evil commies, who have been out of power since 1989 (so […]

An Open Letter to Nancy Pelosi

Dear Nancy, You keep saying now isn’t the time to impeach for reasons that apparently us mere mortals are too simple to understand. Or maybe you’re just bluffing because you don’t actually want to do anything. It can’t be because you’re busy working on some other agenda because all the Democratic party seems to have […]

This is Why The French Invented Guillotines

The Sackler family, who made their fortune off of Oxycontin, which is probably the major reason the life expectancy for middle-aged working-class white people has dramatically fallen over the past decade, are almost a perfect example of how the ruling class sees the world. As long as they get their kids into the right schools they […]