Nixon

Nixon’s Genesis of the Paranoid National Security State

Tom Engelhardt.  Introduction by William Astore. And Nixon said, “Let there be tapes.”  And there was surveillance — and knowledge of good and evil — and a multitude of dirty tricks.  And Nixon thought it was good.  And American democracy was fallen, forevermore. And after Nixon slew democracy, the Founders asked him where it was. …

The Donald: Easy to make fun of ... too easy

Donald Trump and American Fascism?

W.J. Astore A reader wrote to me this morning about Donald Trump and American fascism.  Is Trump, with his anti-immigrant posturing and his generally bombastic demeanor, tapping into a “fascist spring” in America? The question seems unduly alarming as well as absurd.  But let’s pause for a moment.  I recently saw on TV the results…

debt

Greece and the Idea of Debt

Eric Frith (This article originally appeared at Tropics of Meta and is used with the kind permission of the author.) The Greek sovereign debt crisis reached a climax early this week when, in an impromptu popular referendum, Greeks overwhelmingly rejected the terms of the bailout package offered by Eurozone leaders and the troika (the European…