1984 how many fingers

What Trump Just Said is Not a Lie…

Stuart Lyle How many fingers am I holding up, Winston? If that quote sends shivers through you, then you know it’s provenance, George Orwell’s 1984.  “How many fingers am I holding up, Winston,” says the interrogator, while ostentatiously holding up 4 fingers, “if the party says that it is not four but five…?” Those in…

Ilhan Omar

Democrats Tried to Excommunicate Ilhan Omar, and Failed

Richard Silverstein NOTE: This is a substantially expanded version of a piece published yesterday by Al Jazeera.  It’s the first op-ed I’ve published there in ten years, so it’s an auspicious development.  My KPFA Flashpoints interview discussing the subject can be heard here. For those who don’t remember their medieval history, during the Spanish Inquisition…

State of the Union

“There are Lies, Lies, Lies, and More Lies, There are Damned Lies” – Trump’s SotU Speach

Richard Silverstein Donald Trump presented his second State of the Union speech tonight and it was a phantasmagoria of Trumpian grandeur, and not in a good way.  For future generations, it should be used as a model for what not to do when preparing and delivering such an address.  It was significant both for what…

George H. W. Bush war hawk

Requiem for a Hawk

Intro by b. traven Bill Clinton, that paragon of marital fidelity, could not wait when he was president to rush to Richard Nixon’s funeral to pay his respect to the man who was drummed from the of Presidency for his alleged crimes and misdemeanors while in office. Clinton has now, in concert with his equally…