The Demented — and Selective — Game of Instantly Blaming Political Opponents For Mass Shootings

Source: Glenn Greenwald
by Glenn Greenwald

“All ideologies spawn psychopaths who kill innocents in its name. Yet only some are blamed for their violent adherents: by opportunists cravenly exploiting corpses while they still lie on the ground.” (05/15/22)

Hofstadter’s Paranoid Style Revisited

Source: Quillette
by Michael J Totten

“Roughly a quarter of Republican voters in the United States believe that ‘elitists’ in government, the media, and Hollywood are a cabal of Satan-worshipping, child-trafficking pedophiles who murder children for their adrenochrome. Meanwhile, 25 percent of Americans believe that it’s ‘definitely true’ or ‘probably true’ that the coronavirus pandemic was ‘planned.’ More than a third of self-identified conservative Republicans are in this camp, as are nearly one-in-five Democrats. These are not garden-variety conspiracy theories. … If you believe these plots are real, you are not the target audience for historian Richard Hofstadter’s collection of essays, The Paranoid Style in American Politics, first published in the 1950s and 1960s.” (05/15/22)

The Eurasian Road to American Panarchy and the Agorist Path to Cold War Salvation

Source: exile in happy valley
by Nicky Reid

“It could have been a beautiful nightmare. The most terrifyingly colossal empire in human history done in not by another rival empire but by another rival century. After the long bloody American Century, a century defined by world wars, cold wars, forever wars, and the constant looming threat of nuclear war and after centuries of unipolar white Anglo-Saxon global supremacy, the Eurasian Century was going to be different. A multipolar order of the yellow people we raped in the South and their pale faced cousins who we’ve long manipulated into submission in the West. An unlikely partnership of the formerly colonized and former colonizers that remained too diverse to form a singular empire but too vital for the current empire to suppress indefinitely, no matter how many stupid fucking color wars and humanitarian interventions they chucked at it.” (05/15/22)

Pentagon-Funded Think Tank Simulates War With China On NBC

Source: Caitlin Johnstone, Rogue Journalist
by Caitlin Johnstone

“NBC’s Meet the Press just aired an absolutely freakish segment in which the influential narrative management firm Center for a New American Security (CNAS) ran war games simulating a direct US hot war with China. CNAS is funded by the Pentagon and by military-industrial complex corporations … as well as the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office, which as Antiwar’s Dave DeCamp notes is the de facto Taiwanese embassy in the US. The war game simulates a conflict over Taiwan which we are informed is set in the year 2027 …. We are not told why there needs to be a specific year inserted into mainstream American consciousness about when we can expect such a conflict, but then we are also not told why NBC is platforming a war machine think tank’s simulation of a military conflict with China at all.” (05/16/22)

Oh baby, baby

Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“Supply chain troubles continue to bedevil us, as the demon-in-chief continues to wander mentally, verbally, and no doubt physically around 1600 PA. Not that HE is to blame — or that the occupant of 1600 PA should have ANY power over supply chains of anything. But the sad fact is that Uncle Joe DOES have an insane amount of power over the economy — both actual and by perception and influence, at least to disrupt and destroy. Including supplying formula. Yes, I know Uncle Joe says the shortage is the highest priority of the federal government right now, and will get better within weeks. How long can a baby go without food before they starve? Is Uncle Joe to blame? A lot of people want to blame him. Shockingly I submit it is NOT him to blame.” (05/15/22)

Crime Begets Crime, ICE Edition

Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“On May 10, Georgetown Law’s Center on Privacy & Technology released a report — ‘American Dragnet: Data-Driven Deportation in the 21st Century’ —  which you should find disturbing but shouldn’t find surprising. The part you should find disturbing: ‘ICE [Immigration and Customs Enforcement]  has created a surveillance infrastructure that enables it to pull detailed dossiers on nearly anyone, seemingly at any time. In its efforts to arrest and deport, ICE has — without any judicial, legislative or public oversight — reached into datasets containing personal information about the vast majority of people living in the U.S.’ [That’s also the] part you shouldn’t find surprising …. a number of commentators pronounce themselves shocked — shocked! — that a federal agency which the US Constitution says can’t be allowed to exist would do things the US Constitution says it can’t be allowed to do.” (05/15/22)

Turn Pushers of This “Anti-White” Conspiracy Theory Into Pariahs

Source: The Daily Beast
by Andy Craig

“Not all political ideas one disagrees with should be shunned, and it is an important liberal virtue to leave a generous space for disagreement. But that doesn’t mean we have an obligation to remain oblivious to the reality that ideas have consequences, and some extremely bad ideas have extremely bad consequences. Just because the government shouldn’t interfere or censor doesn’t mean our society is better off if every such idea is accepted in polite company, or that we shouldn’t object to them being endorsed and promoted to a mass audience. This impulse is, for good reasons, especially strong in cases of hateful bigotry and dehumanizing rhetoric combined with wild conspiracy theories. We’re allowed to make this judgment, to exercise our freedom of association as well as our freedom of speech. ‘Replacement theory’ is firmly in that category. It’s not a close call.” (05/15/25)

Unions Exist to Look After Their Members, Baseball edition

Source: EconLog
by John Phelan

“In Minnesota, while the Player’s Association was striking for more money, the government school teachers of Minneapolis were doing the same thing. … MPR News reported that the teacher’s union was seeking, among other things, ‘higher wages for paraprofessionals.’ More money then, just like the baseball players. But there was a big difference between how these two strikes were presented by their respective unions. MPR News quoted one teacher saying: ‘Nobody wants to go on strike. None of the teachers do. None of the staff wants to … But for the kids, and for the students, and for their learning environment, it just needs to happen.’ … No baseball player ever said their strike was ‘for the fans.’ Just like the Player’s Association, the teacher’s union represents its members, quite rightly, but unlike the Player’s Association, the teacher’s union pretends it is acting in the interests of some additional stakeholders.” (05/14/22)

Alito’s Challenge to Libertarians

Source: Free Association
by Sheldon Richman

“In his recently leaked first draft of an opinion that would reverse the abortion-rights cases Roe v. Wade and Casey v. Planned Parenthood, Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito gives Americans a choice between judges who read their personal preferences into the Constitution and judges who recognize only rights that they find ‘rooted in [our] history and tradition’ and deem ‘essential to our Nation’s ‘scheme of ordered Liberty.” Is that it? Neither choice seems an adequate safeguard for individual freedom. Whether one likes the result or not, Alito’s draft in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization raises important issues apart from abortion. Indeed, he unintendedly draws attention to whether the Constitution can be relied on to protect liberty.” (05/13/22)

Censorship won’t cure disinformation

Source: Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
by Greg Lukianoff, Nadine Strossen, & Jacob Mchangama

“Assertion: Disinformation (and misinformation) about such vital topics as elections and COVID must be censored because it constitutes an existential threat to democracy and individual/public health. Jacob Mchangama: What do the Catholic Church, England under Henry VIII, The Soviet Union, Nazi Germany, and the European Union have in common? Certainly not much in terms of ideology, ethics, or philosophy. However, for all their fundamental differences each of these states and institutions have prohibited various forms of false information.” (05/13/22)