Pioneers

•November 17, 2017 • Leave a Comment

When white pioneers of the city of Seattle burned down the 90 majestic longhouses of the Duwamish Tribe, the arson was perpetrated by people of the same mentality that others would–a century later–burn down Black churches in the Deep South.

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Lost Causes and the American Dream

•February 19, 2017 • Leave a Comment

I have nothing against lost causes like the environmental and human rights movements; for a brief period of time in the 20th Century, they achieved important objectives. But now, in the 21st Century, the goals of economic sustainability and human dignity have been annihilated.

Protests by the politically powerless may be interesting subversive gestures to anthropologists, but they have no chance of stopping the finance sector or the military-humanitarian-industrial complex.

When all of America’s oil and gas has been exported, Bill Gates can realize his dream of a nuclear future, in which he and other oligarchs reign supreme.

Golden Dawn

•January 20, 2017 • Leave a Comment

The convergence of Christian religious fanatics and ethically-challenged opportunists embodied in the Trump Presidential Cabinet is disturbing, but the fascist tendencies of Speaker of the House Paul Ryan offer an unprecedented monopoly of power at the dawn of an age of pandemic panic. With the recent news that lethal bacteria is now resistant to all antibiotics, an epidemic of untreatable disease will provide ample excuse for abridging civil liberties and establishing martial law. Like 9/11 under Bush, the coming plague in the US is viewed by the power elite as a golden opportunity to end democracy in America, and to consolidate the control of all aspects of civil life.

Nobrainer Nostalgia

•December 15, 2016 • Leave a Comment

As President Obama transitions from Commander-in-Chief to elder statesman, liberal pundits will need to cherry-pick his record on human rights for posterity. Unfortunately for the man who received the Nobel Peace Prize as president-elect in 2008, his first week in office included his lifting of the arms ban on Kopassus, the Indonesian military special forces used to murder indigenous religious leaders in the illegally-annexed West Papua.

A Clear Agenda

•December 10, 2016 • Leave a Comment

As Cory Morningstar and Forrest Palmer report, the corporations that fund the non-profit industrial complex through tax-exempt foundations have a clear agenda, even though that agenda is obscured by the much-hyped show business of the so-called ‘activists’ on their payroll. For corporations like Unilever–owner of Ben & Jerry’s, as well as the “Fair and Lovely” line of products for people of color to whiten their skin–funding foundations run by sellout NGO elites in service to Wall Street is just part of doing business.

When these co-opted NGOs, i.e. Greenpeace USA and Earth Economics, partner with Wall Street fronts such as 350, Avaaz and Ceres, they function as well-heeled pied pipers that distract concerned people from more serious and effective political engagement. To call this aspect of the thoroughly-corrupted, non-profit industry serious fraud is an understatement. When this complex exploits indigenous peoples fighting for their lives against Wall Street, it becomes an exercise in Orwellian doublespeak.

As a result, caring but naive followers of these pied pipers are led into “consumer activism” and other infantile civic roles, where they are easily manipulated by public relations firms such as Agit-Pop Communications (formerly Ruckus Productions). These PR firms, in turn, promote fascist enterprises such as The New Economy.

Bringing the Oil Wars Home

•December 6, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Perhaps the clearest distinction between the Trump and Clinton agendas is the geography of war. The notorious war hawk Hillary Clinton emphasized the conquest of foreign competitors for control of the international oil market, while the demagogue Donald Trump seeks to vanquish domestic opposition to US domination of energy production.

Both Trump and Clinton support expansion of American military prowess and energy dominance, making this difference in emphasis less important than their mutual agreement on the virtue of force, as opposed to the rule of international law. Both of their philosophies result in a devastated environment and dystopian society.

 

Pentecostals Not Welcome

•November 26, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Indigenous leaders in northern Colombia expelled a group of evangelical Christians from their community recently, saying the missionaries were contributing to the “physical, cultural and spiritual extermination of our ethnic group” according to a press statement.

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