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The End of Freedom and Democracy

Why does the United States have an opioid crisis? Same reason we have a food safety crisis and are besieged by foreign and domestic terrorists. These...

Donald Trump: Every Terrorist’s Friend

Winning over the civilian populations of divided lands is the key to successful counter-terrorism operations, according to United States military doctrine. It’s the basis of...

Are “We The People” still part of the world’s greatest democracy?

We the People of the United States have become all but irrelevant in the policy discussions conducted by our elected leaders in Washington, D.C....

Cynical pans SyriaMania 23

Last night's scripted "attack" on Syria's Shayrat Airfield was the political equivalent of the WrestleMania 23 professional wrestling promotion in Detroit in 2007.  Not a...

Imperialism Blues: A good puppet’s hard to find

When it comes to puppet rulers and military proxies you rarely get what you pay for in the global domination game and that's a...

We’re Rome 300 AD

I was standing outside the Roman Forum with a group of American college students in 1983 when one of my classmates kept repeating the...

U.S. Headed Toward Third-World Status

Economic data suggests the United States is slipping toward the status of a Third World nation as wealth becomes more concentrated in the hands of the richest 1%.

If fundamental changes are not made the U.S. could become a post-industrial, neo-Third-World nation as early as 2032 if the embattled middle class continues to slip into poverty.

American families are working harder than ever before, with both spouses now firmly in the workplace in most households, but real household incomes have slipped to 1996 levels. One in six Americans now lives in poverty and one in eight is dependent on food stamps.

Overall household wealth in the United States has fallen by $7.7 trillion, thanks partly to the housing crisis and current economic slowdown. Meanwhile, the rich are growing richer with the wealthiest 1% tripling their household incomes from 1979 to 2007. They're also demonstrably over-represented in the ranks of our elected leaders - increasing the social gap between those who make policy and those who shoulder the burdens of those policies.

Afghan interpreters looking for the exit door

If you're wondering whether our exit from Afghanistan is going to be as successful as the one from Iraq, you might draw some insight...

A Dishonored America in Decline

The opposite of one extreme is not the opposite extreme – it's moderation. Unfortunately, that axiom seems to have escaped the U.S....

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