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Tyranny on Parade: Facebook Muzzles Liberal Group

Facebook muzzled The Cynical Times' brand of muscular Liberalism today to advance the fiction its long overdue crackdown on the hatemongers of The Right...

Gun-Toting Granny Caps Son

Anna Mae Blessing, 92, gave birth to a son 72 years ago and raised him up with the expectation she would be treated with...

MAGA 101: Donald Trump’s Mind Control Secrets

The secrets of master manipulator Donald Trump, the Reality TV Star who has successfully transformed millions of proud American workers into reflexive rule followers and tools of...

Hillary is Not The Anti-Trump

It still stuns me to hear Hillary Clinton blame her defeat in the 2016 presidential race on anything but the $153 million she accepted...

Trump Releases Controversial Book of Poetry

President Donald Trump set the literary world aflame this week with a bizarre book of poetry which is already being denounced as "fascist porn" by the...

Hillary tries to hijack resistance movement

Hillary Clinton continued to defy expectations this week by shamelessly claiming allegiance with the resistance movement targeting her Wall Street paymasters. The awkward power grab came at...

Greatest Amazon Product Review of All Time?

The No. 1 ally of tyranny is fear and the unscrupulous billionaires waging class warfare against the poor and middle class have done a...

Analysis: Occupy 2.0 Emerges Lean and Mean

A group of handcuffed Americans sat inside a fenced enclosure in Lower Manhattan on a blustery Saturday afternoon, their hands bound tightly behind them as fellow Occupy Wall Street protesters shouted words of support and thanks.

Their crime?

Challenging the public image of one of the chief beneficiaries of a New York City political machine dominated by real estate interests, Wall Street bankers and powerful religious institutions. The script reads like something out of Oliver Twist. However, instead of asking for a second bowl of gruel, the detainees had the effrontery to ask permission to set up a tent camp in a vacant lot.

The lot in question belongs to Trinity Church, a wealthy institution that's located a block from the New York Stock Exchange and counts some of the world's biggest bankers among its supporters. In theory, the church exists to champion the needy, but in reality it has become one of the city's largest landowners – a tool of the 1% - with an astounding real estate portfolio that's worth more than $10 billion.

That's "billion" with a "b."

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Global Rebellion: The Coming Chaos

As the crisis of global capitalism spirals out of control, the powers that be in the global system appear to be adrift and unable to propose viable solutions. From the slaughter of dozens of young protesters by the army in Egypt to the brutal repression of the Occupy movement in the United States, and the water cannons brandished by the militarised police in Chile against students and workers, states and ruling classes are unable to hold back the tide of worldwide popular rebellion and must resort to ever more generalized repression.

Simply put, the immense structural inequalities of the global political economy can no longer be contained through consensual mechanisms of social control. The ruling classes have lost legitimacy; we are witnessing a breakdown of ruling-class hegemony on a world scale.

To understand what is happening in this second decade of the new century we need to see the big picture in historic and structural context. Global elites had hoped and expected that the "Great Depression" that began with the mortgage crisis and the collapse of the global financial newsystem in 2008 would be a cyclical downturn that could be resolved through state-sponsored bailouts and stimulus packages. But it has become clear that this is a structural crisis, in which the solution involves the end of the system itself, either through its supersession and the creation of an entirely new system, or its collapse.

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