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US Election 2016: Six Levels of Charade, and Three Rs

It would not be a stretch to argue that the most consequential development in the world over the last third of the twentieth century was the asphyxiation of the public interest in the United States. The largest and most advanced economy in history effectively neutered its own political system, thanks primarily to sustained pressure from wealthy interests (who promoted the dogma of free market beneficence, maligned and stigmatized government, systematically suborned politicians and regulators to do their bidding, narrowed the range of political discussion in the mass media, etc.). Momentous consequences ensued, both domestically and internationally...

David KERANS | 28.01.2016


 

Target Pentagon: New Front for US Populism, and New Senator to Lead?

"The Department of Defense is the only federal agency that cannot pass a clean audit. Many of its major acquisition programs suffer from chronic cost overruns. Virtually every defense contractor has been found guilty or has reached a settlement with the government because of fraudulent and illegal activities. This has got to change", - Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, explaining his opposition to a Department of Defense funding bill, Nov. 10th, 2015..

David KERANS | 27.11.2015


 

Beyond Obamacare: the Next US Health Care Monstrosity Takes Shape

In broad terms, the spectacular diseconomies and immoralities of health-care in the US have long been known to observers the world over. Being in thrall to the monied interests that fund their election campaigns, including health insurance companies, US political elites have steadfastly resisted establishing government-delivered health insurance for many decades...

David KERANS | 13.03.2013


 

Post-Legal America and the World Order: Drone Killing Today, Cyber Bully Tomorrow?

Even the most casual observer of international affairs since the turn of the century is familiar with the willingness of the government of the United States to bypass international law under circumstances it alone determines. The war of aggression launched against Iraq under false pretenses ten years ago this month may be the first example that comes to mind, but there are numerous others...

David KERANS | 26.02.2013


 

Water: the Next Frontier for Crisis Capitalism?

...We know, of course that very powerful monied interests are happy to fuel denial of global warming. Meanwhile, other powerful monied interests are devising ways of profiting from some dimensions of the developing climate crisis. Arguably the most important theater of operations in this respect is water... The list of investors acquiring or preparing to acquire water-related assets is long, and it is imposing: big banks, SWFs, multinational corporations, targeted hedge funds, tycoons, and pension funds all figure in large numbers...

David KERANS | 03.02.2013


 

From Lower Class to Prison Caste: the US Shackles Itself

The economic hardships of the past few years and the rise of the Occupy Wall Street movement have made Americans more aware than at any time in living memory of the extraordinary inequalities of wealth that have built up in their society. From bloggers' datapoints to professors' treatises, a steady stream of publications has been feeding the nation's growing appetite for information on inequality and explanations for its emergence...

David KERANS | 12.01.2013


 

A Stillborn Second Term? Obama Atop a Non-Viable System

In US history, second presidential terms have had a pronounced tendency to disappoint. The causes have ranged widely, from political scandal (think Nixon and Watergate) to personal scandal (think Clinton and Lewinsky) to a loss of credibility (think George W. Bush). But the upshot has been quite similar in all cases: an inefficacious second term of office. What would efficacy for President Barack Obama's second term mean, and how likely is he to accomplish it?..

David KERANS | 16.12.2012


 

In Search of the Climate Front in the US

More than at any time since the Dust Bowl of the 1930s, concerns about weather have gripped the US in 2012. Long percolating consciousness about global warming has overlapped with extraordinary weather patterns and records: an avalanche of high temperature marks; a drought of nearly unprecedented breadth, intensity, and duration; extraordinary acreage destroyed in wildfires; massive fish die-offs; and Hurricane Sandy, which flooded portions of New York City and environs in October...Paradoxically, despite the obviousness of extraordinary weather patterns and the seriousness of the implications, the politics surrounding natural resources and climate in the US are deeply hidden from view…

David KERANS | 30.11.2012


 

Real Stakes, but No Consequences? The 2012 Election in the US

The stakes in the 2012 presidential election in the US were quite real... The majority of American voters rejected the Republican agenda, that much is clear. But if that is what they voted AGAINST, what were they voting FOR? Were they voting for a traditional Democratic Party menu of protecting the social safety net, reversing galloping inequalities of wealth, and challenging the dominion of corporations, etc.? Or were they condoning the prevailing trajectory of Obama's first term, namely rolling concessions to the Right, in the interest of enlisting «bipartisan» support for modest reforms?...

David KERANS | 13.11.2012


 

Elections of Self-Destruction

According to voluminous polling data, nearly half of all likely voters intend to vote for Romney and other Republicans this year, notwithstanding the party's now slavish devotion to 1) supply-side economics (cutting tax rates, especially on the wealthy and on corporations, on the avowed assumption that this will generate economic growth, and thus serve to enhance tax revenues to compensate for the taxes lost by virtue of lower rates) and 2) trimming the public sector of the economy (because, as they insist categorically, the public sector is wasteful in everything it does)... How, then, are we to understand the decision of approximately half of the country to vote against its own economic interests?..

David KERANS | 25.10.2012




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US Targets Russia and China with North Korea Pretext

The North Korean state is routinely mocked in the West for engaging in hyperbole and bombast. Ironically, the Western reaction to its latest satellite launch is a carnival of knee-jerk hysteria and hyperbole. But all the bluster has conveniently given Washington an opportunity to proceed with its global missile shield plans. That is far more destabilizing to international security than any alleged North Korean violation...

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