Category: America

“Great!” My New Satire of America

Excerpted from “How the Revolution Started: Essays and Impertinent Thoughts.” I’ve started writing a new book, a broad satire of American Values. Working title: “Great!” Some will find my portrait of a country gone off the rails a bit dark, the comedy too black, the irony too on-the-nose. But in times like these, when a megalomaniac...

Goodbye, Obama. Hello, Trump.

EXCERPTED FROM “How The Revolution Started: Essays & Impertinent Thoughts “(Eggy Press). Soon, the fearsome power to hurt many people for no good reason (and many bad ones) will pass from one very dangerous man to another very dangerous man. At first blush, Donald Trump’s brand of militarism appears more obnoxious, dunderheaded and foolish than...

Edward Snowden: Hero

Edward Snowden has been portrayed as a traitor, a hater of American Values, an endangerer of our brave boys and girls in uniform (and out), a tool of our enemies, a treasonous criminal. Viewed through a foggy lens clouded by fear-based ideology, the charges sound vaguely sensible, like most lies do. He did, after all,...

Lord of the (Filipino) Flies

Faced with that minor distraction we call the Presidential Election, focused on a brash-talking demagogue of our own, many of us Americans may have only noticed in passing that the Philippines, long our ally in the Pacific, has devolved into deadly violent chaos. Since May, more than 3,000 people have been killed. Based on the...

President Trump and Beyond

EXCERPTED FROM “How The Revolution Started: Essays & Impertinent Thoughts “(Eggy Press). Shock. Disbelief. Catatonia. We’ve observed various forms of post-traumatic stress disorder manifested in Hillary Clinton voters, very few of whom seem able to process the idea that the fiasco we witnessed unfolding in slow-motion was an election, not a coronation. We’ve heard the...

Dying for a Cause: The Termite Squad

We all have  to die some day. Most of us will be completely forgotten not long after we perish, as though we never existed. Even by our families. How often do you discuss your great-great-grandmother? Your great-grandmother? Many of us don’t even know the names of these people, let alone their accomplishments/exploits/passions. Even with the...

The Anthem and American Patriotism

For proud Americans who might question this author’s patriotism, let us reassure you that this micro-essay is being written while standing. When it comes to our national anthem, we don’t fool around. Unlike certain professional athletes, we understand the powerful symbolism in standing for a song about a symbol (a flag, “The Star-Spangled Banner”), a...

Andrew Cockburn on America’s Role in Yemeni Slaughter

It’s not a fun read. Most will avert their eyes, as we tend to do when confronted with imagery and information that contradicts the comforting stories we tell ourselves about who we are and what we stand for. But Andrew Cockburn’s “Acceptable Losses” article in Harper’s magazine should be mandatory for all American citizens, especially those...

Chance for Peace

Did you hear the latest hippie rant from Bernie Sanders? Or maybe it was Jill Stein. This is what was said: “Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed....

Noam Chomsky: Requiem for an American Dream

If you have friends who don’t quite understand why wealth inequality and political corruption is bad for America (and the rest of the planet), “Noam Chomsky: Requiem for the American Dream,” is the film to recommend. The beloved intellectual and lifelong critic of war-making and corporatism, Chomsky, in his late-80s, remains as incisive  and refreshingly...