If there is one thing that still unites Americans across the ever more intellectually suffocating and bitterly polarized political spectrum our imaginations have been crammed into like rush hour commuters on the Tokyo Metro, it’s our undying love of identity politics. Who doesn’t love identity politics? Liberals love identity politics. Conservatives love identity politics. Political… Read More Who Doesn’t Love Identity Politics?
The latest “Trump Deathwatch” began on Tuesday, August 21, 2018. It began in a courtroom in Alexandria, Virginia, when Paul Manafort, sleazebag beltway operator and former chairman of Trump’s campaign, was pronounced guilty by a jury of his peers on ten counts of various types of fraud — tax fraud, bank fraud, and failure to… Read More Trump Deathwatch
One of the most complicated and frustrating aspects of operating a global capitalist empire is maintaining the fiction that it doesn’t exist. Virtually every action you take has to be carefully recontextualized or otherwise spun for public consumption. Every time you want to bomb or invade some country to further your interests, you have to… Read More The Simulation of Democracy
According to the Chinese zodiac, 2017 has been the Year of the Rooster. Myself, I’ve decided to designate it the Year of the Headless Liberal Chicken. I don’t mean that to be insulting … or, all right, I guess I do, a little. But my heart goes out to liberals, seriously. At this point, the… Read More The Year of the Headless Liberal Chicken
So, the good news is, we’ve somehow survived the first nine months of Donald Trump’s presidency. The bad news is, not only is the country now remotely controlled by Vladimir Putin, but it appears we’re finally on the verge of the all-out Russo-Nazi dictatorship the Resistance has, for over a year, been hysterically warning us… Read More Sympathy for the Corporatocracy
Being an expatriate American in Berlin, I am occasionally asked by my German friends to explain what the hell is wrong with America. “CJ,” they ask me, in their scary German accents, “was zum Teufel ist los mit Amerika?” In the past, this question normally referred to the latest mass shooting at some school or… Read More The Party
In a departure from our usual behind-the-scenes-type operations, the Consent Factory announces today its endorsement of USAF Brigadier General Jack D. Ripper for President. Given the recent and ongoing series of relentless attacks on America, and democracy itself, being perpetrated more or less around the clock by the Russians (hereinafter the “Rooskies”), Wikileaks, Trump, and… Read More USAF Brigadier General Jack D. Ripper for President
Last Tuesday, if you listened closely, you could hear it whoosh across the Internet, the enormous sigh of collective relief, as social liberals, center-leftists, and other “progressive Capitalism” fans received the news that it was finally over. Bernie Sanders and his fanatical legions of hopped-up, all-white hacky-sacking Bernie Bros had at last been banished from… Read More Welcome to “Reality,” Kids
So, Donald Trump, the billionaire buffoon and latest official Hitler-alike, wants to “make America great again,” and neoliberal elites throughout the Western world are noisily soiling themselves en masse in the mainstream press on a daily basis. According to respected, prize-winning papers like The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, and some other… Read More Trumpocalypse: America Saves the World Again!
All right, much as we hate to do it, we’re going to interrupt our series on Herding your Critics into Fake Communities and Wasting their Time to repost another sarcastic little piece our disobedient and disrespectful employee, CJ Hopkins, slipped into CounterPunch back on May 4. We weren’t going to run this one here at… Read More Coming this Summer … Revenge of the Bride of Sophie’s Choice