Letter to the Editor, New York Times: On “What Was Lenin Thinking?”

Dear Editor, In Tariq Ali’s April 3, 2017 editorial in the New York Times, Mr. Ali wove together a good story of Vladimir Ilyich Lenin’s Russian ascent to power. Yet Ali’s nearly hagiographic essay is not even really about Leninism but a simplified take on Marxism. Ali’s Leninism (Marxism) reads as a singular, coherent idea whose…… Continue reading Letter to the Editor, New York Times: On “What Was Lenin Thinking?”

Trump, Conflicts and the Business of Bananas

To many (most) it has come as a surprise that the United States has no laws instructing the president to de-conflict his business ventures that overlap his duties as commander-in-chief. No laws mandate the selling off of foreign investments. No laws demand the transformation of companies into blind trusts…

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      Recipe for a Donald Serving Size: 1 Litre Cooking Time: 4 Years 1,984 cals Directions: 1. In a large skillet, melt a generous portion of Jacksonian populism (clarifying, not necessary.) 2. Coat a yuuge slab of T Rex’s grandiosity with a glaze of Taft’s ample appetite. 3. On the side, whip up Wilson’s…… Continue reading a brief interlude, I

Drawing a Red Line: Mnuchin’s Racist Resume

From his time overseeing credit default swaps as a partner at Goldman Sachs in Manhattan to his job heading foreclosure filings at OneWest Bank in Pasadena, Steve Mnuchin, President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for Treasury Secretary, has been tagged by Sen. Elizabeth Warren the “Forrest Gump of the financial crisis.” The disclosure of OneWest’s pernicious foreclosure…… Continue reading Drawing a Red Line: Mnuchin’s Racist Resume

Fascism in the USA, A Rebuttal

You can hear the bass drum pounding away as you read the headline of Paul Krugman’s latest New York Times editorial: “How Republics End.” Hitler, Franco and Mussolini. Here we have the other Big Three, the degenerate offspring of the 1920s and 1930s, and the list to which Krugman proposes to add President-elect Donald Trump…