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Jeffrey Stewart

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  • The worst thing about Year One of Trump: Fascistization of Cable News
    • "The search for ratings and advertising dollars above all is very dangerous. CNN’s Jeff Zucker put Trump on every night in summer of 2016, letting him speak directly to the public for an hour or more with no journalistic adult in the room. Trump attracted an audience, which allowed CNN to charge advertisers more." -J. Cole

      It seems therefore, that the problem is a capitalist, corporate media that prioritizes profit above providing the information so that people can make informed decisions about important issues affecting their lives. In short, the problem is capitalism.

      And, my old saying is that unfettered capitalism leads inevitably to fascism.

  • How the US went Fascist: Mass media Makes excuses for Trump Voters
    • The notables have been shown to be useless. Donald Trump should have been kicked out of the Republican Party the moment he began talking about violating the Constitution. The first time he hinted about assaulting the journalists covering his rallies, he should have been shown the door. "When he openly advocated torture (‘worse than waterboarding’), he should have been ushered away. When he began speaking of closing houses of worship, he should have been expelled." -J. Cole

      By whom?

  • Why Americans are Angry: The Minimum Wage Trap
  • George W. Bush, who Mirrored & Inflamed Public passions, attacks Trump for It
    • Jeffrey Stewart 02/16/2016 at 12:26 pm

      "We don’t want the smoking gun, they said, to be a mushroom cloud. What does that even mean?" -J Cole

      I don't have any special insight into twisted, demented minds, but this appears to mean that the proof that Iraq had WMD would be the mushroom cloud from the detonation of their atomic or nuclear bomb.

  • Clinton and Sanders on Mideast War and Kissinger's Legacy (PBS Debate)
    • Jeffrey Stewart 02/13/2016 at 6:33 pm

      I don't get the Karl Marx has you by the throat line. What does that mean?

  • Clinton: Trump chief recruiter for ISIL; Sanders: Take out Daesh First, Assad Later
    • "But you know what else they’re [the working class is] anxious about? They’re anxious about the fact that they are working incredibly long hours, they’re worried about their kids, and they’re seeing all the new income and wealth — virtually all of it — going to the top 1 percent [the capitalist class]. And they’re looking around them, and they’re looking at Washington, and they’re saying the rich are getting much richer, I’m getting poorer, what are you going to do about it? What are you going to do for my kids?...Meanwhile, the rich get richer.

      So what I say to those people who go to Donald Trump’s rallies, understand: He thinks a low minimum wage in America is a good idea. He thinks low wages are a good idea." -B. Sanders

      And if you vote for Secretary Clinton and she wins, this will continue and worsen. Bet on it.

  • With Oil at $36/barrel, Have Democrats just Won the Presidency?
    • Jeffrey Stewart 12/16/2015 at 10:17 am

      As if the presidency matters to the working class if it's anybody but Senator Sanders. We need a political revolution in this country like he repeatedly says. Without it, we'll continue to have the immiseration of the working class.

  • Is Corporate Media a danger to Society? Coverage of Trump v. Sanders
    • Jeffrey Stewart 12/13/2015 at 12:51 pm

      "News" outlets like the Huffington Post run editorials and stories criticizing Donald Trump daily. Also, they run editorials and stories about Donald Trump daily. They do the same with very few critical stories about Secretary Clinton. It's no wonder they're so popular and leading polls. Less than critical thinkers know what they like and they like what they know.

      This isn't a question about whether Bernie Sanders stories appear in the capitalist corporate media because they do. The questions are what are the frequencies and emphases of political candidate stories. The truth leaks out in the capitalist, corporate media in dribs and drabs, but it's overwhelmed in quantity and volume by their propaganda.

      It's apparent by the metrics above that capitalist, corporate media, military industrial and security complex and political establishment, i.e., the ruling class and their enforcement mechanisms have picked Hillary Clinton as their favorite. She's the one that will bring more war, more surveillance and more of the same old, same old, watered down, half stepping, thin as gruel, mealy mouth policies of the last thirty years or so with a few crumbs for the working class that mindlessly support her.

      It's going to take a political revolution as Senator Sanders says to prevent it.

  • In 'Spectre,' James Bond becomes Edward Snowden
    • Jeffrey Stewart 11/10/2015 at 1:49 pm

      Fair play to promoting political causes.

      I hope the movie is better than Skyfall. That one sucked bad!

  • Iran Deal: Why doesn't US Media interview Real Allies on American Policy?
    • Jeffrey Stewart 07/16/2015 at 10:47 pm

      The economic analysis concerning attracting eyeballs is right on. I would just add that it's the capitalist, corporate media. And you're right, they don't care about providing information so that people can make important decisions about their lives. Profit is prioritized over all else.

  • That Time Ronald Reagan opened Iran and Illegally sold Khomeini Weapons
    • Jeffrey Stewart 07/14/2015 at 11:08 am

      This is excellent information to have on hand when attempting to understand the 1980s and more recent history.

      It will never make it into the capitalist, corporate media because it's truthful and because it reveals crimes committed by President Reagan and other US officials.

      However, if some working class yob robs a convenience store of $20, he will get years in prison.

      There is no justice, that's a fact!

  • Bernie Sanders' 10,000-person crowd in Madison biggest of any Candidate so Far
    • Jeffrey Stewart 07/02/2015 at 12:02 pm

      Senator Sanders is a working class champion. His message resonates because it's the truth for the working class.

      The capitalist, corporate media first tried to ignore him. Then they treated him as a long shot with no chance. Now, they have to do their jobs as propagandists for the capitalist class and the status quo and try and destroy him over something completely trivial and unrelated to his policies like a scream or something.

      Senator Sanders and his movement are threats to capitalist business and politics as usual.

      FEEL THE BERN!!!

      Go, Bernie! Go!

  • Top 5 Things More Americans will die of than Ebola this Year, including Guns
    • Jeffrey Stewart 10/26/2014 at 2:27 pm

      The things the US capitalist, corporate media recently used to scare the living shit out of US residents off the top of my head are al-Qaeda, ISIS and ebola.

      The greatest threat to the lives of the working class is, in fact, work itself! According to the BLS, "A preliminary total of 4,405 fatal work injuries were recorded in the United States in 2013, lower than the revised count of 4,628 fatal work injuries in 2012, according to results from the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics."

      The death toll from global warming is going to be much worse than any of these "threats" hyped by the capitalist, corporate media and yet no consensus can be formed to address that crisis. Why not?

  • Palestine goes to UN Security Council to Demand Israeli Withdrawal by 2016
    • Jeffrey Stewart 10/03/2014 at 3:12 pm

      I wouldn't ever rely on President Obama lame duck or not showing any spine. Has anyone seen the minimum wage increase he proposed? Has he campaigned for it like G.W. Bush did the Iraq war? He's a profound disappointment and folds quicker than a lawn chair.

  • NYC Climate Demo: Top 5 Massive Rallies that had no Effect
    • Jeffrey Stewart 09/23/2014 at 1:19 pm

      Does the 1963 March on Washington for jobs and freedom count? How about the Selma to Montgomery marches?

      Dr. Cole's point is well taken. It may say more about the the nature of our government as "The executive of the modern state is but a committee for managing the common affairs of the whole bourgeoisie" and the capitalist corporate media than it does about the people participating in the march.

      There's a whole range of issues, e.g., expanding Social Security benefits that the majority of US citizens support and yet that doesn't have a snowball's chance of happening regardless of which party controls congress and the executive branch.

      It's worth noting the NYDaily News' take on the march. They highlighted the participation of celebrities Leo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo and Edward Norton. They gave short shrift to the reasons for the march or its popularity. Compare this with the emphasis and repetition they give to war, war and more war.

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  • From Kerry to Selena Gomez & Rihanna, Israel's Claims of Precision, Compassion are Dissed
    • "Kerry’s exasperation with Israeli brutality is shared around the world, though, as with Kerry, most public figures won’t express it in the open." -J. Cole

      Why not is the question begging to be answered.

  • Syrian Opposition: Baghdadi "Caliphate" lame attempt to take Spotlight off his Crime Spree
    • If all the above is true about Ibrahim al-Badri, then the main question that needs answered is: how does he attract any followers at all?

  • The seven people who need to STFU about Iraq right now
    • Jeffrey Stewart 06/15/2014 at 10:37 am

      Wow! I guess reasonable people can profoundly disagree. I find Andrew Sullivan to be a relentless self promoter and bloviating blowhard who's expertise and opinion on any issue is highly questionable.

  • Student Debt: Blame Law-Makers, Tax-Shirking Rich, War on Drugs, not Universities
    • Jeffrey Stewart 06/09/2014 at 9:04 am

      The discount rate Is the interest rate the Federal Reserve charges to member commercial banks for borrowing. It's currently 0.75%.

      If commercial banks borrow from a government entity at 0.75% to lend the money and profit or just make up for required reserves that they loaned for profit, then why can't college students borrow directly from the government at the same rate to pay for their education?

  • Neil DeGrasse Tyson and Miles O’Brien slam CNN as the ‘Wal-Mart of journalism’
    • Jeffrey Stewart 05/21/2014 at 1:14 pm

      Labeling CNN and the rest as the capitalist corporate media is almost all that need be said. CNN, CBS, FOX and NBC, in all their iterations and the like are fast food outlets for "news" and just as nourishing, substantive and healthy for a thinking person as Mickey Ds.

  • Mass Protests, Strikes in Turkey over Erdogan's Neoliberal Response to Miner Deaths
    • Jeffrey Stewart 05/17/2014 at 11:06 pm

      According to a 2012 AFL-CIO report, 4,628 workers were killed on the job in the United States, and an estimated 50,000 died from occupational diseases, resulting in a loss of 150 workers each day from hazardous working conditions.

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      According to the US State Department there were 10 US citizens deaths worldwide in 2012 due to terrorism.

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      Could someone please explain why the US government spends trillions to keep Americans "safe" from terrorism, but does little or nothing to provide US workers safe and healthy working conditions?

      Is terrorism or capitalism the biggest threat to American workers' safety and security?

  • Is Rand Paul right that Cheney invaded Iraq for Halliburton Profits?
    • One definition of fascism is the merging of capitalist and government interests. So, if capitalist corporations are dictating policy to the government, which sure seems like the case, then the US is a fascist state.

      It reinforces my long held belief that unfettered capitalism leads inevitably to fascism.

  • Bill O'Reilly says Muslims will Diss Hillary; but 8 Muslim Countries Chose Female Leaders
  • Dick Cheney Broke US Military, now blames Obama for Cuts
    • Esai Morales said one time on Bill Maher, "Let's call it what it really is, offense spending." It hasn't been defense spending for a long time. It's either that or military spending.

      Does anyone doubt that that vast majority of US residents would be safer and more secure with full employment, living wages, affordable health insurance (single payer), enough food, clean drinking water and air, higher quality education and infrastructure improvements than they are with over $1 Trillion in annual military/offense spending?

      It's ironic that politicians are so concerned about keeping the "American people safe" that they are willing to let many atrophy from unemployment, suffer hunger and malnutrition and exposure from homelessness.

      The people need to redefine "safe and secure" for the politicians. Since it's more likely I'll win the lottery than die in a terrorist attack, I'll take my chances with less offense spending and more human needs spending.

  • After Defending Pot, Obama has to Pardon Medical Marijuana Growers He Jailed
  • Top Five Differences between Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson and Miley Cyrus
    • Jeffrey Stewart 12/23/2013 at 2:47 pm

      Gov. Jindhal and Sarah Palin seem not to notice the very clear difference between the US Constitution's guarantee of free speech (not that that document means much any more) and the right of capitalists to do what they want with their private property. A&E profits flow from advertisers assured that A&E is attracting the viewers they covet. If the characters or content on A&E alienates many or even some viewers that reduces the network's revenue and profit. Then their executives will act to improve those profits by eliminating the offensive content or characters including firing bigoted people from their shows.

      If Gov. Jindahl and Sarah Palin disagree with this right of capitalist private property owners, then they have more in common with the left than they would ever care to realize..

  • India Flap derives from America's Gulag Practices and Far-Right Supreme Court
  • Top 10 Ways the US is the Most Corrupt Country in the World
    • "With a few honorable exceptions, they represent the the 1%. American democracy is being corrupted out of existence." -J. Cole

      "The 1%" is a euphemism for the capitalist class. It seems important to accurately describe the perpetrators of the bribery.

      Marx wrote, " The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways; the point is to change it." A necessary first step in changing the capitalist world is understanding it. This involves accurate describing and analyzing capitalism as it really exists. Using "1%" allows capitalism and capitalists to avoid responsibility for the negative outcomes that are necessary consequences of it and it's relationship to the political sphere. This includes the capitalist class bribing politicians and then providing them sinecures when they leave office in return for their subservience.

  • Elites Stick together against Us: Feinstein Slams NSA Merkel Tap
    • Jeffrey Stewart 10/29/2013 at 10:36 am

      "Because there is a Governmental Class that is typically wealthy and which, despite professing to be elected by and to represent the people, actually thinks of itself as lords over the people." -J. Cole

      The exchange on this video vividly illustrates this point.

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      And then the US citizen is forcibly removed from the hearing.

  • How the US Government Betrayed the Constitution and invented an Imaginary Fascist One
    • Jeffrey Stewart 10/24/2013 at 1:18 pm

      Terribly sad, depressing and true.

      The question is: What can we do about it? It's the same with US economic policy. We know that Social Security and Medicare benefits should be increased, that the rich should pay higher taxes, there should be a financial transactions tax, higher minimum wages or living wages, more and tougher enforcement of occupational safety laws, ditto with environmental laws and so on and so on.

      There's widespread recognition of the problems in US society and plenty of great solutions. The question is again: What political strategy brings about these changes?

  • Ted Cruz and America's Super-Rich say "Let them eat Cake"
    • Yes, the capitalists and their right wing political minions deserve much of the blame for shutting down the government. On the other hand, they're responding to incentives. President Obama gave in so many times before and the right wing Republicans won with this tactic so many times before, they figured they could do it this time as well. As Dan Rather said after the Susan Rice cave in, "[President] Obama can be rolled for his wallet and his watch."

  • Obama Isolated at G20 on Syria, No 'Coalition of the Willing'
  • Eight things to consider before intervening in Syria (ECFR)
    • Jeffrey Stewart 08/31/2013 at 6:11 pm

      "In the United Nations Charter, which the US crafted and to which it is a signatory, there are only two grounds for going to war: self-defense and a UN Security Council resolution designating a country as a threat to world order. President Obama has neither consideration on his side in bombing Syria,..." -J. Cole

    • "...the intention seems to be to send a signal on CW to deter further use in the Syria arena and reinforce a global norm alongside an apparent goal of restoring western credibility."

      So the goal is to kill people to send the message that killing people will chemical weapons is wrong?

      So the goal is to kill people to restore "western credibility?" That seems worth it and is a profound statement about the value of human life.

  • Is the US Government the Managing Committee of the Pirate Banks?
    • Jeffrey Stewart 08/23/2013 at 6:37 pm

      "What Marx got wrong is that apparently people will put up with this sort of thing if you just provide them with some cheap consumer electronics and televised gossip about celebrity scandals." -J. Cole

      Here's Marx's plan for analyzing capitalist society was to dialectically reconstruct capitalist reality, including the political sphere in theory. "I examine the system of bourgeois economy in the following order: capital, landed property, wage-labour; the State, foreign trade, world market."

      Unfortunately in Marx's lifetime he only finished Volume 1 of three of the books for Capital, i.e, less than one sixth of his planned work. Thus, he never dealt with the state, foreign trade or the world market in any comprehensive way. Further none of his followers have systematically completed his work. We would have a much better understanding of the relationship between the state (superstructure) and the economy (economic base) had he or his followers finished his project.

      Thus, it's not really fair to claim that Marx was wrong about the working class putting up with a state of capital as long as they're bribed and distracted with new and shiny toys.

      What Marx got right is that capitalist social relations are a fetter on the further development of the forces of production. He was also right that there comes a time the viability of human life is threatened by decisions made about the use of the Earth's resources on the basis of private profit, e.g., global warming. This is the time when, "From forms of development of the productive forces these relations turn into their fetters...Then begins an epoch of social revolution..."

      We're probably going to live through and be active participants in that time of "social revolution."

  • Why US Media will focus on Pope's 'Gay' Remarks but Ignore those on the Poor, Amazon Environment
    • Jeffrey Stewart 07/30/2013 at 11:01 am

      Focusing on Pope Francis' gay comments doesn't adversely affect any capitalists' profits and may increase the capitalist, corporate media's profits. Helping the poor and protecting the environment aren't profitable pursuits.

  • Dear Royal Baby: We Americans apologize for our Revolution; please be our Absolute Monarch
    • "All of these individuals pay Federal social security taxes if they work (and they all do at some point in their lives), which go into the general budget." -J. Cole

      It's a small point, but it needs correcting. Social Security's finances are "off budget" and legally separate from the rest of government spending which is considered "on budget." The Social Security program is financed by a designated FICA tax of 6.2% per employee and employer. Yes, I'm aware that the lost revenue from the payroll (FICA) tax cut that just expired was reimbursed from general revenues.

      There is something called the "unified budget," which was started during the Johnson administration to hide the costs of the Vietnam war and make total deficits appear smaller. It's the sum of the "off budget" surplus and the "on budget" deficit.

      Social Security ran a surplus from 1985 until the present. The program must lend its "off budget" surpluses to the Federal government if the latter runs "on budget" deficits, which it has for the last approximately 53 years, save two surplus years at the end of the Clinton administration. If the Federal government didn't borrow from Social Security it would have to borrow from some other entity, e.g., the Chinese or Japanese. The Special Issue bonds that Social Security buys while lending to the government comprise its Trust Fund which is now approximately $2.8T

  • So When will Dick Cheney be charged with Espionage? His Crime was the Same as Snowden's
    • The US government is spying on its citizens in contravention of the Constitution's fourth amendment and Edward Snowden is charged with spying? We are through the looking glass here people. Exposing US government violations of the Constitution is now a crime.

      War is peace.
      Freedom is slavery.
      Ignorance is strength.

  • Its the Corporations, Stupid: Why we are 2nd Amendment Fundamentalists but the 4th Amendment doesn't Count
    • Jeffrey Stewart 06/10/2013 at 10:01 am

      Unfettered capitalism leads inevitably to a fascist, police state.

      A boot stamping a human face forever keeps going through my mind.

  • "I will Survive" the Muslim Brotherhood: Leftist Egyptian Youth Music Video
  • Is it Racism? Why did we Ignore New Orleans but obsess about Boston?
    • Jeffrey Stewart 05/16/2013 at 1:16 pm

      The first point is that the capitalist, corporate media's job isn't to report the "news." It's to provide content that attracts viewers and/or readers that their advertisers covet. They are capitalist corporations and their bottom line is their bottom line. If people happen to be informed by their content that is literally beside the point. So, one can't delineate the capitalist, corporate media coverage of two different tragedies based on newsworthiness, whatever that means.

      Second, disaster porn attracts viewers. The Boston bombing was a perfect opportunity to wallow in the human misery accompanying the terrorist act. For some reason people are attracted to this spectacle as they are the humiliation and degradation that are the standard fare of reality shows.

      Peter Phillips with research assistance from Bob Klose, Nicola Mazumdar, and Alix Jestron make a more comprehensive point in a short article "Self-censorship
      and the Homogeneity of the Media Elite, here:

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      "The authors Ed Herman and Noam Chomsky claim that because media is firmly imbedded in the [capitalist] market system, it reflects the class values and concerns of its owners and advertisers. They hold that the media maintains a corporate class bias though five systemic filters: concentrated private ownership; a strict bottom-line profit orientation; over-reliance on governmental and corporate sources for news; a primary tendency to avoid offending the powerful; and an almost religious worship of the market [capitalist] economy, devaluing alternative beliefs. These filters limit what will become news in society and set parameters on acceptable coverage of daily events."

      The Boston Marathon bombing was news for all of the above obvious reasons. It also dovetailed nicely with and reinforced the terrorism narrative that has fueled the US war machine and the associated civil liberty erosion.

      The New Orleans shooting didn't fit neatly into any narrative except maybe, gun control, law and order and the need to build more prisons. The subjects involved are people that don’t usually make profit generating news.

      How often do we see people like James Ramsey on TV? He's charismatic, poor and living in a low income neighborhood. The capitalist, corporate media ignores these people along with the unemployed and homeless. Their stories are rarely told at least in part because they are depressing, but also because it clearly demonstrates in human cost of the normal, profitable operation of capitalism.

      In 2008, Glenn Greenwald wrote in, "The US Establishment Media in a Nutshell", by Glenn Greenwald

      "In the past two weeks, the following events transpired. A Department of Justice memo, authored by John Yoo, was released which authorized torture and presidential lawbreaking. It was revealed that the Bush administration declared the Fourth Amendment of the Bill of Rights to be
      inapplicable to “domestic military operations” within the U.S. The U.S. Attorney General appears to have fabricated a key event leading to the 9/11 attacks and made patently false statements about surveillance laws and related lawsuits. Barack Obama went bowling in Pennsylvania and
      had a low score.

      Here are the number of times, according to NEXIS, that various topics have been mentioned in
      the media over the past thirty days:
      “Yoo and torture” - 102
      “Mukasey and 9/11″ — 73
      “Yoo and Fourth Amendment” — 16
      “Obama and bowling” — 1,043
      “Obama and Wright” — More than 3,000 (too many to be counted)
      “Obama and patriotism” - 1,607
      “Clinton and Lewinsky” — 1,079
      And as Eric Boehlert documents, even Iraq — that little five-year U.S. occupation with no end in
      sight — has been virtually written out of the media narrative in favor of mindless, stupid, vapid
      chatter of the type referenced above.

  • Abraham Lincoln on the Purpose of Government (Or He Wouldn't be in GOP Today)
    • Jeffrey Stewart 12/24/2012 at 10:48 pm

      Wow! Okay, let's go!

      In your haste to refute Marx, you forgot to read and understand him. Marx argued that the quantity of a commodity's value is determined by the amount of socially necessary abstract (you forgot or never knew that part) labor used in it's production.

      Marx uses socially necessary in two senses. The first is the amount of labor time necessary to produce a commodity using normal conditions of production and the average degree of skill and intensity of labor. This eliminates the possibility of a commodity having more value because of lazy or slothful labor used to produce it.

      The second sense in which Marx used the term socially necessary is that the commodity fulfills a social need. If labor is expended in producing a commodity, but it isn't sold, then the labor used to produce the commodity is wasted. Value was created by abstract labor and embodied in the commodity, but it wasn't realized in the sphere of circulation through the commodity's sale for money.

      So you see, the omission isn't Marx's. The mistake is that you didn't comprehend Marx if you read him at all.

      Asserting something is true doesn't make it so. The "law of diminishing marginal (your forgot that part too!) returns" is a neoclassical economic assumption with no empirical evidence supporting it. In fact, evidence on marginal cost , the price of an input divided by marginal product, is that they rarely, if ever are positively sloped, i.e., marginal product doesn't decline.

      A production line or process is designed for certain amount of workers. Only an ideologue would believe that in reality, a capitalist would continue to add workers to a production line until marginal productivity of labor fell.

    • I'll go you one better. None other than Benjamin Franklin had a rudimentary labor theory of value. From A Contribution to the Critique of Political Economy, "To quote [Benjamin] Franklin again: 'Trade in general being nothing else but the exchange of labour for labour, the value of all things is, as I have said before, most justly measured by labour.'” -K. Marx

      It's a testament to their ideological function that no contemporary neoclassical economist would go any where near President Lincoln's or Benjamin Franklin's statement with their "analysis."

  • Firearms used in 300,000 crimes a year in US (Poster)
    • It's challenging understanding how gun ownership means freedom to anyone. Militia type citizens could be armed to the teeth and they're still no match for the US military. Joey Strummer and Mick Jones of the Clash sing in White Man in Hammersmith Palais, "The British [US] Army is waiting out there and it weighs fifteen hundred tons."

      Outlawing guns makes it easier knowing who the criminals are. They're the ones with guns.

  • RT's Abby Martin Accuses Israel of War Crimes for Targetting Journalists
  • Top Ten Wish List Progressives should Press on President Obama
    • Jeffrey Stewart 11/07/2012 at 10:40 pm

      No cuts to Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid. First, there's the logical absurdity of cutting these programs now so they don't have to be cut in the future. Second, Social Security has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with the federal budget deficit or debt. Therefore, President Obama has no reason to make Social Security cuts part of a "balanced" plan for deficit reduction.

  • Two Canadians Discover the US has become a Police State
    • Jeffrey Stewart 10/17/2012 at 10:09 am

      Years ago I witnessed about four LA police beat the tar out of someone in a holding cell for not sitting up immediately when they told him to do it. I learned then that the police can do whatever they want to whoever they want any time they want and there's nothing you can do about it.

  • 2012 Rumble/ Debate between Bill O'Reilly and Jon Stewart (Video)
    • It's hard to listen to two comedians debating fiscal policy when one of them (Mr. Stewart) doesn't know the difference between the deficit and the debt. This is especially true when the most important problem facing people in this country is unemployment.

      The budget deficit is the amount by which government purchases and other spending exceeds tax revenue in the federal government's fiscal year (October 1 to September 30). The debt is the accumulation of past deficits. Mr. Stewart (no relation)apparently refers to the sources of the debt inherited by and continuing under President Obama or this graph from

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      Mr. O'Reilly is disingenuous since he and his network didn't make deficits and debt anywhere near the issue it is now during President Bush's terms in office thereby validating VP Cheney's famous statement that, "Reagan proved deficits don't matter." He might as well have added, "Unless a Democrat is in the White House."

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      A good measure of fiscal responsibility is what happened to the debt during different presidencies. President Reagan tripled the national debt during his eight years to about $3 Trillion. President G.W. Bush nearly doubled it from about 5.7 Trillion to about $11 Trillion. When the debt reaches $22 Trillion, then the fiscal comparisons between Presidents G.W. Bush and Obama are relevant.

      Two other graphs from Paul Krugman's blog illustrate that the Democrats are the party of fiscal responsibility regardless of popular perceptions.

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  • Tax Deadbeat Romney Calls Working People Leeches
    • Jeffrey Stewart 09/19/2012 at 6:33 pm

      You're trying to be clever with words here, but you hoisted yourself on your own petard.

      Tax revenues always grow along with GDP. When taxes are cut, then they fall to an absolutely lower level at the same level of GDP. When GDP grows, then tax revenues rise because they are a positive function of GDP. However, the tax revenue is never as high at the same GDP level as it would have been without the cuts. Therefore, tax revenues increased after the Bush tax cuts as it always does with growing GDP, but they did so from a lower absolute level than they would have if there were no cuts.

      Therefore, the assertion that Bush tax cuts increased revenue relative to what it would be without the cuts (and that's the measure as far as revenue is concerned) is absolutely FALSE!

    • "First, SS funds are often used for the general fund. They are not, no sequestered by law." -RBTL

      Are you sure? The FICA tax is a designated tax for Social Security.Social Security is legally separate from the rest of the government. Social Security is "off budget" from the rest of the federal government's spending. It must lend any surpluses to the federal government if the latter runs "on budget" deficits. Social Security does this by buying "special issue" bonds from the US Treasury. They're special issue bonds because unlike other US Treasury issued debt, Social Security can't resell them. These bonds become the Social Security trust fund. The separation has been weakened somewhat recently by replacing FICA tax cut with general revenues.

      "Check the IRS’s data. 86% of federal income tax revenue paid by the top 25% earning filers." -B. Murray.

      Well, that's because according to the Tax Policy Center, the highest income 20% receive 55.9% of all income. They receive the most income and therefore, they should pay the most in taxes since they don't need the income to afford the necessaries of life. Whether they "earned" that income is an entirely different question.

      As far as the taxes this highest income 20% pay, ask yourself if you would rather have their income and pay their taxes or the income of someone who doesn't pay income taxes. End of discussion.

    • Jeffrey Stewart 09/18/2012 at 11:29 am

      Mr. Romney is damn right that many feel entitled to health care, food and housing. Those are basic human rights along with clothing, transportation and education. However, now they are also capitalist commodities. And, in capitalism, if one cannot afford to purchase the commodity, i.e., pay its exchange value (price, including profit), then one doesn't receive its use value (usefulness). Capitalism has never provided enough jobs for everyone wanting to work, never mind at a living wage in the US let alone world wide. (Neoclassical economists explain away this persistent, ubiquitous unemployment phenomenon with the ideological, apologetic concept of the "natural" rate of unemployment.)

      So, yes, as an economic system, capitalism fails to provide necessaries of life for too many people that as people they have every human right to expect!

  • Netanyahu in 1992: Iran close to having nuclear bomb
    • It seems every time Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu starts his bellicose Iran war talk oil's per barrel price increases. This increases US gas prices. Is the Israeli PM trying to influence US elections indirectly by inducing the gas price rise? It was a combination of the Iran hostage crisis and rising inflation that brought down Jimmy Carter's presidency.

  • Dear Democrats: If you do That you have to do This
    • Dear Democrats,

      If you claim to care about the middle class meaning the working class, then you should deliver a pre-election pledge not to cut Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid and indeed strengthen them. Cuts in these and other social programs in the name of deficit reduction or fiscal responsibility will negatively affect the ability of society's most vulnerable and powerless to live a decent life.

      It's challenging understanding how any Democrat worth the name would repeatedly advocate these cuts. Why do you, Mr. Obama?

      The spectacle of people, Democrats(!), cheering President Obama when he's telling them he's determined to cut social, medical and retirement programs that primarily benefit society's most vulnerable members is really hard to take.

  • Top Ten Clint Eastwood Empty-Chair Falsehoods
    • Jeffrey Stewart 09/02/2012 at 6:57 pm

      Dr. Cole, it seems Joe From Lowell has a real hard on for my comments. I still want to respond to and an explanation of the "Marxism (I assume he means Marxian economics) is a remarkably limited perspective" remark. That statement alone evinces ignorance of Marx's economics.

      However, it appears Joe from Lowell argues a counterfactual. We'll never know what size stimulus President Obama could have passed if he took his case to the people, that is, if he sold a large enough stimulus the way G.W. Bush sold an unprovoked war of aggression on Iraq that very few wanted until he and his propaganda machine did their dirty, persuasive work. Asserting President Obama couldn't get a larger stimulus doesn't make it so.

      It's amazing that the US spends trillions of dollars on "defense" and wars supposedly to protect "freedom," and make the "homeland" "safe." However, one time stimulus spending of a $1.5 Trillion so that many more millions may have employment and secure lives, i.e., safe from hunger, homelessness and the lack of health insurance is out of the question.

    • According to the website and the latest, i.e., July 2012 Employment Situation:

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      there are 12.8 million people officially counted as unemployed. There are 8.2 million people who are involuntary part timers, i.e., "employed part time for economic reasons" and there are 2.5 million people "marginally attached to the labor force." Marginally attached are people who want work, are available for work and looked for it in the last 12 months, but not the last four weeks. Therefore, they're not officially counted as unemployed, but they're jobless

      The U-3 unemployment rate, the headline rate reported by all capitalist, corporate media outlets is 8.3%. U-6 is a different measure of "labor underutilization" that includes the involuntary part timers and the marginally attached. July's U-6 is 15%. According to U-6 there are 23.5 million people who are officially unemployed, involuntarily working part time and jobless, though not officially counted as unemployed.

      Clearly U-3 isn't an accurate measure of the unemployment problem. Dr. Cole is right. Republicans have fixed on, advertised and used the U-6 calculation of unemployment and underemployment to make a nominally Democratic president's employment record look worse. They would never do this were a Republican in the White House.

      Right or wrong, the president usually gets the blame or the credit for the unemployment during his/her terms in office. That said, President Obama lacked the courage, political will and concern for the working class to push for a much larger stimulus that would have come closer to closing the aggregate demand gap caused by the housing bubble collapse as Dr. Dean Baker of argues incessantly.

      A larger stimulus, still pushed by Dr. Baker, Dr. Krugman and others is still a viable option to remedy to a serious unemployment problem. It requires leadership willing to take on the political cowardice of Democrats and obstructionism of Republicans.

  • Hurricane Isaac may Threaten RNC convention of Climate-Change Deniers in Tampa
  • Paul Ryan was for Big Deficits before he was against them (graphic)
    • Jeffrey Stewart 08/13/2012 at 3:13 pm

      Wow, Dr. Cole, that's pretty rough stuff. GOM needs to know that Rep. Ryan is a fraud. He doesn't intend to balance the budget in near future. He's not at all interested in fiscal responsibility, but using capitalist corporate media engendered hysteria over the budget deficit and debt to implement long cherished far right wing budget priorities.

      Rep. Ryan's intention is using spending cuts to pay for tax cuts overwhelmingly benefiting the already wealthy. The non-partisan CBO found that his budget would lead to bigger deficits and hence more debt over the next decade than if current policies remain in place. He wants to reduce all government spending besides Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid to 3.5% of GDP in the long run. Currently this spending is about 12% of GDP. The US spends about 4% of GDP on defense right now and Rep. Ryan indicates he wants to increase defense spending as a percentage of GDP. Therefore, he's advocating eliminating the federal government as we knew and know it except for defense, Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.

      However, those programs aren't safe either. Rep. Ryan has called for privatizing or "profitizing" Social Security and doing away with Medicare as a guaranteed benefit government program.

      Last GOM should know that Dr. Dean Baker of never tires of repeating the truth that the US would have long run budget SURPLUSES if we paid as much per person on health care as other developed capitalist countries, e.g., Canada. The only long run US fiscal problem is a broken, capitalist, for profit health care system.

    • Jeffrey Stewart 08/12/2012 at 9:06 pm

      The WSJ calls Mr. Ryan's determination to cut programs that help the most vulnerable of society’s members live, i.e., the working class, poor and elderly a “willingness to address tough issues on federal spending.” These aren’t “tough” issues. There’s nothing easier than gutting programs that literally help people to a decent life and stay alive when they don’t make campaign contributions or hire lobbyists to defend their interests.

      The fact is that Paul Ryan’s budget plan is a fraud. It combines ending Medicare as we know it with radical social program cuts that will literally put people’s lives at risk while cutting taxes on society’s wealthiest, most privileged members and doesn’t cut the deficit and the debt or balance the budget in the foreseeable future. The progressive caucus’s Budget for All does the latter without making it nearly impossible for the poor, elderly and working class to live a decent life.

      It’s clear from Rep. Ryan’s plan and Gov. Romney’s tax proposals recently analyzed by the Tax Policy Center that the aim is to additionally reward society’s most “productive” class while making life “nasty, brutish and short” for society’s less worthy members.

  • On Human unity and the "Curiosity" NASA Control Room
    • Jeffrey Stewart 08/06/2012 at 4:17 pm

      "Why can’t we erupt in joy together more often, as that control room did, in celebration of the wonder of human beings’ achievement of unprecedented insights into our universe?"

      One political party and nearly another are devoted to the ideology that society is comprised of atomistic individuals. The individual is paramount and that success is the direct consequence of making the right choices faced by all of us.

      Therefore, if individuals are "free to choose," then they are responsible for the outcome. If someone is poor, s/he made the wrong human/capital choices. If women earn $0.71 for every dollar a man makes they just like choosing </b) to be secretaries or lower paid, traditional "women's work." If someone is unemployed s/he chooses to be out of work. Those people prefer idleness to being gainfully employed. If someone is on welfare, s/he prefers laziness over initiative and enterprise. When President Reagan was in Moscow in the early 1980's, he was asked why there were homeless people in NYC. His response was "they choose to be there.

      This right wing manner of thinking places all the responsibility for poverty, gender income inequality, unemployment and homelessness is placed right back onto the shoulders of the victims. Their philosophy is "you're on your own (YOYO). This is known as "blaming the victim" and it is an apology for capitalism.

  • Dear Microsoft: Please give us Non-Profit News
    • Jeffrey Stewart 07/16/2012 at 11:50 am

      It doesn't do any harm wishing for a capitalist corporation to serve the public interest by providing news to inform people so that they can make important decisions about their lives. However, it's against the logic of capitalism to expect they will. (I wish I could bold IT'S AGAINST THE LOGIC of the system). In other words, it's fantasy that a capitalist corporation will invest money capital in computers, labor, news gathering, writing and editorial for any other reason but profit. That's not why they exist. They exist to expand an initial amount of money capital (M) into a larger amount (M') through producing and selling commodities at prices that cover costs and include a normal or above profit. An initial sum of money (M) that isn't invested to become a larger sum (M') ceases to be money capital. Capitalists that don't invest in order to expand the size of their capital cease being capitalists.

      Perhaps the greatest economist wrote, "Accumulate, accumulate! That is Moses and the prophets!...Therefore, save, save, i.e., reconvert the greatest possible portion of surplus-value [profit], or surplus-product into capital! Accumulation for accumulation’s sake, production for production’s sake: by this formula classical economy expressed the historical mission of the bourgeoisie, and did not for a single instant deceive itself over the birth-throes of wealth."

  • Aphorisms: Outrage
    • In the case of health insurance (not health care) reform, capitalist insurance and hospital corporations will still profit handsomely, (otherwise it wouldn't have passed at all) but perhaps just not as much as they would without the law. Therefore, the Republicans are upset. We all get sick and we all get old, if we're lucky. When we do, we're vulnerable and we need help. We can't cure ourselves. The point is, of course, that no one should profit from anyone's sickness.

  • You Always Knew it, but Now . . .
    • Jeffrey Stewart 06/13/2012 at 12:04 pm

      The "give 'em enough rope and they'll hang themselves" phrase comes to mind when experiencing capitalists' near complete economic and political dominance. They are well on their way to taking away the working class's ability to earn a comfortable living from selling their labor power for wages. Events will underscore the prescience of the statement, "The proletarians have nothing to lose but their chains. They have a world to win." When the working class has nothing, e.g., living wage jobs, Medicare, Social Security, affordable health care, healthy food, clean air and water, education and so on, they'll have nothing to lose.

  • Top Ten Silver Linings for Democrats in Wisconsin Outcome
    • Exactly what logic or evidence do you have leading to the conclusion that government sector workers are overcompensated? I don't suppose you make the same argument about financial capitalists.

  • Legalize Pot, Save Public Education, and end Student Indebtedness
    • Great ideas and they make common sense. There's plenty of great ideas to improve our people's lives through education, infrastructure and so on. What's missing is a political strategy to have these humanistic changes implemented as laws.

      What is to be done?

  • Dear CNN: This is not News; *This* is News
    • This point has been made before, but here it goes again.

      The most important aspect of a commodity for capitalist producers (e.g., CNN) is the exchange value (i.e., price including profit), not the use value (usefulness). CNN's incessant quest for profit requires they provide content that attracts the most viewers, advertising revenue and profit. Their role as a capitalist "news" organization is It is to provide content that attracts the viewers and readers their advertisers covet. They are literally indifferent to the content provided. Their primary motivation is profit. Their overriding concern is definitively NOT to provide content so that people can make informed decisions about important issues affecting their lives.

      Moreover, it's not because they are bad people, they don't know any better or they're lazy as the superficial Jon Stewart says. The overriding profit dictate and logic of capitalism force the executives running the corporation to behave this way or many others right down the hall will happily and readily take their place and do it.

  • Scalia and the Uninsured Children (Cartoon)
    • Jeffrey Stewart 03/29/2012 at 10:37 am

      The health insurance markets is like the market for consumables such as broccoli in one way. We can choose to buy or not buy broccoli, but we all must buy food. We're all going to get old and sick and we're going to need health care. Unfortunately, it's too expensive for most people to purchase and people can't live without it unlike broccoli.

      It's in our individual and collective interest to have health care for all. We buy insurance when we're young, healthy and working then receive health care when we need it. One positive that may come out of the Supreme Court striking down the ACA is that it may force the Obama administration to make a moral and economic case for Medicare for all and sell it like President Bush sold the Iraq war that nobody except a minority of bloodthirsty right wingers wanted.

  • Romney Taking Santorum for a Ride in Illinois (Graphic)
    • Jeffrey Stewart 03/22/2012 at 9:10 am

      Mitt Romney is like George W. Bush in that one can't understand why he wants to be president except to use the full power of the federal government in the service of his brother and sister industrial and financial capitalists.

  • Poll: Majority of Republicans Expect War with Iran in 2012 (Infographic)
    • Jeffrey Stewart 03/10/2012 at 10:13 am

      The blood lust for war of some people for no good reason is mind boggling.

      I have to believe the power of the capitalist, corporate media is at work here on impressionable minds. Could it be the lack of critical thinking skills among youths is responsible for their believing war is likely without having any strong reasons for justifying a war?

  • Netanyahu 1992: Iran will Have the Bomb by 1997
    • Jeffrey Stewart 03/06/2012 at 10:34 am

      Given the history of Israel's propaganda and warnings of Iran and Iraq's nuclear weapons and the consequent US war with Iraq and potentially Iran, Mel Gibson looks like an oracle.

  • Top Ten Dangers for Obama of Iran Sanctions on behalf of Israel
    • Why is it in the US's interests to support Israel at all costs again?

      It speaks volumes of it's power that a group such as AIPAC can summon the US president to speak at its gathering. When was the last time President Obama spoke at a AFL-CIO or Teamsters convention?

  • Top 5 Stratfor Revelations
    • According to James Poterba's Spring 2001 Journal of Economic Perspectives article, "Stock Market Wealth and Consumption," 10% of US households own 91.2% of all stock. 1% own 52.3% of all stock. Therefore, my comment stands.

      There's some grey area, but the litmus test in determining what class one belongs to is: does one have to sell one's labor power in order to live? If so, then one is a member of the large working class. If one is able to live through private ownership of means of production, then one is a member of the capitalist class.

    • I always substitute "capitalist class" and their "capitalist, corporate media minions" for "1%".

  • Ayatollah Santorum Excommunicates Obama, Mainstream Protestants
    • One the one hand Rick Santorum worships at the capitalist altar of the "free market" and what's good for capitalists is good for the US and the world. However, he fails to recognize that the culture he decries is capitalist culture.

      Capitalists's primary concern is the exchange value (price including profit) of a commodity, not its use value (usefulness). Therefore, one explanation for the "decline in morals" is the capitalist's profit priority. If commercial culture, e.g., objectification of women and men, pornography, etc., wasn't profitable, then it wouldn't be produced or used to sell commodities. Capitalists are indifferent to the use value and any effects of their commodities on morality or decency.

      Thus, there's an inherent contradiction in Sen. Santorum's glorification of capitalism and his condemnation of moral decline caused by capitalist culture.

  • Arab World Mourns Whitney Houston
    • Jeffrey Stewart 02/13/2012 at 2:07 pm

      How did the Arab world react to Joey Strummer's death? That guy spoke more truth in one song than some people sing, say or write in a lifetime.

      There's nothing more subjective than musical taste. However, popular doesn't not in any sense mean the same as good.

  • Dear Republican Candidates, You Have us all Wrong
    • Jeffrey Stewart 01/08/2012 at 8:35 am

      Hold back the advice and save the blog space. They're making themselves unelectable to informed people. Unfortunately, most Republican voters are woefully uninformed.

  • Iran has US Surrounded, All Right
    • Jeffrey Stewart 12/11/2011 at 10:50 pm

      It appears the US ruling class never got beyond the Shah's overthrow in 1979. BP wants back in damnit!

  • Gingrich slots MEK terrorists' supporter John Bolton for State
    • Jeffrey Stewart 12/09/2011 at 7:27 pm

      Could you please define "corporatist?" It has no meaning from a Marxist perspective.

    • If the capitalist, corporate media repeatedly echoed Bolton's support for a Marxist organization and always connected his name to Marxism he would go the way of Herman Cain.

  • NYPD Attack on OWS and the End of the First Amendment
  • The Little Iran Nuclear Report that Couldn't
    • "A key allegation in the IAEA report on Iranian nuclear activities has fallen apart." -J. Cole

      This is literally beside the point. The propagamda damage is done. The screaming headlines connecting Iran with nuclear weapons are all most people remember. Fact based reports contradicting the original assertions won't receive anywhere near as much publicity. They're more nuanced; they required digging deeper into a story than merely a blurb or a headline.

      It seems like the US public is being primed and getting used to the idea for an Israeli attack on Iran.

  • Perry's Lapse likely owing to Bad Faith and Destructive Politics
  • Surprises of the Tunisian Election
    • "For decades, most Arab states implicitly accepted the Leninist critique of parliaments as mere instruments of plutocracy and wholly unrepresentative." -J. Cole

      When the determining factor in most elections is money, then that's what is to be expected. Would Juan Cole want to argue that the US political system is responsive to the majority of the people in this country? The OWS movement surely isn't indicative of that. What was the reception among the capitalist, corporate media and most of the US Congress to the People's Budget? Compare those crickets to the fawning over the Ryan plan. Would cuts to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and other programs intended to help the working class, poor and elderly be on the chopping block in the Super Committee if it represented the economic interests of most people? Would the deficit and the debt be highlighted as the biggest problem in the US while 25 million people are unemployed, involuntarily working part time and jobless but not officially counted as unemployed if the US government was responsive to the needs of most people?

      Maybe Leninists are right?

  • Obama demands Regime Change in Syria
    • Jeffrey Stewart 08/19/2011 at 11:13 am

      President Obama demands regime change in Syria! However, after negotiations with President Obama, Assad will still be Syria's president AND Jordan's AND Lebannon's.

  • Downgraded US Credit Rating: What comes of Coddling the Super-Rich
    • Jeffrey Stewart 08/06/2011 at 10:33 pm

      Did you read Jane Hamsher? S&P changed rationales for downgrading US debt over time. They were also the ones that gave investment grades to MBS junk that helped lead to the 2008 financial crisis. Their pronouncements should be taken cum grano salis. We're supposed to take them at their word this time? Atrios said, "Apparently we’re supposed to care about what some idiots at some corrupt organization think about anything."

      The US debt to GDP ratio is 100% Japan's is over 200%. S&P downgraded Japanese government debt from AA to AA- in January 2011. Japan is still able to borrow, i.e., sell 30 year government bonds at 2.2% Japanese inflation is running at an annual rate of 0.2%.

    • Two interesting and informative views of S&P downgrading of US debt from Dean Baker and Jane Hamsher respectively.

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      Dr. Cole you're imputing reasons to S&P for the downgrade. How do you know their thinking on this? Logic isn't enough as they may not be acting logically.

  • Ret'd. CIA Official Alleges Bush White House Used Agency to "Get" Cole
    • Jeffrey Stewart 06/16/2011 at 11:38 am

      "I hope that the Senate and House Intelligence Committees will immediately launch an investigation of this clear violation of the law by the Bush White House and by the CIA officials concerned." -J. Cole

      I wouldn't hold my breath. That would be looking backward and not forward. The same with torturers.

  • Our News and their News
    • Jeffrey Stewart 06/07/2011 at 9:22 am

      The news is a commodity produced by the capitalist, corporate media. Their priority is providing content that attracts the viewers their advertisers covet so they may profit. These capitalist corporations are indifferent to providing information so people may make important decisions about their lives. If it happens every now and again fine, but it is incidental to their overriding profit concerns. This is all we can expect from the capitalist, corporate media.

      Dr. Cole apparently has non-profit motivations, including informing his readers by providing independent and educational analysis of Middle Eastern events. This is one reason why his website is so important.

  • Israeli Troops kill 20, wound Hundreds at Golan
    • Jeffrey Stewart 06/06/2011 at 6:28 am

      The WSJ headline for this massacre is "Violence Flares Up At Israeli Border." What perception is that trying to convey? What if the headline was "Unarmed Syrian Protesters Murdered By Israelis?"

  • TomTom, Apple and the Security-GPS Complex
    • Jeffrey Stewart 04/28/2011 at 11:15 am

      Profit considerations outweigh all others, including privacy for capitalist corporations. It's not that they're bad people, though they may be, the logic of the system compels certain behavior to increase profits. If their conscience won't let them do it, there are many people right down the hall willing to take their place and do it. Thus, relying on people running Apple to be good citizens is naive.

  • Israeli Soldiers' Brutality at Prison Camp for Palestinians
    • Jeffrey Stewart 04/18/2011 at 9:02 am

      The coverage of this atrocity by the US capitalist, corporate media? Crickets.

  • King's Nixonian Hearings against American Muslims
    • Well there's your problem right there. You rely on Wiki for the history of the "troubles." I suggest you do some real research on the history of English conquest and subjugation of Ireland and then get back to me.

    • Jeffrey Stewart 03/10/2011 at 9:11 am

      "...what Tunisians and Egyptians have demonstrated is that peaceful people power can bring about change much more effectively than sadistic tactics like public bombings." -J. Cole

      True enough, if they're in the majority. That isn't the case with the Catholics (though it's not a religious conflict) in Northern Ireland.

  • Top 5 Effects of Egyptian Revolution
    • Jeffrey Stewart 02/14/2011 at 9:06 am

      And, if oil supplies are tight why has the price of oil fallen over the past couple of weeks from above $90 to about $85 per barrel today?

    • Jeffrey Stewart 02/14/2011 at 9:05 am

      "US interests are affected by each of these." -J. Cole

      More accurately, US capitalist corporations are affected by each of these. How is a typical worker in the US affected by any of these besides gas prices?

  • Juan Cole: Tunisia Uprising "Spearheaded by Labor Movements, by Internet Activists, by Rural Workers; It’s a Populist Revolution" (Democracy Now!)
    • Jeffrey Stewart 01/19/2011 at 12:25 pm

      You're right. You can't get this information from the US capitalist, corporate media.

      Thank you for your intelligent, factual and informed analysis.

  • 24 Dead in Tunisia Clashes; US Ambassador Called In
    • Jeffrey Stewart 01/11/2011 at 10:43 am

      Is there such a thing as "monopoly capital?" Baran, Sweezy's and others' analyses are subject to a devastating critique. It may be shown that the phenomena associated with monopoly are found to be consistent with real capitalist competition.

      Monopoly makes sense only in the context of the other end of the spectrum from a theoretical chimera known as "perfect competition."

  • Hating Muslims in America
    • Jeffrey Stewart 12/21/2010 at 11:33 am

      It seems ever more clear that the terrorist attacks of 9/11 served the same purpose as the Reichstag fire. One difference is the scapegoats.

    • Now that Jews and Catholics have become ‘white,’ some of them have joined with evangelical Protestant nativists in a new sort of Ku Klux Klan targeting the latest immigrant group, the Muslim-Americans.

      Please remember Mexicans. They're demonizing Mexicans, the unemployed, homosexuals and really anyone that promotes their momentary political or policy goals.

  • Blair, Hitchens Debate Religion
    • Jeffrey Stewart 11/28/2010 at 12:44 pm

      What about all of the deaths attributable to capitalism's normal, profitable operation? If we're attributing 13,000,000 deaths to socialism or socialists and others to religion, surely we can come up with figures for capitalism.

      A good argument can be made the deaths from the war in Iraq can be attributable to capitalism. It’s been asserted one of the reasons for this unprovoked, illegal war of aggression is the exploitation of Iraq's oil resources by capitalist corporations. What capitalist corporations are now allowed to “develop” Iraq's oil fields? From the AP, “The 8.6 billion barrel field, which is being developed by a consortium grouping Exxon Mobil and Shell, was among those awarded by Iraq during one its first international oil licensing rounds last year and is seen as a key part of the country's drive to boost overall output of a resource on which it relies for 95 percent of its foreign revenues.”

      Another example is a Harvard-based study published in the American Journal of Public Health estimates that 45,000 yearly deaths in the US are associated with no health insurance. Health care is a commodity like any other. One implication of a commodity's exchange value's importance for capitalist producers is that if one doesn't have the money to purchase it, e.g., health care, then one doesn't receive it.

      The same is true for food, shelter, clothing and so on. Clearly, there is enough food produced in the world so that everyone can have enough to eat and there has been for a long time. How many starvation deaths around the world each year could be prevented if people didn't have to buy food, as in capitalism, but received it because they were human beings?

      People surely wouldn't be so indifferent to or content with the current economic system if all the deaths occurring because of it were clearly attributed to it. How many lives of men, woman and children in the US are being irreparably harmed due to the approximately 25 million adults being unemployed, underemployed and not counted as unemployed (marginally attached), even though they are jobless? For some reason it's a "crisis" when financial capitalists risk not being repaid as is the case in Ireland now, but their livelihoods aren't endangered; where it's not the same with unemployed workers, whose lives are literally at risk.

      When and where is this debate?

  • 1942 Midterms: Republicans win Popular Vote, Pick up 47 Seats in House; Roosevelt on Ropes; Pacific War Uncertain, Economy Slowly Improving
    • Your area of expertise is history, not political science, right? The Democrats got a whipping last night. The lesson is you might as well follow policies that directly help your base because the Republicans are going to deceive, demagogue and demonize regardless.

      Look where the obstinate obstructionism of Republicans got them and the bipartisan, incrementalist, namby pamby, accommodating, half measure, watered down, milque toast, policies got the Democrats. Democrats don't have the courage of their convictions because they don't stand for anything and don't have any courage.

  • Obama fails to Galvanize the Youth on Daily Show
    • Jeffrey Stewart 10/28/2010 at 5:59 pm

      Right on. The prime example is co-chairs, Alan Simpson and deficit hawk, Erskine Bowles.

    • Jeffrey Stewart 10/28/2010 at 5:55 pm

      "A wasted opportunity. At least he will be there to veto the crazy tea party legislative agenda." -J. Cole

      I wouldn't be too sure about that. He seems like he wants the crazies to win so he can throw up his hands and say, "I can't do anything about it" and go along with them couching his capitulation in "bipartisanship."

      What I find amazing is President Obama touts accomplishments that don't have any effect on people without jobs. A lot of good financial "reform" does if you don't have a credit card!

      President Obama couldn't be more disappointing. I predict a disastrous next couple and maybe several years for the working class in this country.

  • Top Ten Questions about Chile Mine Collapse: Was it Nixon-Kissinger's Fault?
    • Jeffrey Stewart 10/14/2010 at 4:13 pm

      Your questions are critical of capitalism. Therefore, you can't expect them to be asked or answered on the capitalist, corporate media.

  • Sanchez v. Stewart: El Error del Dia
    • Holy moley. You allow someone to assert the media isn't owned and controlled by Jewish people, but didn't check the facts. I just looked for the first two companies mentioned.

      Time Warner's CEO is Barry Meyer.
      Disney's CEO is Bob Iger.

      That's as far as I'm going to check since I'm not wasting any more time with this since I'm sure this won't be published. Apparently we're not allowed ask who controls the US media because it's anti-Semitic. However, both these men are Jewish. What would a careful investigation reveal?

  • Makdisi: The Tragedy of Obama's Middle East Policy
    • "Obama has chosen half-measures to tweak an untenable status quo. " -U. Makdisi

      Unfortunately this sums up his presidency so far, except for the kid glove treatment of the wealthy and powerful Wall Street bankers and his Republican adversaries.

  • The Invisible Deluge in Pakistan (Cole in Tomdispatch)
    • Jeffrey Stewart 09/09/2010 at 6:03 pm

      If a tree falls in the woods and the capitalist, corporate media doesn''t cover it because it won't attract viewers, advertising revenue and profit, it doesn't make a sound.

  • The Closing of the Zionist Mind
    • Jeffrey Stewart 07/30/2010 at 12:22 pm

      Caroline Glick and many others know there's a difference between hating someone because he/she is Jewish and criticizing criminally inhumane behavior by people that happen to be Jews. However, that doesn't stop her and others from playing the anti-Semitic card. This is calculatedly disingenuous behavior, but many times effective.

  • Palin on the Ground Zero Mosque vs. the Founding Fathers
    • Jeffrey Stewart 07/19/2010 at 12:36 pm

      Dear Govner Palin,

      Please refudiate your mosque ground zero commentarianism.

      Thank Huge!

  • Schumer's Sippenhaftung and the Children of Gaza
    • Jeffrey Stewart 06/13/2010 at 9:51 am

      Right on. If the situation were reversed, Jewish people would make the same comparisons and the capitalist, corporate media and the US government would be on their side.

  • World Condemns Brutal Israeli Assault on Humanitarian Convoy
    • Jeffrey Stewart 06/03/2010 at 1:52 pm

      Your points are taken. But my question of why still remains.

    • Jeffrey Stewart 06/03/2010 at 1:52 pm

      Yes, but why?

    • Dr. Cole,

      Could you please explain your comment that the American TV news is underplaying this story? Why is that the case and how is it predictable?

    • Jeffrey Stewart 05/31/2010 at 8:09 pm

      "Since American television news is predictably slighting the story," - J. Cole

      The question is why, exactly why, is US TV news not giving the story the coverage it deserves?

  • Kirchner: Bush angrily said War would Grow US Economy
    • Jeffrey Stewart 05/30/2010 at 11:34 am

      These comments just demonstrate G.W. Bush was as bad of an economic student as he was a president.

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