Will Joe Manchin Remain a Democrat?

October 22, 2021

Americans typically like divided government and, on November 7, then-Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer gave them reason for that preference. Preceding a pair of run-off elections in Georgia that would decide whether Democrats would control the Senate in addition to the White House and the House...

Who Won the Match: Tucker Carlson or Pete Buttigieg?
October 21, 2021

Who Won the Match: Tucker Carlson or Pete Buttigieg?

Alt-Medicine: How the Far Right Weaponizes Vaccine Hesitancy
October 21, 2021

Alt-Medicine: How the Far Right Weaponizes Vaccine Hesitancy

Kyrsten Sinema’s True Motive Revealed
October 18, 2021

Kyrsten Sinema’s True Motive Revealed

The New York Times’ Laughable Lack of Irony

The New York Times’ Laughable Lack of Irony

October 15, 2021

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary belongs to the category we might call ironic journalism. It is dedicated to unearthing the subtleties of language used by officials and public personalities as well as the media outlets that report on their sayings and doings. Irony is an effect of language that...

Are the Rich Embarrassed by Their Riches?

Are the Rich Embarrassed by Their Riches?

October 15, 2021

The rich have always flaunted their wealth. It was rarely good enough to enjoy financial success, you had to be conspicuous about it. They build enormous homes for everyone to gawk at. They throw lavish parties. They commission paintings, statues, biographies. They endow institutions so that their...

Yahoo Finance’s Social Darwinism

Yahoo Finance’s Social Darwinism

October 13, 2021

Yahoo Finance regularly features its senior columnist, Rick Newman, as a voice of open-minded reflection and staid wisdom, a seasoned journalist skilled at juggling with issues at the junction of finance and politics. Though no doctrinaire libertarian, he adheres to the capitalist faith and...

No, Jack Kennedy, You Are Not James Bond

No, Jack Kennedy, You Are Not James Bond

October 12, 2021

In this age of social media and artificial intelligence (AI), the dominant model for modern systems of government has now become hyperreal democracy. If current trends continue, society itself will inevitably become lost in a world of commercially driven illusion. Even if many brave souls are...

A 21st-Century Marshall Plan for Cyber Defense

A 21st-Century Marshall Plan for Cyber Defense

October 12, 2021

The Republican Party is facing an existential crisis. Will their traditional base of small-government, low-tax party members endure, especially as they come under increasing attacks from, anti-immigrant, anti-science MAGA fundamentalists? Democrats face challenges of their own trying to figure...

The Art of Propaganda: When Journalists Use Facts to Create Fiction

The Art of Propaganda: When Journalists Use Facts to Create Fiction

October 11, 2021

The legacy press continues its endless campaign to promote the belief that Russia is waging a never-ending battle against US diplomats and spies thanks to the secret weapon that provokes the dreaded “Havana syndrome.” Two Washington Post journalists, John Wagner and Miriam Berger, have...

It’s Not All Bad News for the Gulf

It’s Not All Bad News for the Gulf

October 11, 2021

Gulf Arab states are in a pickle. They fear that the emerging parameters of a reconfigured US commitment to security in the Middle East threaten to upend a pillar of regional security and leave them with no good alternatives. The shaky pillar is the Gulf monarchies’ reliance on a powerful...

Kyrsten Sinema’s Cinematic Performance

Kyrsten Sinema’s Cinematic Performance

October 08, 2021

Political news in the US often begins with legitimate debate and then quickly tends toward the competition between extravagant personalities that can only delight the media. They don’t even have to pay the actors. Occasionally it can rival reality TV, attaining the gold standard of the...

Appropriating the King of Pop: The Far Right Co-Opts Michael Jackson

Appropriating the King of Pop: The Far Right Co-Opts Michael Jackson

October 08, 2021

Michael Jackson has been named the "king of pop" for his timeless hits as a member of the Jackson 5 and as a solo artist. His lyrics have brought individuals across the world together as one. "Billie Jean" and "Thriller" are some of his best-known songs, but it is "They Don't Really Care About Us"...

Taiwan Becomes a Point of Strategic Ambiguity

Taiwan Becomes a Point of Strategic Ambiguity

October 07, 2021

In early September, with the war in Afghanistan officially over and the Middle East retreating from the media’s landscape, The New York Times began preparing the American public for the next theater of war. This time it will be just off the coast of mainland China, in Taiwan. There will be no...

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