The US Senate, the Filibuster and the 50-State Solution

October 26, 2021

Democracy seems to be in the eye of the beholder. There are not many places where a country's leadership stands up and shouts to the world that the country is a repressive dictatorship in which the rights of man are routinely trampled for the benefit of the few. Will Joe Manchin Remain a...

Kyrsten Sinema’s True Motive Revealed

October 18, 2021

A 2014 study published by Princeton University sought to determine how political decisions were made in the United States. The study's conclusion called into question the legitimacy of calling the current political system a democracy. It had effectively evolved into a functioning...

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...

Is the Havana Syndrome a Psychogenic Illusion?

October 04, 2021

It has been a full week since we last reported on the Cold War psychodrama known as the Havana syndrome. But the news keeps coming, and though we are no wiser as to its physical causes or whodunnit, the media and the US government are not about to let it go. As we suggested last week, an...

The Futile Quest for Accountability

October 01, 2021

The disappointed hope for a reckoning after the financial meltdown of 2008-09 that taught the world the meaning of “too big to fail” demonstrated the truth of its corollary: “too big to jail.” Sending rich people — and especially powerful rich people — to jail has always been a...

Tucker Carlson’s Ambiguous Legacy

September 29, 2021

In the US media landscape, conservative Fox News commentator Tucker Carlson has become the single most popular voice disseminating political opinion on American cable television. His personal opinions often deviate from even the distorted norms of Fox News, an outlet that has always functioned as...

Saving Democracy by Destroying It

August 27, 2021

Arizona’s Maricopa County is ground zero in the continuing debate over election integrity in the United States. The so-called audit of the 2.1 million votes cast in that county in last year’s presidential election — by the almost comically inept firm Cyber Ninjas — was supposed to arrive...

Understanding the Geography of the Radical Right

US Media Amplifies Afghan Chaos

August 25, 2021

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary appears today in its final August weekly edition containing multiple items taken from a variety of contexts. The daily format returns next Monday. The Fading Horizon of US Middle East Politics US foreign policy has always sought effective metaphors intended to...

Should California Governor Gavin Newsom Be Recalled?

August 24, 2021

It is turning out to be strange summer in California. The entire West Coast has been experiencing unprecedented heatwaves and wildfires, a sure sign that climate change is taking its toll on our planet. California is also in the midst of political turmoil, fueled by partisan hatred against its...

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