Friday, November 17, 2017

Alexander Dugan — Hegel and the Platonic Leap Down

This may be of interest to some here. It's an extract from a longer work, so some prior understanding is assumed. Unfortunately, it may not be understandable without having read what went before, unless one is familiar with the philosophical context of what he is talking about.

In this short excerpt, Alexander Dugin provides an summary of view of Hegel's project and how it fits into subsequent history and remains significant today, from his own point of view, of course, although in my view he gets the thrust of Hegel right. Dugin warns that Hegel's thought is complex, so any brief summary will necessarily be wanting. Nevertheless, Dugin offers an interesting way to view Hegel's project as Absolute Idealism.

So what? Hegel was enormously influence in his day but he is now largely forgotten. However, his influence persists in the influence he exerted on some major figures in subsequent history, both as Hegelians and also as anti-Hegelians. Much of Dugin's philosophical work is exploring this dialectic between traditionalists and conservatives that hold worldviews characterized by the Great Chain of Being and those holding liberal, materialist and positivist world views characterized by the scientific-humanistic worldview. 

The contemporary world is still struggle to reconcile these apparently opposing worldviews as globalization rolls on. These worldviews are not only opposing but also in conflict, and this conflict will apparently continue until there is a victor or a synthesis is achieved. Dugin gets this, and this synthesis is what his The Fourth Political Theory (summary) is about. (An English translation of The Fourth Political Theory is available for download at

One way to summarize the issue as its is in the opposition of liberalism and conservatism. Liberalism is about individual freedom. Conservatism is about personal responsibility. The synthesis of these opposing forces is freedom and responsibility. Conservatives condemn liberals for thinking that freedom implies license. Liberals criticize conservatives for conflating responsibility with following authority blindly. 

However, the issue of traditionalism and modernism and its extension to postmodernism is much more oppositional since more foundational issues are involved, being grounded in world views that seem impossible to reconcile — the Great Chain of Being and scientism. How this will be dealt with historically is still in the process of unfolding, and there is no end of history.

Incidentally, Alexander Dugin is a controversial character, and yes, he is a character. Be warned that most of what appears in the West as supposedly objective criticism of him, his work and the part he plays in Russia is ill-informed and highly biased. 

I am not saying that one needs to agree with him, but his point of view is worth taking into account. He is likely to be remembered as a major thinker of his time. While one may not agree, Dugin does illumine the issues and inform the debate from a well-worked out stance. 

CSSI- Eurasianist Archive
Hegel and the Platonic Leap Down
Alexander Dugan
Translated by Jafe Arnold

Alastair Crooke — Trump’s Saudi Scheme Unravels

President Trump and his son-in-law bet that the young Saudi crown prince could execute a plan to reshape the Mideast, but the scheme quickly unraveled revealing a dangerous amateur hour, writes ex-British diplomat Alastair Crooke.
Consortium News
Trump’s Saudi Scheme Unravels
Alastair Crooke | founder and director of the Conflicts Forum, and former British diplomat and senior figure in British intelligence and in European Union diplomacy


The AntiMedia
The Truth About Why Saudi Arabia and Israel Are Really Working Together
Darius Shahtahmasebi


Significant discussions between Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Xi Jinping signals China's intention to deepen cooperation with Saudi Arabia .

THIS is real china

To think in just 30 years the Chinese have created all this, look and gasp. The downside, the pollution and the hardship that working people went through, but this happened to us too as we built our civilization. Now China is raising wages to create more home demand and is also trying to do something about the pollution.

Gavin Kennedy — More Criticism Of Mathematical Economic Theorising

Why economics is not a science and how it is being used prescriptively rather than descriptively.

Adam Smith's Lost Legacy
Gavin Kennedy | Professor Emeritus, Heriot Watt University

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Alexander Mercouris — Here’s the real scandal of the 2016 US election which should be investigated; it’s not Russiagate

What the evidence points to is – as Jared Kushner has admitted – a chaotic and disorganised Trump campaign, incapable of carrying out any sort of secret or illegal collusion not just with the Russians but with anyone, with unpaid and junior staffers like George Papadopoulos and Carter Page amateurishly attempting – in one case enthusiastically, in the second case calculatedly – to do foreign policy with Russia all by themselves, without receiving guidance or encouragement from the Trump campaign.
Nothing those people who were genuinely close to Trump – eg. Manafort, Flynn, Kushner, Sessions and Donald Trump Junior – did during the campaign looks to me wrong or improper.
By contrast, whilst there is no evidence of illegal collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians, and no prospect of anyone finding such evidence, there is now abundant evidence that the US intelligence community, the Justice Department and the FBI were pulling out the stops during the election to help Hillary Clinton....
Details follow. Mercouris is a London lawyer, by the way.

Caitlin Johnstone — I’ve Been Banned From Facebook For Sharing An Article About False Flags

The censorship saga continues
In a corporatist system of government, corporate censorship is state censorship. When there’s no meaningful space between corporate power and government power, it doesn’t make much difference whether the guy silencing your dissent is Mark Zuckerberg or Jeff Sessions. America most definitely has such a system.
If they’re going to get us locked down and propagandized into their vapid brain boxes, this will be how they’ll do it. Not by government censorship, but by corporate censorship. Government can’t make an overt attempt to stop a dissenting voice from speaking, but the corporations who own the venue of their speech can.
Corporations working with government on policy has a name — corporate statism aka fascism aka transnational corporate totalitarianism.

"It can't happen here."

Looks like it is already in gear and shifting up.

I’ve Been Banned From Facebook For Sharing An Article About False Flags
Caitlin Johnstone

RT - Was US base in Kurdish region of Syria part of deal letting ISIS fighters flee Raqqa?

Micheal Maloof, a former Pentagon official, will now be on the Washington hit list for appearing on RT. But he didn't care, good on him!

A secret deal between the US and UK reportedly helped Islamic State leaders flee the besieged city of Raqqa, Syria. Former Pentagon official Michael Maloof tells RT America’s Ashlee Banks that the report raises questions about the United States’ role in screening the supposed refugees leaving the city.

New China TV - My Life My China: I don’t want that free media!

More fake news, no doubt these commies were brainwashed. They must have been held at gunpoint to say this because they're being too nice. They are not free like us and believe that society is more important than selfish desires. Outrageous! The greatest leader of all time, Margaret Thatcher, said there is no such thing as society. Getting ahead in the rat race and kicking someone else off the ladder is all that counts.

What coverage should the media offer? Journalists from China's mainstream outlets speak about what they see as "fair and balanced" reporting. It's one episode of the #MyLifeMyChina series co-produced by China Institute, Fudan University and Guan Video, with 10 Chinese journalists sharing their stories or views about some hotly discussed China topics.

CNN — People for sale [in Libya]

Intended consequences of "spreading freedom and democracy" with bombs.

Not that slavery isn't endemic in some parts of the world. But not in Gaddafi's Libya. That was then.

People for sale [in Libya]
Nima Elbagir, Raja Razek, Alex Platt and Bryony Jones

Russia Feed — Russian Justice Ministry notifies 9 media outlets about possible foreign agent recognition

The Russian Justice Ministry has sent letters to nine media outlets on their possible registration as foreign agents. Voice of America and Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty are among those that could be recognized as foreign agents, the ministry said.

The ministry also sent letters to the administration of the Kavkaz.Realii, Krym Realii and Sibir Realii websites, as well as Radio Azatliq – all of which are Radio Liberty branches based in Russia. The Current Time TV channel, a joint project of Voice of America and Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty, as well as the Radio Liberty-owned website and IdelRealii project also received letters.
On Wednesday, the Russian State Duma passed the third and final reading of the bill, which requires mass-media outlets operating in the country but funded from abroad to register as foreign agents. The bill is a mirror response to Washington’s demand for RT to register as a foreign agent.…
In forcing RT to register in the US as a foreign agent, the US implicitly gave its permission for Russia to shout down US propaganda machines operating in Russia. This move is almost as smart as driving Russia into the arms of China.

Russia Feed
Russian Justice Ministry notifies 9 media outlets about possible foreign agent recognition

John Helmer — Machiavelli’s Thirteen Rules For The Successful Ruler – Two Vladimir Putin Did Learn; Eleven He Didn’t, Not Yet

So how close, or how far from Machiavelli’s model ruler, is Putin the frontrunner, and what does the president himself think of Machiavelli?....
Good backgrounder on Russia and refresher on Machiavelli.

Dances with Bears
Machiavelli’s Thirteen Rules For The Successful Ruler – Two Vladimir Putin Did Learn; Eleven He Didn’t, Not Yet
John Helmer

Dan Goodin — Kaspersky: Yes, we obtained NSA secrets. No, we didn’t help steal them

A little wonkish for general reading, but a good backgrounder if you are following this, or if you just want to get up to speed on it. It shows just how endemic cyber hacking, cyber espionage and cyber warfare is, and how difficult it is to determine who is doing what to whom in the cyberworld, since "everyone is doing it." Even Mossad is involved in this one. Kaspersky has the reputation of being the best in providing security, but Mossad hacked them.

Ars Technica
Kaspersky: Yes, we obtained NSA secrets. No, we didn’t help steal them
Dan Goodin | Security Editor

Zac Tate — Capitalism is losing support. It is time for a new deal.

The financial crisis has led many to question the legitimacy of capitalism. The verdict, 10 years on, has not been favourable. In an opinion poll by YouGov, three-quarters of German adults, two-thirds of Britons and over half of Americans believe that, “the poor get poorer and the rich get richer in capitalist economies”.
Their sense of injustice is not only a reaction to bank bailouts, years of austerity and corporate scandals. The challenge is fundamental. There is a growing awareness in the rich world that most of the benefits of technology and globalization flow to people who own investible capital and to the well-educated, while the costs are borne by unskilled workers, local producers and people who have little property and savings.
The problem, however, is not capitalism itself. Instead, the issue lies with policies that extended the role of the free market beyond sensible limits. These have undermined the essential bargain between labour and capital, and pushed those with few assets into precarious working lives.
Rawer forms of capitalism are unsustainable if too many people do not have capital. Restoring faith in the system requires making amends, and rethinking how capitalism creates and distributes value....
Here we go again. These are the issue that Keynes faced at the time of the Great Depression. He came forward to save capitalism from socialism by moderating it.

This article is a useful backgrounder.
In this situation, demands for fairness have centered around two ideas. Either there must be a significant redistribution of wealth so that everyone has a fair stake in the economy. Or policymakers must reintroduce protections against market forces for those without the insurance of investible capital. Thomas Piketty, in his bestselling book Capital, advances the first solution; Dani Rodrik, in Straight Talk on Trade, promotes the second.

Each of these should be considered as parts of a new deal on capitalism. But there is also a third strand that looks to the future and responds to the thirst for something new. It says that capitalism itself must be redesigned. Private enterprise and public policy need to be realigned to the creation of public value and this requires changing how we think about economics....
In 2016, Mazzucato published Rethinking Capitalism, a collection of articles from distinguished thinkers who challenge the conventional wisdom on a range of topics from fiscal policy to inequality. It concludes that many of our economic theories are not only inadequate but lead to poor policies that often have harmful impacts.
Mazzucato argues that to nurture public value, the state has a key role to play. The state uniquely has the time-horizon and the financial and organizational capacity to create and shape new markets. Embedded in the innovation process with firms and research institutes, it can also influence both the rate and direction of technological development.…
Unfortunately, no mention of MMT and the fiscal space its understanding opens up to use.

World Economic Form
Capitalism is losing support. It is time for a new deal.
Zac Tate | Economic strategist, Hottinger Group

See also
A Goldman Sachs banker [Bobby Vedra] has likened the UK under Jeremy Corbyn to “Cuba without the sunshine” in a nervy attack on the Labour leader at the Super Investor private-equity conference in Amsterdam.
The London Economic
UK would be like “Cuba without the sunshine” under Corbyn – says fat cat banker
Jack Peat

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Thu-Huong Ha — A longtime critic of Vladimir Putin just won the US National Book Award

Masha Gessen? (rolls eyes)

I can't wait to see the reactions to this.

Masha Gessen is the epitome of the liberal Russian russophobe.

A longtime critic of Vladimir Putin just won the US National Book Award
Thu-Huong Ha

Steve Bannon — If America Doesn’t Thwart These Five Things, China Will Be a Hegemonic Power

“It said that the mercantilist, Confucianist, authoritative system of China is the victor over the Judeo-Christian, liberal democratic free-market West; that their system is better, and they go over how it is better and how they’ve beaten us,” [Steve Bannon] argued.
He warned that there are five things that China is going to achieve in the next few years, and if America does not thwart them, “China will in fact be a hegemonic power.” They are:
  1. The rollout of fifth generation mobile technology — known as “5G.”
  2. The expansion of the One Belt One Road Initiative — a transport system to go through central Asia and connect China to the Middle East.
  3. Plan 2025 — 10 industries the Chinese have aimed to dominate by 2025. Bannon described the Chinese as “way ahead.” Bannon said three of those are silicon chips, robotics, and artificial intelligence.
  4. Conversion of all oil transactions into Chinese currency, which he said will end America as a reserve currency and force the U.S. to start paying off the 20 trillion debt.
  5. Financial technology. Bannon said the true piece of leverage with North Korea is the ability to decouple countries from the world’s financial system, sanction companies, and shut banks off from capital markets. He predicted that in 5-10 years that ability is gone.
“If they accomplish those five things, they win,” he predicted.
Breitbart News
Steve Bannon: If America Doesn’t Thwart These Five Things, China Will Be a Hegemonic PowerAdam Shaw

See also

‘I’m Proud to Be a Christian Zionist’: Steve Bannon Gets Standing O from Leading Jewish Organization
Amanda House

Zero Hedge — Corruption In China Risks A Soviet-Style Collapse - Party's Graft Buster

The Chinese elite has recognized and acknowledged that the CCP has a corruption problem. Western elites, not so much.

There is another interesting point made in the article.
During the 19th Party Congress last month, Yang was asked about the anti-corruption drive and how to achieve a balance between human rights and party discipline. Yang replied that, having worked in the Tibet Autonomous Region for many years, human rights was an “interesting question”. He recounted a conversation he had with a US assistant secretary of state where he likened Abraham Lincoln freeing slaves in America to China’s actions in Tibet.
“I said in the hearts of Chinese people, Lincoln is a hero, because he freed the slaves.
On this point the Chinese people and the American people have the same understanding – this is a human rights issue.
In turn, we freed the serfs in Tibet, how come American friends cannot understand this? From Lincoln’s perspective, he should have supported China’s overturning of the serfdom in Tibet.”
No matter that the Central Tibetan Administration, usually called the “Tibetan Government in Exile” has a starkly different view….
This is really the crux of the issue between capitalism and socialism.

According to its proponents capitalism is the economic aspect of democracy and therefore integral to achieving freedom and human rights globally.

According to the proponents of socialism, the first step of liberation was freeing the slaves, the second step was freeing the serfs, and the third and final stage will be freeing workers from capitalists as the owners of the means of production.

It all depends on one's point of view.

Zero Hedge
Corruption In China Risks A Soviet-Style Collapse - Party's Graft Buster
Tyler Durden

Brian Romanchuk — How Not To Defend DSGE Macro

As an outsider, one can only revise down one's opinion of the academic standards of mainstream economists. We have an intellectual debate in which one side refuses to admit the existence of the debate in the first place. I am not an expert on the scientific method, but it seems to me that is not how it is supposed to work.
Bond Economics 
How Not To Defend DSGE Macro
Brian Romanchuk

Sputnik International — ‘Political Intervention’: Budapest Furious at US Initiative to Fund Rural Media

On Wednesday, the Hungarian Foreign Ministry summoned US envoy David Kostelancik to formally complain about Washington’s new $700,000 initiative to fund rural media outlets in the country. The program provides technical and financial assistance to these media outlets, granting them increased exposure as well as small grants.…
Of course, there is some irony in the United States — a country that itself has experienced a precipitous drop in press freedom, from 20th in 2010 to 43rd in 2017 according to PFI — demanding greater press freedom in its NATO ally Hungary.
Sputnik International
‘Political Intervention’: Budapest Furious at US Initiative to Fund Rural Media

Harper — A Reminder Of The Obscene Power Of The Israel Lobby

Russiagate but not Israelgate. Hypocrisy about "foreign influence"?

Sic Semper Tyrannis
Harper: A Reminder Of The Obscene Power Of The Israel Lobby

See also

The UK is in as deeply as the US. After all, it was the Balfour Declaration in November 1917 that started the whole thing.
The scandal surrounding Priti Patel, who was forced to resign as Britain’s international aid minister last week after secret meetings with Israeli officials during a “family holiday”, offers a small, opaque window on the UK’s powerful Israel lobby.
Patel’s off-the-books meetings with 12 Israelis, including prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, were organised by a British lobbyist in violation of government rules requiring careful documentation of official meetings. That is to prevent conflicts of interest and illicit lobbying by foreign powers.
Government protocol was flouted again when Patel headed to the Golan Heights, occupied Syrian territory, escorted by the Israeli army. There she was shown an Israeli military field hospital that patches up Syrians, including Al Qaeda-affiliated fighters, wounded in Syria’s civil war.
Afterwards, Patel pressed for the Israeli army, one of the most powerful in the world, to receive a chunk of Britain’s overseas aid. Meanwhile, she has sought to cut aid to the Palestinians, including to vital projects in Gaza. A clue as to how she reached such absurd “humanitarian” priorities is provided in the figure of Stuart Polak, mentor on her Israel “holiday”....
Defend Democracy
Israel Lobby is Slowly Being Dragged Into the Light
Jonathan Cook

Pat Lang — And now, a civics seminar ...

I have long been an originalist, strict construction libertarian believing as did Mr. Jefferson (the slave owner and sage) that "the best government is the least possible." The trick being to discern what the least possible might be.

Therefore I find it odd that I am somewhat disturbed by what is being said on the Democratic Party side of Congress, in the MSM...
Sic Semper Tyrannis
And now, a civics seminar ...
Col. W. Patrick Lang, US Army (ret.)
At the Defense Intelligence Agency, Lang was the Defense Intelligence Officer (DIO) for the Middle East, South Asia and counter-terrorism, and later, the first Director of the Defense Humint Service. At the DIA, he was a member of the Defense Senior Executive Service. He participated in the drafting of National Intelligence Estimates. From 1992 to 1994, all the U.S. military attachés worldwide reported to him. During that period, he also briefed President George H. W. Bush at the White House, as he had during Operation Desert Storm.

He was also the head of intelligence analysis for the Middle East for seven or eight years at that institution. He was the head of all the Middle East and South Asia analysis in DIA for counter-terrorism for seven years. For his service in the DIA, Lang received the Presidential Rank Award of Distinguished Executive. — Wikipedia

Steve Keen - UK's public spending level no lower despite years of austerity

Steve Keen explains why austerity doesn't work and can never work - you can't save yourself to growth. He say's how the Tories have committed themselves so much to austerity now that they can't pull out and admit their mistake, so only the Labour will be able end austerity.

Laurie Macfarlane — It’s Time to Call the Housing Crisis What It Really Is: The Largest Transfer of Wealth in Livin

Skyrocketing land rent in the UK.
In just two decades the market value of land has quadrupled, increasing recorded wealth by over £4 trillion. The driving force behind rising house prices — and the UK’s growing wealth — has been rapidly escalating land prices.
For those who own property, this has provided enormous benefits....

CGTN — How smart are China's electric toilets?

Giving "innovation" new meaning.

How smart are China's electric toilets?

Caitlin Johnstone — ‘The Atlantic’ Commits Malpractice, Selectively Edits To Smear WikiLeaks

See that full stop at the end of the last sentence there [in The Atlantic quote of Wikileaks]? That’s journalistic malpractice.
Selective editing in one way spin and disinformation get created. Another is selective reporting that omits relevant facts. This is how propaganda works to create faked news.
The author of the Atlantic article, Julia Ioffe, put a period rather than a comma at the end of the text about not wanting to appear pro-Trump or pro-Russia, and completely omitted WikiLeaks’ statement following the comma that it considers those allegations slanderous. This completely changes the way the interaction is perceived.
This is malpractice. Putting an ellipsis (…) and then omitting the rest of the sentence would have been sleazy and disingenuous enough, because you’re leaving out crucial information but at least communicating to the reader that there is more to the sentence you’ve left out, but replacing the comma with a period obviously communicates to the reader that there is no more to the sentence. If you exclude important information while communicating that you have not, you are blatantly lying to your readers....
‘The Atlantic’ Commits Malpractice, Selectively Edits To Smear WikiLeaks
Caitlin Johnstone

Washington's Blog — How to Instantly Prove (Or Disprove) Russian Hacking of U.S. Election

The nitty-gritty behind William Binney's claims.

Washington's Blog
How to Instantly Prove (Or Disprove) Russian Hacking of U.S. Election

Moon of Alabama — The Non-Coup Coup In Zimbabwe


Moon of Alabama
The Non-Coup Coup In Zimbabwe

Katrina vanden Heuvel — Registering the Cable Channel RT as a Foreign Agent Is a Threat to Press Freedom

Stigmatizing Russian broadcasting is the latest unnecessary escalation in the new Cold War.
Western elites are playing with fire in the expectation of political gain at the expense of risking war and threatening liberal democracy in a bogus attempt to defend it.

On the other hand, sates do has the right and responsibility to protect themselves from foreign influence, and tin this regard the US has also been a key player in influencing other countries.

So there lines that need to be drawn. The questions are how and where to draw them. These questions become more pressing with the sophistication of state-sponsored propaganda and disinformation apparatuses operating domestically as well as abroad, in addition to the proliferation of "alternative" media that make narrative control difficult for elites.

The Nation
Registering the Cable Channel RT as a Foreign Agent Is a Threat to Press FreedomStigmatizing Russian broadcasting is the latest unnecessary escalation in the new Cold War.
Katrina vanden Heuvel

See also
British Prime Minister Theresa May sought to divert attention from her Brexit troubles the other day with some inflammatory remarks about Russia at the annual banquet of the Lord Mayor of London…
May accused Russia of ‘threatening the international order on which we all depend,’ and concluded by saying that, ‘I have a very simple message for Russia. We know what you are doing. And you will not succeed. Because you underestimate the resilience of our democracies, the enduring attraction of free and open societies, and the commitment of western nations to the alliances that bind us.’
As if to back May up, Ciaran Martin, the head of Britain’s National Cyber Security Centre, stated yesterday that, ‘I can confirm that Russian interference, seen by the National Cyber Security Centre over the past year, has included attacks on the UK media, telecommunication and energy sectors.’ To this Martin added, ‘Russia is seeking to undermine the international system. That much is clear. The PM made the point on Monday night – international order as we know it is in danger of being eroded.’…
And then we come to question b) – does this constitute an attempt to ‘undermine the international order?’ The answer to this is fairly simple – No, and two times no! Yes, the Russians engage in espionage. They try to influence people. They always have! And so have Western countries! This isn’t an attempt to undermine the international order. This is the international order!! Let’s not be naïve about this. The international order consists of a whole set of institutions and rules which states for the most part abide by. At the same time, they occasionally break the rules, by for instance carrying out espionage on one another. Yet the order continues on nonetheless. Russia spies on Britain. Britain spies on Russia (remember the British spy rock in Moscow, anyone?) That’s how the order works.
Western elites understand this, of course. It's obvious that the faux outrage over "Russian interference" in democracy is a political ploy to protect Western elites from the political consequences of their own failed policy by creating scapegoats.

The international order
Paul Robinson | Professor, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Ottawa

See also

Debunking the latest "Russia did it" headline hysteria.
BuzzFeed’s latest “explosive” scoop on “secret” Russian financing of a 2016 election turned out to be an instant hit by burying a key detail: it was a Russian election.
Russia Feed
Scandal! Russia nefariously funded 2016 elections – its OWN

Earlier on Tuesday, the BuzzFeed internet portal claimed that the FBI was scrutinizing the Russian Foreign Ministry’s money transfer through Citibank, bearing a note that said the money was to be used "to finance election campaign of 2016."

According to the report, the transfer, totaling $30,000, was allegedly sent on August 3 to the Russian Embassy in Washington and was a part of more than 60 money transfers sent by the Russian Foreign Ministry to its embassies across the globe. The transfers via Citibank, totaling about $360,000, were carried out between August 3 and September 20, were directed to various countries "from Afghanistan to Niger."

The article, however, notes that on September 18, 2016, Russia held elections to the State Duma, the lower house of parliament. Russian embassies and diplomatic compounds opened polling stations for voters living abroad.
Issue of ‘Russian meddling’ in US polls about to be marginalized — Russian embassy

Russia Feed
BREAKING: Russia approves foreign agents bill for media in ‘mirror response’ to US

Geopolitics Alert
Russia Passes Bill That Will Label US Media As ‘Foreign Agents’
Jim Carey

Giddens: We are suffering from ‘cosmopolitan overload’ and a huge task lies before us – to create responsible capitalism — Labinot Kunushevci Interviews Anthony Giddens

Giddens: We live in a world that has moved ‘off the edge of history’ at the same time as it remains deeply embedded in it. By this I mean that today we face risks that no other civilisation has to deal with – such as climate change, the massive growth in world population, or the existence of nuclear weapons. Some of these risks are existential: they are threats to the very continuity of the industrial order as it spreads across the face of the earth. We cannot say which are the ‘most threatening’, since the true level of risk is by definition unknown. There is no past time series to go on as there are with more traditional risks. 
At the same time we have opportunities, as collective humanity, that go massively beyond what was available in previous ages, not just for material advancement but for the spiritual enrichment of our lives. I call this a ‘high opportunity, high risk society’ – in which it is almost impossible in advance to know what the relation between these two factors will turn out to be. This problematic relationship is today an elemental part of the human condition. This is not a post-modern world in the sense in which that term is usually used – to refer to the dissolution of reason and of potentially universal values. Rather, a battle is being fought almost everywhere between such values and sectional divisions of various sorts.
Economic Sociology and Political Economy
Giddens: We are suffering from ‘cosmopolitan overload’ and a huge task lies before us – to create responsible capitalism
Labinot Kunushevci Interviews Anthony Giddens, Director of the London School of Economics 1997–2003, and now Emeritus Professor at the Department of Sociology

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Chris Hedges - RT America Torched in Witch Hunt

In one of the most horrendous blows to press freedom since the anti-communist witch hunts of the 1950s, the U.S. Department of Justice has forced the news broadcaster RT America to file under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA).

The assault on RT America, on which I host the show "On Contact," has nothing to do with the dissemination of Russian propaganda. It is driven by RT America's decision to provide a platform to critics of American capitalism and imperialism, critics who lambast a system of government that can no longer be called democratic. And it is accompanied by the installation of algorithms by Google, Facebook and Twitter that divert readers away from left-wing, progressive and anti-war websites, including Truthdig. The World Socialist Web Site has seen its search traffic from Google fall by 74 percent since April. Google, in a further blow, this month removed RT from its list of "preferred" channels on YouTube. Twitter has blocked all advertising by the channel.
Put the censorship campaigns together and the message is clear: Left-wing critics, already marginalized by the state, must be silenced.

Complicit in this censorship is a bankrupt liberal class. The institutions tasked with defending press freedom -- including the ACLU, Human Rights Watch, the Committee to Protect Journalists and PEN -- along with major news outlets such as The New York Times, have served as the corporate state's useful idiots. Only a handful of journalists, including
Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer, grasp and decry the very real danger before us.It would seem, given how we are locked out of the corporate media and public broadcasting, that the assault is overkill. But the ideology that sustains the corporate state, the "free market" and neoliberalism has lost all credibility. The corporate state has no counterargument to its critics. The nakedness of corporate greed, exploitation and repression is transparent across the political spectrum. The ideological fortress erected by corporate power and sustained by its courtiers in the press and academia has collapsed. All it has left is a crude censorship.

The charge that RT and these left-wing sites disseminate "foreign propaganda" is the beginning, not the end, of a broad campaign against press freedom. Once this precedent of state censorship is normalized, far more tepid and compliant media outlets will be targeted. Max Blumenthal wrote two good pieces on AlterNet about the puppet masters behind the censorship campaign. [Click here and here.]

More here -

OpEdNews: Chris Hedges - RT America Torched in Witch Hunt

RT - Do Americans deserve to hear us, with our 50 yrs intel experience? ‒ McGovern to Binney

RT America’s Ashlee Banks asks NSA whistleblower Bill Binney why do you think that improving relationships with Russia is such a threat to the US establishment he replies saying it's because the Military-Industrial Complex want to start another cold war to swindle and fleece Americans out of even more $trillions.

President Donald Trump repeated his assertion over the weekend that Moscow did not meddle in the 2016 presidential election, in direct conflict with conclusions drawn by the US intelligence community. But that official judgment runs counter to a group of former intel analysts who say that the so-called Russian hack of the Democratic National Committee’s email was actually an inside job. RT America’s Ashlee Banks speaks to former CIA analyst Ray McGovern and NSA whistleblower Bill Binney, two people involved in that analysis.