Updated 12/29/2020

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James Comey, James Clapper, Andrew McCabe, Susan Rice, John Brennan, Michael Hayden

According to Merriam-Webster, a “secret police” is “a police organization that is run by a government and that operates in a secret way to control the actions of people who oppose the government.” Of course, in this day and age, it’s not easy to define “the government”. We live in an oligarchical society. There are elected officials, including the President, who stay in office for a fixed amount of time and have a certain amount of power to change the way that things are done. …


Why do they want to cancel Beethoven?

2020 has been a weird year all around, but some recent developments on the cultural front really take the cake. There are pernicious efforts underway to rewrite history and re-define culture. Let’s look at some of the initiatives that we have witnessed this year.

What is “Cancel Culture”?

“Cancel Culture”, according to Merriam-Webster, works like this:

The reason for cancellation can vary, but it usually is due to the person in question having expressed an objectionable opinion, or having conducted themselves in a way that is unacceptable, so that continuing to patronize that person’s work leaves a bitter taste… As troubling information comes to light regarding celebrities who were once popular, such as Bill Cosby, Michael Jackson, Roseanne Barr, and Louis C.K. — so come calls to cancel such figures. …


Updated 1/8/2021

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MFDP leader Fannie Lou Hamer

In April of 1964, the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MFDP) was founded by a group of Democratic Party activists who rejected the policy of the official Democratic Party in the southern states, which was to exclude African-Americans from voting in Democratic primary elections and from running as Democratic candidates. The argument that was offered by the Democratic establishment in support of this policy was that the Democratic Party was a private organization, like a country club, and was entitled to make its own rules, including rules about who was qualified to be a party member.

The Freedom Democrats created an alternate version of the Democratic Party that was organized around the Party’s better traditions, and attended the Democratic Convention in Atlantic City in August 1964, asking to be recognized as the real representatives of the Mississippi voters. Their request was denied, but their presence had an impact. …


Updated 12/9/2020

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On the morning of June 30, 2020, I opened my Twitter account and received a notice that it had been suspended. Following a link that promised to lead me an explanation, I learned that I had been suspended for:


Ninety years have passed since the Great Depression of the 1930s, and once again, untrammeled financial speculation has rendered the financial system insolvent. The panic-stricken oligarchs who dominate that system are once again trying to preserve their position by transferring wealth from the poor to the rich, using the mechanism of radical austerity, or in other words, fascism. It’s not easy to get the public to accept the kind of suffering that this will entail. Although we are seeing an increase in racism and xenophobia, which played a big role in marketing the fascism of the 1930s, it is unlikely that they will rely on those means again, because the public remembers and will repudiate them. …


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Updated 1/13/2021. During the final three months of 2020, this article appeared second from the top of Google searches for “color revolution”, immediately following the predictably disinformative Wikipedia article. In the course of that three month period it received roughly 80,000 page visits. However, for some mysterious reason, toward the end of the year this article disappeared into the nether regions of the Google rankings.

For those readers who may be unfamiliar with the term “Color Revolution”, it refers to what has now become the standard technique for promoting “regime change” in targeted nations.


Television entertainment often includes a dose of social criticism (just as it, unfortunately more often, includes a heaping helping of state propaganda.) Some of the more audacious TV series, such as the 2004–2008 ABC series “Boston Legal,” have dared to wield a fair amount of snark in references to the neocon faction and its dominant role in US foreign policy. However, the new series “The Boys” has gone farther than any of its predecessors in providing a metaphor that captures the sordid underbelly of the neocon ethos.

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Homelander

For those of you who haven’t watched it, “The Boys” depicts a fantasy version of the US in which superheroes are relatively numerous, “differently-abled” individuals. However, unlike the traditional presentation of these creatures as plucky altruists, in this series they are like a gang of sleazebag Hollywood icons, represented by the Vought Corporation, a giant talent agency that micro-manages their careers, covers up their sexual peccadilloes, and arranges their acts of derring-do as carefully scripted photo-ops. This agency aspires to make its stable of heroes a component of the US military in order to get a slice of the Defense Department’s fabulous budget. “The Boys” refers to a rag-tag group of vigilantes who want to expose and ruin the whole project. …


Updated September 8, 2020

My interest in classical music began in the late 1970s, and I was first introduced to KUSC shortly thereafter. It was a terrific resource; I spent a lot of time on the freeways in Los Angeles, and took the opportunity to educate myself, tuning in to KUSC and becoming acquainted with a tremendous variety of great music. I remember vividly the first time I heard Schumann’s Piano Quartet Op. 47, or Dvořák’s Serenade for Winds, as I was driving through Culver City and Downey, respectively.

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KUSC emerged as the largest non-profit classical music station in the US. It had its good and bad points; although Jim Svejda’s announcing style was maddeningly pompous, and he insisted on inflicting upon the listener his fixation on third rate English composers, he also made genuinely insightful observations and programmed classic archival performances of tremendous educational value. Rich Capparela was consistently witty on the air. But somewhere around 2016, KUSC began to morph into something else. …


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Lyndon LaRouche died on February 12, 2019 at the age of 96. In the week that followed, a frantic series of Fake News retrospectives ushered forth from the most venerable oligarchic press outlets. Many of these stories were derived from the Wikipedia bio of LaRouche, a compendium of fantasy libels going back 50 years and lovingly preserved and curated by Wikipedia’s neocon ruling elite.

Seeing this fresh outpouring of establishment rage brought back many memories for me from the 1970s and 1980s, when most of these stories were concocted. Today’s political activists who are indignant about the way the DNC disenfranchised Bernie Sanders voters, or at the calumnies being directed at proponents of Palestinian rights such as Jeremy Corbyn or Rep. Ilhan Omar, or the casual arrogance with which the corporate media repeat the latest laughable State Department talking points to manufacture consent for the latest war, should know that these tactics were refined decades earlier in a desperate attempt to suppress the ideas of LaRouche, a man who may have been unknown to many younger people until the recent eruption of obituary vitriol. …


The financial system of the NATO-bloc nations is increasingly bankrupt, and the people running the show hope to prop it up through massive transfers of wealth from the poor to the rich. The dilemma facing the ruling oligarchs is how to accomplish such a policy without provoking messy popular uprisings like that of the gilets jaunes in France.

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Is there some way that the poor could be induced to willingly embrace such a policy? Why not package it as a liberal policy? It worked for the insurance/financial sector with Obama’s Affordable Care Act. An amazing number of people thought that they were getting some form of universal health care like the civilized nations have. Instead, they got an opportunity to contribute to the Wall Street bailout. …

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