Author Archives: Clint

Jezebel v. Jon Stewart

Jon Stewart deftly wicks away antagonism. His skill with socially-conscious satire allows him to handle weighty political issues, while his status as a half-baked comedian frees him from being burdened by them. On the Progressive Left, he’s been all-but-beatified for embracing liberal values and acting as a counterweight to Fox News. This is why there […]

5 Reasons the U.S. Will Lose in Afghanistan

“You fool! You fell victim to one of the classic blunders. The most famous is never get involved in a land war in Asia. But only slightly less well-known is this: Never go in against a Sicilian when death is on the line!” – Vizzini, The Princess Bride. “President Karzai is not an adequate strategic […]

Insurgent Math

‘Insurgent Math’ is an arithmetic championed by Gen. Stanley McChrystal, who was the commander of U.S.-led coalition forces in Afghanistan before Obama impressed him into the American army of the unemployed. ‘Insurgent Math’ holds that, “for every innocent person you kill, you create 10 new enemies.” It is a foundational concept in the counter-insurgency doctrine […]

Capital Contradictions

A brilliant animation set to a brief lecture by Professor David Harvey on the roots of the global economic crisis. Animation provided by RSA Animate. Theoretical foundations provided by Karl Marx.

The Coming American Austerity

The G20 Summit in Toronto concluded with a declaration that the “advanced economies have committed to fiscal plans that will at least halve deficits by 2013 and stabilize or reduce government debt-to-GDP ratios by 2016.” The non-binding agreement follows shortly after the Greek debt crisis, which in turn has sparked a crisis of confidence regarding […]

The Pragmatist’s Ideology

The Obama Administration and its loyalists dismiss ideology as passé. They portray idealists – on both Left and Right –  as rigid partisans unmoored from political reality. This criticism is neatly-distilled in Obama’s book, The Audacity of Hope, where he says: “Values are faithfully applied to the facts before us, while ideology overrides whatever facts […]

Spiritual Health Reform

Sunday marked the 42nd anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. While best known as a leader of the African-American Rights movement in the 1960s, King also fought for the “reconstruction of [American] society,” which he said was being poisoned by poverty, militarism and materialism. Exactly one year before his death, Reverend King […]

The Degeneracy Thesis

In the second half of the 18th century, prominent European intellectuals supported a theory claiming that “due chiefly to atmospheric conditions, in particular excessive humidity, all living things in the Americas were not only inferior to those found in Europe, but also in a condition of decline.” This was known as the Degeneracy Thesis, and […]

Imbalance

In America, political power resides predominately in the business sector, whose economic interests are first and foremost on the minds of both major parties. The Democrats have less naked loyalty to corporations, but their offices are funded, lobbied and coerced nonstop by businesses that hold stake in government affairs. For a demonstration of this power […]

Palin’s Palm Reading

Last night, the Tea Party circus act had its grand finale. The night was capped with a keynote speech by ringmaster Sarah Palin, who reportedly received upwards of $100,000 for her address. The speech itself was unremarkable. It featured constant swipes at Obama, contrasted with mindless worship of tax cuts, military operations abroad and, of […]