Category Archives: U.S.

The roots of southern conservatism

Why We Worry / History It’s tempting for the Left to liken modern southern conservatives to Confederates and to explain their ideology as being the product of bigotry and “useful idiocy.” However, the politics of minimizing the government’s role in the economy and dragging against cultural change has origins that pre-date Fort Sumter. In his […]

Naming the crisis

Why We Worry / Economics Desk It’s incomplete to call what we’re experiencing in the US an “unemployment” crisis. The problem is not just that there aren’t enough jobs available but that the existing jobs are low quality. New jobs put the unemployed to work, but these jobs are being created in a climate where […]

Greased with cash and covered by paint

By Daniel H. Why We Worry / Middle America Bureau For at least the last four or five years (longer if you’re a natural pessimist or a good prognosticator), the most important question in America has been What Went Wrong? People felt like they understood what their deal in life was, what the rules of […]

Does funding make candidates win, or do winning candidates get the funding?

Mitt Romney holds a commanding position in the GOP primary, despite acerbic opposition among Republican activists to his centrist record and near-universal distaste for his character among anyone who’s ever seen him or heard him speak. It often seems that Romney – who, with $250 million in personal worth, is easily the richest in the […]

Highlights from British inquiry into Iraq war

The UK’s public inquiry into the Iraq war (the “Chilcot Inquiry“) has featured testimony from major figures at the time of the invasion and has further strengthened criticism of the war on multiple fronts. Testimony affirms that pre-war intelligence did not paint Saddam Hussein as a threat, that the coalition had decided to wage war […]

Ahmadinejad Proposes Debate with Obama

“We are ready to sit down with Mr .Obama face-to-face, and put the global issues on the table, man-to-man, freely, and in front of the media and see whose solutions are better,” Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Monday. His country has been the target of a series of U.N. sanctions, most recently in June, because […]

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.