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From the Archives (2003): Inverted Totalitarianism by Sheldon Wolin

From the Archives: Inverted Totalitarianism, by Sheldon Wolin
The Nation MAY 19, 2003 ISSUE
The war on Iraq has so monopolized public attention as to obscure the regime change taking place in the Homeland. We may have invaded Iraq to bring in democracy and bring down a totalitarian regime, but in the process our own system may be moving closer to the latter and further weakening the former. The change has been intimated by the sudden popularity of two political terms rarely applied earlier to the American political system. “Empire” and “superpower” both suggest that a new system of power, concentrated and expansive, has come into existence and supplanted the old terms. “Empire” and “superpower” accurately symbolize the projection of American power abroad, but for that reason they obscure the internal consequences. Consider how odd it would sound if we were to refer to “the Constitution of the American Empire” or “superpower demo…

John McCain: The View from the Middle East, By As`ad AbuKhalil - Special to Consortium News, September 4, 2018

Being on the deadly end of his policies, many Arabs view John McCain in a very different way than the U.S. mass media has presented him.  

By As`ad AbuKhalilSpecial to Consortium News

It is not unusual that Arabs and Americans look at the same event from divergent lenses. Take, for instance, a scene from John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign when he told  a woman in the audience who had called Obama an Arab: “No, Ma`am. He is not an Arab. He’s a decent family man.”  That brief exchange has been tweeted and retweeted thousands of time in the last few days following McCain’s death. It has been promoted by people in mainstream media (and think tanks and academia) as evidence of the civility, “classiness”, and lack of prejudice of McCain.  Yet, Arabs saw something entirely different in that exchange.  
They saw bigotry from McCain, who was denying that Obama was Arab in the same way one denies that someone is a Nazi.  He clearly implied that an Arab can’t be a decent family man.  In fact, …

Like frogs in a slowly boiling pot, Americans are finally realizing how dire their labor situation is, By HAROLD MEYERSON, LA Times, SEP 03, 2018

Like frogs in a slowly boiling pot, Americans are finally realizing how dire their labor situation is
By HAROLD MEYERSON, LA Times, SEP 03, 2018 
SEP 03, 2018 | 11:20 AM

Labor union members in a protest outside the Ronald Reagan Medical Center at UCLA on May 8. (Los Angeles Times)

The Labor Question is back, big-time. The term came into use around the turn of the 20thcentury; it was a shorthand way of asking: What should be done about the working class’ smoldering discontent in the wake of industrialization? The anger was palpable, made manifest in waves of worker revolts that stretched from the nationwide rail strike of 1877 through the general strikes of 1919.
Not all the battles were fought in the plants and in the streets. Progressive state legislatures in the early 20th century enacted laws setting minimum wages and limiting the hours women and children could be compelled to work; the courts routinely struck them down, and just as routinely short-circuited strikes by imposing jail s…