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The American right is trapped in a hyperbolic and dysfunctional world
To have credibility within the Republican party is to have none outside it.
Younge, Gary
Article
2011
The Guardian
On the Republican primary race and the problem of credibility that socially conservative candidates who mobilize the Republican base will face in a general election regarding their appeal to centrist ...
Connexions Library: USA Focus
Website
Connexions Information Sharing Services
Selected articles, books, websites and other resources on the United States of America.
Conspiracy, Inc.
Wild Tales From the Reactionary Right
DiMaggio, Anthony
Article
2009
CounterPunch
Increasingly, reactionary media pundits and much of the rank-and-file of the Republican Party are taking the American right down a dangerous path, marked most ominously by the abundance of conspiracy ...
The Culture That Created Donald Trump Was Liberal, Not Conservative
Lewis, Jim
Article
2016
The Intercept
Now that Donald Trump, the candidate, has become both widely popular and deeply loathsome, we're seeing a cataract of editorials and commentary aimed at explaining how it happened and who's to blame. ...
Curiouser and curiouser
Tea Party members aren't foaming at the mouth racist bigots
Raban, Jonathan
Article
2010
The Guardian
A journalist travels to the first National Tea Party Convention in Tennessee as a delegate and finds the other delegates privately share his disdain for the racism and conspiracy theories the group f...
Donald Trump and the Vicious Culture of Neoliberal Mass Idiocy
Street, Paul
Article
2016
telesur
The U.S. media and educational elites share responsibility for creating a world where a despicable idiot like Trump coud be president.
Donald Trump Says He Can Buy Politicians, None of His Rivals Disagree
Fang, Lee
Article
2015
The Intercept
Donald Trump bragged Thursday night that he could buy politicians — even the ones sharing the stage with him at a Republican presidential debate.
The Dying Days of Liberalism
How Orthodoxy, Professionalism, and Unresponsive Politics Finally Doomed a 19th-century Project
Forte, Maximilian C.
Article
2017
Zero Anthropology
It's not a small thing that has fallen here, not merely the defeat of Hillary Clinton and Americans rejecting Obama’s "legacy". We are dealing with a series of institutions, an expert class, and a net...
5 Ideas that Really Matter But FOX Won't Address Them in the Presidential Debate
Graves, Lisa
Article
2015
PRWatch
Iimportant issues – issues that affect millions of American families – are going unacknowledged entirely in the current election campaign.
From Wikileaks to TSA
Anti-Empire Report
Blum, Willian
Article
2010
CounterPunch
We have to remind the American people of what they once knew but seem to have forgotten: that they don't want BIG government, or SMALL government; they don't want MORE government, or LESS government; ...
GOP Creates Perverse Online Voter Registration, Making It Harder for People to Vote
Bottari, Mary
Article
2015
The Centre for Media and Democaracy's Media Watch
The bill will ultimately reduce voting by senior citizens, people with disabilities and minorities.
Here's how much corporations paid US senators to fast-track the TPP bill
Gibson, Robert; Channing, Taylor
Article
2015
The Guardian
Documenting the corruption of the U.S. political system.
I Spent 5 Years With Some of Trump's Biggest Fans. Here's What They Won't Tell You.
How Donald Trump took a narrative of unfairness and twisted it to his advantage.
Hochschild, Arlie Russell
Article
2016
Mother Jones
Trump masculinizes benefits, but with a key proviso: restrict government help to real Americans.
Issues that Obama and Romney Avoid
Chomsky, Noam
Article
2012
Counter Currents
With the quadrennial presidential election extravaganza reaching its peak, it’s useful to ask how the political campaigns are dealing with the most crucial issues we face. The simple answer is: badly,...
The John Lewis Conundrum: Caring for Justice or Carrying Water
Fikre, Teodrose
Article
2017
Ghion Journal
What the author is writing about John Lewis is not so much a condemnation as it is a reflection of the very meaning of justice and how we can fight for it.
Legendary Journalist in Private: 'It Is All Fraudulent, All of It, Everywhere'
Schwarz, Jon
Article
2015
The Intercept
Politico recently ran a fantastic historical profile of journalist Theodore H. White by the writer Scott Porch... he wrote to a close friend on August 31, 1960 during the Kennedy-Nixon campaign: … it ...
Liberals Beware: Lie Down With Dogs, Get Up With Fleas
Whitney, Mike
Article
2017
Counterpunch
An examination of the dishonesty in the New York Times' efforts to undermine President Trump, and broader criticisms of other tactics used by the liberal establishment to the same end.
Lobbyists Mourn House Speaker John Boehner's Departure
Fang, Lee
Article
2015
The Intercept
House Speaker John Boehner’s surprise resignation on Friday was reason to celebrate for members of his own party who often complained that he let corporate lobbyists exercise undue influence over Cong...
Mnuchin Lied About His Bank's History of Robo-Signing Foreclosure Documents
Dayen, David
Article
2017
The Intercept
Treasury secretary nominee Steven Mnuchin lied in his written responses to the Senate Finance Committee, claiming that "OneWest Bank did not 'robo-sign' documents," when ample evidence proves that the...
The Next Four Years
Against The Current vol. 161
The Editors
Article
2012
Against The Current
Regarding the 2012 American Presidential election.
100 Trump voters explain why they voted for him even though they think he 'could destroy the whole world'
Altman, Sam
Article
2017
Business Insider UK
After the election, I decided to talk to 100 Trump voters from around the country. I went to the middle of the country, the middle of the state, and talked to many online.
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - December 20, 2016
Fake News
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2016
Connexions
"Fake news" is the latest mania to convulse the mainstream media. All at once, we're being subjected to an outbreak of hand-wringing articles and commentary about obscure websites which are supposedly...
PA Supreme Court Rejects New Trial for Mumia
Bloom, Steve
Article
1999
Against the Current
THE OCTOBER 29 ruling by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, turning down Mumia Abu-Jamal's appeal for a new trial, is one more proof that the U.S. criminal court system has very little interest in justic...
Politics of Terror and Scandal
Article
1998
Against the Current
SCENARIO: AGAINST THE background of a depression in Japan, the economic collapse of Russia and stock market crashes on three continents, a United States president facing imminent expulsion from office...
"Progressive" Obama: He's Melting, He's Melting
Street, Paul
Article
2015
CounterPunch
Beneath progressive pretentions, Barack Obama the national political phenomenon has never been anything other than a tool of the US corporate and financial ruling class.
Protesters cast shadow over US billionaires' rally in the sun
Koch brothers to host rightwing politicians and business leaders to discuss how to influence politics
Pilkington, Ed
Article
2011
The Guardian
The Koch brothers' annual rally of rich Americans and rightwing media figures was hosted to raise money for anti-government think tanks and climate change denial. This year a counter rally was orgnai...
Putin's Question and the Ambassador's Answer
Nelson, Joyce
Article
2015
CounterPunch
A fascinating, if brief, verbal exchange recently took place between Russian President Vladimir Putin and the former U.S. Ambassador to the Soviet Union (1987 – 1991), Jack Matlock.
Seymour Hersh Blasts Media for Uncritically Promoting Russian Hacking Story
Scahill, Jeremy
Article
2017
The Intercept
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh said in an interview that he does not believe the U.S. intelligence community proved its case that President Vladimir Putin directed a hacking campaign ...
A Short History of Black Voter Suppression
Parker, Nicholas
Article
2012
CounterPunch
The Right's organized movement to suppress the votes of African Americans and Latin Americans, and the urban and rural poor by means of the passing of voter ID (Poll Tax) laws in states receives no me...
Sources HotLink - March 21, 2016
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2016
Sources
Refugees, censorship and North American politics. This issue looks at nine of the most influential whistleblowers in modern history. In France, instances of police violence increase tension in the ref...
Sources HotLink - June 30, 2016
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2016
Sources
Articles about the FBI and the information it gathers, Donald Trump and the media, and the role of pharmaceutical companies in suppressing information.
Trump and Clinton: Censoring the unpalatable
Pilger, John
Article
2016
RT
A virulent if familiar censorship is about to descend on the US election campaign. As the cartoon brute, Donald Trump, seems almost certain to win the Republican Party's nomination, Hillary Clinton is...
Trump and the Liberal Intelligentsia: a View from Europe
Bricmont, Jean
Article
2016
CounterPunch
A new specter haunts the American elites: the candidacy of Donald Trump in the US President election and his success so far in the Republican primaries. The Republican establishment itself hopes to bl...
Trump v. the Media: a Fight to the Death
Cockburn, Patrick
Article
2017
CounterPunch
At present, this is a golden era in American journalism, because established media outlets such as CNN, The New York Times and The Washington Post find themselves under unprecedented and open attacks ...
The Trump Phenomenon, as Seen From Europe
Bricmont, Jean
Article
2016
CounterPunch
Trump is berated as the latest incarnation of Evil (after Saddam, Gaddafi, Assad, the Brexiters): racist, sexist, Islamophobe, a friend of dictators, etc., in short the embodiment of all that arouses ...
US has a new tool to control the masses
No one should want the state to have power to strip your clothes off. And yet that's what is happening, thanks to the supreme court
Wolf, Naomi
Article
2012
The Guardian
Denouncing a new US Supreme court ruling that allows police to strip search any person who is placed under arrest for any offence at any time. Wolf says this state sanctioned sexual humiliation is a t...
Weather Underground Organization
Connexipedia Article
Article
An American radical left organization.
The Welfare State of America
A manifesto on building social democracy in the age of austerity
Frase, Peter; Sunkara, Bhaskar
Article
2012
In These Times
A movement to expand the welfare state has the potential to foster a new majoritarian Left coalition. Republicans know this -- that’s why they manipulate the way welfare is perceived at every turn. Th...
Where Did the Antiwar Movement Go?
War, Sunny Side Up, and the Summer of Slaughter (Vietnam and Today)
Englehardt, Tom
Article
2015
The Unz Review
Let me tell you a story about a moment in my life I'm not likely to forget even if, with the passage of years, so much around it has grown fuzzy. It involves a broken-down TV, movies from my childhood...
Where's the Evidence?
The CIA-FBI-NSA report on the hacking of the 2016 election is pure baloney
Raimondo, Justin
Article
2017
AntiWar
We are told from the outset that the actual evidence that the Russians hacked the DNC and John Podesta's emails as part of a wide-ranging campaign to put Donald Trump in the White House cannot be reve...
Why Sitting Bull was right about Washington's lack of integrity
Wight, John
Article
2016
RT
That integrity is a foreign land where Washington is concerned is an inarguable fact. In the latest example, the failure to complete the construction of a nuclear disposal plant agreed with Russia onc...
Why the Washington Post Killed the Story of Murdoch’s Bid to Buy the US Presidency
Carl Bernstein Caught in the Matrix
Cook, Jonathan
Article
2012
CounterPunch
Why Trump?
Lakoff, George
Article
2016
George Lakoff
Donald Trump is winning Republican presidential primaries at such a great rate that he seems likely to become the next Republican presidential nominee and perhaps the next president. Democrats have li...
"Yes, We're Corrupt": A List of Politicians Admitting That Money Controls Politics
Schwarz, Jon
Article
2015
The Intercept
Schwarz gives a list of examples where politicians acknowledge that money has an impact on what they do.

Sources Bookshelf

The Empire God Built
Inside Pat Robertson's media machine
Foege, Alec
Book
1996
A profile of the demagogue who become one of the most successful media moguls in the world.
In a Time of Torment
Stone, I.F.
Book
1968
Independent journalist I.F. Stone on the events and issues of the 1960s.
Polemics and Prophecies 1967-1970
Stone, I.F.
Book
1972
An anthology of I.F. Stone's articles from 1967 - 1970.
Political Conventions
The Art of Getting Elected and Governing
Bonner, Allan
Book
2009
A how-to look inside the modern political process, for everyone from the nervous candidate facing his first TV interview to the undecided voter who doesn't want to be manipulated.
Press for Conversion #50
January 2003
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2003
This issue contains original research revealing that U.S. war planners have repeatedly used elaborate webs of deceit to con the public into rallying behind major wars whose real purposes involved buil...
Who Will Tell The People
The Betrayal Of American Democracy
Greider, William
Book
1993
An exploration of the undermining of U.S. democracy, starting with the basic issues of who gets heard, who gets ignored, and why.


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