Category Archives: friends

Adding Pikes and Tumbrils to the Populist Arsenal

by matttbastard Hilzoy sharpens her pitchfork (what? Hil so owns a pitchfork — and, from what I’ve heard, has quite the loverly garden) and pins the AIG bonus issue–and out-of-touch Wall Street execs—to the wall: [T]he real issue isn’t bonuses. … Continue reading

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Read This Now: “To be active is the difference between freedom and submission.”

by matttbastard Renee brings the awesome with this passionate, inspiring must-read post on patriarchy, culture, and ‘the cycle of victimology’: While I am certainly not in the position to judge another on the coping mechanisms which they employ to survive … Continue reading

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Sharpening the Pitchfork

by matttbastard Oh FFS, part deux: “Last February, an heir to the Johnson & Johnson fortune wrote on the Huffington Post, ‘For the mega-rich, recession brings with it the ability to live well at a lower cost and with less … Continue reading

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Shorter Rick Santelli: “My wife feels you’re glib, Matt.”

by matttbastard The preceding exchange–especially Dylan Ratigan’s asinine contention that Rick Santelli is “channeling an emotion that everyone in America is feeling”–ties in with what Glenn Greenwald was saying the other day about how the Beltway press corps is still … Continue reading

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The Shock Doctrine 2: Clean Slates

by matttbastard Chapter One: The Torture Lab Ewan Cameron, the CIA and the maniacal quest to erase and remake the human mind (previous posts in this series here and here; Sarah’s take on chapter one is here) “Economic growth may … Continue reading

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A Quick Note

by matttbastard Due to travel considerations (and, um, the Academy Awards  *cough*) this week’s Shock Doctrine posts from Sarah and I will be delayed until tomorrow.  Which gives y’all an extra day to read Chapter One (slackers).  And, if you  … Continue reading

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On Diversity, The New York Post, and Cartoons That Just Aren’t Funny, Man.

by matttbastard My partner-in-crime, Sarah Jaffe, is on deadly point re: cartoonist Sean Delonas and the now-infamous New York Post race fail: Eugene Robinson of the Washington Post said on MSNBC (at about 3:55 of the video) that the problem … Continue reading

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The Shock Doctrine 1: The Erased World

by matttbastard Introduction: Blank is Beautiful Three decades of erasing and remaking the world The Shock Doctrine opens with a quote from the Book of Genesis, chapter 6, verse 11: Now the Earth was corrupt in God’s sight, and the … Continue reading

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The Shock Doctrine.

by matttbastard and Sarah J We’re watching the collapse of capitalism in real time, slow motion. The economic crisis was largely the result of a vast speculative bubble, one that inevitably had to burst, and those in charge of U.S. … Continue reading

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The Return of ‘Lawful Access’

by matttbastard Well, isn’t this lovely: The Conservative government is preparing sweeping new eavesdropping legislation that will force Internet service providers to let police tap exchanges on their systems – but will likely reignite fear that Big Brother will be … Continue reading

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