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Another Stop Along the Road to Damascus

by matttbastard The pullquote from one of David Frum’s latest eviscerations of contemporary USian conservative folly, a meditative riff on Susan Sontag’s infamous “Were our enemies right?” speech, was making the rounds yesterday (eventually getting linked by the subject of Frum’s … Continue reading

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Montreal Massacre: “Remember, then organize.”

by matttbastard Record snowfall may have forced the cancellation of local commemorative events, but the memories of December 6th, 1989 remain fresh, regardless of where we wrestle with them. Though we take time today to reflect on the untimely murders of 18 … Continue reading

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61K Canadian Jobs Shed In March

by matttbastard Another month, another round of massive job losses in Canada: Canada is shedding jobs at a rate not seen since the deep recession of the early 1980s, as March saw another 61,300 workers join the ballooning ranks of … Continue reading

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The Shock Doctrine 7: Sheep Farming in the Falklands (Or, The Revolution Will Not Be Monetized)

by matttbastard Chapter 6: Saved by a War Thatcherism and its Useful Enemies (Previous posts here, Sarah’s posts here.) “Creating a useful crisis is part of what this will be about….[s]o the first bunch of communications that the public might … Continue reading

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The Shock Doctrine 6: Crimes and Misdemeanors

by matttbastard Chapter 5: “Entirely Unrelated” How an Ideology was Cleansed of its Crimes (Previous posts here, Sarah’s posts here.) Why is it that capitalism’s crimes are divorced from the ideology itself, while Marxism is joined at the hip to … Continue reading

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Specter to American Workers: “Drop Dead!”

by matttbastard Well, so much for Arlen Specter’s emancipated testicles: In June 2007, the vote on the Employee Free Choice Act was virtually monolithic: 50 Senators, Democrats, voted for cloture and 48 Republicans against.  I was the only Republican to … Continue reading

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F*ck Me with a Freshly Sharpened Pitchfork.

by matttbastard Update 03/23: Make sure to check out Sarah’s post on Spitzer, populism, and The Experts. On today’s episode of Fareed Zakaria GPS, an ‘expert panel’ was convened to discuss ‘populist’ outrage in the wake of AIG and other … Continue reading

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The Shock Doctrine 5: Recurring Dreams

by matttbastard (Previous posts here, here, here and here; Sarah’s posts here.) Chapter 4: Cleaning the Slate: Terror Does its Work In her post outlining Chapter 4 of The Shock Doctrine, Sarah highlighted the rush to conformity and, especially, normative … Continue reading

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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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The Shock Doctrine 4: Parallel Lines

by matttbastard Chapter 3: States of Shock: The Bloody Birth of the  Counter-revolution (Previous posts here, here and here; Sarah’s posts here.) I think those programs were absolutely essential to the success we enjoyed of being able to collect the … Continue reading

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