It is wrong to encourage a man or a people in evil-doing; it is wrong to aid and abet a national crime simply because it is unpopular not to do so.” W.E.B. DuBois, The Souls of Black Folk

The GOP strikes again, this time voting in lockstep against the Freedom…


Great article. How I wish more Americans understood how our economy and society was transformed by deliberate policies. We exalted the rich and bought into the myth of trickle down; we abandoned our manufacturing base for finance; and allowed our political system to be warped by wealth. I wonder if we would see the deep social divisions we see today if Americans had gotten hip to this con decades ago. Now it's too late.


Truth and power can travel together only so far. Sooner or later they go their separate paths. If you want power, at some point you will have to spread fictions. If you want to know the truth about the world, at some point you will have to renounce power.”


What is the human and financial cost? What are the benefits? How and when does it end? The original sin of the Afghan war — one that would never be expiated — was the failure of American political institutions to meet these most basic standards of scrutiny.” …


“All wealth and power might be concentrated in the hands of a tiny elite, while most people will suffer not from exploitation but from something far worse — irrelevance.” Yuval Noah Harari, 21 Lessons for the 21st Century

Anyone who pays reasonably close attention to national politics knows that the…


Think of the myriad things we can do with the click of a mouse or the touch of a finger. Transfer money from one person to another. Buy an airline ticket. Secure a mortgage. Make a medical appointment. Arrange a car ride across town. Purchase groceries, clothing, shoes, and almost…


Will the American People Ever Know the Truth About that Fateful Day?

I remember where I was on September 11, 2001. It was clear and beautiful in Santa Barbara that day, with a big blue sky overhead and not a cloud to be seen. My daughter was eight days old. I had just dropped my son off at kindergarten when my wife…


I’m the cult of personality/I exploit you still you love me/I tell you one and one makes three. Living Colour, “Cult of Personality”

I recently read the novel Pachinko by Min Jin Lee. I had been aware of this book since its publication in 2017, and it came back to…


“People do not go to war for abstract theories of government. They fight for property and privilege.” W.E.B. Du Bois

After largely ignoring it for years, the American corporate media has rediscovered Afghanistan. Suddenly, American “credibility” is on the line. The situation would be amusing if it wasn’t so dire…


“I was reminded again how the men who start wars invariably live through them to justify the behavior that has left millions maimed and dead.” Jim Harrison

Saigon, 1975. Kabul, 2021. The motif of the limits of American military power is that of helicopters evacuating personnel from embassy compounds once…

Brian Tanguay

Brian Tanguay writes about politics, culture, and books. Co-founder of the California Review of Books and the long running blog, Shouts from the Balcony.

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