New articles in Culture: assessments of empires

Mike Whitney: The Broken Chessboard: Brzezinski Gives Up on Empire. “The main architect of Washington’s plan to rule the world has abandoned the scheme and called for the forging of ties with Russia and China. While Zbigniew Brzezinski’s article in The American Interest titled “Towards a Global Realignment” has largely been ignored by the media, it shows that powerful members of the policymaking establishment no longer believe that Washington will prevail in its quest to extent US hegemony across the Middle East and Asia.” read

New articles in Culture: assessments of empires

W. J. Astore: How the words we use affect our actions. “ A Dictionary of Euphemisms for Imperial Decline.” VUCA? “It’s an acronym for volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous, which is meant to describe our post-9/11 world. vOf course, there’s nothing like an acronym to take the sting out of any world. But as an historian who has read a lot of history books, let me confess that, to the best of my knowledge, the world has always been, is now, and will always be VUCA…..In short, the dishonesty of the words the U.S. military regularly wields illustrates the dishonesty of its never-ending wars.” read

New articles in Culture: assessments of empires

Joe Emersbergere sees current Human Rights Watch report :filled” with imperial assumptions, citing Director Ken Roth’s affinities. “But the liberal faction of the U.S. establishment has at least as much blood on its hands as the right. The CIA, for example, is despised in Latin America for excellent reasons, and it also has long recruited U.S. liberals very effectively.” read

Ray McGovern on the decline of the US empire. read

Patrick Buchanan on how republics decline. read

Margaret Kimberley on endless US wars. read