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The Great Satan

Everyone knows that the Iranian nickname for the United States is “the Great Satan”. They may not, however, know that Islam — being less dualistic than Protestant Christianity – regards the devil, Iblis, not as a personage almost equipotent with God but merely as a tempter. The Iranian label thus refers to rejecting the American-peddled […]

Posted on December 1, 2011 at 22:41 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Come Back, Douglas MacArthur, All Is Forgiven

It is a common observation that American politics has racheted to the right, to the extent that by current Republican standards, Reagan was a commie, and Nixon even more so. This is admirably demonstrated by what MacArthur did in Japan. He claimed that the totalitarianism of both Left and Right was underpinned by maldistribution of […]

Posted on December 2, 2011 at 10:02 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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¡Viva Bushismo!

(Reminder: like most of the rest of the subchapter, this was written in the Bush years) The left calls the extreme right-wing “fascism”, and in retaliation right-wing ideologues try to paint fascism as a variant of socialism. In this they are aided by the fact that the real historical Fascists advocated or even implemented welfare […]

Posted on December 3, 2011 at 10:36 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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The Troll Demographic

It is a common delusion that politics is about meeting ordinary people’s material needs. That is only one of the three possible foundations. More important than class interest, and far more important than intellectual conviction, is the satisfying of ordinary people’s less attractive emotional needs – the focusing of their hatred and cruelty through the […]

Posted on December 4, 2011 at 11:20 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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The Fuck-Yeahs

Steven Runciman once wrote: “Ever since our rough crusading forefathers first saw Constantinople and met, to their contemptuous disgust, a society where everyone read and wrote, ate food with forks and preferred diplomacy to war, it has been fashionable to pass the Byzantines by with scorn and to use their name as synonymous with decadence.” […]

Posted on December 5, 2011 at 11:30 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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West Waziristan

It is sometimes suggested that the South spent a century and a half winning the Civil War. That is, the American political centre is increasingly occupied by the old Dixiecrat values of racism, aggressive religiosity, scientific ignorance, misogyny, testosterone-worshipping militarism, social violence and massive corruption – though unfortunately without the alleged Southern courtesy – with […]

Posted on December 6, 2011 at 11:37 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · One Comment
In: RESISTANCE IS FUTILE!, The Shadow In The West