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In an article on American imperialism and regime change operations, Vijay Prashad racalls that on September 15, 1970, Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger used the power of the U.S. government to do everything it could to undermine the socialist president of Chile, Salvador Allende.1 Their goal, according to a declassified... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2021 at BLOG OF PUBLIC SECRETS
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After the Trump-provoked storming of the U.S. Capitol building on January 6, three media narratives have emerged. One was that the police and security response to the MAGA and Stop the Steal rioters was far less severe than what was meted out against BLM protesters in the wake of the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2021 at BLOG OF PUBLIC SECRETS
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Andrew Hartman recently moderated an episode of the Michael Brooks Tribute Series on the posthumously hosted Michael Brooks Show, which featured Harvey Kaye, Adolph Reed Jr. and his son Touré Reed.1 The discussion had few surprises except for one bomb at about midpoint. Just before this, Reed mentions his work... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2021 at BLOG OF PUBLIC SECRETS
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There is a well-known 1989 Saturday Night Live skit that features James Wood as a ventriloquist who is having a fight with his puppet, each one retorting to the other: “no, you’re the dummy,” “no, you’re the dummy,” “no, you’re the dummy.” Something similar has been happening for a few... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2020 at BLOG OF PUBLIC SECRETS
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“I am a man and what I have to recapture is the whole past of the world. I am not responsible only for the slavery involved in Santo Domingo. Every time man has contributed to the victory of the dignity of the spirit, every time a man has said no... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2020 at BLOG OF PUBLIC SECRETS
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This painting by Diego Rivera, “Gloriosa Victoria,” tells the story of the 1954 overthrow of the democratically elected Jacobo Arbenz government. Coup Colonel Carlos Castillo Armas greets secretary of state John Foster Dulles, who holds a bomb with the face of Eisenhower, surrounded by people who were murdered in the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2020 at BLOG OF PUBLIC SECRETS
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In the days of broadcast television, when channels did not broadcast around the clock, a test pattern was shown to let you know that the channel was working but not presenting anything. Starting in 1947, the “Indian-head test pattern” was shown after a formal television sign-off, which often included a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2020 at BLOG OF PUBLIC SECRETS
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The emotions of man are stirred more quickly than man’s intelligence; and, as I pointed out some time ago in an article on the function of criticism, it is much more easy to have sympathy with suffering than it is to have sympathy with thought. Accordingly, with admirable, though misdirected... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2020 at BLOG OF PUBLIC SECRETS
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Posted Oct 25, 2020 at BLOG OF PUBLIC SECRETS
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You need a busload of faith to get by. – Lou Reed There has been considerable buzz about a recent interview with Noam Chomsky on the Bad Faith podcast, hosted by former Sanders press secretary Briahna Joy Gray and Chapo Trap House host Virgil Texas. Gray and Chomsky discussed the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2020 at BLOG OF PUBLIC SECRETS
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Review of Amber A’Lee Frost’s review of Sarah J. Jackson, Moya Bailey and Brooke Foucault Welles, #HashtagActivism: Networks of Race and Gender Justice (Cambridge: The MIT Press, 2020) in “The Poisoned Chalice of Hashtag Activism,” Catalyst 4:2 (Summer 2020), https://catalyst-journal.com/vol4/no2/the-poisoned-chalice-of-hashtag-activism. Amber A’Lee Frost’s recent review of the co-authored #HashtagActivism, published... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2020 at BLOG OF PUBLIC SECRETS
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The neoliberal mayor of Washington, D.C., Muriel Bowser, recently proposed changing the names of dozens of public schools and government buildings because they are named after historical figures whose values do not reflect today's values. This would include sites named after Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Francis Scott Key and Alexander... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2020 at BLOG OF PUBLIC SECRETS