Thursday, August 23, 2012

Party Down: The 2012 Politics of Fantasy

CounterPunch/Dissident Voice/Global Research
by Ben Schreiner
Those who succeed in politics, as in most of the culture, are those who create the most convincing fantasies.
— Chris Hedges, Empire of Illusion
With both tickets now set, the democratic farce that is the U.S. presidential election lumbers into its final act. And for a campaign already rife with all the petty trivialities and celebrity intrigues more suiting of a reality TV show, it is no surprise that both political parties intend on using their upcoming political conventions to furnish choreographed spectacles designed for little more than prime time viewing.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Stoking the Syrian Inferno

CounterPunch/Dissident Voice
by Ben Schreiner

The bloody U.S.-led proxy war in Syria, laying unimaginable waste to its cities and people, escalates daily.  For Washington, “all options” are now clearly in play in the quest for “regime change” in Damascus.