Yves here. Another meaty Michael Hudson interview on Guns and Butter. However, I have to vehemently disagree with the claim made by Bonnie Faulkner at the top of the discussion. No one holds guns to other countries’ heads to make them hold dollars. The reason the dollar is the reserve currency is the US is willing to export jobs via
Last month marked three decades since the conclusion of the 1989 Tiananmen Square demonstrations in China. The anniversary is opportune for Washington and its Western partners to ramp-up their Sinophobic smear campaign while recycling the hoax they have propagated ever since the June Fourth incident occurred. Coverage of the commemoration has been wedded with the ongoing propaganda and wild accusation
The rule of law is central to human governance. It is incumbent on those citizens who make the laws and those citizens who enjoy or suffer the consequences of laws to realize that lawmaking is the fundamental exercise of human self-governance. Its importance dictates that lawmaking be done deliberately and fully informs the constituents in the course of the lawmaking
Section 1. The sovereign authority of the People of the United States, vested in an independent "Legislature of the People" wherein individual citizens can exercise their legislative power to enact, repeal and amend public policies, laws, charters and constitutions via local, state and national legislation, shall not be denied or abridged by any federal, state or local government of the
Theodore Roosevelt, center, during construction of the Panama Canal, 1906 It is hard to give up something you claim you never had. That is the difficulty Americans face with respect to their country’s empire. Since the era of Theodore Roosevelt, politicians, journalists, and even some historians have deployed euphemisms—“expansionism,” “the large policy,” “internationalism,” “global leadership”—to disguise America’s imperial ambitions. According
Steven Spielberg's recently released film “The Post” has generated a lot of interest in the Pentagon Papers and Mike Gravel, who wasn’t in the movie but played a role in making the top-secret government documents public. Alaskans elected Gravel to the U.S. Senate in 1968, almost a half-century ago. He now lives in California and will turn 88 in May.
Former Sen. Mike Gravel, D-Alaska, the lawmaker who entered the infamous Pentagon Papers into the public record, said lawmakers are cowards if they don't release a memo prepared by House Republicans supposedly detailing surveillance abuses by the Obama administration. (AP Photo/Jim Cole) The former Democratic senator who entered the classified “Pentagon Papers” into the Congressional Record, making