Fear and Loathing of the COVID-19 Economy

Let me begin by saying I don’t know anything definitive about the origin of COVID-19. I don’t know if it is a natural mutation or a manmade biological weapon. I don’t trust the government and its media corporations to report the truth on the virus or the actual number of victims it has claimed. The WHO—owned by Merck, the GAVI Alliance, and the Gates Foundation—and the CDC—allowed to receive “gifts” from Big Pharma and corporations—are corrupt institutions that have lied about pandemics in the past, so why should we believe them now? 

Despite revised numbers and evidence computer models were seriously flawed—one might argue deliberately so—the corporate media continues to report COVID-19 as something akin to the Black Death. It has done a successful job of scaring the hell out of millions if not billions of people. 

“The real number of COVID-19 deaths are not what most people are told and what they then think. How many people actually died from COVID-19 is anyone’s guess,” said Dr. Annie Bukacek in April. “Based on inaccurate, incomplete data, people are being terrorized by fear-mongers into relinquishing freedoms.”

But here is something a script-reading establishment media avoids reporting—the death toll from a decimated economy will be far higher than anything inflicted by this virus (or whatever it is).

COVID-19 is a near-perfect cover for the engineered crash of an economy already on Federal Reserve funny money life support. Instead of assigning blame to the responsible culprits—mega-banks, the financial and “investment” (speculation) class, transnational corporations, and their handmaids in government—blame is placed on an invisible virus that may or may not be manufactured precisely for the purpose of taking down the economy.

“If you take the kinds of drastic action that we are currently seeing [state-mandated lockdowns], it is unquestionably going to lead to massive job losses, huge redundancies, thousands of small to medium businesses going to the wall, future generations saddled with debt, and millions of people thrust into poverty with no way out,” writes Rob Slane. 

This will result in “risks to the mental health of millions of people,” the “stripping of civil liberties on a scale never seen before and which may never be restored after the health crisis is over,” and the “frightening possibility of mass civil unrest the longer the measures continue,” Slane adds. 

In fact, the US and much of the world has remained mired in financial ill-health in the wake of the last “too big to fail” bankster looting a dozen years ago. The media called it the “Great Recession,” although, by any standard, it was and is a depression. By the end of summer, it will mutate into a full-blown Greatest Depression. “We’ve entered a downturn that is going to be longer, deeper, and different than the unpleasantness of 1929-1946,” notes best-selling author Doug Casey. 

According to the economist Nouriel Roubini:

Earlier this month [March 2020], it took just 15 days for the US stock market to plummet into bear territory (a 20% decline from its peak)—the fastest such decline ever. Now, markets are down 35%, credit markets have seized up, and credit spreads (like those for junk bonds) have spiked to 2008 levels. Even mainstream financial firms such as Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan and Morgan Stanley expect US GDP to fall by an annualized rate of 6% in the first quarter, and by 24% to 30% in the second. US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin has warned that the unemployment rate could skyrocket to above 20% (twice the peak level during the GFC [Global Financial Crisis]).

According to John Williams, publisher of Shadow Government Statistics, a second-quarter GDP contraction will rival the depths of the Great Depression. The current unemployment rate is 22% and it will get worse, far worse, possibly affecting more than half the working population. There are mounting risks of a hyperinflationary Great Depression, as the Federal Reserve and federal government launch unlimited money creation, deficit spending, and financial bailouts, Williams wrote on April 28. 

More than 30 million Americans applied for unemployment insurance as a result of the state-mandated and enforced economic lockdown (millions of other unemployed workers are unable to file due to clogged online systems and the inefficiency of state bureaucracy). In less than a month, the 22.4 million jobs created after the manufactured Great Recession—primarily low-paid service sector jobs—were wiped out. 

Desperate and poverty-stricken Americans will, as Henry Kissinger long ago remarked, run to the government and beg for protection. They will willingly—even enthusiastically—relinquish their natural rights for the false security of the state. 

The massive violations of a moribund Constitution and Bill of Rights are dismissed as an excuse by irresponsible people to spread a disease that is, according to a scaremongering media, wafting through the air and laying in wait on all surfaces. In short, your natural rights are considered a threat to the rest of humanity. 

In March, a poll was conducted on public support for killing off what remains of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. “We presented a nationally representative sample of 3,000 U.S. residents with eight possible policy responses to the outbreak, all of which may be unconstitutional, including forced quarantine in a government facility, criminal penalties for spreading misinformation, bans against certain people entering the country, and conscription of health-care workers,” writes Adam Chilton, Professor of law at the University of Chicago Law School, and three of his associates. 

“Even when we explicitly told half of our sample that the policies may violate the Constitution,” the group writes, “the majority supported all eight of them,” including the restrictions imposed on free speech.

In short, propagandized and frightened citizens, in fear of a New Black Death that is nothing of the sort, are abrogating their birthright of individual liberty in favor of allowing the state to impose ever-increasing draconian measures—including an audacious expansion of surveillance—to control humanity. 

“After the threat has subsided,” Chilton and the law professors conclude, “Americans must recognize any constitutional violations for what they were, lest they become the new normal.”

It should be obvious by now COVID-19 authoritarianism is already the new normal. 

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Govt. Gatekeeper Forces Establishment Journo to Admit He is a Propagandist

Ben Johnson, a journalist working for the Atlantic owned Defense One, wasn’t allowed to enter the exceptional homeland until he told a government goon (Customs and Border Protection “staffer”) he writes propaganda. 

The goon held up Watson’s passport. He wouldn’t return it until the guy admitted writing propaganda. An exasperated Watson did so and was allowed back into the country after the goon copied everything on his devices.  There isn’t a Bill of Rights on the border, even if you’re a citizen of the indispensable nation. It’s a Constitution-free zone and you are at the mercy of vindictive and brain-dead border interrogators. 

I sort of feel sorry for Watson, but not too much. He’s a mote in a corporate media machine responsible for turning America into a highly polarized, neurotic, and hysterical mess on the verge of slipping into mass psychosis and civil war. The nation’s not a house divided—it’s a house on fire and the firefighters are passed out on opioids. It will burn to the ground. 

I’m not saying Watson is complicit in this. I know absolutely nothing about him beyond what I read in the Stamford Advocate, and then The Washington Post. 

I can understand WaPo defending one of its own at the border, but would the same apply to Alex Jones? But he’s not a journalist, you might argue, he’s a fake news provocateur, therefore the First Amendment, or what’s left of it, doesn’t apply. 

I agree he’s a performance artist, as his lawyer admitted, but even so, he’s entitled to say whatever he likes, never mind the clownishness. 

I believe Orwell said it. Some animals are more equal than others. 

A dumbass vengeful bully reading the president’s tweets gets to decide if a “fake news” journalist will be allowed to return home. 

Mr. Watson probably doesn’t know we live in a police state. Maybe he does now. The Atlantic, out there on the vanguard of vengeful Trump-haters, will no doubt attribute Watson’s maltreatment to the president and his mob of populists, otherwise known as deplorables. 

Problem is, Trump isn’t a populist. He’s not interested in “the people” or their problems, most created by the government. Donald Trump is too busy driving his obese and cognitively hobbled ego around town on an eight-wheel drive wagon dumper. He used to get his ideas from the leggy and smarmy cast reading from teleprompters over at Fox News. But that honeymoon seems to be over. Even the Drudge Report has turned on Trump. It seems Ann Coulter snarls at him daily now.

It took a while, but those of us working and writing outside corporate propaganda media (compliments of the CIA and its Mighty Wurlitzer) are lately considered white nationalists and terroristic conspiracy theorists, as the FBI would have it.  

If you want to be safe and earn awards, you’ll work for The Atlantic and the Emerson Collective, never mind pesky gatekeepers on the border. After Hillary is elected, there will be a change of the guard. 

The bullies and thumb-sitters will be retrained. They will in Pavlovian fashion regard populists, MAGAites, the “Dissident Right,” constitutionalists, libertarians, free thinkers, radio talkshow hosts, and all flyover country deplorables who refuse narratives churned out by the state and its media, as white nationalists and conspiracy mongering terrorists out to destroy the neoliberal version of democracy. 

After Trump is gone and Hillary (or suitable clone) sits on the throne, there will be hell to pay. 

It will undoubtedly become mandatory on pain of fine and imprisonment to mindlessly accept there are hundreds of sexual preferences, climate change will eat us alive (we must move into mud huts immediately), millions of post-slaves are due billions of devalued dollars (even the gangbangers selling meth down on the corner deserve free money and special accommodation), and anybody from anywhere is free to “immigrate” to America and receive free everything. 

The Final Purge is coming. It won’t be long now. 

The neoliberal elite that has lorded over financial (the Federal Reserve, banksters) and social policy (the welfare state) since the end of the completely unnecessary Second World War are shaken to the core. Trump, Russia, China, and the white nationalist free thinkers are the problem. It’s time for a witch hunt, a Medieval Inquisition following to the letter an updated ad extripanda

Everything is starkly black and white. If you reject the agenda—world government, global corporate plantation, and endless debt servitude for the peasants—you will be picked off sooner or later.

I believe the identity lemmings will also fall victim. The elite doesn’t believe the demented palaver of gender binarism and anamorphic climate change. It has but one belief—the supremacy of raw psychopathic power, the hegemonic drive to control everything on the planet and rub out whatever stands in the way. 

Prepare for Hillary to step in and overshadow Elizabeth Warren and the rest of the “progressive” control freaks running for president. Joe Biden is done and the rest of the pack are, well, crack-brained sycophants mimicking identity gibberish. None of them will make the grade. They’re simply a bizarre and irrational warm-up act for the grand finale. 

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Congress Aims “Honest Ads” at the Alternative Media

Lee E. Goodman, the former chairman of the Federal Election Commission, completely misses the point in an op-ed posted at The Hill. 

Goodman says a bill working its way through Congress, the Honest Ads Act, will fail to target the real danger to democracy, Russia, the off-and-on perennial evildoer since the establishment of the national security state in 1947. 

“When Congress returns to business next week, it will take up legislative responses to foreign meddling in American elections. Front and center will be the Honest Ads Act, a bill severely restricting the First Amendment rights of American citizens and media companies but barely impacting foreign meddlers,” Goodman writes. 

Using what is historically known as “active measures,” Russians have attempted to influence American public opinion and election outcomes over many decades. So foreign meddling is not new.  

What is new are the technological tools—the internet and social media—that facilitate the dissemination of foreign propaganda. Foreign meddlers no longer need to spread their political propaganda on American soil; they can communicate directly to Americans from computers as far away as, say, St. Petersburg, Russia.

No word about meddlers working for the US government. Back in 2013, the Smith-Mundt Act was amended and the State Department began using its foreign propaganda—Voice of America, Radio Free Europe, (both CIA ops) and other networks—to influence US audiences. 

The US is notorious for its meddling in foreign elections and cranking out propaganda to effectuate neoliberal political and economic objectives around the world.

The US initiated numerous propaganda efforts, including the Pentagon Military Analyst Program, the Bush administration’s Video News Release program, America’s Army video game series, the Cuban Twitter ZunZuneo and, of course, the constant deluge of propaganda churned out by the corporate media and transmitted around the world. 

The bill suffers from several inescapable flaws. It would apply only to paid ads—but, in 2016, most Russian propaganda was posted on free social media platforms. It would apply only to the largest media platforms—those with more than 50 million unique monthly visitors, which covers Twitter, Facebook and the New York Times but leaves thousands of other platforms viewed by hundreds of millions of Americans open to foreign propaganda. It would be only a matter of time before other highly visited advertising platforms are swept into the law.

So, watch out, Drudge: Congress will come for you next.

Mr. Goodman, unfortunately, can’t see the forest for the trees (and considering he’s an establishment Republican, he isn’t allowed to).

The push to circumvent constitutionally protected speech on the internet has little to nothing to do with Russia or any other foreign adversary. It’s about a diverse and popular alternative media daily providing counter-arguments and dispelling lies and fabrications put out by the state and its corporate stenographers. This cannot be allowed to continue. 

I predict far more draconian efforts to squelch the opposition. 

The Alex Jones Precedent. This is an ongoing show trial designed to send the message that exposing the true nature of false flag operations will not be tolerated by the state.

Jones is locked in a legal battle with the families of the victims at Sandy Hook. They say his Sandy Hook commentary resulted in harassment and death threats.

This case has zero legal standing. Jones didn’t threaten the plaintiffs or their families. The First Amendment protects—or did when it was functional—his right to say whatever he wants about Sandy Hook or anything else. Calling someone a “crisis actor” is not defamation. it’s part of a tactic to take down a head high up on the alternative media totem. 

However, we now live in a fact-free culture. Millions of Americans believe the entirely preposterous Russia-gate election collusion fairy tale simply because the government said without evidence it existed and is responsible for Donald Trump in the White House.

The Mueller investigation went nowhere. It didn’t find evidence of collusion. All it found was a  predatory social media ad company in Russia using the same marketing tactics as hundreds of American companies.   

Now the government tells us conspiracy theorists and white nationalists are terrorists or wanna-be terrorists.

The feds tried to float this narrative during the Obama years. It recycled a Bush administration Homeland Security report on white supremacy and the threat of radicalized veterans. Janet Napolitano, then secretary, took a lot of flak after the government document was leaked. 

The SPLC and other fear-mongering outfits kept up the heat over the ensuing years and with several suspiciously timed mass shooting events we are now in a position where the government may actually confiscate firearms from law-abiding American citizens categorized by the psychiatry business in partnership with the state as mentally defective. Trump is falling for this ruse. 

The FBI’s COINTELPRO 2.0 may entrap a handful of “white nationalist” patsies using similar techniques used since 9/11 on gullible and mentally ill Muslims. The state’s political police force, the FBI, will deliver. It will provide the fodder required for a propaganda campaign initially rolled out some months ago. 

“Honest Ads” is not about providing transparency for consumers. It’s another step in the ongoing construction of a technological police and surveillance state.

The Honest Ads Act would conscript the resources of media companies and foist upon them law enforcement responsibilities that the FBI and other national intelligence agencies failed at in 2016. But here’s the catch: If media companies fail to detect foreigners disguised with false American identities, they will be punished as lawbreakers. They are drafted to be both law enforcers and criminals in one bill. 

Faced with going to prison, Mark Zuckerberg and all the other CEO darlings of social media corporations will understandably work overtime to memory-hole those responsible for even modest criticism of the government.

It doesn’t matter if that criticism is based in Russia, the US, or the North Pole. The platforms will be sanitized of all contrary narratives. Nothing less is acceptable if our rulers plan to once again monopolize narratives and steer civic discussion. 

Since 9/11, we have witnessed the full contour of an authoritarian state in our midst. In the past, the state and the corporate media—the latter subverted soon after the establishment of the national security state—was remarkably capable of passing off lies and false flags for the purpose of shaping public perception and strengthening belief in official fairy tales. 

Now they’re in trouble. Huge numbers of people no longer take government propaganda at face value. Less than 20 percent of Americans trust the government. Millions voted for Trump because he promised MAGA. The state lost control of its rigged election farce. It now spends our tax money on social media covert ops run by the Pentagon, as we discovered the other day.  The coming battleground is the 2020 election. 

I realize this has become an obsession at the expense of other equally important topics. If the state is successful, there may soon no longer be a place for discussion and counter-narratives. 

If telling the truth is criminal—for instance, the entire Russia-gate farce was cooked up by an outraged and entitled Hillary Clinton, DNC gangsters, and the CIA with tools such as Fusion GPS—then it is entirely possible many of us will be attacked in COINTELPRO fashion. 

Not with big headlines like Alex Jones and a cast of “New Right” others, but subtly behind the scenes, be it by strangling monetary sources or blacklisting individuals from social media participation and possibly the inability to host a website. 

Mostly, it will be the fear factor. When the hammer is about to come down, a lot of people change their behavior. 

The plan is to whittle the alternative media down to a manageable size and disrupt what is left with COINTELPRO subversion operations. 

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Kamala Harris Wants Your Guns

If Kamala Harris becomes the next imperial president, she will violate the Constitution and move to confiscate the firearms of her political enemies. 

CNN is adding the required spin. The proposed effort to shut down the Second Amendment (and the First) is a response to “domestic terrorism,” which does not exist as portrayed in the fever dreams of Democrats. There isn’t a Great White Threat waiting to pounce on “vulnerable minorities.” 

Notice how Charlottesville managed to appear in the above story blurb. That’s a touchstone for an identity obsessed left. The Proud Boys are very useful, they’re used to portray the right as violent lunatics. This is a very wide and indiscriminate brush. It paints everyone from the Proud Boys to conservatives, antiwar folks, and libertarians as white nationalist scum deserving an Antifa bicycle lock upside the head. 

The following should read: KAMALA’S PLAN TO KILL THE BILL OF RIGHTS.


If Harris is sincerely concerned about “gun safety,” she would venture into Chicago and speech-ify against gang warfare. She would, as a former prosecutor, tell the truth about mass shootings.

 Daniel Greenfield writes:

Looking at the data from the Mass Shooting Tracker, widely utilized by the media, as of this writing, of the 72 mass shooters, perpetrators in shootings that killed or wounded 4 or more people, whose race is known, 21 were white, 37 were black, 8 were Latino, and 6 were members of other groups.

51% of mass shooters in 2019 were black, 29% were white, and 11% were Latino.

This quote by Colin Flaherty is likely to put him on Antifa’s hit list:

In the two-week run-up to Gilroy there were 36 other mass shootings from coast to coast—and 34 of those shooters were black. One was white and one Hispanic. These results echo a ‘New York Times’ story from 2016 that stated, much to the surprise and chagrin of the reporters, that whenever there are three or more victims of gunfire, 75 percent of shooters in America are black.

Because truth runs contrary to the identity politics theology, we never hear about any of this. CNN and the rest assure us mass shootings are genetically welded to white males, “toxic masculinity,” patriarchy, and capitalism. 

Harris doesn’t address the mass violence inflicted on the citizenry by militarized police. She has not denounced the biggest mass murderer in the world—the US government and its military death machine responsible for killing millions of innocent human beings in Southeast Asia, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Afghanistan, Africa, etc. 

Kamal Harris is a female Obama. She has the right ideology, gender, and skin pigmentation to be the next president. It’s not likely she will make it, however. Harris is running at 9%, well behind Warren, Sanders, and Biden. 

But not to worry. The rest of the pack is as vehemently against the Bill of Rights as Harris. They understand the Second Amendment must be memory-holed, same as Hitler and Stalin understood the proles must be disarmed if totalitarian rule is to be complete. 

The effort to eradicate the Second and First amendments has nothing to do with safety or opposition to white nationalism, whatever that deliberately vague term means. 

It’s about control. It’s about making sure no opposition is possible and training the people to see all opposition to the state as white supremacy, conservative terrorism, and libertarian excuses for victimizing government-sanctioned minorities, most who naturally vote Democrat. 

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Warning: This Blog Provides Material Support for Extremist Conspiracy Theories 

The left, rallying behind a seething hatred of Trump, is tossing around ideas on how best to criminalize their political opponents. 

Mike Giglio writes for The Atlantic:

At the moment, there is a significant disparity in the amount of funds, personnel, and law-enforcement tools that America devotes to combatting Islamist versus white-nationalist terrorism. Finding a way to add white nationalists to the list of U.S.-designated foreign terrorist organizations could help address that, Seamus Hughes, the deputy director of the Program on Extremism at George Washington University, told me. It would lower the bar for law enforcement to be able to charge a person for providing material support to white-nationalist terrorists.

How do we identify white nationalists? 

There are the obvious candidates—shaved head guys standard bearing Nazi flags (now inseparable from Gadsden and Confederate flags), marching in torchlight processions, or marked for life with Odal rune and Iron Cross tattoos. 

After Charlottesville and the so-called “Unite the Right” rally, the corporate media made it look like these people are a national security threat. The SPLC and the ADL would have you believe there are hundreds of thousands of violent racist white evil-doers spread across the country. 

But not even the SPLC can give you an accurate count—or even a clear definition—of what and who these terrible people are. 

From the Daily Beast:

The Southern Poverty Law Center hasn’t counted the members of the so-called “alt-right.” A press representative tells The Daily Beast that they’re not aware of any nationwide surveys designed to count them.

Even so, the SPLC claims to know the numbers:

However, they estimate that the KKK counts between 5,000 and 8,000 members nationwide. Back in the 1920’s, when cities across the south were erecting monuments to Confederate generals, the Klan had 4 million members. As Roger L. Simon points out, this would be an impressive decrease even if the population of the U.S. hadn’t swelled since the 1920’s. Back then, the Klan constituted about 4 percent of the entire U.S. population. Now, the KKK is near its nadir. That would make them less than 0.003 percent of the population, even on the higher end of the SPLC’s estimate. 

In the past, these folks were basically ignored, derided as anachronistic paranoiacs, even laughed at, but now, since the election of Trump, they are everywhere, more lethal and worrisome than the jihadi serial murderers of the Islamic State. 

The hysterical claim we face the threat of white terrorism is promoted by the corporate media. For instance, the Daily Beast (a subsidiary of IAC, a transnational media corporation):

Now, before it grows any stronger, should be the time to move against it with the same kind of concerted international focus of attention and resources that were trained on Osama bin Laden. Now is the time for a global war on white nationalist terrorism…

Networks of white nationalist apologists, sympathizers, supporters and facilitators—vital to any terrorist movement—are deeply embedded in the political and social fabric. They are literally the enemy within…

Voters in Western nations have to understand that the fellow travelers of white nationalist terrorism are not acceptable participants in modern democracies, and vote them out, or see that they are prosecuted, or both.

The FBI was instructed by Congress to provide a definition of a white domestic terrorist. It released a bulletin claiming for “the first time [the FBI] has identified fringe conspiracy theories as a domestic terrorist threat,” according to Yahoo News. 

This recent intelligence bulletin comes as the FBI is facing pressure to explain who it considers an extremist, and how the government prosecutes domestic terrorists. In recent weeks the FBI director has addressed domestic terrorism multiple times but did not publicly mention this new conspiracy theorist threat.

The FBI is already under fire for its approach to domestic extremism. In a contentious hearing last week before the Senate Judiciary Committee, FBI Director Christopher Wray faced criticism from Democrats who said the bureau was not focusing enough on white supremacist violence. 

The FBI—forever motivated to stay relevant and get its chunk of the federal budget— overshot the target.

The new focus on conspiracy theorists appears to fall under the broader category of anti-government extremism. “This is the first FBI product examining the threat from conspiracy theory-driven domestic extremists and provides a baseline for future intelligence products,” the document states.

In other words, if people believe “conspiracy theories”—for instance, the events of 9/11 are misrepresented by the official narrative—they are “extremist” and “not acceptable participants in modern democracies,” and should be “prosecuted” as criminals providing “material support” to white supremacist terrorists more dangerous to America than ISIS. 

Meanwhile, conspiracy theories pushed by the state—Russia sabotaged the 2016 election—are elevated to unquestionable gospel truth. If you question this fairy tale, you’re either a Putin dupe or a believer in bad conspiracy theories, those that expose the crimes of government. 

How long before this blog and thousands of others are accused of providing “material support” for terrorists? Because “conspiracy theories” are now a national security threat, should I expect to be interviewed by the FBI, surveilled (more than usual), and possibly put in “protective custody” or sent to a mental hospital? 

It sure looks like things are going that way. 

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El Paso Shooting: Cloudflare Pulls Plug on 8chan

I expected 8chan to be taken down after a supposed manifesto attributed to Patrick Crusius was posted on the imageboard forum. This happened on late Sunday, hours after the incident in El Paso. The takedown was endorsed by the site’s creator, Fredrick Brennan. 

The New York Times, not shy about its ideological orientation, characterizes the site as follows:

In recent months, 8chan has become a go-to resource for violent extremists. At least three mass shootings this year—including the mosque killings in Christchurch, New Zealand, and the synagogue shooting in Poway, Calif.—have been announced in advance on the site, often accompanied by racist writings that seem engineered to go viral on the internet.

Mr. Brennan started the online message board as a free speech utopia. But now, 8chan is known as something else: a megaphone for mass shooters, and a recruiting platform for violent white nationalists.

It is also home to thousands of others who have nothing to do with white nationalism or mass shootings, but that is irrelevant to the emerging narrative pushed by the NYT and other establishment media outlets. 

Due to months of relentless propagandizing about the supposed threat of white nationalism and the insistence Donald Trump is a racist, we have finally reached the point where irrational hysteria completely overshadows the First Amendment, which the state and its media argue has become a recruiting tool for white supremacists. 

The internet and social media are also a megaphone for Antifa, a group that does not mince words when it comes to beating up and killing white nationalists or anybody within the political vicinity of the Alt-right and its muddled ideology. Antifa websites and social media accounts remain active. 

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This is how USA Today describes Antifa:

The primary goal is to stop neo-Nazis and white supremacists from gaining a platform rather than to promote a specific antifa agenda. The antifa groups are decidedly anti-racist, anti-sexist and anti-homophobia, but also by and large socially leftist and anti-capitalist…

A main goal is to try to deny fascists a public forum, which is why they turn out in numbers to physically confront neo-Nazis, the KKK and white supremacists at public demonstrations. They also step in to protect counter-protesters at such events.

In addition, antifa is particularly active in “doxxing,” or  identifying neo-Nazis and like-minded individuals and disseminating that private information to the public and employers to discourage people from joining their ranks.

Mark Bray, a Dartmouth lecturer and the author of a book on Antifa, demonstrates profound hostility toward the Constitution and the First Amendment, an attribute he shares with the Nazis and communists who used similar tactics to marginalize and kill off those who opposed Nazi and Bolshevik totalitarianism.  

Bray says the rise of fascism in the 1930s demonstrates that it was a mistake to allow such groups to air their views in hopes that public opinion would blunt their growth. “We should be wary of those who are more distressed about alleged violations of the speech of fascists than the actual violence they perpetrate,” he says.

In other words, if you support the natural right to free and unfettered speech, you’re with the fascists and probably a target for these masked thugs falsely identifying themselves as anarchists. Most Antifa members appear to be a 20-something version of the sans-culottes—and are largely sans any firm ideological basis short of mob action that can be exploited by the state and sensationalized by its media. 

The threat is not a handful of white supremacists. The threat for Antifa, far too many Democrats, and a manipulative state is the fact you are born with the right to speak your mind and engage in political activity—yes, even nazism—without fear of violence and retaliation by people who have at best a tenuous grasp on history and collectively hate the First Amendment unless, of course, it applies to them. 

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Trump Ponders Deadly Blockade of Venezuela

President Trump, wandering further afield of his noninterventionist election campaign promise, may soon impose an illegal military blockade on Venezuela.

According to an unnamed Trump administration official, the blockade will continue until Nicolas Maduro abdicates and Juan Guaido becomes the neoliberal recognized leader. 

In response, Maduro said he’s “ready for battle,” whatever that means. 

“The draconian US sanctions on Venezuela have come in two phases,” writes Jeffrey D. Sachs of Asia Times. 

The first, beginning in August 2017, was mainly directed at the state oil company PDVSA, the country’s main earner of foreign exchange; the second round of sanctions, imposed in January this year, was more comprehensive, targeting the Venezuelan government. A recent detailed analysis of the first round of sanctions shows their devastating impact. The US sanctions gravely exacerbated previous economic mismanagement, contributing to a catastrophic fall in oil production, hyperinflation, economic collapse (output is down by half since 2016), hunger, and rising mortality.

In short, the latest imperial president will kill an unknown number of Venezuelans in order to get the preferred government installed in Caracas. 

Military blockades are recognized as acts of war under the Declaration of Paris of 1856 and the Declaration of London of 1909. The neocons and neolibs don’t do international law unless it works in favor of empire. Congress, naturally, is left out of the equation, having long ago waived its responsibility under the Constitution. 

In 1863, when President Lincoln imposed a blockade on the Confederacy during the War of Secession, the Supreme Court ruled it a crime in “The Prize Cases.”

The power of declaring war is the highest sovereign power, and is limited to the representative of the full sovereignty of the nation. It is limited in the United States to its Congress exclusively; and the authority of the President to be the Commander-in-Chief….to take that the law be faithfully executed, is to be taken in connection with the exclusive power given to Congress to declare war, and does not enable the President to (do it) or to introduce, without Act of Congress, War or any of its legal disabilities or liabilities, on any citizen of the United States.

Violations of the Constitution, its articles and amendments, are now routine, so much so, especially following the end of the Second World War and the establishment of the Bretton Woods neoliberal scheme, that the founding document is little more than a quaint tourist attraction at the Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom (sic) in DC. 

Thankfully, a few Americans are standing up and resisting ongoing economic warfare against Venezuela, Syria, Libya, Russia, and China. 

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