Chris Floyd

Award-Winning journalist and author of Empire Burlesque – High Crimes and Low Comedy in the Bush Imperium, Chris Floyd blogs about the American political scene.

News from Chris Floyd’s Empire Burlesque

A Picture of American Policy: Waking From the Fever Dream

*My column in the latest CounterPunch Magazine.* Last month I saw a picture, a photograph that burned down the Potemkin village of American politics that tends to rise in even the most skeptical mind during the fever dream known as the presidential campaign. We all get caught up in it, especially those of us who’ve been following politics for de [Read More…]
>Posted to Chris Floyd – Empire Burlesque on 30 April 2016 | 12:01 am

Something for the Server: Keeping the Burlesque Kicking

As long-time readers know, the Empire Burlesque website is a bespoke creation of our remarkable webmaster, Richard Kastelein. He approached me years ago and offered to build a website from scratch and host it on a private server, which would keep it free from  government or corporate interference. That’s just what he did, and he has kept it [Read More…]
>Posted to Chris Floyd – Empire Burlesque on 26 April 2016 | 9:34 pm

Stress Test: Childhood as a Raw Material for Investor Exploitation

In the Guardian, Zoe Williams captures the test-obsessed, ranking-addled, childhood-destroying insanity of the UK education system very well. Who is telling the government that this ruthless quantification is good for children? Not teachers, not education experts, not academics; every study and measure shows how destructive and detrimental it [Read More…]
>Posted to Chris Floyd – Empire Burlesque on 18 April 2016 | 11:09 am

Dry Bones: Racist History Returns With a Vengeance

When I was 18, I worked for the Tennessee Department of Conservation at the Cedars of Lebanon State Park, a summer job where a few teenagers helped the park’s permanent workers clean up the picnic areas and campgrounds and ball fields. I mostly helped two ageing characters who’d gotten their sinecures through political patronage. Both were nea [Read More…]
>Posted to Chris Floyd – Empire Burlesque on 6 April 2016 | 1:54 am

The Devil Done Got Loose in Mississippi, Pulling Jim Crow From the Grave

The Devil is loose in Mississippi, dressed up like a preacher and hollering God’s name. The Guardian reports it here . Growing up in the South, I knew many people who felt that interracial marriage “conflicted with their sincerely held religious beliefs or moral convictions.” Many also sincerely believed that ANY mixing of races — at lunch count [Read More…]
>Posted to Chris Floyd – Empire Burlesque on 5 April 2016 | 10:50 pm

Arthur Silber Facing Eviction, Needs Help

Just as he was back after a long absence , Arthur Silber faces a new crisis: imminent eviction . If you have anything to spare, please think of helping him out.
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>Posted to Chris Floyd – Empire Burlesque on 4 April 2016 | 9:24 am

Progressive "Triumph": Neofascist Message Pusher Disappointed in Messenger

So one of Trump’s “top strategists,” Stephanie Cegielski, has resigned in protest over his recent tweet on the atrocity in Lahore, and written an open letter to his followers denouncing her boss. This has been seized upon by various “progressives” as a great cudgel with which to beat the Donald about his goodish head. One of his own inner circ [Read More…]
>Posted to Chris Floyd – Empire Burlesque on 29 March 2016 | 2:13 pm

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