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.

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Anti-Social Media: Wealthy NY Wankers Bash the Poor

As the old joke goes, “the Germans will never forgive the Jews for Auschwitz.” Or another variant: “America will never forgive blacks for slavery.” Oppressors and abusers (and the beneficiaries of past abuses) often project their own guilt, self-loathing and dehumanization onto their victims, then hate them for being evidence – the livin [Read More…]
>Posted to Chris Floyd – Empire Burlesque on 27 August 2015 | 4:08 pm

Panic Attackers: Grass-Roots Challenge Sparks High-Level Hissy Fit

I have of late been much pestered with electronic message from an outfit called the “ Centre for Policy Studies .” It styles itself the “leading independent think tank in Britain” — and it probably is as rigorously independent and open-minded as any gaggle of titled lords, Big Money poobahs, reactionary academics, epic tax-dodgers, M [Read More…]
>Posted to Chris Floyd – Empire Burlesque on 19 August 2015 | 11:44 pm

Permanent Post-Bellum Blues: How the Old Whip Keeps Cracking

I read this book a few years back: Worse Than Slavery , by David Oshinsky. An eye-opening read for anyone interested in the genuine history of these deliberately divided United States. After I read it, I sat down and wrote the piece below, which is, of course, still relevant today — as it has been all-too-relevant these past 150 years.
As I [Read More…]
>Posted to Chris Floyd – Empire Burlesque on 13 August 2015 | 11:28 pm

Dung Bettles: Pope Denounces Davos Dominionists

*This is an edited version of my latest Counterpunch Magazine column.*   We are living in a world gone through the looking glass when the most strident, unequivocal — even scatological! — denunciations of capitalism and its discontents are coming from … the Bishop of Rome. While Bernie Sanders pushes centrist notions as “radical” reforms [Read More…]
>Posted to Chris Floyd – Empire Burlesque on 31 July 2015 | 3:36 pm

Anthem for an Ex-Republic, in the Age of Endless War

” You love your freedom; we love it too . That’s why we took it, so we can guard it for you. We’ll keep it safe, locked in the vault; every Fourth of July you can take it for a walk….” Read more … [Read More…]
>Posted to Chris Floyd – Empire Burlesque on 22 July 2015 | 10:50 pm

Searching for a Soldier’s Grave: The Ones Who Lost the Music

(Another recent column for the print version of CounterPunch.) It was a run-down house in a bad neighborhood. In the front yard, a gray Chevette with a smashed grill. The porch sagged and creaked as I walked across it. The front door was unlocked. I went in. It was not dark yet, but late in the day. The wide front room was shadowy; no furniture [Read More…]
>Posted to Chris Floyd – Empire Burlesque on 17 July 2015 | 11:28 pm

Bachmann Terror Overdrive: The Age of Rapture

A clutch of headlines over a span of two days in April: US dispatches elite troops to Ukraine. US sends warships to Yemen to join naval blockade. BP taking more oil from Iraq in payments as government coffers dwindle. Saudi bombs boost al Qaeda. Sale of US arms fuels wars in Arab states. Michelle Bachmann says all signs point to the Rapture. For [Read More…]
>Posted to Chris Floyd – Empire Burlesque on 16 July 2015 | 12:12 am

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