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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Letter Head: The Enduring Sorrows of the Savvy Liberal

Rooting around in my files for something else tonight, I ran across a letter I sent to the Guardian a few months back. They didn’t print it, of course. They ran a fair few of my letters back in the Bush-bashing days, but not so much in recent years. Anyway, as it deals with a perennial theme — the yearning of “savvy” liberals for “tough [Read More...]
>Posted to Welcome to Chris Floyd’s Empire Burlesque on 28 January 2015 | 11:12 pm

Word Association: White House Threatened By Drones

WASHINGTON – The White House faces a serious threat from drones, administration officials said today, after a recent incident in which a small, private drone crashed on the lawn near the president’s home. This episode, though minor, has alerted the White House to a wider problem, the official said. “The drone campaign conducted by President [Read More...]
>Posted to Welcome to Chris Floyd’s Empire Burlesque on 26 January 2015 | 10:16 pm

Can’t Slay the Serpent: Ancient Ills Rise Again

Old evils never die.  You think you’re got them whipped — but they spring up again, years or decades (or centuries) later, as virulent as ever.  Our cursed 21st century has given ample proof of this, both at home and abroad: ancient ills returning with horrific force (torture, racism, repression, oligarchy, feudalism, imperialism, militarism [Read More...]
>Posted to Welcome to Chris Floyd’s Empire Burlesque on 25 January 2015 | 2:03 pm

Necks and Nostrils: The Murderous Folly of the New Cold War

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Let’s be clear about this. The Putin regime is odious. What it is doing to the Russian people — the degradation of their liberties; the imposition of Tea Party-style willful ignorance, false piety and bellicose nationalism on the culture; the crippling corruption of its klepto-capitalism (which almost, but not quite, approache [Read More...]
>Posted to Welcome to Chris Floyd’s Empire Burlesque on 22 January 2015 | 12:11 am

The Unmourned: Another Mass Killing by the Peace Prize Prez

In keeping with the concept of “unmournable bodies” limned by Teju Cole in the New Yorker (more on this below), news arrives today of yet another clutch of unimportant, unmournable deaths at the hands of extremist violence. From McClatchy :
A U.S.-led coalition airstrike killed at least 50 Syrian civilians late last month when it targeted a h [Read More...]
>Posted to Welcome to Chris Floyd’s Empire Burlesque on 12 January 2015 | 1:46 pm

The Lash and the Sword: Hebdo, Hypocrisy and the Mob-Mind

Arthur Silber — naturally — has something of depth and insight to say about the Hebdo case, and the self-righteous mob mentality it has provoked — on a worldwide, witless scale — in the aftermath. As always, do yourself a favor and go read the whole thing. (Especially his startling and perceptive connection of the current mindset to the wo [Read More...]
>Posted to Welcome to Chris Floyd’s Empire Burlesque on 10 January 2015 | 11:06 pm

Conflict, not Cartoons: Hebdo Shows the Common Goals of Both Sides in Terror War

Juan Cole has some insightful words on the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris. As he points out, the shooters were neither “attacking free speech” nor “defending Mohammed”; they were using a time-honored tactic of radical extremists (of all stripes): “sharpening the contradictions,” hoping to provoke an overreaction that would lead to repression and [Read More...]
>Posted to Welcome to Chris Floyd’s Empire Burlesque on 8 January 2015 | 5:13 pm

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