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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Battle Cry: Candidate Paul Appeases the Masters of War

Oh dear. Rand Paul, favorite candidate of those who dream of an anti-imperial coalition of hardcore libertarians and the antiwar left, has popped many a bubble this week with his proposed Senate bill to declare war on ISIS . Supporters will doubtless say that Paul (like another young politician on the make who served as a blank screen for his fo [Read More...]
>Posted to Welcome to Chris Floyd’s Empire Burlesque on 25 November 2014 | 5:07 pm

Yonder Comes Sin: More Terror From the Top

“My brother’s blood is crying from the grave but you can’t hear the voice I stand in jeopardy every hour, Wonderin’ what reason you have to rejoice. Look at your feet see where they’ve been to Look at your hands, see what they’ve been into… Yonder  comes sin …” – B. Dylan
Patrick Smith, man on fire, takes on a theme we were were d [Read More...]
>Posted to Welcome to Chris Floyd’s Empire Burlesque on 23 November 2014 | 1:17 am

Red Mist Rising: Inside the World’s Most Powerful Terrorist Organization

Glenn Greenwald notes the blizzard of bellicose propaganda pieces pouring from the High Media lately concerning the Peace Laureate’s latest flurry of drone killings. In story after story, headline after headline, we hear of “militants” slaughtered by the dead-eyed machinery that floats above the distant villages of the “recalcitrant tribes” who [Read More...]
>Posted to Welcome to Chris Floyd’s Empire Burlesque on 19 November 2014 | 5:00 pm

It’s All Right, Ma, I’m Only Bleeding

[Post corrected below.]
While I’ve been off tending various wounds, a number of interesting stories have come over the transom. All of them deserve more unpacking, but for now I’d just like to make note of a few of them for the dwindling number of eyes still casting a gaze this way now and again. Hope to be writing more here soon. 1. As t [Read More...]
>Posted to Welcome to Chris Floyd’s Empire Burlesque on 17 November 2014 | 2:07 am

Children of Lies: Fragments From the Long and Wasted Years

Below is a slightly revised version of my column in the latest print edition of Counterpunch Magazine . In the course of a massive clean-out the other day, I came upon a box of overstuffed folders and musty papers — copies of some of the first pieces I’d ever had published, going back 35 years. For almost two decades they’d lain unseen i [Read More...]
>Posted to Welcome to Chris Floyd’s Empire Burlesque on 6 November 2014 | 5:22 pm

Notes from the Oligarch Era: Monetizing Charity, ‘Managing’ Democracy

Circumstances have prevented me from digging into the new Mark Ames article on the Omidyariazation of Ukrainian politics as I intended, so let me just point you to it again, with a few choice excerpts (see the original for copious links):
Ukraine just held its first post-revolution parliamentary elections, and amid all of the oligarchs, EU ent [Read More...]
>Posted to Welcome to Chris Floyd’s Empire Burlesque on 4 November 2014 | 5:17 pm

Revenge of the Interceptors: Oligarch’s Team Mugs Renegade Taibbi

A few random thoughts on the imbroglio over Matt Taibbi leaving the media stable of oligarch Pierre Omidyar — and the remarkable response to this by the oligarch’s remaining celebs, led by Glenn Greenwald. 1. The Intercept article on Taibbi’s departure — bylined under the names of Greenwald, Laura Poitras, Jeremy Scahill, and John Cook, but [Read More...]
>Posted to Welcome to Chris Floyd’s Empire Burlesque on 31 October 2014 | 4:38 pm

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