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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The Dark Alliance of Media and Empire: The ‘Dissident’ Smear of Gary Webb

I assume that most of the rapidly dwindling number of people who read this blog have already read Tarzie’s takedown of The Intercept’s curiously CIA-slanted smear of Gary Webb, who revealed the Agency’s instrumental involvement in the 1980s crack epidemic that devastated America’s inner cities in order to fund the illegal Contra war in N [Read More...]
>Posted to Welcome to Chris Floyd’s Empire Burlesque on 20 October 2014 | 12:06 am

Negative Capability: Glimpses Beyond the Brutalities of Power

When you write regularly of politics and empire, you necessarily spend much time steeped in the very worst aspects of human nature. The reality of power is overwhelmingly brutal, ugly and negative; and if as a writer you wish to engage with reality, then the negative will be prominent in your work. I make no apologies for that — except perhaps t [Read More...]
>Posted to Welcome to Chris Floyd’s Empire Burlesque on 15 October 2014 | 12:28 am

Pay the Piper: Imperial Evils Bearing Bitter Fruit

America, of course, is renowned for the historical amnesia that permeates its public discourse. Thanks to the tireless efforts our media, our educators and, above all, our elites, Americans enjoy a level of ignorance about the actions of their government that approaches the sublime. However, the truth is that past actions do have consequences — [Read More...]
>Posted to Welcome to Chris Floyd’s Empire Burlesque on 12 October 2014 | 10:32 pm

Potomac Fever: Washington’s Insane Clown Posse Rides Again

Below is my column in the latest print edition of CounterPunch. It was written last month, just after Barack Obama’s latest public embracement of the Potomac Empire’s Grand Philosophical Theory of International Statecraft: “More rubble, less trouble!” There may some overlap with my last post on this site, which developed a few of the idea [Read More...]
>Posted to Welcome to Chris Floyd’s Empire Burlesque on 8 October 2014 | 10:35 am

All Systems Go: The Elite View of the New Iraq-Syria War

And so a new war has begun. Or rather, a new front is opened (and an old one re-opened) in an ongoing, ever-expanding war. For the new war is of course our old friend, the War on Terror. (Although it should more accurately be termed “the War on Terror Spawned by the War on Terror.”)
The casus belli being offered up seem even more specious [Read More...]
>Posted to Welcome to Chris Floyd’s Empire Burlesque on 6 October 2014 | 9:16 pm

An Enduring Casus Belli: The Liberal Club Hears the Truth

On three occasions in the past few days, I’ve been approached separately by three of my children, ranging in age from 9 to 28, each of whom asked in different ways, “What is this war with ISIS all about?” Adjusting my answer according to their age, understanding and education, I spoke of various factors behind the new war, trying to give more of t [Read More...]
>Posted to Welcome to Chris Floyd’s Empire Burlesque on 30 September 2014 | 4:39 pm

A voice, a life, remembered

Just briefly on a more personal note, sparked by an archival item unearthed unexpectedly….

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>Posted to Welcome to Chris Floyd’s Empire Burlesque on 29 September 2014 | 9:36 pm

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