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Class Warfare On Two Fronts: From Afghanistan To Middle America, The Untold Story Of Sgt. Bales

Nothing illustrates the interlinking between the class war at home and the imperial wars abroad more starkly than the example of Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, the Army sniper accused last month of killing 17 Afghan civilians, mostly women and children.

Apr 16, 2012 | Comments (86)

Scabies: My Parting Gift from Los Angeles’ Metro Jail

It’s just past 2:00 pm out here in Venice Beach. The sun is out and a cool breeze is blowing from the Pacific Ocean. Outside my window, surfers are walking towards the beach . . . a young woman glides by…

Apr 13, 2012 | Comments (58)

Dispatch from Greece: Translation of Austerity Suicide Note Left By Pensioner Dimitris Christoulas

A man shot himself on April 4th in the very center of Athens. He is the latest in hundreds of suicides during and because of the crisis. Dimitris Christoulas chose the place (Syntagma Square) and the time (rush hour) to pass his message…

Apr 10, 2012 | Comments (29)

The Brutal Life Of One L. Goh & The Making Of A “Going Postal” Rampage Murderer

The depressingly familiar dead-end life that One L. Goh found himself in — surrounded by petty scams as revealed in the ex-staffer’s lawsuit and the bleak performance of the school’s graduates, combined with the back-to-back deaths of two family members — could make a lot of sane people desperate and enraged and suicidal…

Apr 9, 2012 | Comments (145)

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Recovered Economic History: “Everyone but an idiot knows that the lower classes must be kept poor, or they will never be industrious”

One thing that the historical record makes obviously clear is that Adam Smith and his laissez-faire buddies needed brutal government policies to whip the English peasantry into a good capitalistic workforce willing to accept wage slavery

Apr 5, 2012 | Comments (85)

Mumblecore Millennialism and Me

Don’t know if you’ve ever seen a mumblecore film. Probably not, if only because the term “mumblecore” is so twee and horrible, it would instinctively repel you. It’s a millennial American film development, around for quite a while now but…

Apr 4, 2012 | Comments (98)

The Hunger Games: A Belated WTF

Today’s burning moral question: Is it bad to enjoy watching a big-screen entertainment featuring teenagers hunting each other for sport? Answer: Oh, I dunno. Points to be made on both sides. How big is the screen? Bigger ain’t necessarily better…

Mar 29, 2012 | Comments (106)

S.H.A.M.E. the Shills: Our Media Transparency Project Is Almost Ready…

A couple of months ago, The eXiled announced a new project to take our war against corporate trolls and media shills to a new and more effective level: a no-holds barred campaign to identify and expose the rampant corruption among…

Mar 26, 2012 | Comments (48)

Whiffs of Jihad: Canadian Neo-Bagger Mark Steyn Wows Aussies With Tales Of PC Persecution…

PERTH, AUSTRALIA — A short update. Dr. Dolan’s old friend, Mark Steyn, the Canadian right-winger, has been touring Oz lately to promote his new book, After America, and Australia’s Tories are falling for him head over heels, declaring him the…

Mar 23, 2012 | Comments (51)

Mohammed Merah, Alleged Murderer of Several Muslim French Soldiers and Jews, Is Part of France’s Muslim Extremist-Christian Neo-Nazi Alliance

Mohammed Merah, the alleged murderer of several Muslim French soldiers and Jews, was killed by a sniper with a shot to the head following a 32-hour standoff with police in Toulouse, France. One of the most salient facts about the killer is that he was a member of an outlawed French Salafist group called Forsanne Alizza, which has expressed sympathy for Al Qaida’s cause

Mar 23, 2012 | Comments (38)

The One-Percent’s Doctrine For The Rest Of Us: We Are Not Human Beings, But Livestock Whose Meat They Extract As “Rent”

A little over a year ago, while researching the Confederacy’s economy, I stumbled across an unnerving graph charting the value of America’s “stock of slaves” in the last decades before the Civil War that helps give form to the brutal crackdown on the Occupy protests — and suggests darker things to come as we try to free ourselves from their vision of civilization, and our place in it.

Mar 22, 2012 | Comments (83)

Photo Essay: Austerity Athens Street Art

A.C.A.B. = “All Cops Are Bastards” The central Athenian neighborhood of Exarchia is the hub of Greek anarchist activity and a major node in the European anarchist network. Part NYC’s Lower East Side and part Copenhagen’s Christiana, it is home…

Mar 17, 2012 | Comments (25)

Letter From Athens: Inside the Greek Crisis with Anarchists and the Radicalized Ex-Middle-Class

I arrived in Athens only hours after the February 12 anti-austerity riots, the acrid odor of burnt-out banks still lingering downtown. I checked into a familiar haunt, the Hostel Zorbas on Victoria Square. The last time I stayed there, in the summer of 2001, the place still took drachmas and buzzed with backpackers just returned from Piraeus, where the ferries fan out to the pleasure islands of the Aegean. A decade later, those memories felt like the flashback scenes in The Road.

Mar 14, 2012 | Comments (85)

Slovakia Vs. The Cato Institute

In the early 2000’s, the co-chairman of the Cato Institute’s Project on Social Security Privatization, José Piñera, played a key role advising and overseeing Slovakia’s mass pension privatization, which passed in 2003 under the free-market government of Mikulas Dzurinda. Today, Slovakia’s retirees are groaning under the austerity pain administered to them by the Cato Institute.

Mar 12, 2012 | Comments (34)

Dispatch from Greece: Yogurt As A Form Of Political Protest

The co-ruling PASOK party had its national conference today. Its goal is to elect the new party leader who will succeed George Papandreou and will lead the Socialists in the coming elections. The candidates are Christos Papoutsis and Evangelos Venizelos. At some point, an old man approached Venizelos, complained about the cuts in his pension and then threw him a yogurt…

Mar 11, 2012 | Comments (16)

Absolutely Fabulous, Or Let’s Say You’re a Woman

If you’re a woman—and if you’re reading eXiled you’re probably not—but let’s say you are for the sake of argument—if you’re a woman, life’s already tough enough without the Rush Limbaugh Slutgate saturation media orgy, and right-wing political threats to…

Mar 10, 2012 | Comments (34)

War Nerd Classic: Altar Boy Vs. Altar Boy In Uganda: The Lord’s Resistance Army & Joseph Kony

This article is a War Nerd Classic Christians are stone killers. You put a Christian and a lion in an arena and I’ll bet Toyotas to Subarus the Christian’ll have the lion for lunch. Just look around you: lions are…

Mar 7, 2012 | Comments (62)

Yves Smith: On the Continuing Oxymoron of Ethics at Harvard

This article is cross-posted from Naked Capitalism… There is so much crookedeness among our elites that it’s hard to know, absent more systematic study, whether Harvard is playing a leading role in this decline. However, the glaring gap between Harvard…

Mar 5, 2012 | Comments (33)

The Breitbart Conspiracy: Yasha Levine Goes To Westwood To Investigate Breitbaggers’ Claims Of White House Assassination Plot

I travelled to Breitbart’s hood to carry out a private investigation into what happened that fateful night …and found a grisly, blood-splattered crime scene just a block away from his home.

Mar 2, 2012 | Comments (69)

Mark Ames 1, Andrew Breitbart 0: Exiled Editor Does Dirty Chicken Dance On Breitbart’s Grave

Last autumn, Andrew Breitbart picked a fight with me. Now Andrew Breitbart is dead. Gee, whod’ya think won that little war?

Mar 1, 2012 | Comments (169)

Max Blumenthal: Progressive Democratic hero Elizabeth Warren enlists to serve AIPAC’s pro-war agenda

The national security/foreign policy position page on Warren’s campaign website reads as though it was cobbled together from AIPAC memos and the website of the Israeli Foreign Ministry by the Democratic Party hacks who are advising her. It is pure boilerplate that suggests she knows about as much about the Middle East as Herman “Uzbeki-beki-stan-stan” Cain, and that she doesn’t care.

Feb 29, 2012 | Comments (33)

Why Is Ron Paul’s SuperPAC Headquartered In Mitt Romney’s Backyard?

But if the hacks ever do get around to following the money, they would very quickly stumble across one of the biggest WTF factoids of this primary season: Ron Paul’s SuperPAC, “Endorse Liberty,” is headquartered in Mitt Romney’s backyard: Salt Lake City, Utah.

Feb 29, 2012 | Comments (32)

AssKisser-Gate: Heartland Institute Founder David Padden Grovels For Master Charles Koch

I came across this hilarious groveling quote from Heartland founder David Padden about his all-knowing Master and Dear Leader, Charles Koch:

“I would never attempt to second-guess whatever he’s doing in the interest of making this a free country…”

Feb 28, 2012 | Comments (17)

Is A Politically Ambitious New York Lawyer Trying To Turn #OWS Into The Tea Party Express?

Occupy Wall Street activists have good reason to be pissed off at Michael Pollok, the New York attorney trying to organize a national Occupy convention in Philadelphia this coming July 4th. A quick look into Michael Pollok’s past points to yet another cynical political opportunist glomming onto the Occupy movement.

Feb 28, 2012 | Comments (36)

Ron Paul’s “Super PAC” Sugar Daddy: Builds Toys For The CIA, Spies On U.S. Citizens, Opposes Democracy & Women’s Suffrage

This article was first published at TheNation.com If there’s one thing that distinguishes Ron Paul from the rest of the GOP field, it’s his principled stand against American empire and his ardent defense of individual liberties. [1] Paul’s opposition to wars, bloated…

Feb 23, 2012 | Comments (49)