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Recovered History: 7,000 May Day Protesters Herded Into D.C. Stadium Prison In 1971

Today’s May Day protests are the first May Day protests on such a large scale “in memory.” Not that Americans have a memory to speak of. Here’s something to jar that memory loose: Newspaper clippings of the big May Day protest in Washington DC back in 1971, when federal troops and police herded 7,000 protestors into an open-air stadium prison

May 1, 2012 | Comments (28)

The Horror of HBO’s Girls

The tidal wave of reviewer praise for the foul new HBO show Girls has washed up against a wall of resistance recently. But as far as I can tell, nobody, whether praising or blaming, has actually conveyed what this miserable…

Apr 26, 2012 | Comments (187)

Silent Majority Millennials

There’s a new Boomer vs. Millennial piece over at Esquire making its way across the intertubes. If you hadn’t noticed, wringing one’s hands about Baby Boomers gorging themselves on the syrupy sweet hopes and dreams of the young’ns is the…

Apr 23, 2012 | Comments (82)

Debunking Cato Institute Propaganda: Koch-Founded Outfit A GOP Bad Ideas Mill, Home To John Yoo & Rupert Murdoch

John Yoo, author of the notorious “torture memo,” served on the Cato Editorial Board for Cato Supreme Court Review during the Bush presidency. At the same time, Yoo was writing the Bush administration’s legal justifications for waterboarding, Guantanamo, warrantless wiretapping and more.

Apr 21, 2012 | Comments (20)

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WATCH: Mark Ames On The Thom Hartmann Show: Murder, Suicide & Financial Ruin As 1% Wages Class Warfare On Two Fronts

Exiled editor Mark Ames went on The Thom Hartmann Show yesterday to talk about the Class Warfare waged here in America through mortgage fraud and foreclosure fraud, and abroad in Afghanistan…and the hidden story of accused massacre killer Sgt. Robert…

Apr 20, 2012 | Comments (28)

Sponge Off A Rich Woman: The Koch Family’s “Leechertarian” Secret To Success

A few months back I had a long conversation with Freke Vuijst, a journalist from the lefty Dutch magazine Vrij Nederland, about the history of the Koch clan—specifically, we talked about what I learned during my trip to Quanah, Texas, the…

Apr 18, 2012 | Comments (20)

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 (30)

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)

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 (86)

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 (107)

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)