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This article is cross-posted on Naked Capitalism.

Another Monday, another “deficit crisis” panic. If you haven’t got the feeling yet that you’re being played like a sucker over this alleged “deficit crisis,” then let me help you cross that cognitive bridge to dissonance. It comes in the figure of the recently-deceased William Niskanen, the embodiment of how Reaganomics and the Koch brothers’ libertarian movement were joined at the hip. Niskanen was an advisor to Ronald Reagan throughout the 1970s; a board director for the Koch-founded Reason Foundation; a member and chairman of Reagan’s Council on Economic Advisers from 1981-85; and he moved directly from Reagan’s side back to the Koch brothers’ side, as chairman of the libertarian Cato Institute from 1985 until 2008. This is a brief story about how the 1% transformed this country into a failing oligarchy, and their useful tools, starting with A-list libertarian economist William Niskanen, Chicago School disciple of Milton Friedman, advocate of the rancid “public choice theory.” (more…)

November 21st, 2011 | Comments (12)

Reagan’s Cheshire Snarl

“I know these people in my goddamn blood!” –Hunter S. Thompson’s Attorney I’ve had Reagan all my life. In 1967, 13 years before the rest of you got President Reagan, he became governor of California. It was the terrarium in…

February 5th, 2011 | Comments (78)

“The  Abominable Chimp-Fucker Is Dead!” An eXile Tribute To Ronald Reagan, Part 2

This article was first published in The eXile on June 10, 2004 “One thing’s for sure. Pessimism never created a job.” – From Bush’s new anti-Kerry television ad For my first two months out here, watching the Republican goon-machine retreat into the…

February 5th, 2011 | Comments (8)

Homeless In Mourning: An eXile Tribute to Ronald Reagan, Part 3:

Homeless Mourn Reagan Normanson PodKristolwitz June 10, 2004 NEW YORK (Weekly Standard) — Hundreds of thousands of homeless Americans mourned the death of former president Ronald Reagan, whom they view as a hero and patron for cutting government funding of…

February 5th, 2011 | Comments (2)

Ronald Reagan’s Wisdom For The Ages: “To watch the courageous Afghan freedom fighters battle modern arsenals with simple hand-held weapons is an inspiration to those who love freedom. Their courage teaches us a great lesson—that there are things in this world worth defending.  To the Afghan people, I say on behalf of all Americans that we admire your heroism, your devotion to freedom, and your relentless struggle against your oppressors.

August 15th, 2010 | Comments (7)

How Reagan Republicans Destroyed America: An E-Z Chart Guide For Dummies

June 17th, 2010 | Comments (3)

Rise & Fall Of “The Washington Times” : A Tale Of Ex-Nazis, Cocaine Smugglers & Moonie Cultists Who Created Right-Wing Republican Propaganda Organ…And Brought It Crashing Down…

Black rat snake in Washington Times newsroom. This article is reprinted from Consortium News As an investigative journalist, I’m not much for catchy political metaphors, but the revelation that snakes and rodents are infesting the Washington Times building as the Rev….

May 2nd, 2010 | Comments (30)

eXiled Radio: Mark Ames Goes Crossfire Against A Right-Winger Who Hates Democracy

Mark Ames gets his thrombo on debating (by way of shouting) with right-wing radio host Chuck Morse and liberal radio host Patrick O’Heffernan on their AM radio show “The Fairness Doctrine.” Hear them reach for blunt, heavy objects as they…

March 19th, 2010 | Comments (34)