The Gamification of Tyranny

It looks like we’re headed for a brave new world where all citizens are rated on their loyalty to the state and are punished for wandering from its narrative.  Call it the gamification of repression.  In China, the supposedly communist state—in fact, it is an advanced form of crony capitalist authoritarianism that Marx would have [...]

President Bolton Threatens to Sanction the International Court

Earlier this week, John Bolton—Trump’s national security adviser and basically the president of US foreign policy—told the Federalist Society he would see to punitive sanctions if the International Criminal Court at The Hague moves to charge American soldiers who “served” in Afghanistan with war crimes.  “If the court comes after us, Israel or other US [...]

British Critic of the Skripal Poisoning Arrested for Appearing on RT

The UK government is now targeting critics of the fake chemical attack in Salisbury it has attributed to the Russians with zero evidence. Most recent example, Dr. Chris Busby, a British retired nuclear scientist. His home in Bideford, Devon was raided after cops responding to a domestic argument reported feeling sick after visiting the residence. [...]

War Propaganda: UK Blames Russia for British Airways Hack

Propaganda designed to get a war going with Russia has never been more transparent.  Consider this headline today at The Sun: “VLAD’S ARMY Russian hackers were behind massive British Airways data theft that forced thousands of Brits to cancel their bank cards, experts claim.” The Sun and other propaganda conduits realize many people simply scan [...]

In Australia, Worship of the State is Mandatory

In Queensland, Australia a nine-year-old girl was punished for refusing to stand for the national anthem.  From The Telegraph: Student Harper Nielsen was given detention last week for not joining classmates in a rendition of Advance Australia Fair, a song she says ignores the nation’s indigenous people. As should be expected in such situations, defenders [...]

Trump’s Wars and the Threat to Free Speech

It looks like Trump will plunge us into war, either in Iran or Syria, and possibly both with the truly frightening prospect of Russia and the US going up against each other.  I remember Bush the Elder’s first war in Iraq. I recall my coworkers all of a sudden morphing into little war zealots overnight, [...]

Tommy Robinson, Tortured for His Political Views

I disagree with much of what Tommy Robinson says.  For instance, I am not an Islamophobe. I do not see a wider and more ominous threat in the practice of Islam in the United Kingdom or anywhere else—so long as it doesn’t use violence to realize its objectives. If you break the law and commit [...]