• antisemitism,  Left-Right convergence

    Max Blumenthal on Fox News

    Oh great. Following in the footsteps of Stephen Cohen and Dennis Kucinich, Israel-hater-bordering-on-antisemite Max Blumenthal is the latest “progressive” Putin apologist to sit for a sympathetic interview with a rightwing Fox News host. Update: And when Tucker isn’t agreeing with antisemitic Putin apologists, he’s engaging in anti-Roma scare-mongering. Bashing Roma? Isn't that awfully… European of you, Tucker? pic.twitter.com/PNFqOTpdUM — Jesse Singal (@jessesingal) July 18, 2017

  • Left-Right convergence,  Russia

    Deeper into the Twilight Zone

    Professor Stephen Cohen, a longtime Putin apologist and contributing editor to the leftwing Nation magazine (where his wife Katrina vanden Heuvel is editor and publisher), went on Tucker Carlson’s program on Fox News to proclaim that the biggest threat to the United States today is the “assault on President Trump.” Stephen Cohen on "assault" on @POTUS: "This is beyond belief now, and has become…a national security threat to us in itself." #Tucker pic.twitter.com/T3SJDYbDVa — Fox News (@FoxNews) May 17, 2017 Nation columnist Katha Pollitt recently dissented from some of her colleagues on Putin and Russia. However she seems to think it was more understandable for leftists to defend the Soviet…

  • Left-Right convergence,  Russia,  Vote 2016

    Aww. I think they kinda like each other.

    There was a time within my living memory when the virtual endorsement of a candidate for US president by an autocratic, anti-American leader in the Kremlin– and kind words by that candidate in return– would have killed off his candidacy for good. We live in strange times. So it will be interesting to see if the latest exchange of compliments between Vladimir Putin and Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump has any effect on his fervent support among a large share of the GOP electorate. The budding bromance between two of the world’s brashest figures inched forward Thursday when Putin called Trump “very talented” and the “absolute leader” in the 2016…

  • Left-Right convergence,  Russia

    Putin’s admirers looking kind of stupid

    What do the following people have in common: Nigel Farage, George Galloway, Rush Limbaugh, Socialist Unity’s John Wight, Pat Buchanan, Seumas Milne, Marine Le Pen and The Nation’s Stephen Cohen? They all have considered Russian President Vladimir Putin worthy of some degree of admiration; if not for his actions, at least for his alleged toughness and political acumen in outsmarting his supposedly weak-willed rivals in the West. Another thing they have in common is that they are starting to appear rather dumb. Reports are emerging that a combination of collapsing oil prices and Western sanctions are driving the Russian economy toward disaster. Matt O’Brien writes at The Washington Post: It’s…

  • Left-Right convergence,  Ukraine

    Igor Strelkov: reactionary hero of Socialist Unity

    The Socialist Unity gang has posted (without further explanation or comment) a video of an interview with “Ukrainian rebel leader, Igor Strelkov, after rebel breakout of Slavyansk in Eastern Ukraine.” (In fact Strelkov is not Ukrainian, but a Russian from Moscow.) Since SU has consistently backed the pro-Russian (and often simply Russian) fighters who occupied Crimea and turned it over to Russian control, and who are now trying to capture the rest of eastern Ukraine for Moscow, I can only assume that they approve of Strelkov– even if Vladimir Putin seems to have lost some interest in the whole business. Perhaps Strelkov’s closing words made the SUers go weak at…

  • Football,  Left-Right convergence

    Left-Right convergence: sports as the opiate of the masses

    There’s nothing new about the theory (propounded frequently on the Left, notably by Noam Chomsky) that professional sports are part of a modern “bread and circuses” strategy by the ruling class to divert the masses from matters of real importance. But I had never heard that theory (or a version of it) proffered by someone on the Right– until Fox News’s resident psychiatrist (yes, really) Dr. Keith Ablow and Fox Business’s Stuart Varney did so this week. “Why, Stuart, are we seeing soccer suddenly skyrocket? Why are people so ready to be entertained?” asked Ablow. Varney explained that it’s because all the news about the United State is “overwhelmingly negative”…

  • Left-Right convergence

    Shudder

    Ron Paul and Ralph Nader make the left-right convergence official: Does anyone else think that the relationship between Ron Paul and his son Rand is somewhat similar to the relationship between Jean-Marie Le Pen and his daughter Marine: i.e., that the offspring are constantly squirming over what their fathers say and do, while they are (for reasons both political and personal) loathe to flat-out break from them?

  • Latin America,  Left-Right convergence

    The Ron Paul Institute and the Chavista

    It’s official: there is now no discernible difference between the “anti-interventionist” Institute for Peace and Prosperity founded last year by libertarian and former Republican congressman Ron Paul and the “anti-imperialist” Left as embodied by George Galloway and Socialist Unity. The conclusive evidence is the appearance on the Institute’s website (with permission) of a piece by Chavista extraordinaire Eva Golinger, in which she accuses the US government of trying to destabilize Venezuelan regime through (among other groups) the National Endowment for Democracy. While Venezuela is one of many countries where the NED is peacefully active, its expenditures are surely dwarfed by those of the Venezuelan government when it comes to political…

  • Left-Right convergence

    Left-Right convergence watch: Cornel West and Rand Paul edition

    Cornel West, who describes himself as a “non-Marxist socialist” and who has described Barack Obama as “a black mascot of Wall Street oligarchs and a black puppet of corporate plutocrats,” and the “proud” head of “America’s killing machine,” writes about an appearance by Tea Party favorite Republican Senator Rand Paul on a radio show he co-hosts: Update: I’ve posted about Senator Paul a number of times previously. As you can see, there are even a couple of occasions when I agree with him– but not to the extent of considering him my “dear brother.”

  • Guns,  Left-Right convergence,  Wingnuttery

    Cynthia McKinney will headline far-right “Freedompalooza”

    Remember Cynthia McKinney, the conspiracy-minded former Democratic congresswoman from Georgia? McKinney is the 9/11 truther who took seriously a claim that the US government dumped the bodies of 5,000 executed prisoners in a Louisiana swamp during the week of Hurricane Katrina; who ran as the Green Party candidate in the 2008 presidential election and finished with one-tenth of one percent of the vote (the party’s website still links to some of her commentaries); and who has participated in antisemitic conferences, endorsed antisemitic conspiracy theories and become a favorite of the worldwide and American antisemitic Right. Of course George Galloway was pleased to feature a friendly interview with McKinney on the…