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Archive for '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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]


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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]