Killer Clowns by George Monbiot

Killer Clowns

By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 26th July 2019

Why are so many nations now led by extravagant buffoons? Because the nature of capitalism has changed.


Seven years ago the brilliant impressionist Rory Bremner complained that politicians had become so boring that few of them were worth mimicking: “They’re quite homogenous […]

Paul Kennedy’s book revisited



The Offshore Balancer

Editor’s Note: It is with great pride that I announce Patrick Porter joining WOTR’s stable of regular contributors. He will be writing a monthly column for us titled “Offshore Balancer.” – RE

Almost 30 years ago, Yale […]

Five Thirty Eight Report: the Comey Letter

The Comey Letter Probably Cost Clinton The Election

So why won’t the media admit as much?

This is the tenth article in a series that reviews news coverage […]

Credo of an average American liberal

I’m a liberal, but that doesn’t mean what a lot of you apparently think it does. Let’s break it down, shall we? Because quite frankly, I’m getting a little tired of being told what I believe and what I stand for. Spoiler alert: Not every liberal is the same, though the majority of liberals I […]

trump’s usurpation of tri-branch governance is his “plan”

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The news that Donald Trump is openly feeding classified information to Devin Nunes should be upsetting. It not only represents a complete upending of the standard relationship between the executive branch and the legislative branch, but it’s just one aspect of a threat that Trump has set […]

Imperialism After Empire

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A new book reveals the extent of the “Greater United States,” but territory is not as important as it used to be. Instead, imperialism endures today in the logic of capitalism.


How to Hide an Empire: A History of the Greater United States Daniel Immerwahr Farrar, Straus […]

Citizens offer comments on SNAP accessibility

Do you support tightening access to food stamps? Take action, tell your reps, then share your thoughts.

The following are a stream of comments from the original page.

—Josh Herman

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-These programs are already highly means tested. With Trump changing the definition of poverty, and the working poor […]

Canada vis a vis USA

Posted on Quora – July 2019

If USA is wealthier than Canada, why does Canada feel more developed (far cleaner cities, a lot less crime, fewer homeless people, significantly higher life expectancy)? Kelly Meilleur, PhD Candidate, MA, BSc Humanities and Social Sciences **********************************

Dual citizen here (CDN/USA).

I will […]

The pig in the tutu is a fascist

Trump’s Tweets Are Not Just a Diversion, They’re Part of a Fascist Agenda

by Curtis Johnson – Truthout – July 25th, 2019

Of course, Donald Trump is a racist. His tweet attacks telling four Democratic congresswomen of color to “go back to their broken and crime infested” countries are only the latest ugly […]

What we do next will define us forever

What Americans Do Now Will Define Us Forever

If multiracial democracy cannot be defended in America, it will not be defended elsewhere.

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The conservative intelligentsia flocked to the Ritz-Carlton in […]

A complete psychological analysis of Trump’s support

In Psychology Today by : Bobby Azarian Ph.D. *******

Whether we want to or not, we must try to understand the Donald Trump phenomenon, as it has completely swept the nation and also fiercely divided it. What is most baffling about it all is Trump’s apparent political invincibility. As he himself said even before […]

Considering: the lawn

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How did the plain green lawn become the central landscaping feature in America, and what is the ecological cost?

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No…even the machines are made in China

In retrospect circa 2009

Capture the Flag


July 1, 2009 10:00 pm

Traveling in California and New York over the last couple of weeks, I noticed something in the summer landscape of these two deeply blue states that is more reminiscent of rural America this time of year – a surfeit of […]

On Not Talking about Politics, Religion, Ethics, or Social Issues with Republican Family Members

On Reddit –

I’m a Southern girl. Born in the South, raised in the South, and have rarely lived anywhere BUT the South. I actually love the South. I’ll die in the South. Being a Southern girl, I have more than my share of right-wing friends, neighbors, and family members — and some of […]

“What to the Slave is the 4th of July”

“What To The Slave Is The 4th Of July?” FREDERICK DOUGLASS SPEECH, 1852

Independence Day Speech at Rochester, 1852

Frederick Douglass (A former slave himself, he became a leader in the 19th Century Abolitionist Movement) This speech is below, courtesy of The Freeman Institute™.

Fellow citizens, pardon me, allow me to […]

The Narcissistic Father

How a narcissistic dad can affect your life

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“Half the harm that is done in this world is due to people who want to feel important. They don’t mean to do harm, but the harm (that they cause) does not interest them. […]

The Pledge vs The Preamble

The July 4th Holiday and Our Sacred Ideals

We have re-entered the twilight zone, between the supremacy of individualized dogma versus the wisdom and delight of community strivings.

The other contestant is the Preamble to the Constitution which begins: “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, […]

Global Control Is Coming from Business not Government

The concentration of market control by a single company or small group suggests they are doing something that is, or should be illegal


Just 3 companies control more than half (53%) of the global commercial market for seed.

The global […]

Snake Oil – by George Monbiot

Shell is not the green saviour it claims to be, but a planetary death machine

Snake Oil – Posted: 30 Jun 2019 01:18 AM PDT

By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 26th June 2019


It is hard to believe it needs stating, but it does. The oil industry is not your friend. Whatever […]