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Patrick L. Smith: “We are now drawn into supporting Erdogan’s war against the Kurds? It’s absolutely ridiculous. The Kurds are our allies if they’re standing on Syrian or Iraqi soil, but they’re terrorists if they happen to be in Turkey? It’s unsupportable.”

Foreign affairs analyst Patrick L. Smith examines President Obama’s recent military alliance with Turkey and finds another victory for American exceptionalism in the Middle East, short term military priorities defeating regional stability, and a colossal betryal of America’s strongest allies in the fight against ISISs – Kurdish fighters now under attack by Turkey.

Patrick wrote the article Our monumental Turkey blunder: Who put the American exceptionalists back in charge? for Salon.

Patrick Smith is Salon’s foreign affairs columnist.


 

Richard Beck: “It was therapeutic interviews that produced these interviews in the first place – well intentioned, but unintentionally coercive interviewing of these day care children. And part of what made those interviews so shoddy was an eagerness to address the problem without the knowledge needed about how to do these interviews correctly.”

Writer Richard Beck explains how the mass moral panic around day care child abuse reflected America’s anxieties about the changing roles of work, motherhood and family in the 1980s, and the impact of the McMartin trial and similar cases on American society, from psychiatry and law enforcement to the second wave of feminism.

Richard is author of the new book We Believe the Children: A Moral Panic in the 1980s from PublicAffairs.

Richard Beck is an editor at n+1.

 

Steve Horn: “The Democrats don’t oppose it is because there are Democrats on the ownership group, and Democrats involved in every step of the way. And tons of the controversial stuff happened in Milwaukee where Democrats run the city, so at the state level most Democrats didn’t want to touch this in a critical way. They had to pretend that they were left out of discussions.”

Investigative journalist Steve Horn digs through a web of paperwork and political deals to explain how the city of Milwaukee engineered a new NBA stadium deal with $400 million in taxpayer money through deceptive numbers, insider relationships and almost no public input.

Steve posted the Truthdig report Gov. Walker and the Democrats’ Dance: Shady Politics Behind the Milwaukee Bucks Arena.

 Steve Horn is an investigative journalist and research fellow at DeSmogBlog.

 


 

Sarah Jaffe: “The idea that politicians in general and Democrats in particular are people we need to defend because the other option is worse is allowing our politicians to get worse.”

Journalist Sarah Jaffe examines recent moments in Democratic cynicism, from a Bernie Sanders non-moment at Netroots Nation to Andrew Cuomo’s two-faced Fight for $15 victory lap, and explains why we can’t let politicians take credit for the work of activists, organizers, and regular pissed off people pushing for a voice and a vote in American politics.

Sarah wrote the article  Politicians Are Not Our Friends for Dame Magazine.

Sarah Jaffe is an independent journalist, rabble-rouser, and co-host of Dissent magazine’s labor podcast, Belabored.


 

Henry Giroux: “Power and politics are no longer fused. Power is global. You have an elite that now floats all over the globe. It could care less about the nation-state, and it could care less about traditional forms of politics. Hence it makes no political concessions whatsoever. It attacks unions, it attacks public schools, it attacks public goods – it doesn’t believe in the social contract.”

Cultural critic Henry Giroux explains how the harsh, arbitrary nature of life in America is actually a feature of our political and social setting, what distinguishes neoliberalism from classical liberalism and capitalism, and why Donald Trump’s unlikely political success represents a fundamental poison in our society.

Henry is author of the new City Lights Press book Disposable Futures: The Seduction of Violence in the Age of Spectacle.

Author and cultural critic Henry Giroux holds the Global Television Network Chair in English and Cultural Studies.

 


 

Jeff Dorchen: “True wealth is the luxury to spend money without expecting anything in return but an alliance with a glib narcissist.”

Jeff Dorchen returns from a tech conference with a look at bleeding edge products, new ideas about wealth, debt, capitalism and bullshit, plus a pocket full of vapor.

According to his contacts on LinkedIn, Jeff Dorchen can do just about anything. He’s a visual artist, songwriter/musician, actor, essayist, poet, playwright and screenwriter.

 

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