Politics & Policy

A Military Coup?

With the relatively surprising and swift action of Mubarak following on the military’s meeting and announcement that it will meet protesters demands this morning, many have speculated that, behind the scenes, what is happening is essentially a military coup. Egyptian protesters, to, suspect the same. A leader of the opposition Karama movement told Al Jazeera that he thought “the military approached Mubarak and told him it was time to go.”

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U.S.

Fire the FBI Chief

American government is supposed to look and sound like George Washington. What it actually looks and sounds like is Henry Hill from Goodfellas: bad suit, hand out, intoning the eternal mantra: “F*** you, pay me.” American government mostly works by interposition, standing between us, the free people at ... Read More
Film & TV

Black Panther’s Circle of Hype

The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) first infantilizes its audience, then banalizes it, and, finally, controls it through marketing. This commercial strategy, geared toward adolescents of all ages, resembles the Democratic party’s political manipulation of black Americans, targeting that audience through its ... Read More