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Tom Shachtman

Blog Entries by Tom Shachtman

The Rosetta Stone of the Right

Posted March 12, 2011 | 11:57:41 (EST)

Struggling to comprehend the right-wing assault on unions in Wisconsin, Indiana and Ohio, the attempts to defund federal programs for the poor, the increasing demonization of the non-white, and the championing of a tax system that is throwing more and more of the country's wealth into the hands of less...

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A Dozen Ways to Eliminate the Middle Class

Posted January 14, 2011 | 14:11:53 (EST)

Cleaning out my files at year's end, I came across notes that I wrote in early 2002 on a dozen ways to eliminate America's middle class through the actions of government and private industry. I must have put the notes away because it did not seem possible that all these...

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Somewhere, Osama Bin Laden Is Laughing...

Posted November 24, 2010 | 14:18:52 (EST)

Much of America is giggling about the TSA groping and body-scanning. Well, we need a good laugh right about now, and it always helps us to laugh at ourselves. But out there, somewhere, Osama Bin Laden is laughing -- and he's not laughing with us over this, he's laughing at...

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Five Truths Your Newly Elected Rep Won't Tell You

Posted November 8, 2010 | 07:21:18 (EST)

Congratulations to the newly elected and re-elected, and to the ordinary citizens who voted for winning candidates. Now, while the glow is still warm, is when we all need a dose of reality. We are unlikely to get it, however, because there are at least five truths that our newly...

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Alexander Haig's Dark Side

Posted February 21, 2010 | 14:22:40 (EST)

Former Secretary of State Alexander Haig is now posthumously being recast as the quintessential soldier-patriot. The truth is, he had a dark side: wiretapping for Richard Nixon, facilitating the operations of a military spy ring that stole classified documents from the White House, sabotaging peace negotiations over Vietnam and détente...

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Railing Against Obama, Cheney Spouts Ideas from Long-Dead Neocon Strategist

Posted December 4, 2009 | 11:30:11 (EST)

Former Vice President Richard B. Cheney in a recent interview with Politico labeled President Barack Obama's drawn-out process of deciding on a troop surge for Afghanistan as projecting "weakness," and charged that this and other "signs of weakness" would embolden our adversaries in the world. In articulating this position, Cheney...

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