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Welcome to the Age of Hysteria

Yves here. Synchronicity strikes! Lambert and I were discussing some of the extreme views expressed in comments yesterday. He attributed it to hysteria in the zeitgeist finally getting to the site. And now we have a theory as to why! It’s a neoliberal infestation. By Marc Schuilenburg, assistant professor at VU University Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Originally published at openDemocracy In 1980, hysteria died. That was the year it was removed from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of...

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Slaughter Central: The United States as a Mass-Killing Machine

Yves here. Tom Engelhardt tries to get his arms around US weapons sales and use. The figures are depressing, particularly in comparison to those of our nominal peers. And the intensity of our fixation with killing has only grown only over time. Just look at TV. In its early, tamer days, frontier shows like The Rifleman and Gunsmoke gave weapons top billing. Now in our post-Vietnam, post Archie Bunker of greater realism, police shows have gory gunplay as their prime offering, with big side...

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Prince Philip Was the Godfather of Anglo-British Nationalism

Yves here. It may seem odd to commemorate the death of Prince Philip, since the British monarchy is a hoary symbol of [take your pick of positive or negative associations] whose main purpose today is brand-building. Yet even today, the Royals exercise influence over politics (one recent article described the Queen’s extensive but quiet lobbying in defense of her tax havens), opinion, and fashion. A bare minimum, they are billionaires whose deal with the British public is they get to rattle...

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Good Friday and Easter Church Raid Attempts by Police Over Covid Intensify Conservative Christian Vaccine Hesitancy

Yves here. We didn’t expect to return to a heated topic so soon, that of conservative Christian resistance to Covid 19 vaccines, which we discussed late last week. As the post described, they have two grounds for concerns. One is the use of fetal stem cell lines. The connection to the vaccines may seem pretty strained to those not sensitive to this issue, but it isn’t fabricated.1 The second is that the proposed vaccine passports sound like the Mark of the Beast. Lambert found the relevant...

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Martin Luther King’s America Redux: “The Greatest Purveyor of Violence in the World”

Yves here. Comparatively few recall that Martin Luther King fell into disfavor in the US when he became an early critic of the War in Vietnam. King described how the cost of the conflict fell disproportionately on young black men and that military spending drained resources from social programs. But he also stated that as an advocate of non-violence, he had to stand for it in all settings, which included opposing US aggression abroad. We’re fans of Liz Theoharis, and we hope you appreciate...

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Christian Nationalism Is a Barrier to Mass Vaccination Against COVID-19

Yves here. I’m running this post with its original headline, although the article doesn’t make terribly clear what “Christian nationalism” is. The author defines is at extreme evangelism but I’m at a loss to understand what makes that “nationalism”. The reason I am running this article is that it discusses an specific issue that IM Doc mentioned back in early February. And even though we are discussing different subcultures in America, we might as well be talking about different countries....

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Getting a Prescription to Die Remains Tricky Even as Aid-in-Dying Bills Gain Momentum

Yves here. “Right to die” is a product of Christian prohibitions against suicide. After all, none of us gets out of here alive. However, the issue of pain or severe debility among the old and not necessarily so old is seldom discussed in polite company. My father shot himself when he could no longer endure the horrific symptoms of an autoimmune disease that was always fatal. One of my parents’ friends had successfully fought off breast cancer a couple of times. When it recurred and she was...

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Utopian Socialism Brings About Toilet Paper Shortages Maybe In The Near Future, or A Short Ideological History of the Suez Canal

Yves here. Aside from the real and possibly growing consequences of the monster ship still stuck in the Suez Canal (you can verify here), it has also provided comic relief. And now education! BTW I asked Lambert about the Evergreen/Ever Given business. The name of the line is Evergreen. Individual ship have names like Ever Given, Ever Willing [not!]…. By Barkley Rosser, Professor of Economics at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Originally published at EconoSpeak Yeah, to...

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Cabin Fever: Americans (of Means) Keen to Travel. How Many Will Play it Safe?

Europe is in the midst of a Covid surge. The Qantas CEO is talking up vaccination passports, and the EU is planning on one for within the bloc, although the WHO is not on board. New variants are spreading abroad in the US. Yet with infection rates merely down to where they were five months ago, and only about 10% of the population fully vaccinated (and no solid data on whether/how much having been vaccinated reduces spread), American are sick of being cooped up. Many people want back to some...

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A Less Trumpy Version of Trumpism Might Be the Future of the Republican Party

Yves here. Democratic-party adjacent media keep declaring the Republican Party dead. Wishing does not make it so. By Morgan Marietta, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Massachusetts Lowell and David C. Barker, Professor of Government and Director of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies, American University School of Public Affairs. Originally published at The Conversation Donald Trump lost the 2020 election, but his populist ideas may continue to animate...

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