Corporations have always played a role in politics. Their role has mostly been to exert influence over politics by buying politicians. This exercise of public corruption, always present in US politics but more blatant or perhaps just made more apparent to the general public, is rightly decried across the political spectrum. It is at least by most of us schlubs among the general public, anyway. With a minority of exceptions, politicians on the Right and “Left” are both languoring deep in corporate coffers, and offer only empty rhetoric when it comes to getting corporate money out of politics. Democrats, as…


The Texas abortion law, Senate Bill 8, which essentially puts a 10k bounty on any woman or girl of childbearing age and anyone kind and reasonable or simply circumstantially positioned to help her, is disgusting and fitting with United States’ culture. …


After twenty years wasted, many thousands of lives meaninglessly sacrificed, and trillions of dollars poured onto war merchants, the Afghanistan war has finally ended.

Except it hasn’t.

The Taliban has taken control, but they’ll still have to contend with rebel and terrorist factions in the country, ironically. Now Afghanistan is primed for civil war.

It’s more accurate to say that the United States’ involvement in the war has ended.

Except it hasn’t.

After the suicide bombing at Hamid Karzai Airport that left almost two hundred dead and more than two hundred injured, the US launched retaliatory drone strikes. That in…


Mainstream rightwing smegma smears have been in an uproar about Biden’s ordered troop evacuation from Afghanistan since it began. Even figures of the false left have been bitching. Their impassioned denunciations usually begin by criticizing the poor planning of the withdrawal. Considering what a clusterfuck the withdrawal has been, all the Afghans that were killed along with some US troops, the fact that so many people are desperately scrambling to leave the country and are unable, and that our departure handed the country over to the Taliban along with billions in advanced weaponry, they’ve got a point.

But the commentators…


The United States’ departure from Afghanistan was as poorly planned and disastrous as its entrance and most of the time that our military spent in that country. Whether or not we should have been in Afghanistan in the first place is secondary to the fact that we didn’t seem to have a goddamn clue of what we were there to do.

Presumably we went in to hunt for Osama Bin Laden to get revenge for the 9/11 attacks. Then the rhetoric shifted to being about improving Afghan society, by building schools and infrastructure, improving the lives of the people, specifically…


I recently brought to an end a lawsuit that had been hanging over my head for over two years. It wasn’t a major lawsuit, not a very serious situation or a ton of money at stake, but the event and reasons on which it was predicated were so stupid and unfair that it took me until the past weak to say, Fuck it, and give in. Yes, I did give in. I caved. I paid. It was bullshit, and I paid.

Here’s what happened.

In spring of 2019, I had to take my car to a Toyota dealership for a…


We don’t need political leaders. In a true democracy there should be no leaders at all. The place of a leader is to make decisions for others. They tell us how it’s going to be, when by rights it should be us telling them. What we need, and what would be far more democratic, would be for us to have political servants. For this country to be a true functioning democracy, it must be made an impossibility for politicians and government apparatuses to act against the will of the people or to put themselves above the people. …


No matter how often the United States’ most jingoistic champions and cheerleaders celebrate our nation as the greatest the world has ever known, there are disappointingly few positive attributes in which we are number one. If you count having the most expensive and destructive military the world has ever seen, having the highest prison population, leading the world in mass shootings and gun deaths in general, and providing shelter to the world’s most unapologetically exploitative and selfish oligarchs, then sure, we’re number one. …


The jingoistic ruling class of the United States delights in few things more than the hypocritical vilification and berating of their smallest and weakest adversaries. Since the revolution that overthrew the oppressive US-backed military dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista, Cuba has been a favorite target. The United States’ leadership was so incensed by the overthrow of the murderous Batista government, and with him their ability to subjugate and extract wealth from the small island nation, that they worked for decades trying to undo the revolution. They’ve imposed harsh sanctions, enforced embargos, threatened military strikes, funded failed paramilitary coups, attempted invasions and…


I remember giving a shit about the Olympics as a kid. Not that I watched every event, but when the Olympics season rolled around it felt like an event and I’d usually watch a decent portion of it. This was helped by the fact that I was a degenerate TV addict as a child, and would watch almost anything, but also the Olympics were just cooler back then. …

Karla Mazov

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