Deena Stryker

America’s Cornelian Dilemma…

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It was seventeenth century French Dramatist Pierre Corneille who copyrighted this expression in three-hour long tragedies that are still studied by every child in the French school system. Implying Damned if we do, damned if we don’t, it is currently being played out in Trump’s America. As the November 3rd presidential election draws near, Americans have been warned that this time around…

Black Deaths are About White Fear

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Fifty-seven years after Martin Luther King’s “I have a Dream” speech, thousands of black Americans turned out on the same Washington Mall to reaffirm that ‘Black Lives Matter’ on Saturday, August 29th, setting off speculation that the country may be descending into a kind of civil war. Black American history began with the importation of slaves from Africa by the first…

As the US Losses its ‘Democracy’, Geography Crashes the Scene

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Two weeks ago, to halt demonstrations against police brutality, President Trump dispatched federal troops, as well as private military contractors, to Portland, Oregon, raising fears of authoritarianism. Now, the Republican controlled Senate is refusing to extend relief for workers forced to stay home due to the…

Space Exploration and Climate Change

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Am I about to suggest that space flights affect the climate? No, the link is between the race to space and the deterioration of planet earth as a human habitat. Four years ago, I suggested that the main reason why the US government is funding space exploration is because humans are going to need a new home in our lifetime. The recent ‘splashdown’ of two astronauts…

‘Pax’ Americana: Russia and China are not ‘Barbarians’!

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A decadent Roman Empire was ultimately brought down by vigorous Germanic tribes, which it viewed as ‘barbarians’. The Pax Americana is being brought down by ancient civilizations that whose commitment to freedom of thought does not lead to freedom to act, whether vis a vis other nations, or individual behavior. Backing up, as presented to the American…

Authoritarian versus ‘Democratic’ Rulers

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Much American ink is being spilt over the fact that Russian voters recently agreed to allow President Vladimir Putin to potentially serve for another sixteen years. This is part of a liberal campaign against authoritarian leaders that pays scant attention to reality: while ‘democratic’ rulers are constantly negotiating with their people’s representatives, evil authoritarians…

Caucasians Get Their Comeuppance

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Following recent undisguised assassinations by local police of several black men that led to the largest demonstrations in recent US history, President Trump launched his first 2020 campaign rally near Tulsa, Oklahoma, where, in 1921, 300 black citizens celebrating the end of slavery were murdered, leading Black Americans to refer to that date…

Will Trump Resign?

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Following Trump’s first formal rally of the 2020 election, ‘Monday morning quarterbacks’ report that the president is furious with his staff and in particular his election team: only one third of the anticipated attendees showed up to a huge amphitheater. (Apparently, many deliberately bought tickets with no intention of attending…) Many devotees may have stayed home for fear of catching the Corona…

Europe’s ‘Moment’?

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As the most powerful Empire the world has ever known descends into fascism, all eyes are on Europe to uphold the torch of democracy. Alas, the twenty-eight countries of the European Union are still behaving as they always have since the first Eurasian tribes reached the Atlantic tip of the peninsula: quarreling over everything. While it is customary to analyze their bickering in political terms…

Attorney General Barre is Back — But So Are the Real Generals

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In March  I wrote that Trump’s attorney general was signaling to Pompeo that he was ready to join him and former National Security Advisor John Bolton in an effort to prevent Trump from being re-elected.Following the killing of George Floyd, Pompeo has been eerily silent. (Since there is no process other than impeachment for legally ousting a President…

The Long Hot Summer Returns

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The expression ‘long hot summer’ was born in the nineteen-fifties, when American Blacks first rebelled, eventually leading up to the appearance of Martin Luther King. King was assassinated in 1968, a few months before US Attorney General Jack Kennedy was also killed in the same context. From one decade to another, America’s black population, which today accounts for 13% of the total…

Does Democracy Protect Against Fascism?

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For two hundred years, the United States has stood as the poster-child of democracy, while expediting its enemies with energy to spare. But questions about the future are suddenly causing the Washington Beltway (politicians and the media) to turn in circles, obsessed with getting rid of Trump and what he stands for, yet knowing that the Democratic candidate…


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