History

2003: Colin Powell Makes the Case for War on Iraq & U.S. Corporate Media Lines Up to Promote It

Fifteen years ago, on February 5, 2003, Colin Powell, then Secretary of State in the administration of George W. Bush, spoke before the United Nations, making the case for a preemptive war against Iraq. According to Powell, his purpose that day was to “share with you what the United States knows about Iraq’s weapons of…

January 15, 1968: Sisterhood is Powerful – The Jeannette Rankin Brigade Marches on the Capitol

Fifty years ago, on January 15, 1968, the Jeannette Rankin Brigade, a coalition of women’s peace groups, organized an anti-war march in Washington, D.C. that would become the largest march by women since the Woman Suffrage Parade of 1913. Rankin led five thousand participants from Union Station to the steps of the Capitol Building, where they presented…

Democracies Require the Most Sophisticated Propaganda

From Taking the Risk Out of Democracy by Alex Carey (1995). Contrary to common assumptions, propaganda plays an important role – and certainly a more covert and sophisticated role – in technologically advanced democratic societies, where the maintenance of the existing power and privileges are vulnerable to popular opinion. In contrast, under authoritarian regimes power…

Woodrow Wilson & Permanent Counterrevolution as U.S. Global Policy – Tariq Ali

Text from The Dilemmas of Lenin (2017), by Tariq Ali. Chapter 8: October, p 184. Images added. Even as Lenin was presenting the April Theses to the Petrograd Soviet, the war party in Washington was almost ready to move into Europe. Woodrow Wilson was in discussions with close advisors regarding US entry into the First World…

Whose War? by John Reed

Whose War? John Reed The Masses, April 1917 edition By the time this goes to press the United States may be at war. The day the German note arrived, Wall Street flung the American flag to the breeze, the brokers on the floor of the Stock Exchange sang “The Star Spangled Banner” with tears rolling…

January 1918: Woodrow Wilson’s Fourteen Points and Empire as a Way of Life

An excerpt from Empire as a Way of Life, by historian William A. Williams (1980) on the subject of President Woodrow Wilson. His great admirers, beginning with himself, have sought to discount or even deny his understanding of the capitalist imperative to expand the marketplace, and his enjoyment in exercising police power in order to…

You Have Cosmic Companionship, All Life is Interrelated – Martin Luther King, Jr.’s 1967 Christmas Eve Sermon on Peace

Drew Dellinger has written in the New York Times recently on Martin Luther King’s 1967 Christmas Eve Sermon on Peace, and how far ahead of his time King’s vision of the interconnectedness of the struggles for civil rights, and against war, racism, and militarism was. Dr. King was, writes Dellinger, “tying his vision of justice and…

The Long Roots of Anticommunism in the U.S.

Actually, “anticommunism” had a long and nasty record in American history. The same spirit was expressed decades before the Russian Revolution under a variety of labels. Campaigns and vigilantism were undertaken against those who were called “anarchists,” “aliens,” “terrorists,” and, of course, “communists.” Invariably, these were individuals active in protesting one or another of the…

War is the Health of the State – Woodrow Wilson Led a Reluctant U.S. into World War I – A People’s History of the United States

War is the Health of the State Chapter 14 of A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn (1980) “War is the health of the state,” the radical writer Randolph Bourne said, in the midst of the First World War. Indeed, as the nations of Europe went to war in 1914, the governments…