Invisible Enemies – Part 6

By John Duffy Doing Something When I was a child, my mom once took me and my sister to the airport to ship us off to Florida to stay with our grandparents who lived in St. Petersburg. I was probably about eight and my sister was probably about ten. In those good ole days, my mom was able to accompany us right up to the terminal and kiss us goodbye before an airline agent walked us down the jetway and showed us to our seats. When the plane landed in […]

Invisible Enemies – Part 5

By John Duffy Dancing Between the Raindrops On February third, as the car he was being driven in passed awaiting reporters outside of the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV), Peter Daszak rolled down his window. He yelled to the journalists that his team was “asking all the questions that need to be asked.” Daszak was referring to the team of scientists and researchers assembled by the WHO to investigate the origins of the SARS-COV-2 virus. By February tenth, the WHO envoy was declaring to the world that there was no […]

Invisible Enemies – Part 4

The Careful Crafting of History and the Future In October of 2009 I sat down across from the former White House Counter-terror “tsar” Richard Clarke, and had a conversation that lasted about an hour. I was working on a documentary film with my colleague Ray, that never ended up getting made. In the end, we used the audio from that interview in our first long form podcast, “Who is Rich Blee.” We also released a ten minute video edit of the interview on youtube, and used the content of the […]

Invisible Enemies Part 3

by John Duffy The First and Constant Casualty In April of 2003, I was twenty-two years old. I would have been finishing my senior year of college, and I was living at home with my parents that final semester to save money, so I would have been in the family living room watching TV when I first saw the Jessica Lynch “rescue” footage play out over the cable news. I was hotly against the Iraq war, and I also happened to be finishing a film degree, so watching the gritty […]

Invisible Enemies Part 2

By John Duffy In the immediate aftermath of 9-11, I spent a lot of time in internet chatrooms, doing my best to educate random people about the history of US aggression around the world, particularly in the middle east, and about how US support for Israel has allowed for incalculable suffering amongst the Palestinian people.  Of course, I was twenty years old at the time, and my own grasp of that history was quite tenuous, but even so, it was evident to me that the attacks were not random acts of […]

Invisible Enemies Part 1

Invisible Enemies How Government Goes to War And We All Buy In by John Duffy In March of 2020, I thought to myself that the burgeoning Covid-19 pandemic would end up characterized by a lot of similarities to the 9-11 attacks.  At the time, I was thinking mostly about how a distracted President could miss the warnings about impending danger, and sit on his hands bloviating about low priority issues while those with their ears to the ground pounded his desk hoping for action. Over the past eight or nine months, […]

On The Psychology Of The Conspiracy Denier

A closer look at the class that mocks. By Tim Foyle March 5, 2021 Why is it that otherwise perfectly intelligent, thoughtful and rationally minded people baulk at the suggestion that sociopaths are conspiring to manipulate and deceive them? And why will they defend this ill-founded position with such vehemence? History catalogues the machinations of liars, thieves, bullies and narcissists and their devastating effects. In modern times too, evidence of corruption and extraordinary deceptions abound. We know, without question, that politicians lie and hide their connections and that corporations routinely […]

Pandemic is Domestication

TRANSLATED FROM THE ORIGINAL SPANISH PIECE PUBLISHED IN CONTRA LA CONTRA #4 The magic word “security” imposes itself on the criminal as well as on the terrorist and the virus, and the health crisis shows how much the State obtains our submission in the name of health. By Gilles Dauvé In the society of Capital the discourses that are presented to us as “truths” are expressed by different spokespersons of the class in power, from the traditional mass media to the supposed alternative media, along with the countless digital social […]

Anarchists and the Coronavirus

Posted on April 3, 2020 by winter oak Special report Moments of crisis like the one we are currently experiencing can allow us to see through the surface of our world and grasp with greater clarity some hitherto hidden truths. It is with this in mind that we present this provisional and far-from-comprehensive analysis of the reaction to the coronavirus situation from anarchist and left-libertarian outlets. Mutual aid Striking back Criticism of capitalism We are not “all in it together” Against the police state No to the “new normal” Limits […]

Coronavirus Thoughtcrime

Posted on March 27, 2020 by winter oak It is hard to believe what has happened to our “liberal democratic” Western societies over recent days. Even those of us who have long been warning that we were heading into a new 21st century form of high-tech neoliberal fascism have been left gasping at the speed of the Blitzkrieg waged upon us. C.J. Hopkins sums up the situation in a March 27 article on the Off Guardian site. “Police are patrolling the streets of Europe, checking people’s ‘permission-to-go-outside’ papers. “In the […]