United Front Against Austerity
April 1, 2014
Why are so many "independent" voices and
whistleblowers of both left and right persuasions in agreement with
Western imperial powers when it comes to defaming nationalist leaders?
Assad is a brutal dictator!
Putin is a brutal dictator!
was a brutal dictator!
China is a brutal dictatorship!
Nasrallah, Chavez, the Egyptian military – all brutal dictators!
Obama (despite his many problems, still better than Bush) is a brutal
In the 1860s, the British and French press portrayed
Abraham Lincoln as a brutal dictator – typically a monstrous beast-man
whose defining characteristic was crushing the American South without
Is this your reading of Lincoln?
Do you choose to
ignore the historical context – the Confederate secession before
Lincoln's inauguration, their refusal to contain slavery to its existing
borders, their attack on fort Sumter?
Do you choose to ignore Lincoln's
great achievements – emancipation, the homestead act, land grant
colleges, the building of America's industrial capabilities?
choose to ignore the international politics of the day – in particular
Lincoln's friendly relations with Russia and animosity toward the
Or would you see the unfriendly portrayal of
Lincoln (kept alive by neo-confederates of the Ron Paul / Rush Limbaugh
persuasion) as an attack by imperial and financier interests against
Next time, before you trust Democracy
Now!, the Guardian, or any other source of "independent" analysis, ask
whether you're being fed the same opinions held by Wall Street and its