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Max J. Castro

Tragedy in Texas: Foul weather, toxic politics

Tragedy in Texas: Foul weather, toxic politics

There is a big piece missing from the tale about Harvey told by the media, an important omission leading to a distorted picture: the role of the Texas model of wild West capitalism—the model that for several decades Republicans have been pushing, too often for quite successfully, for the nation.

The Chief threat to the United States

The Chief threat to the United States

There is no doubt that the chief threat to U.S. security, both internationally and internally, is the man who holds the highest office in the land and who is sworn to defend the nation and its Constitution from all threats foreign and domestic, the guy who lives at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

“Unite the Right” discovers a friend in the White House

“Unite the Right” discovers a friend in the White House

Full of irrational hatred and fear posing as pride, chanting “the Jews will not replace us” and other racist nonsense, they marched toward an old, hallowed bastion of learning, a university founded by a native son, Thomas Jefferson, a champion of the Enlightenment.

Foreign policy as will and whim

Foreign policy as will and whim

Last week, President Donald Trump added Venezuela to the list of countries upon which the United States might unleash its military might. The threat came out of nowhere and even the Pentagon was more surprised by the announcement than the Venezuelan government.

Trump’s immigration proposal is racist to the core

Trump’s immigration proposal is racist to the core

The Trump administration’s new immigration proposal aims at maintaining the demographic predominance and cultural/linguistic monopoly of the fictitious “Anglo-Saxon” race. These new nativists focus on what they see as the root of the ethnic and cultural transformation underway in the United States since the late 1960s.

The madness of king Donald

The madness of king Donald

The time has come for President Donald Trump to look in the mirror and say: “You’re fired!” Delusions of grandeur on this scale, distortions of reality of this magnitude, are typical of certain cases of psychosis. The person who insists he is Napoleon is the archetype.

To serve and protect

To serve and protect

The reasons why cops kill without justification and get away with it are complex: institutional, racial, economic and more. But the factor least considered and probably most important is cultural. There is a strong militaristic streak in American culture. While fortunately there is a bright red line between police and military functions, there are many points of intersection.

For Trump, the week the bottom fell out

For Trump, the week the bottom fell out

The good news is that six months after Trump’s inauguration and the consolidation of a seamless Republican right-wing regime in Washington, the bottom seems to be finally falling out. Trump has delivered not one piece of legislation, nothing except mean-spirited executive orders and even more mean words.

Republican health care “reform” sinks like a stone

Republican health care “reform” sinks like a stone

The latest poll, by USA Today and Suffolk University, found only 12 percent of Americans support the Republican health care bill. This confirms what other recent polls have shown: the GOP health care “reform” plan is the most unpopular legislation ever.

Crony capitalism in Florida—and beyond

Crony capitalism in Florida—and beyond

Privatization has gone wild in Florida. Governing the state basically has been turned over to business. The clearest proof is that this year Florida will contract out to business more than $60 billion of the $83 billion it will spend. And “you don’t have to go far to track that back to a lobbyist who had a client.”

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