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I edited a newspaper whose tagline was “Moscow’s free speech alternative” that regularly mocked Vladimir Putin and was eventually shut down by Putin’s government. Did you mean my anti-speech, pro-Putin leanings aside from that? twitter.com/strangerthnred…
The most dangerous creatures in the speech landscape are always aristocrat know-it-alls who can’t wait to start scissoring out sections of the Bill of Rights: taibbi.substack.com/p/npr-trashes-…
Didn't this discussion begin with you telling me Powell knew what he was talking about with regard to Skokie, etc.? So we're now not talking about Skokie?
The episode didn't have one defender of speech rights, and when you elucidated reasons for free speech, comments like "John Stuart Mill was wrong" tended to follow. You're all free to do that, but don't pretend there was a real defense of speech rights on that episode. twitter.com/andrewmarantz/…
If there are going to be limits on speech, someone has to set those limits, which means one group is inherently going to wield extraordinary power over another. It’s unsurprising that an increasingly snooty NPR papers over this part of the equation: taibbi.substack.com/p/npr-trashes-…
NPR Trashes Free Speech. A Brief Response, by @mtaibbi taibbi.substack.com/p/npr-trashes-…
To understand why a ban on Payment For Order Flow is so meaningful, watch this important and highly-detailed recent interview on the subject with market structure expert @JoeSaluzzi youtu.be/nAu6Ixzopo0 twitter.com/zerohedge/stat…
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It's weird how little Twitter action there is around the fact that the rise in Delta cases is clearly slowing down now. It's almost as if it's harder to go viral by tweeting good news.
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About to go live for #UsefulIdiotsPod to recap the Sunday news shows
Wars were once fought for literal survival, but we send our kids to die (and kill) in open-ended engagements where victory is either impossible or indefinable, and the main “results” are gigantic houses built by defense executives in northern Virginia: taibbi.substack.com/p/to-stop-war-…
When we entered Afghanistan in 2001, there were 7,606 hectares of opium production. By 2017, despite $8 billion in U.S. spending on opium reduction, the country reached all-time highs of 328,000 hectares: taibbi.substack.com/p/to-stop-war-…
To Stop War, America Needs a New Party - by Matt Taibbi - TK News by Matt Taibbi taibbi.substack.com/p/to-stop-war-…
Best and worst moments from the Sunday Morning Shows? So @mtaibbi & I can go over them for #MondayMourning
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I love how "one of my colleagues was assaulted" becomes an "anti-antifascism stand" on Twitter. twitter.com/GameTightMarvi…
Can someone explain the Noah Berlatsky thing? Officially too weird for me to follow.
Fascinating how few people remember Democrats working with Liz Cheney last year to delay the withdrawal. thehill.com/policy/defense… twitter.com/DBelogorsky/st…
I’m with you. There’s zero momentum toward anything like this. Frustrating, though, because the existing parties are hopeless and the votes would be there for a legitimate alternative. twitter.com/zaidjilani/sta…
The point of the article is to stress that the existing parties are not capable of reining in the defense/intelligence apparatus. They’re wholly controlled subsidiaries. People either have to become comfortable with this or create new political institutions. twitter.com/purposefulwit/…
And Bill Clinton, for that matter. twitter.com/purposefulwit/…
Whenever we see the thinking underlying our wars, we get the same story: officials struggling to come up with “metrics for success.” If you have to invent a “metric for success” in war beyond defeating an enemy, you’re not at war but doing something else. taibbi.substack.com/p/to-stop-war-…
“There’s no way to look at the Afghan war and conclude anything but that it was a giant spending program in search of a mission, ending with the mightiest army in the world fleeing a pre-historic fighting force armed with our own weapons.” taibbi.substack.com/p/to-stop-war-…
Sanders was the leading fundraiser heading into Iowa and New Hampshire last year. That would have been unthinkable even a decade ago. twitter.com/bwd1970/status…
I don’t think that’s true. Trump exposed how weak the parties are - Republican voters completely ignored the party elders to vote for him. Sanders proved that fundraising even at the presidential level is very possible without either corporate cash or corporate media backing. twitter.com/twitmowolf/sta…
I mean when it comes to war I trust Raytheon to tell me how much of it we need.
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Yes absolutely. But that's not evidence the Dems have come to Jesus on the war issue. They've been all-in on Fortress America for decades twitter.com/CalebMinnick/s…
The only way to break up the “iron triangle” of congress, the Pentagon, and defense contractors is to elect politicians with no financial affiliation to the war machine, and it’s now obvious that this can’t be done under the current two-party system. taibbi.substack.com/p/to-stop-war-…
Yes, as I pointed out at the time and here as well. Trump's big defense hikes were among the only major policies of his Democrats didn't oppose. twitter.com/LiberalWithGun…
Donald Trump ran as a critic of NATO and the Pentagon and then handed the DoD the biggest two-year defense spending hike ever. twitter.com/NHThinker1/sta…
Armed conflict has gone from being an occasional unpleasant necessity to the core product line of the American corporation. Wars are what we make, and like blue jeans or Louisville Sluggers, we build them to last, with Afghanistan the prime example. taibbi.substack.com/p/to-stop-war-…
Our two parties, just like our academic research institutions and news networks, have become de facto Pentagon subsidiaries, hopelessly corrupted by the financial powers Dwight Eisenhower warned about. taibbi.substack.com/p/to-stop-war-…
We need new institutions free of Pentagon influence, probably starting with a new political party. It doesn’t even matter what such a party would stand for, ideologically, so long as it adheres to one principle: don’t accept contractor money. taibbi.substack.com/p/to-stop-war-…
To Stop War, America Needs a Third Party: taibbi.substack.com/p/to-stop-war-…
In the heat of the moment anyone can do something stupid, and so long as there's an apology, it's not the biggest deal. It's the circling of wagons and counter-accusing that makes this really obnoxious. twitter.com/SoundsnColor/s…
What I don't understand - why not just say, "That was stupid, assaulting a reporter is wrong and not what we want to represent." Why not just apologize and move on? The fact that they don't/won't do that is what makes this problematic. twitter.com/SoundsnColor/s…
Resistance to the Pentagon comes from Democrats? In what century? twitter.com/jimmiejames101…
I've spent years speaking out in defense of reporters across the spectrum, mostly on the left in fact, who've been censored or harassed. I don't need to apologize for being a little extra pissed in this case, especially when there are people like you trying to excuse the abuse. twitter.com/EoinHiggins_/s…
For those who've forgotten, here's CNN praising Trump for going back on a campaign promise to require congressional approval to go to war -- the "Trump just became president" moment youtu.be/JCM3TM2Iq4k via @YouTube
Chait overlooks that the negative press for Biden this week is passing through the same loophole that allowed Trump to be praised by CNN when he bombed Syria - the overriding constant in American corporate media is fealty to the Pentagon. twitter.com/jonathanchait/…
You’re telling me I’m punching down — by pointing out that one of my colleagues was literally knocked down? I hope this is humor. twitter.com/sunsetrs/statu…
Totally. Hand out free 20-sided dice and a lot of these demonstrations would thin out quickly, probably on both sides. twitter.com/insertcoinhere…
I’ve never been terribly interested in Antifa and always thought them more ridiculous than threatening. But these activists have been consistent in feeling entitled to dictate who may and may not film them, and it’s this attitude that led to the condemnable violence here.
@mtaibbi The fact that most of us can't tell who is antifa and who isn't in any of these videos says it all. Same assholes, different politics.
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No, that’s idiotic, they’re demonstrating in public and don’t have a right to privacy. Should we give this special privilege of privacy to police or right-wing groups, or just people who claim a certain political orientation? twitter.com/ourplanet2024/…
They need to protect themselves from unarmed female reporters? twitter.com/OurPlanet2024/…
Knocked down, excuse me. What the hell is wrong with you people? You're excusing how these people behaved by focusing on... WD-40? In what universe is macing and knocking a woman down okay? twitter.com/ParadisoReale/…
Hey, asshole: you don't get to demand that journalists ask permission to film you in a public, announced demonstration. And you certainly don't have the right to attack that person, knock her to the ground, and smash her equipment. twitter.com/metrikk/status…
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