Lord Macartney, China, and the convenient lies of history

Lord Macartney, China, and the convenient lies of history

James Carter February 25, 2020 In popular understanding, the Qianlong Emperor’s rejection of Lord Macartney and King George III was an act of hubris, a failure to recognize the military might of Britain and the West, the last prideful act of a waning empire before a “century of humiliation.” But what if our understanding is […]

Martin Luther King Jr. spent the last year of his life detested by the liberal establishment

Martin Luther King Jr. spent the last year of his life detested by the liberal establishment

Dr. Martin Luther King, head of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), delivers his speech that opened the National Conference for New Politico Convention in Chicago, Sept. 1, 1967. King, facing a battery of microphones, called for an end to the Vietnam fighting. February 22, 2021 Zaid Jilani Martin Luther King Jr. was much more […]

Deconstructing JFK: A coup d’état over foreign policy?

Deconstructing JFK: A coup d’état over foreign policy?

Kennedy delivers the famous speech in West Berlin in June 1963, five months before his assassination. [Source: 20minutos.es] James DiEugenio February 10, 2021 When Oliver Stone’s blockbuster film JFK premiered in 1991, it delivered a hugely embarrassing shock to academic historians, Democratic Party grandees, corporate media pundits and other respected purveyors of conventional wisdom. That’s because, for the […]

The Fall of the American Empire on a Failing Planet

The Fall of the American Empire on a Failing Planet

(Photo credit: iai.tv) By Tom Engelhardt February 1, 2021 We’re now living in an age of opacity, as Rudy Giuliani pointed out in a courtroom recently. Here was the exchange: “‘In the plaintiffs’ counties, they were denied the opportunity to have an unobstructed observation and ensure opacity,’ Giuliani said. ‘I’m not quite sure I know what […]

Grand Illusions

Grand Illusions

Pankaj Mishra January 13, 2020 It’s time to abandon the intellectual narcissism of cold war Western liberalism. In Radical Hope: Ethics in the Face of Cultural Devastation (2006), Jonathan Lear writes of the intellectual trauma of the Crow Indians. Forced to move in the mid-nineteenth century from a nomadic to a settled existence, they catastrophically lost not […]

How China won its war on poverty

How China won its war on poverty

China 1983 © Jan Oberg, Oberg PhotoGraphics Documentary with Lawrence Robert Kuhn January 6, 2021 When the history of the 21st century is to be written, there is no doubt that the story of China’s eradication of poverty – i.e. lifting about 700 million people out of it – will be seen as a milestone, […]

China’s real threat is to America’s ruling ideology

China’s real threat is to America’s ruling ideology

U.S. Department of State/Chinese President Xi Delivers Remarks at a State Luncheon in His Honor at the State Department December 29, 2020 Richard Hanania Across the political spectrum, there is widespread agreement that America must get serious about the threat posed by China. As the Trump administration comes to a close, the State Department has […]

Marcuse today

Marcuse today

Fifty years later, One-Dimensional Man looks more prescient than its author could have imagined. Ronald Aronson November 23, 2020 When Herbert Marcuse’s One-Dimensional Man appeared fifty years ago, it was a revelation. To many of us who were becoming the New Left, Marcuse reflected and explained our own feeling of suffocation, our alienation from an increasingly totalitarian universe that […]

Reinventing China

Reinventing China

Photo: Creating a nation: a nineteenth-century copy of a 1767 map titled “Da Qing wan nian yi tong tian xia quan tu” (The great Qing Dynasty’s complete map of all under heaven). Science Photo Library/Alamy. By Kerry Brown November 24, 2020 In the desire to change China do we risk rewriting its history? Review of the […]

Personal reflections on exposing the myths of money

Personal reflections on exposing the myths of money

By Hazel Henderson – TFF Associate TFF Associate November 25, 2020 Today the money meme rules our lives and social interactions in most societies on Earth. How did this happen? I studied all the economics textbooks of every perspective from the Austrian “laissez-faire” market fundamentalists to Adam Smith’s Wealth of Nations, (1776) and his earlier […]

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