The Musings of Mike Spindell


June 2016

The Washington Oligarchy and Why Money Rules All in America: Thomas Frank Style

Perhaps the most clear headed Left Wing historian popular today,  along with Rick Perlstein,  is the redoubtable Thomas Frank.  In his books "What's the Matter With Kansas? How Conservatives Won America" and his latest "Listen, Liberal: Or, What Ever Happened... Continue Reading →

Ted Cruz Returns with Hopes to be the New Joseph McCarthy

One of the few pleasant results of the Trump campaign was the vanquishing of the Presidential aspirations of the dangerous Senator Ted Cruz from Texas.  From the beginning of his appearance in national politics, Cruz always struck me as typical... Continue Reading →

The Corporate/Military/Intelligence Complex and American Oligarchy

A common theme in many of my posts is that America is not a democracy, rather it is an oligarchy, made up of various centers of power. These centers of power are not homogeneous, rather they are composed of people... Continue Reading →

Servants of the Rich and Famous: The Sad Sight of Those Abasing Themselves to Wealth

When I was a boy, I spent many a Saturday night with my parents, as they would go window shopping in various high end stores, ostensibly looking for one thing or another. The truth was money was tight and my... Continue Reading →

Trust Me I’m a Celebrity: A Trump Story Without Needing Trump

Many American pundits look for deeper meaning in figuring out how Donald Trump has become the Republican Presidential Candidate.  Sadly they are often overlooking the most important factor in Trump's rise and that is we humans are fascinated by celebrity and... Continue Reading →

Trumped: Why a Narcissistic Xenophobe Can Become President as Exemplified By Cable News

Many of my posts begin with a phrase like "when I awoke this morning".  This morning what woke me up out of my miasma of sleep was the frightening thought that Trump,  this repulsively dangerous man,  could actually become President. ... Continue Reading →

Understanding the Implications of Brexit or Maybe Not

So I awoke this morning to learn that the Brexit vote in Great Britain, on whether or not to leave he European Union, had passed and that the insufferable British Prime Minister David Cameron had resigned.  Part of my psyche... Continue Reading →

The Patriotism Con Game: Are You Really Willing to Die for Your Country?

"Patriotism  is an emotional attachment to a nation which an individual recognizes as their homeland. This attachment, also known as national feeling or national pride, can be viewed in terms of different features relating to one's own nation, including ethnic,... Continue Reading →

TV Reality Talent Shows Are Pre-Cursors of the American “Hunger Games”

Something you may not know, or suspect about me is that I am a loyal fan of a certain type of television reality show.  These shows can broadly be characterized as  "talent shows",  or "competitions". One of these shows that... Continue Reading →

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