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CounterPunch has astonished many of its old fans by its current fundraising ad portraying the site as a prime target of Russia hostility. Under the slogan, “We have all the right enemies”, CP portrays itself as a brave little crew being blown off the water by an evil Russian warship out to eliminate “lefty scum.”

Ha Ha Ha, it’s all a joke of course. But it’s a joke that plays into the dangerous, current Russophobia promoted by Clintonite media, the deep state and the War Party. This is a reminder that Russophobia finds a variant in the writing of several prominent CounterPunch contributors.

Yes, CounterPunch continues to publish many good articles, but appears also to be paying its tribute to the establishment narrative.

Put on the defensive by the “fake news” assault against independent media, CP senior editor Jeffrey St Clair seemed to be shaken by Washington Post allegations that he had published articles by a “Russian troll” named Alice Donovan. St Clair never publicly questioned the FBI claim that the ephemeral plagiarist worked for the Kremlin, when she could as well have been planted by the FBI itself or some other agency, precisely in order to embarrass and intimidate the independent website.

The ‘Step Toward Fascism’

St. Clair: Co-founded CounterPunch
St. Clair: Co-founded CounterPunch

The anti-Russian attitude on CP is promoted mainly by the same writers who stigmatize the slightest suggestion of building a broad non-ideological antiwar movement as a step toward “fascism”. This leftist exclusionism goes against the traditions of the website founded by Alexander Cockburn and St Clair, and indeed, CounterPunch was fiercely attacked less than three years ago for its “red-brown”, or “QuerFront” tendencies.

The attack, originating on a German site, warned that leftists who publish on CounterPunch “are unwittingly helping to promote the agenda of the far right”. This article spelled out the Antifa doctrine:

“The idea of a red-brown alliance, or Querfront (German for ‘transversal front’), has been a recurrent motif in far-right thought over the past century. Craving the legitimacy that an alliance with progressive forces can provide, reactionaries seize on ostensibly shared positions, chief amongst them opposition to corrupt élites, to create the impression that progressives could benefit from making common cause with them.

“Querfront (also known as ‘third position’) propaganda can be highly seductive. Today’s (crypto)-fascist and other hard-right suitors, for example, focus on the commonplace left themes of opposition to war and corporate globalisation, the depredations of the ‘banksters’, civil liberties, and Palestinian solidarity.”

So, you genuine leftists, beware: if someone seems to agree with you, it may be a far righter out to ensnare you into her web.

The article gave advice on how to tell a QuerFront argument from a true leftist one:

“A serious left analysis, say, of US support for Israeli apartheid will start by looking at the documented record of US foreign policy as a whole”, whereas the red-brown, QuerFront third-positions position will say: “A foreign lobby has taken over the US government and media, and is forcing the US to act against ‘American interests’ and ‘American values’, and anyone who says otherwise is a Zionist infiltrator.”

So you mustn’t blame Zionists for Israel, it’s all Washington’s fault.

CounterPunch contributors singled out as dangerous right-wingers included Ralph Nader, Alison Weir, Ron Paul, Gilad Atzmon, Israel Shamir, Paul Craig Roberts and even Alexander Cockburn himself.

In his reply to the article, published on its website, St. Clair seemed to understand exactly where this was coming from.

Caity Gets Counter-Punched

Caitlin Johnstone: Counter-punched
Caitlin Johnstone: Counter-punched

Thus it was surprising when, last July, CounterPunch ran a whole series of articles attacking independent antiwar blogger Caitlin Johnstone (no relation) for some inconsequential remark about her willingness to join in opposing war even with male supremacist Mike Cernovich. The purists pounced on the incongruity of a hypothetical Caitlin-Cernovich alliance as an opportunity to ridicule the more general principle of a broad single-issue antiwar movement. For this minor heresy, Caitlin Johnstone was denied her right to respond on the site calling itself “the fearless voice of the left”.

On July 11, 2017, Yoav Litvin opened fire in an aggressive style that may have been fortified by his service in the Israeli Defense Force (IDF). Exclusion is a habit one can learn in the IDF. It’s ours, you have no right to be here, get out! That goes for the occupied left territories too. They decide who can stay and who does not belong.

In an interview last year, Litvin prided himself on adopting “the positive aspect of Zionism,” which is “the image of a Jew who is a fighter.” As a result of Jewish experience of persecution, he said, “We can lead a fight with all our brothers and sisters in minority communities.”

Fight against whom? In order to accomplish fundamental change, one needs to build majorities. Jews leading a fight of minorities will go where? Into the dead end of identity politics?

On July 28, CounterPunch published an even more contemptuous piece in the anti-Caitlin series: “Enough Nonsense! The Left Does Not Collaborate with Fascists”, by Eric Draitser. The Draitser rhetorical pose was to claim to prefer being water-boarded rather than having to write about Caitlin’s “doltish” prose, but felt obliged to do so in order to stop the advance of fascism.

Still, he does not easily tire from coming back to the subject.

As moderator of CounterPunch Radio, Draitser has promoted himself as the voice of CP and thus as a leading authority on what is or is not “left”. His role as mentor was demonstrated on his hour-long April 19, 2018 podcast with CP editors St. Clair and Joshua Frank. Draitser set the tone by elaborately ridiculing those who profess to be afraid of World War III. As if nuclear war were anything to worry about! What nonsense, he implied, getting all three to chortle contemptuously at the mention of Caitlin Johnstone, noted for such absurd concerns.

The Hilarity of World War III

Draitser: WWIII a ‘fun conversation.’
Draitser: WWIII a ‘fun conversation.’

Draitser dismissed the danger of World War III with his own original “class analysis”: since Russia and the United States are both ruled by Oligarchs, they have too much in common to reasonably want to throw nuclear missiles at each other. (In other words, what was precisely the Marxist view of imperialist war.) St. Clair hesitated at this, noting the prevalence of irrationality in high spheres. But Draitser dismissed this objection and forged ahead undisturbed, managing what he called a “fun conversation.”

The exclusionists are less concerned about war with Russia than about the failure of “the left” to be sufficiently critical of Russia – as if a shortage of Russophobia were a real problem these days. Shortly before the anti-Caitlin campaign, Litvin interviewed Draitser and their fellow anti-fascist watch dog, Portland State University geography instructor Alexander Reid Ross, who also publishes frequently on CounterPunch.


Draitser complained that: “You see a lot of leftist academics, intellectuals and activists who have in many ways abandoned a real class analysis in favor of a loosely defined politics of opposition. Within this mindset, everything that opposes the United States, Israel, the Saudis or the EU is automatically good and should be supported irrespective of its qualities.”

That simplistic dismissal of the antiwar “mindset” qualifies Draitser for his future place in mainstream media.

Ross’ Red-Brown Chaos

Reid Ross, went him one better. “I see a number of red-brown alliances forming today, particularly in the field of political geography. A number of far-right groups view the modern-day axis of Syria, Iran and Russia as a kind of international counterweight to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), which has always been seen by fascist groups as a kind of nemesis led by the nations that defeated the Rome-Berlin axis in 1945.”

This is pure delirium. The nemesis that did the most to defeat the Rome-Berlin axis in 1945 was the Red Army. By conjuring up unidentified “far right groups”, Ross manages to identify Syria, Iran and Russia with the fascist Axis powers in World War II. In reality, NATO has been a magnet for attracting European fascists, from Italy, where they cooperated in clandestine “Gladio” operations to destroy the left, to Ukraine, where genuine fascists are in a “partnership for war” with NATO.

Most Americans have not been well educated in the complexities of modern history. In his Antifa hoodie, Ross can dazzle his audience with a plethora of unfamiliar facts strung together by extremely questionable analysis, unchallenged by genuine experts.

Reid Ross: Article pulled. (Photo European Graduate School.)
Reid Ross: Article pulled. (Photo European Graduate School.)

In the Litvin interview, both Draitser and Ross add their small bit to prevailing Western Russophobia by dwelling on Putin’s alleged support for European right-wing groups. Both stress the danger represented by Russian ambitions to establish a Eurasian empire, based on the ideology of Alexander Dugin.

Dugin is a religious reactionary, a tendency that may alarm Jews still haunted by Tsarist pogroms. They are also alarmed by Dugin’s devotion to the thought of German philosopher Martin Heidegger, an ardent believer in Nazism and party member. This is ironic, since Heidegger has been the favorite of a whole line of post-World War II French philosophers, from Sartre to Foucault, considered to be “on the left”. This merely shows that philosophy can be a source of great confusion.

In an Intercept article last September, Ross was quoted as saying that, “Assad is a figure that is central to a realization of Eurasionism,” embodying the idea that, “Russia will lead the world out of a dark age of materialism and toward an ultranationalist rebirth of homogenous ethno-states federated under a heterogeneous spiritual empire.”

It’s hard to see what is so terrifying about such a vague aspiration, with so little chance of realization. But it does provide a new angle for condemning the Russian connection with Syria.

Ideological ‘Iron Curtain’

Ross went so far on March 9 in his vituperations, that the Southern Poverty Law Center, which first published his article on its “Hate Watch” site, felt obliged to withdraw it. The title perfectly echoes the QuerFront accusation earlier leveled against CounterPunch: “The Multipolar Spin: how fascists operationalize left-wing resentment.”

In this gem of guilt by association, Ross applied the “six degrees of separation” theory to show that people have been seen with the wrong people and thus must be red-brown. The long list of untouchables included Ray McGovern, Brian Becker, Global Research, Margaret Kimberly of Black Agenda Report, Daniel McAdams, “conspiracy theorist” Vanessa Beeley, and special focus on Max Blumenthal, guilty of having spoken favorably of a “multipolar world.”

The main problem with “multipolarism”, according to Ross, “may be that it supports not the emergence of Russia as a world power but the rise of the Kremlin’s authoritarian conservative political ideology.”

So, we may conclude, we need an ideological Iron Curtain to protect the “liberal leftist” West from Russian “authoritarian” conservatism.

Westernizes vs. Slavophiles

Russian relations with the West have historically been marked by ideological rivalry between Westernizes and Slavophiles. It is obvious that Dugin is no more than the latest prophet of Slavophilia, the idea that Christian Russia is a beacon of virtue to the world.

Historically, Westernizers in Russia have repeatedly gained influence and then lost out, because their overtures to the West were rebuffed on one pretext or another. (The British geopolitical tradition, based on the timeless dictum divide et impera, has traditionally favored policies to keep the continent divided) This merges easily with the Brzezinski doctrine of maintaining separation between Western Europe as a whole and Russia to maintain U.S. global hegemony.

Western rejection of Russia naturally favors a rise of the Slavophiles. It also obliges Russia to look to Eurasia rather than Western Europe. This is happening again.

Vladimir Putin is clearly in the Westernizing tradition. Not an ignorant buffoon like Yeltsin, ready to give away the shop to get a pat on the back from Bill. But rather someone who, as an intelligence agent (yes, KGB people learn a lot) lived in the West, spoke fluent German, and wanted Russia to have a dignified place in Europe – which was the dream of Gorbachev.

But this aspiration has been rudely rebuffed by the United States. Russians who yearned to be part of Europe have been disappointed, humiliated, and finally, angered. All their efforts at friendship have been met with increasingly outlandish portrayals of Russia as “the enemy”.

And yet despite everything, Putin persists in demonstrating his desire to work with Western partners, both by cutting back on military spending and again proposing to keep the pro-Western Dmitry Medvedev as Prime Minister.

If the West were really worried about Duginism, the remedy has always been obvious: improve relations with Putin.

Even Stalin did not really consider it Moscow’s job to convert Western Europe to communism, and it is certain that Putin has no illusion about converting his Western neighbors to Duginism. Russia is not out to change the West, but to make peace and do business, with whoever is willing.


The Russophobic exclusionists really constitute the ultra-left wing of the War Party, which uses different arguments to arrive at the same conclusions: Syria and Russia are enemies. They offer no practical solutions to any real problem, but spread suspicion, distrust and enmity. They discredit the very idea of joining with Russia in peaceful mediation between Israel and Iran, for example. The real thrust of this odd campaign is to minimize the danger of war with Iran, or of direct confrontation with Russia, as Netanyahu continues to drag the United States and its European sidekicks deeper into Middle East wars on behalf of Israel’s regional ambitions.

Diana Johnstone is a political writer, focusing primarily on European politics and Western foreign policy. She received a Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota and was active in the movement against the Vietnam War. Johnstone was European editor of the U.S. weekly In These Times from 1979 to 1990, and continues to be a correspondent for the publication. She was press officer of the Green group in the European Parliament from 1990 to 1996. Her books include Queen of Chaos: The Misadventures of Hillary Clinton, CounterPunch Books (2016) and Fools’ Crusade: Yugoslavia, NATO and Western Delusions, Pluto Press (2002).

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  1. Kirt says:

    This is for the most part an excellent analysis by Dr. Johnstone of the left wing of the war party. I do have a dispute with her characterization of Eurasianism as an updated version of pan-Slavism. In reality, Eurasianism looks in the opposite direction. This most recent attempt to come up with a Russian imperial ideology emphasizes the Turco-Tartar roots of Russia along with the Slavic roots and even goes so far as to minimize or deny completely that there was ever such a thing as a “Tartar yoke” following the subjugation of Russia by the successors of Genghis Khan. It was all just mutual cooperation. This is a brand new ideology in the history of Russia, which sees itself in opposition to the “Atlanticists” or “Anglo-Zionists”. Since most Slavs other than the Russians themselves and the Belarussians are aligned with the US and NATO, Eurasianism fits the new geopolitical reality better than pan-Slavism.

    • Replies: @Lemurmaniac
  2. Unfortunately for Dianna, her left wing enemies are right. Iran and Russia are conservative nations. A post-liberal alliance is emerging on a global scale. The idea of a third position has little to do with garnering the ‘legitimacy’ of progressive causes, as any genuine rightist reject the idea of progress to begin with. It represents the overcoming of right liberalism and left-liberalism, which is a dialectic that drives us further and further away from what Heidigger called ‘a new beginning.’

    The body of Heidegger’s thought lead directly to nationalism. He never apologized for, or rescinded his ideas.

    Antifa and the far left are LARPers who pretend to believe in the old class based analysis of orthodox Marxism, but are really just the shock troops of centre left liberalism. Marx’s economic doctrines were fatally flawed, and so is the politics of radical autonomy that the ‘spectres of Marxism’ are now put in service of. The right simply has a more comprehensive model of reality.

  3. Can’t seem to edit my comments – they go directly to submission now, but there is nothing inherently peaceful about left wing ideology. Liberals and the left are ready and willing to fight ‘fascists’. Liberal ideology is a morality that will be imposed in their view.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  4. @Kirt

    One thing that the liberal-left are going to have to come to terms with, whether they like it or not, is the Straussian notion liberal societies will need to employ illiberal tactics against their enemies in order to surive. Of course, this is already the case. Even the mildest right wing dissent against the globo-gayplex is ruthlessly suppressed. The left side of the political spectrum cannot consciously countenance this contradiction, however.

    Populist forces are on the rise in the West, and non-Western powers who lack a liberal tradition on the verge of becoming ascendant globally. The world is moving on from liberalism. The defeat of the Axis Powers only delayed it by a century, give or take. Only force will preserve a liberal society.

    I look forward to a world where its become impossible to even have a liberal thought. But if you’re on the left, then yes, Russia, Iran, and anti-imperialism are your enemies.

  5. El Dato says:

    Draitser dismissed the danger of World War III with his own original “class analysis”: since Russia and the United States are both ruled by Oligarchs, they have too much in common to reasonably want to throw nuclear missiles at each other

    It’s good to know that WWI actually never happened.

    I wonder whether people like Draitser actually believe that “oligarchs” get up in the morning, plug their monstrously swollen brains (which btw. cannot be jewish) into a cyber-environment, then manage the world at large for purposes of exploitation while performing class-elevated chitchat with their counterpart on the other continents?

    • LOL: utu, Vojkan
  6. This article barely rises above the melange of political generalities it discusses.
    Noticeable by its absence is any mention of China & its place in the Empire’s long term strategy. Attacks on Syria & Iran (& Russia) are steps in that strategy. It is not Russia, Iran or Syria that pose any economic or military threat to the US. Only China (or the EU) could conceivably equal or out-spend the US in any area. Iran etc only take on real significance as partners of China (excluding the Israel factor, whose self interest is apparently advanced by creating failed, Balkenised States around it)
    An interesting, if perhaps frivolous question maybe the extent the US actually sees its OWN interests being advanced in the Syria/Iran process, & how far it acts out of craven Zio-delusion. Perhaps ultimately they are identical.

    • Replies: @WHAT
  7. Anonymous [AKA "Woahful"] says:

    Long ago some washed-up CIA weasel came to our school to give us our government-issue ideas. His presentation has since become an indispensable litmus test for me. It shows you telltale CIA propaganda. Their Big Idea is the one-dimensional left/right typology. Their indispensable corollary is that left and right converge at the extremes. They show that notion by turning their dumb reductive 1-D chart into a dumb reductive circle. That lets them attack any unauthorized opinion, left or right, based on cherry-picking words, phrases, or arbitrary summaries. Even the redoubtable Caitlin Johnston falls into their trap by categorizing opinions on CIA’s left/right schematic. So naturally CIA’s useful idiots like St. Clair giddyap their one-trick pony after her, She’s left! She’s right! She’s extreme!!

    What you find, if you break loose from CIA dogma, is that the outside world’s consensus ethos, rights and rule of law, cannot be reduced to left or right. It’s not on the 1-D CIA line. It’s arrayed in an orthogonal, legalist, dimension that CIA’s doesn’t dare acknowledge because that brings their institutional impunity into question. If you want to make their heads pop like zits, just argue from the plain-english black-letter law

    or discuss US enemies by adducing the exhaustively-documented facts of the treaty bodies

    It makes doughy Langley wannabes like Draitser go berserk.

    • Replies: @EliteCommInc.
  8. Mulegino1 says:

    The Russophobic left is composed of Trotskyite neocons and Trotskyite globalists. Both sides are anti-traditional and anti-Christian at their core. The former are indifferent to matters of culture so long as it remains within its kosher parameters. The latter hate traditional culture and aggressively seek to destroy it.

    This is merely the old Stalin-Trotsky schism, which has never gone away, and in my opinion was the true origin of the Cold War. The real evil empire and its ideological acolytes- NATO hegemonic, Atlanticist-Zionist, multicultural, globalist- hates any articulation of nationalism and virile spirituality.

  9. @Lemurmaniac

    “Antifa and the far left are LARPers who pretend to believe in the old class based analysis of orthodox Marxism, but are really just the shock troops of centre left liberalism.”

    Absolutely. And center left liberalism is now neoliberal and neoconservative with a hefty dose of identity politics. Quite a toxic stew. Authoritarian center left liberalism is the establishment in Western democracies.

  10. I am very happy to see Diana published on – her voice had been needed for long time!

    • Replies: @Che Guava
  11. Yup, just what needs-the voice of yet another person in their 80’s.

  12. This article backs a previous comment of mine.

    It’s overwhelmingly very old people as opposed to young people who are worried about WWIII.

    One big fear of really old people is that they will die slowly, and that this type of death will start soon. Worrying about WWIII, that is a fairly quick death, takes their minds off that.

    And since the departure of Razib Khan and Gustavo Arellano every regular is over a half-century old.

  13. gsjackson says:

    Recently St Clair recycled, for the second time, a story about Putin taking a river rafting trip in Utah, during which he schooled his “son” in the ways of manliness, which included guns, vodka, wads of cash, high-end hookers and general thugishness. I was unable to detect the satire — unless it was a very subtle dig at prevailing stereotypes — but inquiries to Counterpunch about intent went unanswered.

    Counterpunch really, really misses Cockburn, something I think St Clair is rather insecure about.

  14. WHAT says:

    >measuring muh military threat by spending
    Look where it got the US, kek.

    >thinking of EU as of a political subject
    Ah, so you’re that misguided.

    • Replies: @animalogic
  15. Wally says:

    Johnstone said:

    Dugin is a religious reactionary, a tendency that may alarm Jews still haunted by Tsarist pogroms. They are also alarmed by Dugin’s devotion to the thought of German philosopher Martin Heidegger, an ardent believer in Nazism and party member.

    Except these “pogroms” as alleged are quite unproven, but The Usual Enemies of Free Speech harp on them anyway for political gain. Recall the ‘6M’ lie tried since at least 1823. Johnstone should know better.

    Heidegger, a Nazi party member. As if ‘the Nazis’ did what they are absurdly accused of doing. Talk about no proof, the impossible ‘6M Jews & gas chambers’ is it.

    • Replies: @Uebersetzer
  16. Living next to Germany, being pretty much fluent in German, having German tv, and of course being able to visit Geman sites, also doing some discussion there, in my opinion the Germans are nearly as pitiable as a people as the North Koreans.
    Not materially, but in being able to think, to analyse.

    When the USA, it took some time, understood that FDR’s Uncle Joe did not exist, that there was a brutal dictator trying to rule the world, the USA re-created a Germany, but a Germany as the USA thought it should be.
    This Germany forever should be burdened by guilt feelings about having caused two world wars, and having murdered, in an industrial process, six million innocent jews.
    That Germany got the duty to support Israel forever, and pay through the nose holocaust survivors.

    No issue brings so much confusion in Germany as Israel’s crimes against the Palestinians, on the one hand hand they want to support Israel, on the other Germans hate any violence, including, of course war.

    In my immodest opinion Germans can just begin to think, analyse, after they themselves have
    written their history, a history, again in my immodest opinion, of victims.
    The Kaiser never wanted war, Hitler never wanted war.
    If anything but lice was ever killed in gas chambers, highly questionable for me.

    As Berlin is the real capital of the EU, German public opinion is very important.
    If Merkel welcomes the mass immigration out of also guilt feeling, trying to eradicate German culture, quite probable in my opinion.
    That she, at the same time, destroys Germany more thoroughly than Morgenthau tried, Sarrazin already warned in 2010.
    Merkel fired him immediately.

  17. @WHAT

    Gee, thanks for this constructive criticism. Sadly, your brevity makes any response a bit of an exercise in imagination.
    I don’t believe I actually limited the question of spending to military matters: i believe I said outspend or equal in “any area”. Power is NOT merely a question of military spending…very few suggest it is.
    “Kek” ? Scottish word for pants ? Well, pants to you too mate.
    Re: EU. I am so misguided – I have no idea what you are talking about. Perhaps that’s also a consequence of your imaginative grammar….

  18. Biff says:
    @jilles dykstra

    What ever you do don’t mention the war(I mentioned it once but I think I got away with it)

    Basil Fawlty

  19. @gsjackson

    CP isn’t half the publication it used to be under Cockburn. I’m sure glad Unz is picking up all their refugees, though.

  20. fnn says:

    Mueller must be close to suicidally desperate. He’s now pursuing Israeli targets:

    News that Special Counsel Robert Mueller has sent his gumshoes to Israel certainly does bring this matter full circle. The report is that they are looking into the activities of what the Jewish Telegraphic Agency news wire characterizes as “an Israeli-run social media firm that may have led a social media manipulation effort to help Donald Trump get elected.”

  21. CounterPunch was ruined by the (((Gang of Four))) : Eric Draitser, Yoav Litvin, Alexander Reid Ross, Louis Proyect.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  22. fnn says:
    @jilles dykstra

    Hitler never wanted war.

    Yes, the outbreak of general European war in 1939 was engineered by FDR.

    Herbert Hoover explains:

    And a noted mainstream liberal, Jewish, Zionist historian agrees. It was good because such a thing as NS Germany couldn’t be allowed to exist:

    Pat Buchanan proves Hitler didn’t want war:

    But if Hitler was out to conquer the world — Britain, Africa, the Middle East, the United States, Canada, South America, India, Asia, Australia — why did he spend three years building that hugely expensive Siegfried Line to protect Germany from France? Why did he start the war with no surface fleet, no troop transports and only 29 oceangoing submarines? How do you conquer the world with a navy that can’t get out of the Baltic Sea?

    If Hitler wanted the world, why did he not build strategic bombers, instead of two-engine Dorniers and Heinkels that could not even reach Britain from Germany?

    Why did he offer the British peace, twice, after Poland fell, and again after France fell?

    Why, when Paris fell, did Hitler not demand the French fleet, as the Allies demanded and got the Kaiser’s fleet? Why did he not demand bases in French-controlled Syria to attack Suez? Why did he beg Benito Mussolini not to attack Greece?

    Because Hitler wanted to end the war in 1940, almost two years before the trains began to roll to the camps.

    Hitler had never wanted war with Poland, but an alliance with Poland such as he had with Francisco Franco’s Spain, Mussolini’s Italy, Miklos Horthy’s Hungary and Father Jozef Tiso’s Slovakia.

    Indeed, why would he want war when, by 1939, he was surrounded by allied, friendly or neutral neighbors, save France. And he had written off Alsace, because reconquering Alsace meant war with France, and that meant war with Britain, whose empire he admired and whom he had always sought as an ally.

    It’s out there hidden in plain sight.

    • Agree: mark green
  23. @Anonymous

    I agree with most of the final analysis, save, that it does not only apply to the CIA or facets of CIA think tank. But it applies to the vast array of ‘intellectual grand narratives” about geo-socio-politics.

    Ie is not merely that it goes over the heads of most people. Most people simply don’t care about these strategems. They want it clean, simple and encumbered with having to review the Kant’s, Heidegger’s, Neitchze’s, Foucault’s treatises on the human existence.

    They are too busy attempting to feed their families and figuring out their bills. They like borders, and ordered knowns, moral clarity, Is their reason ti invade Syria, tell me (in plain_____) so it makes sense — and be done. Tn the west, there are strong indicators that b Eurasian, Amerimexsivision, are on the outs as people are rejection grand narrative sociological realignment for something far less complex.

    And they could careless what intellectual bonafides said advocates have.

  24. Anonymous [AKA "samsar"] says:

    Thank you for this article. It helps me understand the slow deterioration in the pungency of articles in CP since the death of Alex Cockburn. And adds at least 2 names to avoid reading, if one has to understand events, in the future.

  25. Note: I am going to be a little dubious of anyone who was chanting “give peace a chance” to the US government when it was North Vietnam making war.

    Unless they have recanted an obvious error in thinking. Any further rhetorical discourse they advance will be treated with heavy suspicion.

    This is a long road to say,

    on this we agree on this we don’t. And our nuanced disagreements mean — we are at war, with other. Like school kids who all like peanut butter but can’t stand each other because some like spread east to west and others north to south.

    Seems a losing strategy to me.

    • Replies: @Sollipsist
  26. sondjata says:

    Honestly, after Cockburn passed Counterpunch took a dive in quality IMO. I essentially gave up on it (though I keep it in my RSS feed) after the Ferguson incident. The quality of writing on the subject was so below par I was actually shocked. I wrote a series of articles that soundly ridiculed the CP entries to which I received e-mails claiming that I must either be some old white golfer pretending to be black or a black person who hates black people. *shrug*.

    A lot of the articles found there are lacking in citations, lacking in logic and are generally written for echo chambers.

    • Replies: @Alden
  27. @gsjackson

    disagree to some extent about Cockburn, had much respect for him w-a-y back in the day when he had his ‘beat the devil’ column in the nation mag/rag… (in fact, major reason I stopped subscribing was when they cut his column from two to one page)
    on the other paw, he had a number of blind spots which he refused to examine, the major one being nine one one… amazingly enough, as a hard corps anti-Empire, anti-status quo guy, he mostly accepted the ‘official’ story, as well as laughingly dismissed ANY/ALL talk of koo koo kwazy k-k-k-konspiracies as simply unbelievable, the 1% were too incompetent, end of story, no argument, you are a total whack job if you even suspected otherwise…
    really and truly, I am -unfortunately- constantly amazed and mystified at the otherwise intelligent and thoughtful people -otherwise first in line to decry gummint lies and actions- who simply do NOT brook ANY SPECULATION regarding nine one one… really weird, I guess their fear is just too great to overcome… shame…
    in fact, had the infamous distinction of being (by way of this pseudonym) name-checked by Cockburn for a (justifiably) profane-filled rant I directed -not at him- at an IGNORANT writer (joanne wojopolishnametoolongtoremember) who was plumping for so much nine one one nonsense I simply couldn’t let it pass… OF COURSE, she did not respond to the email and actual facts, etc I was pointing out; OF COURSE, she gave no opportunity to respond; and OF COURSE, Cockburn was a sniveling, cowardly punk, secure in his ignorance of nine one one, so -again- not given the courtesy of an opportunity to respond or defend my rantings…
    yeah, so fuck him and his supposed high-mindedness and fairness…

    • Replies: @Skeptikal
  28. gsjackson says:

    The beginning of the end for two publications supposedly on opposite ends of the spectrum — Counterpunch and National Review — came when the founders left them in the hands of intellectually low-wattage and inflexible children. (I realize Cockburn allowed St Clair to flatter himself as being a co-founder, but that relationship was mentor-protege; a somewhat slow protege.)

    • Agree: deschutes
  29. Che Guava says:
    @Israel Shamir

    I strongly agree, but you need to keep up, Mr. Unz has been posting the occasional article by Diana since at least last year.

    Using first name for the latter because of brief e-mail contact. Also increased my estimation.

    If I recall correctly, your pieces were also on Counterpunch until several years ago.

    So, you are an illustration of part of what she is talking about.

    BTW, loved your latest piece here, not posting anything except possibly ridiculing some idiot who thinks firing on and gassing unarmed civilians is fine, but your tone, flow, and play with time at one point, nice writing.

  30. This is the first time I am hearing the expression QuerFront –interesting. I will never see a red-brown alliance – at least not in the forseeable future. Would I really want one anyway? Why put one’s eggs in an AntiFa, Trotskyite or Neo Nazi basket anyway? If movement of some kind has to happen, it has to happen with the sane Left – starting with a non-interventionist position on the part of the USA. The sane Left has been totally castrated for at least the last 30 years – at least since the end of Reagan’s presidency. It has gone totally looney, hitching itself to the specificities of identity politics rather than having any focus on the destructiveness of American policies overseas. Let the fringies do their thing -as long as it isn’t outright violence against people or property. The right (I am excluding the fringy far right here) I see it as more constipated that castrated. The Trumpian slogan “Make Murrica Great Again” is so amorphous that it can be interpreted by your average politically conservative person as a continuation of a unipolar world led by the American military. Different kinds of movements have to begin on both the sane portions of both Left and Right. Someone please get out the prune juice.

  31. Che Guava says:

    Well, you lower my opinion of you, not that it matters.

    I thought that Diana was younger than that in any case.

    You would likely not be what very young people would call ‘young’.

    Thinking you will be lucid and fully or largely mobile at 60, 70, 80?

    I know that you are not a troll here, but part of the reason the commentators tend to be older than me or thee, is that many have gained or are gaining wisdom with years.

  32. @fnn

    The best proof that Hitler did not want war is, in my opinion, how unprepared Germany was for war, the attack on Poland, the occupation of Norway, the attack on France, and of course the attack on the USSR.
    In order to see this one must read detailed accounts of these attacks.
    In order to get what he wanted Hitler had to make the world believe that, when necessary, he would wage war.
    His bluff was called by Polish provocations, such as shooting at German passenger planes flying between Berlin and Königsberg, the present Kalingrad.
    ‘Das kann mann doch nicht länger hin nehmen’, he’s supposed to have said, ‘one cannot tolerate that any longer’.
    Von Ribbentrop, who had mixed with the wrong people as an ambassador in London, the pro Germany people, had thus assured Hitler that the British would do nothing.
    And so WWII began.
    Poland did want war.
    Comte Jean Szembek, Ancien sous-secrétaire d’État aux Affaires étrangères de Pologne, ‘Journal, 1933 – 1939’, Paris 1952
    Hitler also did not see this.

  33. Alden says:
    @jilles dykstra

    Good observation. I’ll believe you who lives near Germany speaks the language and reads widely more than any American pundits.

    • Agree: SolontoCroesus
  34. Alden says:

    The problem I have with virtually all
    “Leftist” publications and thought is that they are all based on anti Whitism

    Since I am White, I naturally am against those who want us all dead or at least to homeless untouchables by way of affirmative action

    The left has made it totally obvious for the last 50 years that it hates me because I am White and wants me exterminated because I am White.

    So F the left

    • Replies: @deschutes
  35. @jilles dykstra

    jilles dykstra, do you think of your position re Germany as “neo-Nazi?”

    Extensive reading (only in English) over the past 7 or 8 years has persuaded me of the correctness of the views you express. I also agree that the German people have been reduced to a pitiable status, and that was done with ‘malice aforethought’ — it was intended from well before NSDAP led German government that Germany was to be destroyed, physically, spiritually, economically, culturally, for the benefit of AngloZionists.

    What label encompasses those understandings, based as they are on the evidence?

    Do you think it matters that a false narrative prevails while history that is more congruent with reality is punished, censored, criminalized? Is it important for a more realistic history to be told?

    In your location in Europe, do you fear retribution for expressing your views?

  36. Pindos says:

    St. Clair is a jew that got out of line. jews hate Russians. He is now in line.

  37. @anony-mouse

    Johnstone is elderly?


    I had such a hard time translating jargon into ordinary English that I gave up, moved on to comments (i.e. still trying to follow the dance steps in: “The anti-Russian attitude on CP is promoted mainly by the same writers who stigmatize the slightest suggestion of building a broad non-ideological antiwar movement as a step toward “fascism”. This leftist exclusionism . . .“). On the acknowledgements that a. I didn’t read much farther in the essay; and b. I haven’t read Counterpunch in several years, I assumed the labels and references would be familiar to a much younger audience — recent college PoliSci graduates, for example.

    Maybe Johnstone is a professor, still hanging on?

  38. anonymous[739] • Disclaimer says:

    Anybody in the USA in the early 1960s running around waving their arms and screaming about Russian conspiracies, Russian spies behind every bush, that person would be (deservedly) dismissed as a paranoid, Right Wing Conspiracy lunatic.

    But now it’s just regular Lib Dems, Neo Conservatives, Cuckservatives and (sadly) Jewish America.

    We try to deflate this nonsense by using humor – like we really have to stay up all night worrying that sexy Russian Tennis players like Anna Kournikova are going to come get us and we need to ally ourselves with Saudi Arabia and ISIS to fight the Russia.

    (I wish sexy Russian Tennis players would come for me – I’d talk)

    Check out our Farstar comics on this subject and check us out at

    J ryan

  39. hyperbola says:
    @Brooklyn Dave

    This is the first time I am hearing the expression QuerFront –interesting. I will never see a red-brown alliance – at least not in the forseeable future.

    We may be seeing this in Italy at this very moment. The common ground is getting (anglo-zionist) globalist abuse out of Italy.

  40. renfro says:

    The Russophobic exclusionists really constitute the ultra-left wing of the War Party, which uses different arguments to arrive at the same conclusions: Syria and Russia are enemies. They offer no practical solutions to any real problem, but spread suspicion, distrust and enmity. They discredit the very idea of joining with Russia in peaceful mediation between Israel and Iran, for example. The real thrust of this odd campaign is to minimize the danger of war with Iran, or of direct confrontation with Russia, as Netanyahu continues to drag the United States and its European sidekicks deeper into Middle East wars on behalf of Israel’s regional ambitions

    Yes and Yes.
    But I totally don’t care….no insult to the author intended.
    I don’t care about left or right, or the blue thugs vr. the red thugs.
    I don’t care about anyone’s historic grudges.
    I don’t care about ancient history unless it can be used today to rectify injustices.
    I don’t care about anything but solutions for uncorrupting our government….from whence all the shit problems writers write about and we natters natter about come from.
    All else is totally pointless and a waste of time and energy.

    Wake me when someone slaps the hell out of the ”for, by and of the parties” pseudo democracy.

  41. Thank you Diana Johnstone. She woke me up in the 1990’s on the Balkans.

    From Jungian Psychology I learned this: if the opposites do not come close together then guess what change happens?

    None. Nothing.

    This is where the Antiwar movement is right now in the US: nowhere, nothing.
    I was shocked to see that even CounterPunch has walked into the trap set by the CIA.
    They have spiked Diana Johnstone, and recently Mike Whitney, and others.
    They have mostly joined the Russiophobia campaign.

    Lunatics and warmongers are now totally in charge in the CIA, DoD, Wall Street, both major parties, the media, Hollywood, and they are marching to war with Iran that will be opposed by the East.
    More and greater wars are coming, more suffering, death, and destruction.

    • Replies: @Skeptikal
    , @Gary
  42. Heymrguda says:

    Reminds me of the Vietnam war era when you had to oppose that war “for the right reasons.” If you didn’t you were considered to support it.

  43. @Lemurmaniac


    What you say makes no sense. You say that Russia and Syria are “conservative nations”. Your intention is to say that we shouldn’t support them. But then which countries should we support? Where are the countries that are not conservatives?

    Do you want to say that we should support the US and Israel? You might answer that they are not leftists but that they are liberal countries. Well, if they are liberal countries, why do they have aliances with Saudi Arabia? Why doesn’t the US have any difficulties with Poland which has had a highly illiberal government for a long time? Some people in Poland speak outright of a fascist government there. Why don’t we have problems with Egypt? Why don’t we have any problems with the fact that Israel has a government which discriminates violently against a large part of the populations that they control? Just some days ago an Israeli author, Amitai Ben-Abba, published an article in Counterpunch saying that Israelis are ready to commit a genocid against Palestinians. He says that they wouldn’t have a problem killing 6 million Palestinians. Why don’t we care? The West didn’t care about the recent massacre of Gazans.

    So, we should care about a less liberal government in Russia, but we don’t care about the fact that in Brazil a government with social tendencies was ousted in a parlamentary coup. We also don’t have any difficulties with the fact that they use lawfare to push through an anti-social program including privatisations and the sell out of national firms.

    There is a standard argument that was very much used in order to make the apology of Israel: that they protect gays and so on. They tried to disguise the fact that they discriminate against Palestinians denigrating the Palestinians. The Palestinians were called violent, against peace, corrupt and last but not least, as discriminating against women, gays and so on. According to this argument we should forget the Israeli oppression of Palestinian gays, women, children and the whole Palestinian population because Israel protect Jewish gays. It’s funny but now some people are trying to say exactly the same about Russia and Syria: they threat peace, they are corrup, they discriminate against gays, they are violent. But we don’t have a problem supporting rebells which do all that against the population of Syria.

    Today Mondoweiss has an article telling how a progressive author like Robert Malley talks about Iran, about the end of agreement with Iran, but doesn’t want to mention the name of Adelson, Trump’s sponsor who payed, according to Mondoweiss, 25 million dollars in order for the embassy to be moved to Jerusalem. They say, this is something Malley doesn’t want to talk about. It’s funny because at the same time we speak the whole time about a supposed Russian interference in the US elections. Why are we supposed to talk about some things and never to talk about other things?

    Draitse things we talk too little about class, but class doesn’t explain apartheid in Israel, doesn’t explain the fact that they want us to wage war against Iran and against Syria. Class doesn’t explain American hegemony in the world. We didn’t have any problem when everything in Russia was the same, but for the fact that Yeltsin was ready to sell out the country. They also had oligarchs at that time.

    What a few authors who are supposedly leftists are doing now is what has been done before by authors who were fake leftists like Michael Walzer, like the people who wrote the Euston manifest and so on.

    • Replies: @Lemurmaniac
    , @Ragno
  44. Jake says:

    If you are a Leftist revolutionary, one thing that you must fight to oppose is people who lean Left and are truly anti-imperialist realizing that they have a great deal of common ground with people who are part of the anti-imperialist Right.

    Trotskyism is as viciously and insatiably imperialistic as the WASP empire, which has demanded to reign over the globe since at least the 18th century. That pair married to be what The Saker calls the Anglo-Zionist Empire, and to keep the game going, conservative leaning anti-imperialists must be led to always see WASP culture as not merely a good thing, but as the thing that can save them from the horrors of imperialism, while liberal leaning anti-imperialists must always be led to fear and despise all people and ideas that come from the anti-imperialist right.

    • Replies: @Wally
  45. @Wally

    So, not only did the Holocaust never happen, but nobody has ever been nasty to Jews at any point in history?
    I only visit this site for the entertainment value of posts such as this.

    • Replies: @anonymous
    , @Wally
  46. anonymous[107] • Disclaimer says:

    “”nobody has ever been nasty to Jews at any point in history“”

    That must be true.

    Why would anybody ever be nasty to Jews?
    They have the highest IQ anywhere.
    They have never done anything to anybody.
    They are honest as the day is long.
    They constantly entertain us from Hollywood with funny and thoughtful movies.
    They keep us informed with news from around the world and from our own cities.
    They keep the economy humming with their astute management of US Treasury & Federal Reserve
    They are humble and do not demand any special privileges or treatment.
    They are grateful to a fault, constantly expressing thanks for the few crumbs of aid they get from others.

    So of course it must be true that “nobody has ever been nasty to Jews at any point in history.”

  47. renfro says:
    @jilles dykstra

    If Merkel had lived during the Hitler era she would probably have been a Nazi—-since she missed her opportunity by being born too late she has joined the Israeli Nazis.

  48. Wally says:

    Your false strawman, “nobody has ever been nasty to Jews” smells of desperation.

    Every person on the planet has had someone who was nasty to them at one time or another. So what?

    The question remains, do you have proof for the ‘6M Jews, 5M others & gas chambers’ that you can show us, including the immense human remains that Jews claim to know the locations of?

    How about proof for the ‘pogroms’?

    I thought not.

  49. Wally says:

    ” and to keep the game going, conservative leaning anti-imperialists must be led to always see WASP culture as not merely a good thing, but as the thing that can save them from the horrors of imperialism, while liberal leaning anti-imperialists must always be led to fear and despise all people and ideas that come from the anti-imperialist right.”

    So that’s why WASPs are so universally demonized by your Jew dominated media.

    Sir, you make no sense whatsoever.


    • Replies: @Jake
  50. renfro says:

    Meanwhile. The Swamp creatures have finished their Donald’s favorite meal of McDonald hamburgers, licked their greasy fingers and declared they are They Who Will Be Obeyed.

    23 May 2018

    Pompeo as imperial proconsul – Part two


    “In the past couple days, the vice president and the secretary of state have threatened to go to war against Iran and North Korea if those countries’ leaders don’t bend to President Donald Trump’s will.

    The nation’s top diplomat, Mike Pompeo, said in a speech on Monday that the United States would “crush” Iran, through economic and military pressure, if it did not change its behavior in the Middle East. Trump’s right-hand man, Mike Pence, told Fox News, on the same day, that North Korea would wind up like Libya “if Kim Jong-un doesn’t make a deal” to get rid of his nuclear weapons. Asked if this could be interpreted as a threat, he said, “Well, I think it’s more of a fact.”

    Pence brought up Libya to clarify the recent remarks by Trump’s national security adviser, John Bolton, who likened an acceptable deal with North Korea to the one struck in the early 2000s with Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi, who gave up his nascent nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief. A few years later, Qaddafi was overthrown in a Western-backed revolt, then killed. North Koreans’ leaders were not amused by the comparison.

    Pompeo and Pence issued these threats without the slightest backing of a single foreign ally or international institution. Their statements—along with Trump’s recent abrogation of the Iran nuclear deal, despite the uncontested fact that Iran has abided by its terms—have, in fact, alienated the European leaders who co-signed the deal.

    An actual attack on either country would likely have catastrophic consequences. A tangible buildup to war with North Korea would arouse opposition from South Korea and Japan—and, possibly, resistance from China. Sunni Arabs and Israel’s political leadership might welcome an attack on Iran, but it would embroil the United States in an even deeper, deadlier conflict than the war in Iraq. For one thing, Iran is much larger than Iraq; for another, though most of its people despise their regime, history suggests that they detest foreign invaders even more.”


    1. To my certain knowledge Libya did not have a “nascent” nuclear program. What it had was a large collection of crates filled with bits and pieces of technology that it had purchased across the globe. To surrender this materiel was to give George W. Bush a political ally in the Arab World.

    2. IMO the fantasy life of the Trumpians in the ME will yield nothing except the possibility of a major US war in the ME, a war fought in furtherance of Israel’s paranoia about Iran.

    3. IMO Russia, China, India and the EU WILL NOT yield to Trump’s fantasy.

    4. The worst part of this speech is little quoted. Pompeo said in the speech that we would apply such demands to ANY COUNTRY IN THE WORLD that misbehaves. pl

  51. Too bad Alexander Cockburn didn’t live longer. He was interesting anyway.

  52. Anonymous [AKA "Whitaker Chambers"] says: • Website

    It is just becoming too weird for me…The LEFT dem/progressive/Marxist are PRO war now?? I found it incredible that the so called left in the USA was cheerleading for the DEM Clinton dynasty, in spite of the Clinton/Obama war on the working class unions, their complete submission to the financial Wallstreet oligarchy, the mass incarceration of blacks, the destruction of the american Middle Class economics….then they (left) became an echo chamber for the MSMedia Russia Hoax, the Crimea invasion, covering up the DNC corruption, the Wasserman Awan affairs, etc. I read and follow the so called ALT/media such as NPR, KPFK (LA), The Nation Magazine, etc,,,ALL their coverage is a mirror image of MSMedia,,,anti Russia,anti Putin, pro DEMand anti “white” nationalists. They even have panelists openly advocating massacres, mass incarceration, shootings, assassinations, opening Gulag type of concentration camps (for conservative). I found it odd that Democracy Now, NPR, The Nation mag all calling for World War III, maligning Iran, Syria, Yemen. Broadcasting widely the false chemical attacks in Syria..While completing absolutely ignoring the genocide in Yemen, Palestinians, …but I once again go banck to Marx to analyze the Marxists…the American LEFT, ALT Media is also run by the liberal faction of the American Olygarchy/ruling class in this country. The American LEFT has always been part of the establishment.

    • Replies: @RobinG
  53. “since Russia and the United States are both ruled by Oligarchs, they have too much in common to reasonably want to throw nuclear missiles at each other” – Draitser

    He’s almost right. He would have been completely right if he had said: since Russia and the United States are both ruled by those who control their Oligarchs, they have too much in common to reasonably want to throw nuclear missiles at each other.

    Of course S… can happen and do happen. But it’s highly unlikely that the masters of Russia and the USA would want to see also their world destroyed.

    “And yet despite everything, Putin persists in demonstrating his desire to work with Western partners, both by cutting back on military spending and again proposing to keep the pro-Western Dmitry Medvedev as Prime Minister.”

    It’s axiomatic. Putin is a Christian. He wants peace. He is in Syria to save Christians and fight against the terrorists.

    To suggest that Putin’s actions in Syria and Ukraine are at best, contradictory, is of course, to be against peace. And not “left-wing”, whatever that means.

    We’re invited to believe that Russia secret service didn’t know about “coup d’état” being prepared against the democratically elected government of Ukraine.

    The country that lost millions fighting against fascism, allows today a fascist government in Ukraine, allows the warmonger and war criminal to bomb Syria twice a week, and we are supposed not to doubt and question Putin’s real intentions and objectives.

    And yet despite everything, fools continue to believe that He was the saviour.

  54. @fnn

    The German and Pre Linin leaders were related to British Royalty. Germany was a 2x victim of the 1897 Jewish bankers conference in Switzerland.. Hertzl; because he was offend, generated the waves upon which organized Zionism delivered the westernizing juice that caused the black gold to flow from beneath the Ottoman Arab lands. A convicted bank robber once responded: “Judge, I rob dem banks cause dhat’s where de money is at.”
    Mass immigration to Palestine in response to the post 1897 Zionist call for Jewish return to a homeland were powered by the fire at Salonika, Wilson, WWI, Balfour, fall of the Ottomans, the October Revolution, Stalin, Hitler, Churchill, Pearl Harbor, Roosevelt, WWII, Truman, the Hallowcaust. Such events were POT Plan to assume control of the Ottoman and to develop his oil. . Israel was a military base given nation state privilege designed to confirm that the bankers will is to be served. See the Palin Commission.

    Pharaoh power, its awesome. The middle men slave drivers are busy keeping the Pharoah powerful and keeping the governed slaves in their place, while the Pharaoh owned corporations pump that black stuff.

  55. renfro says:

    “since Russia and the United States are both ruled by Oligarchs, they have too much in common to reasonably want to throw nuclear missiles at each other” – Draitser

    Not quite accurate.
    In Russia the Putin government controls his Oligarchs……in the US Oligarchs control the President and government.

  56. Anonymous [AKA "Roundhouse Left"] says:
    @Seamus Padraig

    Don’t forget the senile mockingbird Franklin Lamb.

  57. T. Weed says:

    Radical Political Realignment

    Sweet, or very hot
    Salt, or very sour
    Preserve against the rot
    Of Nature, and of our

    Turn hard left, or right
    (Between, bacilli prey)
    Extremes must join and fight
    The bastards every day

  58. RobinG says:

    The LEFT dem/progressive/Marxist are PRO war now??

    Yes, most of them anyway, if it’s R2P or “moderate” revolution. They’re also pro-Israel, [“We call for restraint on all sides”], and won’t hear otherwise. NO FREE SPEECH FOR YOU!!

    The Left Forum has censored Alison Weir and Ray McGovern, i.e. rejected their applications to hold workshops. In an effort to overcome the Left Forum censorship of that panel and other rejected panels, the group that organized them will be broadcasting them online June 8-10. (Weir’s will be on June 8th, 8-10:30 pm EST.)

    “The Left Forum, the largest leftist conference in the country, has a history of censoring views they do not support. In 2017, four of our five panels were banned. Our group responded by organizing a highly successful alternative conference we dubbed the “Left Out Forum.”

    This year, 2018, all of our panels were banned, once again with zero explanation. Refusing to be silent, we created an alternative online conference for the weekend following the Left Forum and called it Deep Truth: Visionaries Speak Out.”

    More at Weir’s blog:

  59. deschutes says:

    Interpreting equal rights for all, the standard leftist position as anti-whitism only reveals your own white privileged racism. Epic fail dude.

  60. Anonymous [AKA "Who D. Who"] says:

    Thank you, Diana Johnstone, for a savvy analysis of a number of creepy opportunists who are in every way making the situation worse for those of us on the left who have more and more trouble seeing anything out there that looks like a real left. I, for one, have almost entirely stopped reading CounterPunch since their cowardly purge of some of their best writers, including Diana Johnstone and Caitlin Johnstone, but also such excellent veterans of their pages as Mike Whitney, Doug Valentine, Andre Vltchek, Linh Dinh, John Steppling and others. Perhaps the worst of the holier-than-thou new guard at CP, not mentioned in the present article, is the unspeakable Louis Proyect, like Litvin a Zionist apologist and probably an intelligence agent. Between him, Litivin, Draitser, and Reid Ross, the atmosphere at their website has begun to reek a bit of self-satisfaction and seems to be drifting into irrelevance, which was precisely the purpose of the intel-agencies’ “fake-news” fearmongering.

    Well done, Jeffrey St. Clair.

    Cockburn and St. Clair had always been leery of “conspiracy theories” (having been well inoculated against them like so many), but at least until now they had maintained their commitment to openness to include hard-hitting dissenters such as Paul Craig Roberts and Israel Shamir, whose anti-system critiques are highly useful and should be always welcome.

    As I have said elsewhere under this pseudonym, the fear being spread among the fake left of a chance for common ground between malcontents of the (so-called) left and right on such crucial issues as the endless imperial wars, the continued destitution of the working and middle classes, and continued manipulation of information media with manufactured events and false flags, has become so ubiquitous, has been so successful in sowing discord among strong and potentially allied forces, that it is hard to imagine that there isn’t a major psy-op behind the whole thing, a massive “cognitive infiltration” effort of the sort proposed by Cass Sunstein in the Obama administration’s war against dissent.

    There was a moment, around the time of the 2012 elections, when Ralph Nader glimpsed the possibility of harnessing the discontent with Obama’s deceptions and warmongering and joining forces with the broad and generally principled moderate faction of the libertarian movement to form a vast coalition that might serve as a viable third party. That signal, from just such an individual, seems to have got the divide-and-rule crowd to work overtime to sow discord, and that window of opportunity closed very fast and is presently unthinkable. And things have deteriorated to the point that we now have people, as Johnstone points out in this piece, fingering even Nader as an agent of “Red-Brown” evil.

    And, wouldn’t you know it, the polarization created by the Trump vs Clinton election, and the subsequent Trump victory–with its train of manufactured scandals including Russiagate, fake news, and a couple of false flag attacks in Syria–have done wonders to maintain this division. As if by design.

    • Replies: @Seamus Padraig
  61. Jake says:

    Jews replaced Yiddish (which is German dialect for Jews) with English as their international language. That is the antithesis of Jews seeing WASP culture as a threat to Jews. Jews from all nations now use the English language and make reference to all things Anglo-Saxon, modern Anglo-Saxon.

    Jews and all things WASP go hand in hand, and they have from the alliance that Oliver Cromwell made with Jews, which was inevitable considering that Anglo-Saxon Puritanism was a Judaizing heresy.

    The really funny thing is that the standard WASP pro-imperialist (as opposed to the Little Englander, such as GK Chesterton) is exactly like the Marxist in always asserting that once ‘his people’ get full control, the world will become veritable paradise. It is an argument that begins from an assertion of lacking power (if only we ruled, then we would produce goodness and light) and becomes endless war to make the global empire that is necessary to bring us peace and freedom and equality.

    The sun never set on the British Empire. It was the largest and wealthiest empire in world history, and it did not die. Washington DC simply took it over. If WASP culture were anything but endless warmongering to make the WASP Elites and their allies ever richer, we would have seen it for the past 2 centuries, seen it across the planet.

    The American Empire is the Brit Empire 2.0, and it too began with Archetypal WASP Oliver Cromwell making alliance with Jews against all over white Gentiles.

    • Replies: @Vojkan
  62. anonymous[307] • Disclaimer says:

    This is a good article to expose the zionist shills who pose as ‘left’ or ‘progressives, including Draitser and Joshua Frank, who use to be at ‘dissident voice’ where commentators called him a zionist shill.

    Another outlet that poses as ‘antiwar’, but some members are spreading CIA propaganda or they are dummies is “antiwar” itself:

    Jason Ditz
    [Iran’s government was deeply split on whether the US could be trusted in the P5+1 nuclear deal. Now that the US is reneging on the pact, the Iranians are equally deeply split about what to do about Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s list of demands.]

    Now, one should ask from the JEWISH MAFIA propagandists, who are those dumb Iranians who want to be fooled again? Is he talking about the IRANIAN FIFTH COLUMN inside and abroad, where Trita Paris, a CIA asset close to J street responsible for the deal is PART OF IT?

    Trita Parsi on NPR firmly said the the stupid Ultimatum made by the Jewish mafia camp, Pumpeo, meaning no enrichment in Iran, is just a fantasy, and a call for war.
    Is Ditz believe that the Iranian fifth column, inside and abroad are looking for a war?

    These traitors, know that they have no place in Iran and never will be seated by the Jewish Mafia servants on the thrown. Bolton’s terrorists, MEK, are hated by practically ALL Iranian people, so who these people are talking about?

    Massoud Nayeri writes:

    [The animosity of the U.S. administrations -since 1979 Iranian revolution- is against the Iranian people who rose up and cut off the second Imperial power foothold and the most important geopolitical country “an island of stability” in the “Middle East” after Israel. The working people in the cities and rural areas in Iran fought for their independence and became an aspiration for freedom in late 70’s. What Mr. Pompeo and Mr. Trump administration, like the administrations before them are afraid of is not the government of Iran, it is the energized people of Iran who will never be subjugated to the pre-revolution Imperial rules again. The 1% in Iran has no future without the Imperial economy, but the 99% in Iran only prospers with an economy that is not tied up with thousands of visible and or invisible connections to the Wall Street in the U.S.]

    ‘antiwar’ cannot be trusted, so ‘counterpunch’.

    ‘counterpunch’ publishes garbage from a liar by the name of Franklin Lamb, a CIA/mossad agent to manipulate dummies at ‘counterpunch’ which is under the ‘leadership’ of the zionist mafia.

    • Replies: @Seamus Padraig
  63. @Anonymous

    I know exactly how your feel. Hell, you sound like me not too long ago! CounterPunch was was my go-to source for more than a decade–but not anymore. Sad.

    Welcome to Cyberia …

  64. @anonymous

    BTW, how is Dissident Voice doing these days? I haven’t been there in ages. Is it still reliable?

    • Replies: @Che Guava
  65. Che Guava says:
    @Seamus Padraig


    That is truly pathetic. If you really are wanting to know, you can check for yourself.

    Transparent idiocy is transparent.

  66. Germany : the source of all evil on this insane planet.

    Marx, I think everybody is aware of the results of the application of his lunatic “philosophies”

    Freud, the damage resulting from his Rube-Goldberg nonsense could fill tomes.

    Heroin, no elaboration necessary.

    Authority worship , beginning with the deification of : perfessers, the worst BSers of society, and which permeates all of US society, and is the basis by which the “frankfurter schule” assholes have destroyed the US edumacation system.

    “Antifa” : Which came out of sixties Frankfurt and it’s blue-haired BC/HC BO worshiping, Democrat voting, pyromaniac nutcases are evident throughout the US as of today.

    The list continues , almost without end, but let it be said: Aside from Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Goethe, Germany has not been good for mankind, and it’s most negative concepts are deeply entrenched within the US and have caused untold dismay and anguish.

    Plus why does the “left” hate Russia First of all Russia has committed the terrible crime of casting off communism, secondly : Russia (VP) does not cater to gays.

    Authenticjazzman “Mensa” qualified since 1973, airborne trained us Army Vet and pro jazz artist.

    PS : German Jews most definitely did view themselves as : Germans..

    • Replies: @Wally
  67. Vojkan says:

    As a matter of fact, if one looks at it through the old left/right prism, given the importance of the state in the economy and social policies, Russia is still to the left of the US left aka progressives. The problem here is definitely not left vs right, it’s identity politics passing for leftism in the service of globalist elites vs traditional societies of sovereign people. Why am I not surprised that Zionists want to forbid any mention of their role in the former and systematically slander the latter as being fascist? Well, if it is fascist to be opposed to globalist zionazism then call me a fascist.

    • Agree: Seamus Padraig
  68. Vojkan says:

    US imperialism indeed has its roots in the English puritan revolution. It is an odd alliance between the puritanism of the WASPs and the depravity of identity politics “progressives”, isn’t it?

  69. @Brooklyn Dave

    ” The sane left has been totally castrated for at least the last thirty years”.

    Ha ha ha ha ha : “Sane left” : There is not an such animal and never has been . A “sane” individual could not, on the basis of his sanity, ever be, or become a “leftist”.

    The greatest mystery I have ever encountered, and in spite of my “Mensa” qualification am unable to
    get even get to first base with is : How could a rational “sane” human being, who is aware of the historical facts surrounding these dissolute cretins, how could a sane, balanced, person grounded in common sense and intelligence, ever support such scumbags as : BC/HC/BO/GS/NP etc etc etc.

    As I see it, in order for some one to support and vote for such corrupt charlatans they would have to be hopelessly stupid or insane, or both, themselves.

    Authenticjazzman “Mensa” qualified since 1973, airborne trained US Army vet, and pro jazz artisit.

    • Replies: @Vojkan
  70. Vojkan says:

    Yet, many of them purportedly have high IQs. Leftism is not a product of rational thought, it is a system of beliefs. You don’t argue with beliefs. You don’t argue with wishful thinking, navel-gazing and sophistry. Those are the three pillars of leftist thought. You’ll never convince a leftist that it is illogical to consider that a faceless bureaucracy is a better purveyor of social justice than direct human solidarity. The absurdity of considering the Clinton as Left, and therefore proponents of social justice, notwithstanding.

  71. Randy says:

    “Fight against whom?”

    White people. The main idea amongst the left is white genocide. Then the millennium.

  72. Anonymous [AKA "Joe Proletariate"] says:

    Counter Punch has always been suspect considering its antipathy to 9/11 Truth….which might expose its sponsors….I see Draitser has found a home!

  73. Wally says:

    “German Jews most definitely did view themselves as : Germans”.

    Says who? You?

    You’ve watched too many re-runs of the fake ‘Holocau\$t’ TV series.LOL.

    The argumentum ad Holocaustiam is Jewry’s final ploy for deflecting the criminality of its international leadership and elites. Thanks to the liberation of information due to the rise of the internet, people are wising up very quickly to this nonsense. The ideological foundation of the Anglo-Zionist empire- the myth of the “Good War” and the “Holocaust” is crumbling quickly.

    – Mulegino

    The ‘Allies’ gave half of Europe to the Communists and called it a ‘victory’.

    • Replies: @Authenticjazzman
  74. @UncommonGround

    I don’t know if you noticed, but I’m not a leftist. I’m a post-liberal rightist commenting on the fissure between the anti-imperialist left and the politically liberal left. Reading your screed, it seems like you’re all out of options. If I were you, I might try to argue like Marxist historians do on the basis of the objective consequences of an action rather than intention. For example, a Marxist historian might write favourably about Cromwell not because he had any sympathy for Cromwell’s Protestant beliefs, but because he ended up moving England further away from ‘reactionary feudalism.’ Likewise, perhaps you could adopt a pro-Iranian stance because they oppose Israel’s policies. I don’t find that particularly convincing. Personally, I support Iran because I see them opposing from a traditionalist and nationalist basis the centre right wing of liberal globalization, which is where ZOG/Israel are located in the global network. (I don’t give a damn about the Palestinians).

  75. Jason Liu says:

    The main problem with “multipolarism”, according to Ross, “may be that it supports not the emergence of Russia as a world power but the rise of the Kremlin’s authoritarian conservative political ideology.”

    That’s exactly why multipolarism should be supported, to diminish the western liberal ideology that has infested the world.

  76. @Wally

    ” Says who? Says you?”

    So what about the thousands of Jews who served in the german army in ww1, many highly decorated, were they confused as to their identity and mistakenly participated in the german war effort?

    Authenticjazzman “Mensa” qualified since 1973, airborne trained US Army vet, and pro jazz artist.

    • Replies: @Wally
  77. anonymous[307] • Disclaimer says:

    Look at the papers that is published by the ‘antiwar’:

    item Why Young People Are Protesting in Gaza by Reese Erlich
    item Liberals Can’t Talk About Adelson’s Influence in Scrapping Iran Deal by Philip Weiss
    item US Treatment of Palestinians Has Grown Horrendously Cruel by Razan Azzarkani

    item The Abused Jews of Iraq by Sheldon Richman
    item The Luck of the Gambler by Uri Avnery
    item The Saudi Lobby’s Scheme to Destroy the Iran Deal by William Hartung & Ben Freeman

    Report: Israel Struck Syria Airbase to Target Hezbollah

    It seems to me ‘ANTIWAR’ is a CIA/mossad front to fool the so called ‘progressives’. Don’t trust it

  78. Wally says:

    What about them?

    They were Jews.

    Neo-con Bill Kristol says that he’s American.


    • Replies: @Andrew E. Mathis
  79. @Wally

    They were citizens of Germany. Know who wasn’t? Adolf Hitler.

    • Replies: @Authenticjazzman
  80. @Andrew E. Mathis

    After he annexed Austria : “Heim ins Reich”, he was then indeed a citizen of “Grossdeutschland”.

    Authenticjazzman “Mensa” qualified since 1973, airborne trained US army vet, and pro jazz artist.

  81. Skeptikal says:

    That is an incredibly stupid comment.
    One of the most stupid I have ever seen on Unz, or elsewhere, for that matter.
    Note, also, the lack of agreement between “another person” and “their.”
    I believe Diane Johnstone is known to be a woman.
    A very smart woman.
    Nothing of hers that I have read has indicated her age or implied any particular age.

  82. Skeptikal says:
    @art guerrilla

    “I guess their fear is just too great to overcome”

    This is it.
    Fear of the vast implications of doubting the official story, zany and incredible as it is, and (2) fear of losing journalistic credibility among professional peers—even though they all most know the same thing, that the official story is BS. It is a fascinating phenomenon. We scratch our heads, wondering how totalitarian regimes effectively control the narrative of their deeds and prevent spoken awareness of their misdeeds. Yet we have a perfect example right now among many highly intelligent, insightful, and even iconoclastic thinkers and writers. They will not touch that Third Rail of American history. We can admit that Gore really won in 2000 and that we were lied into the Iraq War by Bush, and some other stuff. But we cannot “go there” when it comes to the JFK assassination and 911. I think it is partly because the two crimes are related. A gigantic can of worms. The same can of worms. Opening the 911 can leads to opening the Dallas can.

  83. Skeptikal says:

    “They have mostly joined the Russiophobia campaign.”
    This is why I have basically stopped supporting CP.

  84. Gary says:

    Counterpunch also threw the solidly anti-imperialist Andre Vltchek out the door. They apparently hate to combine their CIA pro-regime change war propaganda spouted by the likes of staff writers Goodman and Proyect with actual credible anti-imperialist analysis. If they aren’t getting loads of CIA money at CP they’re really missing out – given how they just love shilling the CIA regime change narratives. Democracy Now has gone the same route. One can’t help but wonder if these outlets were always controlled opposition – or if we are seeing other factors at play.

    • Replies: @Seamus Padraig
  85. @Gary

    I suspect DN was always controlled opposition, but CP was totally different back in the day (before the Great Purge), back when founder Alexander Cockburn was still alive. Not only did they have real leftists like Johnstone and Vltchek, they even had anti-war libertarians like Sheldon Richman, and anti-war supply-siders like Paul Craig Roberts. Now, nothing but Trotskyites and ‘antifa’ are still welcome.

  86. @EliteCommInc.

    I’m curious about “North Vietnam making war.” Obviously you don’t mean they invaded the US.

  87. Ragno says:

    Why are we supposed to talk about some things and never to talk about other things?

    Because 98% of the population have ceded 100% of public discourse and the allowable flow of information to the 2% loyal only to themselves. Attempts to alert the populace to this fact will result in whistleblowers being mocked, belittled, character-assassinated, demonized, and – in the rare event of any such whistleblowers even potentially capturing the ear of the people – imprisoned or killed.

    “The state continues to take our money because we are resigned to it. We know that if we really, physically, resist state robbery, we are likely to be killed. The state is nothing more than organized force, and real defiance means death. That is the law of force. In that sense, the threat of death is implicit in every parking ticket.” – Joseph Sobran, The Law of Force, 2002

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