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Beat the Devil

Alexander Cockburn

Israel's strategy in 1948 continues today: Make life so awful for
Palestinians that most will depart, leaving a few bankrupt ghettos as
memorials to the hopes for a Palestinian state.

The left may be a dusty relic in Germany, but in the Indian state of Kerala,
it has made formidable gains on a platform of reform and smart
economic policies.

While John Kenneth Galbraith was good at pointing out the failures of the free
enterprise system, he could never overcome the play-to-win mentality
of American capitalism.

Bent on proving to the politico-corporate establishment that he
is safe, Barack Obama is backing away from all claims to be a
popular champion.

The war is coming home, in the form of people dreadfully wounded in body and spirit. Yet Democratic candidates aren't too worried about their hawkish stance, because the peace movement has no fire in its belly.

When Democrats ignored Russ Feingold's motion to censure the President,
they provided more evidence that there is no visible national strategy
to end the war and bring the troops home.

It's no surprise to learn that oil companies are underpaying royalties for drilling on public land, or projecting profits in the billions. The battle for energy regulation was lost a long time ago.

Bobwhite quail have little to cheer about these days, their numbers
depleted and habitats ravaged by hunters like the Vice President and
his pals.


Alexander Cockburn
Alexander Cockburn, The Nation's "Beat the Devil" columnist and one...