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    The Trouble with Corporate Personhood: Freedom of Speech for a Fiction

    Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

    I often correspond with a long-time Washington DC operator named Leigh Ratiner, who spent 40 years in government, serving under Presidents Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford and Reagan, with cabinet-level posts in the Defense Department, under the Secretary of the Interior, in the Department of Energy, and in the State Department. Usually I’m prompted to contact […]

    Why We Needed George Bush for an Emergency Third Term

    Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

    [Note to readers: I wrote this for CounterPunch back in May 2009, but was reminded by a friend to re-post it, as the Obama administration descends continuously into the nightmare…] My good friend Travis, from Moab, Utah, got it into his heat-scarred head that Obama, following the historic election, would soon be taken out – […]

    God Bless the Cantankerous Old Men: Some thoughts on contrarianism

    Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

    My father, who just turned 70, called from the mountains the other day.  He’d been watching television again, always a bad sign.  “What the hell is this Max Jackoff business?” “Dad, what are you talking about?” “It’s all in the news.  Never heard of him before.  Some sort of man-boy.  Singer.  Runs around on stage […]

    Solution to a Broken Justice System: Brooklyn Mom Doreen Giuliano

    Monday, December 1st, 2008

    In a society where 2.3 million people are serving time in prison — more than any other country in the world — and many of them are innocent or convicted of harmless drug possession charges, it’s no surprise when you hear the story of Doreen Giuliano’s son, John Giuca, who she claims was wrongly convicted […]

    The End of the Economy: or, Some Thoughts on How to Economize

    Sunday, November 16th, 2008

    The good news for economy – I use the word in its old, perhaps archaic, sense – keeps on coming, but we are told the current “economic” crisis is a tragedy for the nation’s living standards. Far from it. First of all, let’s define economy. What we are hopefully entering is a period of real […]

    An Assassination Bail-Out Plan for Corporate America? Feeling Fear from an Old Musket

    Sunday, November 16th, 2008

    An Open Letter to Congress Dear Sirs/Madams: You in the corporate execugarchy in this country have forgotten the shape and name of fear – and yes I mean you, dear congressmen, whose work has gone hand in hand with big money for too long, running amok in the sea lanes of American society, piratical, parasitic, […]

    Let It Collapse: On the Social Benefits of Creative Destruction

    Sunday, November 16th, 2008

    So the tax-payer hand-out will “save” Wall Street from its own predations. Any reasonable man, of course, would wish the pig-fuckers to fry in their own feces. Let the free market carry out their corpses to the gutter. And mine too, perhaps, for as a magazine writer I depend on the thoughtlessness and blind-mole cupidity […]

    Where the Buffalo Roam on the Welfare Ranch

    Saturday, July 5th, 2008

    My most recent article in Harper’s — find it here — chronicles the several weeks I spent in May 2007 wandering around with the Yellowstone buffalo herd, the last free-roaming unfenced genetically pure herd in the world. In what amounts to the usual sad and sorry spectacle called “government at its best,” the animals are […]

    Selected Aphorisms to Jaundice Your Day (by C. Ketcham)

    Friday, June 20th, 2008

    Regarding the abortion debate, I tend to think that life starts when a child develops irony. The hope of the human race is that we will learn to disagree without believing in anything. Only brothers could hate each other the way Arabs and Jews do. The frugal man in a time of prosperity is as […]


    Thursday, January 31st, 2008

    Money has proved the most dangerous of modern man’s hallucinogens. -Lewis Mumford Be in nothing so moderate as in love of man. – Robinson Jeffers, from “Shine, Perishing Republic!” Pack Creek Ranch, Moab, Utah Rats, like human beings, need enough space to stretch and relax and breath free. Consider a study that researcher John Calhoun […]

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