Letter from an American

An On
Reviewing the first rough draft of history from a materialist perspective
Created 10 Jun 2021
  • October 16, 2021
    16 Oct 20211 day ago • 2 min read
    Halloween Kills…so does capitalism, as in this metaphor we all become Laurie Strode constantly running from the depredations of the haute bourgeois Michael Myers…think of me as your Dr. Sam Loomis in ...
  • October 15, 2021
    15 Oct 2021 • 2 min read
    Yesterday, the story of Baylor University’s Parent Plus exploitation broke and I wrote how this was part of the modern economy’s class structure. While universities promote an ideology of liberal arts...
  • October 14, 2021
    14 Oct 2021 • 2 min read
    After the US Civil War, former slaves had to get jobs, and landlard planters needed workers. Sharecropping is a system replicating slavery—afflicting all races—where the landlard allows a tenant to us...
  • October 13, 2021
    13 Oct 2021 • 2 min read
    The group with the wealth and power under capitalism—the ruling class—divides into the propertied “haves” (bourgeoisie) and the property-less “have-nots” (proletariat). The legal system is designed to...
  • October 12, 2021
    12 Oct 2021 • 3 min read
    Both the Sulzberger-directed New York Times and the Bezos-owned Washington Post yesterday ran op-eds from Republicrats or former Republicrats urging members of their party who still value “democracy” ...
  • October 11, 2021
    11 Oct 2021 • 1 min read
    Under capitalism we know employers want to capture as much of the surplus value as they can for themselves, and pay workers just enough to reproduce their class. Remember over the summer, even as the ...
  • October 9, 2021
    09 Oct 2021 • 2 min read
    Imagine going about your business when a foreign operative sweeps you up, spirits you off to another country, tortures you, and then holds you for years, quite possibly the remainder of your life. Tha...
  • October 8, 2021
    08 Oct 2021 • 2 min read
    Upstairs, Downstairs was a popular British drama series set in a large London townhouse, depicting the servants—"downstairs"—and their masters, the family—"upstairs.” A lot of people are fooled into t...
  • October 7, 2021
    07 Oct 2021 • 3 min read
    Yesterday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) backed down from his theatrical obstructionism, agreeing to let the Demopublicans raise the debt ceiling by a simple majority rather than by th...
  • October 6, 2021
    06 Oct 2021 • 3 min read • 1 0
    “There have to be consequences for participating in an attempted violent overthrow of the government, beyond sitting at home,” U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan said Monday, disregarding the fact that...
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