Almost twenty years ago, I wrote a six-part article series: “Repeal the Patriot Act.” Six months later, I wrote a piece titled “The Madness of America.”
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court agreed on Friday to hear appeals from Republican-led states and coal companies asking it to limit the Environmental Protection Agency’s power to regulate carbon emissions under the Clean Air Act.“This is the equivalent of an earthquake around the country for those who care deeply about the climate issue,” said Richard J. Lazarus, a law professor at Harvard.
“If this ends up at the Supreme Court, it will be perhaps one of the most monumental decision the court has made,” Costa told MSNBC on Friday.During the Watergate scandal, president Richard Nixon was forced to release audio tapes by Chief Justice Warren Berger, because a crime had taken place — and “no president can have confidentiality when it comes to documents when a crime has taken place,” Costa noted.”That was the threshold for Berger,” Costa said. “What’s the threshold for this Supreme Court? That’s the lingering question.”
Case in point: Oil industry executives testified before Congress this week, suffering a barrage of questions, including particularly intense ones from Reps. Ro Khanna, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Katie Porter.The CEOs exhibited the same sort of arrogant insolence Mark Zuckerberg displayed in July of last year when he was hauled before the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law. It was, basically, a smug, “Screw you, Congressperson.”Why were the representatives of Big Oil and Big Tech unafraid of the power of Congress?Because, at the end of the day, they own that power. The Supreme Court gave it to them with their poisonous Citizens United decision.
The right has gone crazy and the suspicion arises they wish to provoke revolt so that they can take over the US gov via a fascist coup.
This seems extreme but is hardly so: the whole country is falling apart and in the context of climate change, Hurricane IDA seems to foretell the US mainland becoming uninhabitable.
Please note that many conservatives would welcome a bloodbath of tens of millions of Americans: the better to hole up in their bunkers.
The left should have been ready here but is not. We have tried with some impatience to recast the left beyond the sterile marxism. Marxists just sit around and thumbtwiddle between quotes from Marx and are essentially paralyzed.
But the provocations to revolution along with the objective indications should leave the public worried about the future of the republic.
We have tried to create superfast a post-marxist corpus of materials, hope that helps. But Marxists have secretly given up and don’t do anything. The right is clearly trying to forestall with their own revolution and their contempt for law is transparent.
The abortion law (next to the governor’s hypocrisy over mask mandates) is somehow a deliberate provocation.
We have essentially lost the Supreme Court, a grim omen of a collapsing republic.
The law bans abortions as early as six weeks after conception and allows Texans to sue anyone who aids, abets or performs an abortion past that mark.