A few weeks ago, I was invited onto Patrick Farnsworth’s podcast, Last Born in the Wilderness. We discussed my essay “Questioning the Extremely Online” in depth, and teased out a few of the mostly unaddressed and dangerous implications of social media and digital communication in our culture. Here is the link:
Hey everybody, I recently did a new short interview with Balkanspost.com discussing recent developments in Yemen. Here is the link:
Published on the web at Dissident Voice and Countercurrents.org Oct. 10 2019
Presented here is a short list of some of the most ridiculous statements, absolute gems really, from some of the hopefuls for the 2020 Democratic nomination for President. These are all either verbatim quotes from speeches, interviews, or official Twitter posts from the candidates. After I was initially rendered catatonic by examining the collective ignorance, I got it together to provide some clarity and rough translations to try and tease out the not-so-hidden agendas of each politician.
There was a lot to choose from, but I specifically picked each of these remarks because they are all exquisite examples of each candidate’s specific brand of delusional ideology and idiosyncrasy distilled down to their bare essences. Continue reading
This essay has appeared in Countercurrents and Dissident Voice
“The fundamental problem of political philosophy is still precisely the one that Spinoza saw so clearly (and that Wilhelm Reich rediscovered): Why do men fight for their servitude as stubbornly as though it were their salvation?”
-Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari, Ant-Oedipus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia
There is a fairly typical and recurrent notion among many Americans that Donald Trump and his administration is some sort of aberration. As if his brutal, venal, racist, and bullying nature is something new, or different from previous leaders. For those not inclined to look at the historical record; one only has to look beyond our borders to view the authoritarian personality type that Trump represents in power all over the world: Modi, Orban, Erdogan, Jinping, Duterte, and Bolsonaro being the most obvious comparisons.
Our president is not an exception but the logical culmination of a nation built on genocide, slavery, empire, and capitalism. His virulent nationalism, his racist and sexist attitudes, and unbelievably fragile ego are all undisputable proof that millions of people enjoy, tolerate, or acquiesce to his behavior. Liberal pieties and paeans towards restoring normalcy don’t move the needle for most center-left voters either, as it is at least tacitly/subconsciously understood that after Trump and Brexit there is no going back towards “liberal democratic” rule. A threshold has been crossed. Continue reading
Published Aug. 15th 2019 at Countercurrents.org, and Dissidentvoice.org, also find it on my Medium Profile
This essay is in regard to a crime that too often goes unmentioned when the conversations turn towards political analysis, the contemporary journalistic scene, and broader social critique: the crime of being extremely online.
What does it mean to be extremely online? It mostly is as straightforward as it sounds. Generally, activities such as spending too much time on the web, scrolling through social media feeds out of habit, checking email or notifications dozens of times a day, all are symptoms of the extremely online person. Particularly, too much smartphone use is a devastating problem.
There is also a more specific version, which both mainstream journalists and alternative media commentators employ on both the right and left: constantly posting every news update; sharing a gazillion times every day each and every version and opinion on a current event/post/tweet about the lead news stories of the day, whether it is something interesting about global warming or something as ignorant and banal as the president’s tweets; prognosticating about the presidential election a year and a half before it happens; using dubious polls or statistics to bolster weak arguments; and basically reacting to every media spectacle with behavior including but not limited to juvenile tantrums, posturing, faux outrage, jaded cynicism, pompous virtue-signalling, ironic detachment, and narcissistic self-aggrandizement. Continue reading
Published online at Dissident Voice May 20th 2019, Global Research May 21st 2019
The official investigation into Russian collusion is over, after three harrowing, nerve-wracking years. I kid, of course. After endless news cycles, and various non-stories and wild-goose chases disseminated by mainstream media, one would think the country could move on. Yet this hasn’t been the case. It seems pretty straightforward: delusions about Russia continue because they serve empire.
Most serious people who have not had their brains parasitized by the ridiculous hand-wringing and caterwauling of mainstream media pundits understood Russiagate for what it was: a bunch of half-baked allegations against obviously corrupt yet incompetent stooges of the Trump campaign and administration, cobbled together to appear as some sinister, shadowy plot against America. That does not mean that Donald Trump is not a repugnant, amoral, serial liar who would do anything within his power to engage in damage control in regards to the behavior of his corrupt and incompetent lackeys, as well as himself. It simply means, in regards to collusion, there is no there, there.
Below is my interview published today (March 3rd 2019) with The Balkans Post on the war in Yemen. Here is the link to the original:
Balkans Post: It is almost four years since the Saudi-led coalition began its aggression against Yemen with the support of Western countries. How do you assess their current level of support? Has it changed since the brutal murder of Jamal Khashoggi by the kingdom?
William Hawes: The support seems to be dropping. Germany has recently cut off arm sales. In the U.S. Congress bills will shortly be voted on to end arms sales and support to Saudi Arabia. Pressure is building in the UK to cut off arming the Kingdom as well. Definitely, it was the murder of Khashoggi that caused a shift in perception in the U.S. and the UK. What is revealing is how the death of one journalist somehow is more important than the U.S.-backed mass killings, drone warfare, starvation, and outbreak of preventable diseases, most significantly cholera.