[This is the first in a new section on R3publicans from Ada Coddington – our New York correspondent.  Ada scans the news for things that might be of interest to our readers here – we’ll give you a paragraph or two and you can decide what you want to dive into further.  She is very good at finding things ahead of the ‘news’ that may be of interest to all.  Enjoy/sc]

I am convinced that the US, and probably the entire Western world, that is, the American Empire, has entered an era in which respect for truth does not exist in public and private institutions. We have been watching this develop for some time. Think, for example, back to August 3, 2002, a recent time in terms of our present predicament, but a time prior to political consciousness of anyone younger today than 33 years old. In the summer of 2002, the world was being prepared by propaganda for a US invasion of Iraq. On August 3 of that year, the prestigious British publication, The Economist, summed up the consensus of ruling opinion in two sentences: “The honest choices now are to give up and give in, or to remove Mr. Hussein before he gets his [nuclear] bomb. Painful as it is, our vote is for war.”

As Lewis Lapham, myself and others asked at the time, what bomb? …

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