Progress, Progressivism, and Progressives: An Anthropologists’ Perspective

Political discussions within the United States quickly bog down into meaningless party partisanship, often utilizing labels without clearly elucidating what they mean. Here Dr. Maximilian C. Forte discusses the US Progressive movement — one of the two poles on the great imperial engine of US politics, Populism being positioned as the other. His piece is… Read More Progress, Progressivism, and Progressives: An Anthropologists’ Perspective

NGO’s and Empire Maintenance: Aid distributors versus popular sovereignty

“If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.” – Aboriginal activists group, Queensland, 1970s Among the many foibles and spectacles which have characterized the presidency of Donald J. Trump, was his threat to… Read More NGO’s and Empire Maintenance: Aid distributors versus popular sovereignty

A Review of Russiagate, its Propaganda and Hysteria

This important and thorough dossier of articles, research, and evidence dismantling the liberal-imperialist myth of “Russiagate” – the idea that Trump is a foreign agent of Russia – was originally compiled by Lary Kummer, editor of Fabius Maximus. We at Peripheral Thought are extremely appreciative of Kummer’s work compiling this impressive collection, though we of… Read More A Review of Russiagate, its Propaganda and Hysteria

The Capitalist Peace, Dependency Theory, and Imperialism

This piece by Scott Patrick originally appeared on Bakunin Matata. Patrick is a PhD candidate studying comparative politics at the American University in Washington, DC. While some of its observations are dated given the upheavals that have defined the Trump administration, it is nonetheless a worthwhile short read:  We are living in an age of capitalist… Read More The Capitalist Peace, Dependency Theory, and Imperialism

Mussalaha (Reconciliation) in Syria

“Reconciliation” has become something of a buzzword in Canada, the country of my birth, underpinning much of the mainstream discourse around the historical mistreatment of indigenous people and the future of relations between settlers and natives. One might be surprised to learn that Reconciliation is also a buzzword in Syria, but for rather different reasons.… Read More Mussalaha (Reconciliation) in Syria

Americanization from a European Perspective

A change of pace to celebrate the successful conclusion of the Canadian academic year, what follows are two European pop radio hits which deal with the Americanization of European culture.  Americanization as a concept has been popular since the 1960s and refers to claims that European media forms are exhibiting direct influence by and a… Read More Americanization from a European Perspective

The Revolutionary Distemper in Syria That Wasn’t

In celebration of the release of his outstanding book Washington’s Long War on Syria, I am republishing an excerpt written by Canadian writer Stephen Gowans, originally published in October 2016 on his blog What’s Left. The book is availiable to order from Montreal publisher Baraka Books and I encourage all our readers to get a copy and… Read More The Revolutionary Distemper in Syria That Wasn’t