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Thursday, January 19, 2017



As African-American intellectuals say:
“A great house-nigger!” I say, Jamie Dimon’s best of the kind. “Yes we can” “stay the same,” - the same old same same - we keep the criminal national security & economic team & of course don’t prosecute, god forbid the  thought, only prosecute truth-leakers, we exercise discretion, we are the smoothest killer from Chicago ever & the idea of putting Old Ossama bin on trial gives us hives, Terror Tuesday tries to avoid wedding parties full of Jihadists as foul meat is with maggots, let’s think of Jihadists a maggots, yes. The only war we pursue is the one the New York Times also wants me to: black sheep in Afghanistan; the biggest mistake we admit is Libya, letting HRC talk us into liberating Libya. Welcome Isis! We made a sensible treaty with the Mullahs in Iran, we instituted half of a health plan for an ungrateful people, we are well spoken, we have a pretty wife and two pretty daughters, and a good enough tan to protect against some of the consequences of the destabilization of the environment, and there, too, we did the best we could, under the usual ideal circumstances. What astonishes me most is that a sensible agenda should have engendered.... such unanimous Pooplikan opposition. What - in many ways - such a dreadful country this is! 

Friday, November 11, 2016


Dear Mr. Remnick,
With all due respect to your piece on the American Tragedy that the election of The Great Huckster represents, it is my feeling that the event is merely yet one further manifestation of an ongoing tragedy whose origins may lie as far back as the 1953 overthrow of Mossadegh that was followed by the overthrow of the Guatemalen government, letting the French hang in the wind at Dienbenphu, the Bay of Pigs Invasion, the Vietnam War, the Carter/Brezinsky destabilization of the 25 million people strong Afghanistan (throwing a country of that size to the dogs of war, with further consequences yet to come); the elections of fascistically inclined demagogues like J.F.K., Ronald Reagan, the two Bushes and of Barrack Obama, who ran on the platform „Yes We Can” while not many voters  I expect expected it would mean the retention of his predecesor’s National Security and Economic Team, or that Obama would become a coolest killer from  Chicago yet, and yet be admired as civilized, well-spoken, datable by your daughter, everything that Donald Trump is not – i.e. the difference is one of class, and  and so you are quite willing to disregard his criminal acts (of omission as well as commission) in foreign and domestic affairs, lesser though they be than those of many of his predecessors! Body counts are lower! Hitler Jr. killed only one tenth as many Jews as Hitler Sr.! At the New Yorker you can be a war criminal with class like Obama but not a crude s.o.b., the vilest of the vilest scumbags out of Roy Cohn, like Trump or a war criminal like George Bush (war criminal by the standard of the Nuremburg tribual, or United Nation), which no tribunal will invoke or enforce, Bhoutus Bhutus Gali has no recourse over the U.S. Imperium and we don' apologize! Analogously, HRC (who - like you - was either so stupid - or other-Freedom-fry- directed as only Americans can be - as to believe that Old Badass Saddam Hussein - defeated, supervvised, sanctioned - might pose a threat even if he had one or the other wombat of mass distruction - or fantasize of atomic weapons - and be as gullible and righteous not just once but a second time as in the case of Libya, and dream of doing it yet again in the instance of a Syria that, ultimately, was destabilized into internecine warfare as a consequence of the American Iraq adventure – democracy is, as was 19th century Christianity, a horror that humanity hyenas impose by force of arms, while yet, say since 1945, no imperium has killed a many human beings as has the United States.

Thus your estimate of HRC as intelligent makes me question your own judgment, although in fact I might have voted for her if I lived in a state that was tetering, no mater that her election would have signified a continuation of the ongoing tragedy. HRC deserved to be beaten just not by Trump. She is a cold monster of the kind I encountered quite a few of in NY who are too stupid to learn from experience, but she was not born that way, a Goldwater girl she became that way within the American power struggles - all that the moguls then can do is fight for the ultimate prize of ultimate power - just as the American workers, once Union now disunion, negelected, uncared for by the moguls, have became atomized into chauvinistic racists within the consequences of neo-liberal profit-takig, the indentured servants who think they are better than the straight-out slaves.

Trump does not appear to be part of the imperial team in quite the same way, and so he may never take office, or he might be impeached at the moment that he does; there are all these outstanding legal issues coming to a head. Reagan, Bush, Trump... it’s a fascist country in many ways. What do folks imbibe as of their birth, the boob tube, lying newspapers, advertisements,  major criminals too big to jail while a million petty drug dealers are incarcerated. A formula for fascism, or for socialism with the right leader. Let’s not forget, Bernie would have beaten Trump - Hilary and the DNC went all out to destroy Bernie. One third of the country seemed ready to turn socialist during the primary. The kids, amazingly, were all right! How is it that the kids always seem allright yet from their marvelous heart-leaping inducing joy toddler presence turn into monsters by middle age?

Trump will of course betray the working class just a much as he has his vendors. Atlantic City is going into receivership with the State of New Jersey, chiefly through Trump’s doing, just a Obama betrayed his promises. Trump’s  tax cut for the moguls and piss down on you policy and deregulation while imposing a tax on trade throws the world even further into a Darwinian mode and makes shopping at Walmart a far dearer experience.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016



In the mid-1970s, editor at Continuum Books/ Seabury Press I was fortunate to publish DRUGS AND MINORITY OPPRESSION by John Helmer (1975) (See the Kirkus Review @
 which found that suppressing the newly liberated slaves was linked with the criminalization of drug use. Meanwhile, more than a century later, with African-American ghettos in most major and smaller American cities, both the suppression of drug use – for pleasure & to suppress pain of all kinds - and the incarceration of African-American continues while simultaneously there has developed a black criminal underclass, sort of like the Japanese Yakuza, that is in and out of jail. (The number of incarcerated African-Americans actually exceeds the number of slaves at emancipation.) The underclass that is in and out of jail did not exist at the time when slavery ended, did not come into existence until large numbers of African-Americans started to live in ghettos in the cities, were the poorest paid and first laid off. Thus these gangs have a history and have reservoirs that replenish them generation after generation; that is their college, post-graduate education in criminality.
    As editor of Rober Kalich’s THE HANDICAPPER
and one day I happened to be taken along to meet the head of the Jewish Mafia, Abe Margolis, and who would happen to be there but the head of the black mafia in New York,  all that was missing at this fine Fifth Avenue venue with Louis IV furniture, was the Italian equivalent ( whom I then met at “Abe’s Place” on Third Avenue); Abe's brother Robbie was known as Frank Costello's best friend. I forget the name of the black fellow, the year is 1978 or thereabouts, he was arrested of course, and so was Abe. The Jewish mob gambled on college basketball, Robert Kalich their handicapper, novelist! Editing the book meant $ 40 K for Urizen Books. The lives of editors take adventurous turns, don't they? It is/was for the black mobsters that the black kids sell drugs. So the current discussion/ controversy, as far as I am concerned, is what? Meretricious? Out to lunch?    
President Clinton’s accommodation to Reaganism, his crime bill of the 90s, to put masses of “predators into jail,” a law that meanwhile has been used and not only by Black Lives Matter to attack his spouse's presidential campaign, was the usual kind of superficial stop-gap American response to a problem that can only be solved or ameliorated over the course of several generations of assured living wages for all impoverished Americans.
 Michael Roloff


Helmer begins by questioning both the popular wisdom and psychological theories about addiction, but this is not a wide open polemic like Szasz' Ceremonial Chemistry. Instead this sociological analysis focuses on Helmer's contention that narcotics use has for the most part been concentrated among the working class, and that the war on drugs is and always has been a form of class warfare. The second half of this argument is the most convincing. Tracing the rise of public concern over Chinese opium indulging, Mexican-American marijuana smoking, and Black cocaine and heroin addiction, Helmet levels a barrage of statistics to demonstrate a connection between campaigns to stamp out the drug menace and downturns in the business cycle and/or minority group inroads on a limited job market. Helmet isn't as clear about why narcotics should be a primarily working class phenomenon. There are hypotheses--such as the frustration of unemployment and the flooding of the market by drug speculators (Chinese businessmen paid wages in opium during the mid 19th century), but the lack of information on hidden narcotics habits among the upper and middle classes makes the argument problematic. While he is an apparently prodigious researcher, the author doesn't always define the exact scope of his argument and he extrapolates rather freely from his data. Obviously he is on to something, but his model of the dynamic interaction among economic conditions, drug use and law enforcement policy remains fuzzy.

Tuesday, July 07, 2015


I tried to re-blog but it's not working thus
here is the link to Jay Bookman's fine  piece

Monday, September 22, 2014



Upon Hitler's mugging of Poland
on September 1. 1939 Admiral Canaris,
the head of German Counterintelligence (the Abwehr)
is said to have blanched,
and then said, “this is the end,”
as, indeed, it was the beginning of the end of Germany.
At that moment of the realization of the inception of a great tragedy Canaris yet managed to be annoyed that Hitler had used the very Polish uniforms that his service had been employed to provide, to stuff some German criminals into and kill them as alleged Polish “weapons of mass destruction.”
Bush, Cheney, Rummie, Wolfies et al's knowingly false and long-planned 2003 conquest of Iraq can be said to mark a similar beginning of an end, in this instance of an actual empire, not of a wanna-be.
However, one could hold that the beginning of this end lies even further back and had its inception with Carter/ Brzezinski's destabilization of Afghanistan, to draw Russia into a bear trap – imagine that: tossing a country of 25 million to those dogs of war! And then creating the Mujahedin and equipping them with Stingers to wound the bear! And then abandoning the Mujahedin! 
Or, if you want to go all the way back , you could point to the idea that “containment” meant to go against the tide of history and assume the fractured European imperialist impulse and bed with everY evil mother fucker in the world.
But perhaps, in light of its hoary beginnings, the idea that “the United States” might have taken an alternative path is foolish.
The end will not be as protracted as that of the Roman empire, yet in similar fashion it will be a Zugzwang during which it will rush from one site of warfare to the other. Domage.

Sincerely your,
The Geopolitical Monster Michael Roloff.
in Seattle

 Michael Roloff  [as "Summa.Politico"]
Member Seattle Psychoanalytic Institute and Society

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Friday, August 30, 2013


  I notice a furious all around debate yet feel entirely frustrated for lack of immediate details and historical context, e.g,’s-Use-of-Chemical-Weapons-on-August-21-2013?utm_source=Mondoweiss+List&utm_campaign=a610d7e3a5-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b86bace129-a610d7e3a5-398411721
David Rief's piece in the New Republic that references a lot of them It appears that the U.S, has been trying to destabilize the Syrian government since the days of G.W. Bush's Iraq adventure.
 So this then is what you get!
Syria had a Ba'ath type socialist government although it appears not as perverted as Saddam Hussein's became. Bashar al-Assad, a trained ophamologist, suceeded his father Hafez upon that man's death in 2000.
Whatever I read, pro or con intervention, of whatever degree, however agrees, in the highest moral dudgeon, that the Assads are the equivalent of "old badass Saddam" - as compared to the somewhat differentiating reportage of the ongoing ground conflict (s) of the insurgency - its various foreign backers and components, Islamist and Alawite, Shiite and Sunni factions.

Does a government have the right to defend itself against an insurgency? Especially insurgencies sponsored by various foreign interests that wish the country  to disintegrate?

Now specifics. It is said that the Obama government has electronic evidence of an Assad defense minister who is upset at the carnage wrought by the poison gas attack. Who recorded or overheard this conversation, where when, quite aside the interpretation of the evidence. According to Leon Wieseltier in the New Republic Dexter Filkins of the New York Times has evidence of 35 different poison gas attacks on the part of the Assad regime.
What if any reason does the Assad regime have to target a neighbourhood, that neighborhood
in Damascus? Was / is this an opposition hotbed? And if not, was this event an accident
as the overheard conversation might lead one to believe?
Another point: is Assad's Ba'ath regime so entirely evil that in fact there needs to be regime change with all the consequences of regional spread of warfare that such a decision entails?


Sunday, May 12, 2013

malte-herwig-flakhelfer + struck/ keuschnig rezenzion

Jemand der folgendes schreibt
"Die Interpretationen Herwigs sind stimmig und mit Virtuosität vorgebracht; die Methode kennt man aus seiner Handke-Biographie »Meister der Dämmerung«, in der er auch wie ein Philip Marlowe das Werk nach biographischen Verwundungen und versteckten Bekenntnissen absucht. " dem, dessen Urteil ist leider nicht zu trauen. Denn in dieser und vielen anderen Hinsichten, strotzt Herwig's Handke Buch nur so von Fehlleistungen - Sammeln, aufstoebern kann er, guter "Gumshoe" ist er; Verstaendis von Literatur und ihrem Zusammenhang mit dem Leben des Autor, eigentlich nicht vorhanden. Und dass er mit einem 60 K Klage droht damit sie die Colbin Rezension zurueckziehen - damit hat Herwig sich selbst zerstoert! Und dass Struck/ Keuschnig der doch viel sich mit Handke beschaeftig das nicht bemerkt... Struck/ Keuschnig laesst ja auch keine wirkliche Kritik an seinen eignem Zeug zu!

 Was die Flakhelfer betrifft, wenn man sich wirklich nur patriotisch gegen die Luft Annihilierung aufgerafft hat, ihre sonstige Unwissenheit ueber das Crimen Regime ist leicht zu entschuldigen. Ich haette es auch als 8-jaehriger! Wurde aber nicht vor die Wahl gestellt, und ich hasste den einzigen SS Mann den ich kannte, den Volkschul Lehrer, und die Eltern haben nur durch groesstes Glueck ihre Gestapo Inhaftierung wegen ihrer Teilnahme am 20ten Juli ueberlebt. Und da sie seit 1934 im Widerstand waren ganz schnell zur Partei um gut getarnt zu sein.

Es hat wohl in vielen Faellen, wie Grass, mit Scham und sich schaemen zu tun, und Dummheit. Erstmal als 17 Jaeriger sich zu der Waffen SS zu schleusen zu lassen , und dann so dumm zu sein es nur ganz spaet im Leben zu gestehen und damit viel zu verspielen - Scham scheint ein grosser Grund dafuer, hoffentlich auch Scham fuer die Dummheit, und dann so pathoshafte und ueberhebliche Gedichte wie das Netanjahu / Lieberman Israel Gedicht!.
Was sollte denn leichter sein  Netanyoo-Liebermann als Fascisten zu bezeichnen, die zufaellig Juedisch sind? Die Spitze des Amerikanischen Neo-Con Faschismus die es ohne Amerikanische Unterstuetzung es kaum geben wuerde?

Ihr Michael Roloff

Friday, March 22, 2013



Allessandra Stanley’s NY Times review of the Dick Cheney documentary

has it that that truly miserable man “snookered” Dick Armery the then, 1993, leader of the House Republicans, into supporting the “war resolution” by telling him that old Bad Ass Saddam  Hussein, the U.S. Government’s once favored s.o.b., had the capacity to put a nuclear bomb into a suitcase – and if Cheney actually did this, but also if not - for cause at any of the many events - elicits in me the idea to pack this stupid monster into an old suitcase and dump him in the Sea of Araby for the there sharks, whom the body of Ossama Bin Laden has helped develop a taste for flesh of evil, who ought of course have been put on trial as ought Cheney and his “mission accomplished” accomplice, who certainly accomplished the ruination not just of Iraq but of the U.S. economy. – These men are as evilly stupid as Hitler and Co. who invaded Poland under false pretenses in 1939, whereupon the head of German counter-intelligence, which had provided the Polish uniforms into which Hitler & Co stuffed some disposable German criminals prior to murdering them as alleged Polish soldiers, Admiral Canaris is said to “have blanched” and said “this is the end.” Is there or was there anyone as foresighted in the so-called U.S. intelligence services?
Whom do we have to blame for having had Bush II as president? Anthony Scalia - who signalled how he would vote even prior to the Florida case ending up in the Supreme Court. Let us not forget our forever Anthony among the cavalcade of shame.

Rumsfeld’s first thought upon 9/11 is reported to have been that “Iraq has the better targets.” Were similar brilliant propositions coursing through  George W. Bush’s noggin as he was reading, to some kids, for five minutes, that children books about goats during the 9/11 attack? Bombs away, Rumsfeld! Bombs away Wolfowitz! Has there ever been as cowardly a terror campaign as Uncle Sam’s “shock and awe?” of a country that had just lost a war, that was quarantined? Has there ever been a greater worldwide terrorist than Uncle Sam and his 1000 + and expanding bases, the marines in the middle of Australia?

There is a New York Times editorial at the anniversary
decrying – rather belatedly, no? - the Iraq war and warning of a repeat of this world historical crime by attacking Iran;
and here  a link to all their editorials and opinions including all those CIA/BROOKINGS Michael O’Hanlon updates that Auntie featured for years on end!

a better record of this infamy + links can be found at Tom Dispatch

and a day or so ago  Auntie reports that those politicians, of both parties, who are still in power in D.C., were largely silent, no comment on the anniversary.

also posted at

Monday, February 25, 2013




Dear Chris Hedges,
The year is 2013 I believe and I must confess

this is a pretty pathetic piece that you have delivered yourself of -a once again warmed up story about von Stauffenberg.

I happen to be the child of two conspirators who survived the siege of
Berlin in their respective Gestapo prisons in spring 1945

and later in life was sufficiently intrigued to look at the entirety
of the resistance to Hitler, and also how he came to power, and then
seized the dictatorship.

The initial and forever consistent resistance was on the part of the Communist party, who also held together best when imprisoned.

Here is the list, all you had to do was use Google!

Their attempt at Hitler's life in the FAMOUS Munich Buergerbraue Beer Cellar attempt only failed because it was foggy and Hitler took to train back to Berlin, instead of waiting for the fog to lift so as to take the plane. 

In 1938 the Swiss seminary student Maurice Bavaud had infiltrated the anniversary of the 1923 coup attempt during the Munich October marchby, but did not shoot because he was afraid he might also kill Goebbels and Himmler. The year is 1938.

I happened to have translated Rolf Hochhut's Bavaud bio for Little, Brown about
30 years ago. It was torture!

In 1938 CAnaris and the Abwehr, German counter intelligence, were ready to move the resistance within part of the German army goes back to 1934, as does my parents, for among immediate reasons  my grandfather's Werner von Alvensleben having been on the hitlist during the Night of the Long Knives.

In 1942 the Rote Kapelle was discovered, a big wave of executions.

I spent a lot of time the Institute for Zeitgeschichte [contemporary history]
in Munich researching for a biography of Oberst Grosskurt, Canaris's right hand
man, who however was captured at Staligrad and died as a Russian p.o.w.

The 20th of July assassination attempt at the Wolf's Lair occurred on the property
of my Uncle, Heini von Lehndorf, who meanwhile had become the courier for the
conspirators, and was promptly killed. I grew up with his kids, the most famous
of whom became Verouchka.

If your piece is meant to be analogous to the current situation, or perhaps
to the ongoing U.S. imperiliast semi-fascist way of being, I - who tends to regard the world thrugh the eyes of a romantic WW II conspirator ! - would say it misses the spot.
What would be needed would be the kind of general disaffection of the armed forces with the dictator. I see little of that here, rather the opposite, the forever
possibility of the seizure, not in Latin American fashion, but gradually of military
interests of the powers of government. Emergencies, emergency laws. As long as you and and Tom Englehardt can get on our soap boxes and proclaim the truth we do not posa threat to the powers that be.
Stay cool, stay dry!
Best Michael Roloff

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Wednesday, January 09, 2013

THE WINNER OF THE "ziggy"...

: You may recall "now-accepting-nominations-for-ziggy" of Md-December

and the winner is




in miniaturized lapel-pin-sized form


a) One vote for Kermit the Frog

b) which vote I suspect was meant to be for the
man who in honor of the extra-ordinary long-lasting destabilizing
"Ziggy" effect that his actions in the early 1950s had, and despite
the passage of time, and the inertness of the national memory, went to
KERMIT THE ROOSEVELT who brought you the overthrow of Mossadegh,
the installation of the Shah of Shahs and you remember the rest and the
great love that the "Great Satan" enjoys - 32 votes.

c) then the person for whom the award is named, Zbigniev "Ziggy"
Brzezinski received hundreds of votes, of course, for his and Jimmy Carter's
destabilization of Afghanistan in 1979. Often jointly with CIA Casey who
did his part to create the world wide Mujaheddin to fight in the nicely
destabilized Afghanistan - which is why the award takes the shape of a
dog - a country thrown to the "dogs of war."

d) But by far the overwhelming number of votes went to
"MOTHER" - the mother of invention of destabilization, the
CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY - because it has been uniquely able to
create never-ending havoc, and propel "history" from one fiasco
to the other. Its "realistic"  "intelligence" gives stupidity a good name!
As soon as the U.S. Senate confirms  "Torture & Drone" Brennan -
that is, pro-forma - after a bit of the usual song and dance -
he will receive the mold from which the original was cast
so that he can create decal-sized replicas for the boys and girls at Langley. -
Its weight of course varies depending on the metal. The Uranium
enriched pin comes in at 2.3 ounces, the aluminum, pockmarked and degraded,
at less than half an ounce.
The ordinary citizen can obtain these pins from

Myron Toback, Inc.'s subsidiary shop in Truth & Consequences in New Mexico
after  first paying the appropriate deferential visit to the neighboring Rio Grand hamlet, Elephant Butte
where Rudolf Guiliani has a shoveling shop.

Myron Toback, Inc.
25 West 47th Street
New York, NY 10036
(212) 398-8300
(212) 869-0808 Fax

Thursday, December 13, 2012





 Zbigniew Brzezinski  





THE C.I.A. for its work in Syria for the past decade - it is showing... ah hem... results!
2) Nobel Peace Prize winner President Oh-Bambi!
3) Bambi - you never know what a deer is up to these days. Maybe as a Unicorn?P?

4) Pr
esident Netanyahoo?
5) Sanctimonious Jimmy? Ziggy's enabler,
 and yet another Nobel Prize for Peace winnner!? All the worst war
criminals win them, don't they in our Orwellian world!


Zbigniew Brzezinski - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

And on the potty making dung! 



Bush-Obama, a.k.a "promise breaker", promised change: "Yes, we can." What?
1) He kept Bush's national security and economic adviser teams. He did add the Stiglitz wing of economists, but did not heed it and went with Geithner wing. With Stiglitz he had the opportunity to nationalize the bankrupt banks and other financial gangsters, and for the country to take control of its finances - finances are not like the weather - and not have them left in the hands of Vegas gamblers, and every year or two we have a major calamity - finances are not the weather!
2) Obama had his "surge", in Afghanistan. He has become the executioner in chief, who  plays cyber war and concentrates most of the U.S. Navy  in the Persian Gulf.

3) For those who do not live in Texas or the Texas of the Mind he
he is easier on the ears and eyes, yet the differenc in policies is minimal. Obamacare is a gift to the insurance companies, just as Bush's prescription drug law was a gift to big Pharma. What must have surprised a Republicantype president was that the nominal Republicans were so adverse to compromising with him on debt relief. The national debt incurred by Bush was appr. 10 trillion, it is now 4 trillion more. And the current President is waging economic warfare against Iran  and has much of the US Navy concentrated in the Persian Gulf. He helped destabilize Lybia, the destabilization of Syria has been an American agenda for at least a decade, but appears to have gone seriously awry.  
 Romney, may be a worse choice, since the only reason he seems to want the task is because  his dad failed  to become president. The consensus of the lesser evil does not apply in this instance,
Instead of either of these great evils find a good socialist candidate to vote for. Mine is Jerry White of the Socialist Equality Party - the Trotzkyites, at least their analyses are powerful!



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