Danny Haiphong is a socialist activist, writer, and political analyst. For the last five years, Haiphong has been a weekly contributor to Black Agenda Report. His articles have also appeared in publications such as MintPressNews, Counterpunch, The American Herald Tribune, The Center for Global Research (Canada) and The Herald (Zimbabwe). Haiphong has frequently appeared on Black Agenda Radio, CPRNews with Don Debar, The Taylor Report, RT, and Sputnik International. His work was recently featured in former Congresswoman and Green Party presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney’s latest book How the U.S. Creates “Sh*thole Countries (2018). His latest book is American Exceptionalism and American Innocence: A People’s History of Fake News―From the Revolutionary War to the War on Terror
American Exceptionalism and American Innocence: A People’s History of Fake News―From the Revolutionary War to the War on Terror
“Fake news existed long before Donald Trump…. What is ironic is that fake news has indeed been the only news disseminated by the rulers of U.S. empire.”—From American Exceptionalism and American Innocence
According to Robert Sirvent and Danny Haiphong, Americans have been exposed to fake news throughout our history—news that slavery is a thing of the past, that we don’t live on stolen land, that wars are fought to spread freedom and democracy, that a rising tide lifts all boats, that prisons keep us safe, and that the police serve and protect.
Thus, the only “news” ever reported by various channels of the U.S. empire is the news of American exceptionalism and American innocence. And, as this book will hopefully show, it’s all fake.
Did the U.S. really “save the world” in World War II? Should black athletes stop protesting and show more gratitude for what America has done for them? Are wars fought to spread freedom and democracy? Or is this all fake news?
American Exceptionalism and American Innocence examine the stories we’re told that lead us to think that the U.S. is a force for good in the world, regardless of slavery, the genocide of indigenous people, and the more than a century’s worth of imperialist war that the U.S. has wrought on the planet.
Sirvent and Haiphong detail just what Captain America’s shield tells us about the pretensions of U.S. foreign policy, how Angelina Jolie and Bill Gates engage in humanitarian imperialism, and why the Broadway musical Hamilton is a monument to white supremacy.
The esteemed Dan Yaseen is the host of the long-running anti-war radio show, Speaking Truth to Empire on 88.1 KFCF Free Speech Radio for Central California.
Dan was born in Karachi, Pakistan, and immigrated to the United States in 1974. He received MS in Electrical Engineering from Michigan State University. He has been an independent life and health insurance broker for over 40 years, specializing in Medicare.
Dan has always been interested in politics and history. He follows global issues and geopolitics. After the tragedy of 911, he decided silence was no longer an option and became an anti-war, anti-Empire activist.
He is a charter member of Peace Fresno, and was President from 2004-2005; he is currently Vice President – Membership. He is also on the board of the Fresno Center for Nonviolence.
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No! To my great regret, the United States has become the world’s laughingstock and garden scarecrow. The whole world is laughing at your last 2 presidents, the whole world is laughing at your laws, the whole world is laughing at your modern way of life. And this is the bitter truth. The worst that could happen has happened. And you, Americans, are to blame for this. Don’t blame Russia or China. Don’t blame the mirror if your face is crooked. You cannot build a state on lies. Very sorry. But you yourself deserve it. Americans are not exceptional and never have been. Exceptional losers who destroy themselves. That’s who you are now. And we must face the truth. And you don’t have to pretend that everything is fine. You are rapidly degrading. Sorry. I hope you have one last chance not to fall into the abyss. Best wishes.
America “was” exceptional in theory, and in hopes.
“America” did not invent slavery, it inherited it. In fact, slavery has existed since prehistoric times, and it still exits in its pure form in many places.
However, America did make allusions to slavery’s unfairness, and provided inspiration for its eventual end in our founding documents. America finally fulfilled that hope in a very exceptional way.
But a malignant race was seeded among us in its high money power, which eventually through subtle deceptions and outright fraud, subdued and replaced our nation’s original high moral aspirations with its own wickedly self-serving and bigoted agenda.
As always, Americans knowing the score, or maybe not knowing, but sensing the ominous oppression, look for deliverance from it, by a new President.
“Hope springs eternal.”
Slavery never has gone, just did turn invisible the chains…
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