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“Gamestopped: WallStreetBets, Wall Street wins” — MY TURN author Doug Henwood in conversation with Maximillian Alvarez, Kate Aronoff, and Edward Ongweso, Jr. for the Real News Network

Friday, February 5th, 2021

“There are two things about bubbles. They always go on longer than you think, but they do eventually burst” — MY TURN author Doug Henwood interviewed for New York Magazine

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2021

“When that inevitably happens, the average Redditor ‘will be left holding the bag,’ he added.”

Read the full article here.

“Unpacking GameStop’s Stock & Wall Street’s Future” — MY TURN author Doug Henwood interviewed on the Daily Show

Friday, January 29th, 2021

“You always think you can get out before it falls apart” — LOCKDOWN IN HELL WORLD author Luke O’Neil interviews MY TURN author Doug Henwood for Welcome to Hell World

Friday, January 29th, 2021

“The stock market is insanely overvalued—at a time when many are struggling to put food on the table. It’s grotesque. The difference between the stock market and economic reality is so wide.”

Read the interview (with subscription) here.

“The GameStop Bubble Is a Lesson in the Absurdity and Uselessness of the Stock Market” — MY TURN author Doug Henwood writes for Jacobin

Friday, January 29th, 2021

“The online pranksters behind the great GameStop bubble of 2021 are probably going to lose a lot of money. But they’ve done the world a service by reminding us of the utter uselessness of the stock market, an institution that serves no purpose besides making a small number of undeserving people rich.”

Read the article here.

“What to expect from the new presidency” — MY TURN author Doug Henwood interviewed on Renegade Inc

Tuesday, November 17th, 2020

“Unemployment Benefits Have Saved the US From Economic Calamity. They Expire at the End of the Month.” — MY TURN author Doug Henwood writes for Jacobin

Monday, July 27th, 2020
The only thing keeping workers in the United States from absolute destitution has been unemployment insurance and other social welfare benefits. If Congress doesn’t extend unemployment benefits at the end of the month, the economy will hurl off a cliff — and millions will be immiserated, writes Doug Henwood.

Read the full article here.

“US government is about whatever makes the global corporate oligarchs richer”: DOUG HENWOOD in The Guardian

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016

US government is about whatever makes the global corporate oligarchs operating from or through the US richer. Mere crumbs of appeasement (as when Democrats hold office) to identity and civil rights groups.

US political parties, behind window dressing to appease the various voter blocks, equal neocolonialism’s virtual enslavement of minds if not bodies all the way. Every day.

We US voters are merely useful idiots providing the imprimatur of legitimacy to a political charade of power wielded against the masses of people and other species in North America and around the world.

The Democratic party elite may have been fighting behind the scenes this year for who among the Democrats with or without “RINOs” is going to assume future power, and none of us reading the “news” knows the truth about email hacking. At this point, who cares.

Read the full piece here.

What does Doug Henwood’s MY TURN reveal about the tensions on display at the DNC?

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

Hillary in Her Own Words

The question remains whether Hillary Clinton is the progressive, feminist candidate the left wants her to be—or simply a hawkish corporatist.



On Monday night at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, First Lady Michelle Obama and Senator Bernie Sanders both took the stage to voice their support of Hillary Clinton. Both the First Lady and Senator Sanders, perhaps to the disappointment of the latter’s fervent supporters, spoke strongly about why they believe Hillary deserves votes.

The First Lady was adamant that Hillary was the only candidate for the job, saying, “And I am here tonight because in this election, there is only one person who I trust with that responsibility—only one person who I believe is truly qualified to be President of the United States. And that is our friend, Hillary Clinton.”

Senator Sanders, on the other hand, struck a different note. “[T]he case he made for Clinton was less about a visceral appeal to liberal values than a dry, logical chain of argument that led (somewhat joylessly and amid boos) to the conclusion that Clinton deserved to be the nominee,” wrote Glenn Thrush of CNN. That was before Sanders tweeted on Monday:

Some suggested the tweet belies the fact that Sanders is more interested in keeping Trump out of the White House than putting Hillary in it.

The incongruous messages from the First Lady and Senator Sanders—one of full-fledged support and character endorsement, the other of resignation and necessity—reflect the anxieties of many voters on the left for whom Hillary Clinton is seen as the last remaining option, an alternative to Donald Trump who is not as progressive as they might like; that, as Doug Henwood points out in My Turn: Hillary Clinton Targets the Presidency, “The case for Hillary boils down to little more than her alleged inevitability.”

Which begs the question, is Hillary the progressive, feminist candidate the left wants her to be? Or another hawkish, corporatist politician?

In My Turn, a critique from the left that catalogs the rumors, policy complaints, and ideological alignments that have dogged the candidate throughout her career, Henwood allows Hillary’s words to speak for themselves:

“As a shareholder and director of our company, I’m always proud of Wal-Mart and what we do and the way we do it better than anybody else.”

—June 1990, at the annual stockholders’ meeting

“For goodness’ sake, you can’t be a lawyer if you don’t represent banks.”

—March 1992. In her youth, Hillary interned at a radical law firm in Oakland, which, in Carl Bernstein’s words, was “celebrated for its defense of constitutional rights, civil liberates, and leftist cases.”

“Now that we’ve said these people are no longer deadbeats—they’re actually out there being productive—how do we keep them there?”

—April 2002. The “deadbeats” she’s referring to are former welfare recipients who’d (briefly, in many cases) found low-wage work.

“It’s time for the United States to start thinking of Iraq as a business opportunity.”

—June 2011, to an audience of senior executives from U.S. companies and officials from the U.S. and Iraqi governments.

“I love this quote. It’s from Mahatma Gandhi. He ran a gas station in Saint Louis for a few years.”

—January 2004. She later apologized, explaining it as a “lame attempt at humor.”

“The office of the president is such that it calls for a higher level of conduct than expected from the average citizen of the United States.”

—Written in 1974, as a staff lawyer drawing up the rules for the impeachment of Richard Nixon.


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“With Friends Like These…” DOUG HENWOOD reviewed by The Indypendent

Thursday, July 7th, 2016

“Progressives will find many new reasons to dislike Clinton after reading this sordid expose.”

To hear more, visit The Indypendent

“She is very bellicose” DOUG HENWOOD interviewed on Tablet Mag

Thursday, May 12th, 2016

[On Hillary Clinton]: “She is very bellicose, aggressive, very pro-military. When she was Secretary of State she was by far the most aggressive member of the Cabinet.”

To read more, visit Tablet Mag.

“A solid and persuasive guide to what has been characterized as shady or shabby or unprincipled in Clinton’s political career” The New York Review of Books reviews MY TURN

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

To read the rest of the review, visit The New York Review of Books.

MY TURN excerpted on Alternet

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

To read the full excerpt, visit Alternet.

MY TURN praised in Jacobin

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

Henwood’s brief is directed squarely at Hillary Clinton’s political opportunism, her reflexive secrecy, her frequent patronage of friends and cronies, her belligerent approach to foreign policy, her scant legislative record in the Senate, and her unimpressive tenure as secretary of state.

To the extent that Clinton’s identity serves as a basis for Henwood’s critique, it is not her gender, but her identification with, and championing of the interests of, the powerful and wealthy American elite that makes her an unworthy candidate.

To read the full review, visit Jacobin.

DOUG HENWOOD, author of MY TURN, explains the left critique of Hillary Clinton on BBC

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016

As I told my Democrat friends back in 2014, if they’re so worried about the reactionary horror threat, they should look more skeptically at their candidate. Her political history was generally more conservative than theirs, but, more important from a party politics view, were her vulnerabilities as a candidate. Her stash of scandals, past and present, that could blow up at any time, and her campaigning personality, which could be stiff, error-prone, and inspire distrust. The more people see her, the less they like her. That political history should give anyone not a Goldman Sachs managing director pause.

To listen to the full interview, visit BBC. Henwood’s interview begins around the 20:40 mark.

“Punchy” OpenDemocracy praises MY TURN

Monday, February 1st, 2016

[My Turn] it makes a simple, important point very effectively: that there is, and always has been, a distinctive whiff of cronyism and dishonesty about the way Hillary Clinton does politics.

To read the rest of the review, visit OpenDemocracy.

The Week reviews MY TURN

Monday, February 1st, 2016

Would Clinton actually be a good president? No, argues Doug Henwood in his book My Turn: Hillary Clinton Targets the Presidency. As Daniel Davies observes, it provides a brief, reasonable survey of the case against returning Clinton to the presidency, free of the right-wing dreck clogging up the internet. The whole book is worth reading, but the main argument can be grouped under three headings.

To read the rest of the review, visit The Week.

Francesca Rheannon interviews DOUG HENWOOD

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

To listen to the interview, visit Writer’s Voice.

The Nation reviews MY TURN

Thursday, January 7th, 2016

My Turn, an expanded and heavily annotated version of his Harper’s cover story of November 2014, is a brisk tour of everything putatively dishonest, corrupt, venal, nasty, and equivocating about Hillary, from high school to the present moment.

To read the rest of the review, visit The Nation.

“This is the best political book of the year” San Diego Free Press praises MY TURN

Monday, December 21st, 2015

So for all of the “pragmatic” New Democrats on your list, those folks who never tire of lecturing you on electability and not letting “the perfect be the enemy of the good”—get them this book and make them read it before their next recitation of that chapter and verse.

Maybe then we’ll have a real primary debate.

To read the rest of the review, visit San Diego Free Press.

This Is Hell! talks with DOUG HENWOOD about MY TURN

Friday, December 18th, 2015

To listen to the interview, visit This Is Hell!.

Tracy Quan on DOUG HENWOOD‘s MY TURN and Sarah Sole’s artwork

Monday, December 14th, 2015

Title is called ‘My Turn’. Not called ‘Her Turn’, which would be a very gendered title… My Turn is a full recognition of [Hillary Clinton’s] full-fledged ego… Doug Henwood is in many respects ahead of his time and ahead of many women who feel that they have to support Hillary Clinton because she is a woman… Hillary is a person who weirds us out. And so should she be. She wants to be the president of the US.

To listen to the rest of the review, visit Morning Brew.

In a discussion of MY TURN, The Baffler asks why elite feminists focus on “Bernie Bros” with so much Hillary criticism coming from the left

Friday, December 4th, 2015

The danger here is that in erasing left feminism, consciously or not, progressive media is pitting class against gender—making socialism (or Cold War social democrats, whatever) look sexist to feminists, and making feminism look fucking bourgeois to working people.

To read the rest of the article, visit The Baffler.

“This is something that all Hillary supporters ought to be buying” MY TURN reviewed on Crooked Timber

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

My main impression on reading the book is that this is something that all Hillary supporters ought to be buying – it sets out all of the credible criticisms, without mixing them with a load of right wing dreck.

To read the rest of the review, visit Crooked Timber.

In New York Magazine, Rebecca Traister responds to MY TURN

Friday, November 6th, 2015

Bubbling intra-left conflict over Hillary Clinton has washed over the internet, with the most recent fracas concerning the cover art for a new anti-Hillary book by left-wing writer Doug Henwood. The book, which will be published in January, is an expansion of Henwood’s anti-Hillary broadside for Harper’s in 2014. Its cover is a noirish painting of Hillary, arm raised, gun pointed at readers, under the title My Turn: Hillary Clinton Targets the Presidency.

To read the rest of the review, visit New York Magazine.

The Washington Post and Cosmopolitan weigh in on MY TURN cover

Thursday, November 5th, 2015

The Washington Post and Cosmopolitan are the latest to report on the controversy stirred up by the cover of Doug Henwood’s forthcoming book, My Turn.

Refinery 29 weighs in on MY TURN cover controversy

Wednesday, November 4th, 2015

The painting, if we may say, is kind of amazing.

To read the rest of the article, visit Refinery 29.

Slate speaks with Sarah Sole about the cover of MY TURN

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

Sole has spent a lot of time ruminating on [Hillary Clinton’s] form. She left her first career as a mathematician to pursue her love of visual art in the mid-2000s. She was getting an MFA at the School of Visual Arts in New York when Clinton first ran for president eight years ago. “In May of 2007, I became kind of obsessed with her,” she says. “Those were my first paintings. I was learning how to paint—poor thing,” she laughs. Since then, Clinton has remained Sole’s primary subject, and has figured in dozens of her works. Sometimes, Sole herself is in there, too—locking lips with Clinton, or getting married to her, or performing Hamlet with her.

To read the rest of the interview, visit Slate.

Announcement of MY TURN draws strong response

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

MSNBC reports that the cover of Doug Henwood’s recently announced book, My Turn, has drawn a strong response.

The International Business Times spoke with Sarah Sole, the cover’s artist, about her inspiration for the book cover.

On CounterPunch, John Halle praised the provocative cover for forcing Clinton’s liberal supporters to face her hawkish record.

News of the book cover also made the front page of the Drudge Report.

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