About Perfidy Press
Perfidy Press, in partnership with Gatekeeper Press, is a boutique publisher dedicated to upsetting corporate and political apple carts. It’s a small press—so small, in fact, that it would fit in our coat closet. But that doesn’t mean its words aren’t mighty. We tell truths to power with information and interpretations you won’t find on the 6PM news. Our imprint’s name should not imply that we are deceitful, unfaithful, untrustworthy, treacherous, or any such synonym. (Read more about perfidy here.) Rather, we are all about exposing perfidious endemic behavior in political economy, technology, and news media. We have dedicated ourselves to telling hard-to-find inconvenient truths you need to know to function as a citizen.
Speaking of news, we recently launched our first book, in print and eBook editions. It’s a long-awaited novel, a tale of empire, resistance, and blowback inspired by the plight of hordes of refugees who famously floated to Europe in the summer of 2015. Hordes greeted with contempt and suspicion by politicians and pundits, including some of those who created them by launching ill-conceived disastrous military adventures.
Geoff Dutton, that book’s author and Perfidy Press Factotum, is a likeable enough chap. You would never know from his middle-class origins and Ivy League education that he hates America. Not its land, people, or civic institutions, but for pretending to be a democracy when its elections are fraudulent and its top politicians are rented out by corporate elites uninterested in governance that is not to their benefit. Our politicians pretend to listen to human citizens come election time and otherwise receive marching orders from corporate ones via their lackeys, crippling government institutions intended to serve the people thanks to funding being diverted to warfare and corporate welfare.
What the people are being served with are myths of free markets, rugged individualism, and American exceptionalism propagated by right-wing mouthpieces. Many of my countrymen have been so brainwashed that they can no longer think straight about their own and their communities’ best interests, So ill-informed about the world that most couldn’t locate more than three or four countries on a map. So ignorant of America’s history of perfidious wars, slavery, and subjugation of Native Americans and other people of color. Deliberately misled and kept preoccupied with celebrities, sports, entertainment, and consumer products they really don’t need and can’t afford.
Geoff wants to make America great again by unmasking the forces that have corrupted its institutions and re-engineered it as a consumerist wasteland of the soul. He wants the great American People to say NO to our country’s aggressive posturing and military adventures that make us less rather than more safe. NO to more pain and suffering like we inflicted on Vietnam and Iraq, for no good reason, as it turned out.
So what does he think it would take to MAGA? Finding less business around the world to mind would be a good start. Putting more corporate criminals in the dock would help. How about we stop tearing families apart, either on foreign battlefields or at our borders? We should settle for no less than full accountability for politicians and CEOs whenever their actions or inaction cause catastrophic harm to innocent lives, taxpayers, or the environment.
There’s a lot of harm they need to answer for: Red scares. Wars in Korea, Vietnam, Bosnia, and Iraq, plus other gratuitous interventions. Nuclear brinkmanship. Secret government. Watch lists. The most costly and least fair health care system money can buy. Regulatory regimes held captive by companies they oversee, and news organizations held captive by spooky unaccountable elites and their acolytes. Geoff wants to make America great again by unmasking the forces that have corrupted its institutions and re-engineered it as a consumerist wasteland of the soul.
There’s not a helluva lot that a fledgling independent press can do to right such overarching wrongs, but it’s worth a shot. So where to begin?
How about the summer of 2015, when refugees converged on Southern Europe from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Africa as Western democracies battened down to refuse and repulse them. Disgusted by fear and loathing that denied refugees succor and asylum because of their ethnicity or religion, Geoff vowed “I’ll give you your Islamic extremist whom you say hates freedom and is out to destroy your way of life, and make you weep for him.” Three years and three US Muslim bans later, the paranoia is even worse. Time to roll out the result and hope it changes some hearts and minds.
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About Our Logo
The initial letters “Pe” in our logo look weird because they are Arabic script. They are a stylized rendition of one of the words Arabic has for “perfidy” with an added stroke in the form of a dagger. This is the character we have taken liberties with:
غدر — Treachery, Deceit, Foul Play
Our motto, “What you don’t know can hurt you” flips the well-known homily that implies that ignorance is bliss. We believe that many worldly sorrows could be ameliorated if more people didn’t take pronouncements of politicians, experts, reporters, and pundits at face value. For us, they are fair game, and we aim to serve the public by sorting out the subtext when even the most reliable sources tell us what’s going on.