A Spectrum is Haunting America

A Spectrum is Haunting America

15

Feb

2018

Look. Politics isn't easy.  It's terribly difficult, enormously frustrating, full of compromise and defeat.  And even though it's subtle and complex, suffused with gray areas and uncertainty, we still have to define it by its ability to conform to four sections of a lazily drawn grid.We understand.  We are here to help.< ...
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Public ISIStance

Public ISIStance

30

Jan

2018

Brothers!  From the Levant I send you greetings, and convey to you the blessings of Allah against the infidel, the invader, and the apostate.  I also bring you stamps, as requested, and some of that berry-flavored sparkling water Riad really likes.  Riad, this was not easy to find, and you can reimburse us anytime for th ...
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L’Ideé est Debout

L’Ideé est Debout

24

Jan

2018

This year, I made the decision that all the non-fiction I would read would be about two events, separated by a century but bonded in the blood:  the Paris Commune of 1871 and the revolts that spread across France in May of 1968.  Both are events that have had a gigantic place in my revolutionary imagination and have influ ...
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A World Where Every Neighbor is a Friend

A World Where Every Neighbor is a Friend

2

Jan

2018

Death, we are reminded every time someone dies*, comes in threes.  A good truism; a strong truism; and most importantly, a truism that can be stated in less than five words, making sure it will lodge in our consciousness before we get bored and go off to play video games or join a drug gang.  Unfortunately, it suffers fro ...
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Indistinguished Opposition

Indistinguished Opposition

6

Dec

2017

In my last entry, about the massive betrayal of the American people to a handful of plutocrats via the passage of a license to loot posing as a tax reform bill, I caught a small amount of hell from Democrats, who wondered why I had harsh words for their party.  While I feel that I spared the majority of my wrath for the Re ...
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The Way It is Today

The Way It is Today

2

Dec

2017

The possibility of having to restate the profound and likely irreversible damage the new tax bill will inflict on this country exhausts me. There are only so many times you can say that America is involved in a one-sided class war and that the rich (all of the rich) are doing their best to reduce the poor (all of the poor) ...
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Show Me Forgiveness

Show Me Forgiveness

6

Nov

2017

It may be too soon to talk about forgiveness.  The sins of the world are still so great, after all; and we are only now developing the language and the means to articulate our objections to some of its greatest crimes.  Why should we now talk about forgiveness, when even now, the powerful are contriving ways to continue t ...
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The Costs

The Costs

10

Oct

2017

Harvey Weinstein is the latest.  But he isn't the last.The news that Weinstein, a prominent movie producer and one of Hollywood's biggest power players, is at the very least a serial sexual harasser of women and at worst a multiple rapist has been met with varied reactions.  It's not exactly shocking; Weinstein has long b ...
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The Most Important Word

The Most Important Word

4

Sep

2017

Today in downtown Chicago, I heard the Reverend William Barber speak.  Barber, the founder of Moral Mondays, follows in a long tradition of black preachers who stand for social, racial, and economic justice; he is an inheritor of the great lineage of Martin Luther King and Jesse Jackson, who stood by his side as he spit fi ...
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Don’t Do What Danny Don’t Does

Don’t Do What Danny Don’t Does

28

Aug

2017

Because of the somewhat reserved nature of leadership in the Democratic Socialists of America, and because it is a brewing scandal that recent events have shown no sign of calming, I wanted to make clear my personal thoughts on the issue of Danny Fetonte's continued presence on the DSA's national political committee.  It ...
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How We Fight

How We Fight

23

Aug

2017

Cards on the table time:  I am not a pacifist.  I don't believe that violence is never an option.  I'm opposed to violence and cruelty on general principles, but I don't think general principles really mean that much, especially when shit is starting to go down.  I always reject aggressive violence, but I have zero prob ...
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Detoxifying Fascism

Detoxifying Fascism

22

Aug

2017

Michael Shermer, in his book Why People Believe Weird Things, wrote about his workmanlike history of appearing on television chat shows to debate neo-Nazis and Holocaust revisionists. Some of his colleagues, he wrote -- even ones with impeccable antifascist credentials -- told him he was not just wasting his time, but acti ...
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Human Too

Human Too

19

Aug

2017

"If you are neutral in situations of injustice," Bishop Desmond Tutu told us in 1984, the year I first manifested what might be called a political consciousness, "you have chosen the side of injustice." Injustice, cruelty, oppression, and inequality refuse the position of neutrality; they will not recognize a central point ...
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People of Every Land, How Can You Not Be Roused?

People of Every Land, How Can You Not Be Roused?

3

Aug

2017

Today was the first day of the Democratic Socialists of America's national convention.  It's taking place in my own city of Chicago, and it's the first convention since the DSA experienced unprecedented growth in the wake of the Bernie Sanders campaign and the election of Donald Trump.  In addition, it's the first convent ...
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Today We Mourn a Stooge

Today We Mourn a Stooge

25

Jul

2017

Criticizing the Republican Party is always a tricky proposition.  With the election of Donald Trump in particular, it's practically impossible; calling out a moronic huckster who won the election by making jerk-off gestures at the very notion of being a respectable politician is like arguing against a fart.  Part of the r ...
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