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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Beez in the Trap

Beez in the Trap

21

Jul

2017

Friends, colleagues, comrades:  I have a confession.I like Chapo Trap House.Yes, that's right:  I am a big fan of one of the most popular podcasts in existence.  I listen to it regularly; I talk about it with some of my friends; and I look forward to each new episode.  Hell, I even contribute to it financially; I am, i ...
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A People Disjointed Are Always Disappointed

A People Disjointed Are Always Disappointed

10

Jul

2017

Okay, thanks, Kerry -- that'll wrap up the checkins from the Calligraphy for Stalinists working group. Good job, everybody, and we're all really looking forward to the "Merry Christmas from the Gulag" cards this year.Now, if there's no other new business...yeah, Carl?  Well, that's really old business, Carl, and I...well, ...
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Crown Thy Good

Crown Thy Good

4

Jul

2017

There was a time when I used to say, in agreement with the great Paul Fussell, that July 4th was the one day we should hold up nothing but praise for the things that make America great. The rest of the year should be given to relentless criticisms of what this country does wrong, and how it can be made to fulfill the promis ...
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Comrades and Cronies

Comrades and Cronies

3

Jul

2017

Who are your comrades?The more time I spend in the political space that involves ground-up building of resistance and alternatives to capitalist hegemony -- call it activism, call it organizing, whatever suits you -- the more I begin to notice the patterns that we use to trip ourselves up just as we start to gain momentum. ...
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