Vox Populi

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Joan E. Bauer: A Thousand Pigeons

Robbie, Paul & I met Carlin at the Hamburger Hamlet in Westwood in 1970. Carlin had a big laugh & shiny hair, but behind the jokes, a serious guy. He … Continue reading

September 19, 2018 · 1 Comment

Paul Buchheit: The Capitalist Manifesto — Let Poor People Die

The root of the problem is the condemnation of anything ‘social’ as un-American, which has helped modern-day capitalists to justify their belief in individual gain by any means. The original Capitalist Manifesto was a … Continue reading

September 19, 2018 · Leave a comment

K.H. Anderson: A Lefty’s Guide to Liberty

Real-life individual liberty — for everyone — is at the heart of everything progressives stand for. It’s time we own it. . The liberty ideal should be perfectly at home in every nook and cranny … Continue reading

September 18, 2018 · 2 Comments

Jose Padua: America is Killing my High

Like a sickness that gives you fever and shakes, makes you cough, makes your lungs hurt blowing smoke rings into the sweet country air. Like a car whose engine dies … Continue reading

September 18, 2018 · Leave a comment

John Feffer: The GOP Wants Trumpism, Just Without Trump

Critics like that anonymous op-ed writer have no problem with how Trump’s actually hurting people. They just want the leader doing it to look more presidential. . The recent anonymous … Continue reading

September 17, 2018 · Leave a comment

Susan Sonde: Kinesis with Garden Implements

Shallow the trough of words between us, the grammar of inchoate usage. I am here and you aren’t saying much. Be complicit with me, inhabit my wherefore so apprehensive. I … Continue reading

September 17, 2018 · Leave a comment

Video: “Climate Change Opera” by Operatico Politico — YOHOE!

. YOHOE: You Only Have One Earth. Opera singers Rebecca Nelsen and Eric Stoklossa of Operatico Politico brilliantly summarize the climate change debate. If you like opera and hate climate change then this is … Continue reading

September 16, 2018 · Leave a comment

William Moomaw, et al: What the world needs now to fight climate change — More swamps

“Drain the swamp” has long meant getting rid of something distasteful. Actually, the world needs more swamps – and bogs, fens, marshes and other types of wetlands. Wetlands are some … Continue reading

September 16, 2018 · Leave a comment

Video: Young Fathers & The Art of Making People Care

. Jack and the Young Fathers give us a lesson on the art of making people care. Behind-the-Scenes Interview: onepointfour.co/2018/01/22/emotional-subversion/ . Director : Jack Whiteley Producer : Tiwirayi Magwenzi Director … Continue reading

September 15, 2018 · Leave a comment

Ebony Slaughter-Johnson: ‘Stand Your Ground’ Laws Encourage Dangerous Vigilantism

Some Americans call the cops on black people for frivolous reasons. Others appoint themselves judge, jury, and — sometimes — executioner. The summer of 2018 featured at least a dozen … Continue reading

September 15, 2018 · Leave a comment

Emily Dickinson: As Imperceptively as Grief

As imperceptibly as Grief The Summer lapsed away – Too imperceptible at last To seem like Perfidy – A Quietness distilled As Twilight long begun, Or Nature spending with herself … Continue reading

September 14, 2018 · 1 Comment

George Monbiot: Plastic Soup

The problem is not plastic. It is consumerism. Do you believe in miracles? If so, please form an orderly queue. Plenty of people imagine we can carry on as we … Continue reading

September 14, 2018 · Leave a comment

John Samuel Tieman: Walking Drag

Here’s a little war story I never told anyone. Not a horror story or a trauma story. It’s just a story I never told anyone. So a little background. Vietnam. … Continue reading

September 13, 2018 · 1 Comment

Mary Beaudoin: How the Empire Gets Away With Expanding (Some Observations)

“This is the secret of propaganda: those who are to be persuaded by it should be completely immersed in the ideas of the propaganda, without ever noticing they are immersed … Continue reading

September 13, 2018 · Leave a comment