Vox Populi

Vox Populi: A Public Sphere for Politics and Poetry

Leonard Gontarek: National Security

  Monday: Alphabet Soup. Tuesday: Alphabet Soup. Wednesday: Punctuation Soup.   The sun cinches the edge of winter trees.   Why this talk of seeing into your own nature? Huang … Continue reading

August 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

Eva-Maria Simms: Fascism is never democratic

It was St. Patrick’s Day weekend in 2016, and I was out in my garden digging the ground in preparation for the spring planting season.  The day was warm, and … Continue reading

August 16, 2017 · 5 Comments

John Samuel Tieman: The Dirty War

desaparecido it’s not the police you see Eduardo says fear the police you can’t sometimes you hear the missing sometimes you don’t they open their mouths and make that sound … Continue reading

August 15, 2017 · Leave a comment

George Monbiot: Accidental Re-Wilding

I stepped out into the sunlight, scarcely able to believe what I had seen or, rather, what I had not. I stared at the hills around me, contrasting them with … Continue reading

August 15, 2017 · Leave a comment

Gary Margolis: Pancakes and Kabobs

Our town invites in three thousand refugees. We used to count ourselves in, our town of nine hundred fifty three. We’ll have to   rent extra seats for them to … Continue reading

August 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

Isaiah J. Poole: On the Road From Protest to Power — A Rising Tide

The millions who gathered in Washington and around the country for the historic Women’s March, one day after Donald Trump’s inauguration, made an indisputable statement: Trump may have won the … Continue reading

August 11, 2017 · 1 Comment

Arlene Weiner: Wordless

My mother’s magazines advised “togetherness,” advertised Simplicity patterns   for matching mother-and-daughter dresses, asked “Can This Marriage Survive?”   I found Popular Science, admired the clear lines and cheerful mien … Continue reading

August 11, 2017 · 2 Comments

Doug Anderson: It Ain’t Over

Some things are over before they’re over. A bad marriage. A bad war. It got so a squad would go out, call in checkpoints as if on the move, sit … Continue reading

August 10, 2017 · Leave a comment

Julia Conley: Trump Threatens ‘Fire and Fury’ against North Korea

If North Korea makes any more threats to the U.S., “they will be met with fire, fury, and frankly power the likes of which the world has never seen before.” — … Continue reading

August 9, 2017 · 1 Comment

Video: Never Again (a tribute to Hiroshima and Nagasaki)

. During the final stage of World War Two, the United States dropped nuclear weapons on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6 and 9, 1945, respectively. … Continue reading

August 9, 2017 · 5 Comments

Aniqa Raihan: Nearly 50 Senators Want to Make It a Felony to Boycott Israel

In 1966, the NAACP of Claiborne County, Mississippi launched a boycott of several white-owned local businesses on the basis of racial discrimination. It was so impactful that the local hardware … Continue reading

August 5, 2017 · 1 Comment

Tom Engelhardt: Hail to the Duffer in Chief

Think of Donald Trump as the plutocratic id loosed in the White House.  And who hasn’t noticed the results?  Civil war and uproar in Washington with bodies regularly carried out … Continue reading

August 4, 2017 · Leave a comment

Emma Lazarus: The New Colossus

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame, With conquering limbs astride from land to land; Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand A mighty woman with a torch, … Continue reading

August 3, 2017 · 1 Comment

Oliver Willis: White House adviser loses his mind, attacks Statue of Liberty

The Trump White House again demonstrated how out of touch their views are of America, as senior adviser Stephen Miller launched into a defense of harsh immigration policies by attacking … Continue reading

August 3, 2017 · Leave a comment