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Robert Borosage: Can Democrats Catch a Wave in 2018?

Democrats won’t build an enduring majority for the profound reforms we need without a clear explanation of why we are in the mess we are in, who did it to … Continue reading

February 9, 2018 · Leave a comment

Daniel R. Cobb: Turn Left Here

What a god-awful year. 2017 has been a year of anguished outrage and quiet condolences, of trying to find a way to cope with the travesty that brought us Donald … Continue reading

December 31, 2017 · 8 Comments

Peter Van Buren: Sustaining Perpetual War — The Bloodless Narrative

The Bloodless Narrative of America’s Wars Ensures their Perpetuation Sustaining America’s state of post-9/11 perpetual war requires skillful manipulation of the public at home. The key tool used for this … Continue reading

October 8, 2015 · 1 Comment

Tom Engelhardt: What It Means When You Kill People On the Other Side of the Planet and No One Notices

Where Did the Antiwar Movement Go?  Let me tell you a story about a moment in my life I’m not likely to forget even if, with the passage of years, … Continue reading

August 14, 2015 · 1 Comment

Paul Street: “Progressive” Obama — He’s Melting, He’s Melting

Priceless Beneath progressive pretentions, Barack Obama the national political phenomenon has never been anything other than a tool of the United States’ corporate and financial ruling class. Obama rose to … Continue reading

June 29, 2015 · 1 Comment

Chris Hedges: America’s Electoral Farce

I intend to devote no more time to the upcoming presidential elections than walking to my local polling station on Election Day, voting for a third-party candidate, most likely the … Continue reading

June 25, 2015 · 1 Comment

Daniel N. White: The Fish Rots from the Head — My Q&A with Admiral William McRaven

A strange turn of fate now makes Admiral (retired) William McRaven, formerly head of US Special Operations Command (SOCOM), a neighbor of mine. He’s the new Chancellor of the University … Continue reading

June 5, 2015 · Leave a comment

William J. Astore: The American Military Uncontained

Chaos Spread, Casualties Inflicted, Missions Unaccomplished:  It’s 1990. I’m a young captain in the U.S. Air Force. I’ve just witnessed the fall of the Berlin Wall, something I never thought … Continue reading

May 28, 2015 · 2 Comments

Patricia A. Nugent: When Hillary Clinton announced that she’s again running for president, I cried.

I had also cried when I voted for her in the 2008 Democratic presidential primary. I didn’t realize they were that close to the surface, but when I actually saw … Continue reading

May 9, 2015 · 4 Comments

Laura Gottesdiener: A Foreclosure Conveyor Belt

The Continuing Depopulation of Detroit Unlike so many industrial innovations, the revolving door was not developed in Detroit. It took its first spin in Philadelphia in 1888, the brainchild of … Continue reading

May 4, 2015 · 1 Comment

Paul Christensen: Disunited States

The recent invitation John Boehner extended to Benjamin Netanyahu to address a joint session of Congress was an unprecedented sign of disharmony between Republicans and Democrats. Usually, heads of state … Continue reading

April 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

Marc Jampole: Hillary will win in November unless…

Hillary will win in November unless Americans want to end Social Security, Medicare & aid to public schools Now the media attacks on Hillary will begin in earnest, if for … Continue reading

April 15, 2015 · 2 Comments

Jose Padua: Reflections on 2043 Which According to the Most Recent Census Data Is the Year When Whites Will No Longer Be the Majority in the United States

Although the odds are against it if I am still alive and able I will walk out the door of my house my head held high my legs moving strong … Continue reading

March 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

Chris Hedges: Malcolm X Was Right About America

We are the nation Malcolm knew us to be. Human beings can be redeemed. Empires cannot. Malcolm X, unlike Martin Luther King Jr., did not believe America had a conscience. … Continue reading

February 5, 2015 · 2 Comments

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