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Video: James Baldwin debates William F. Buckley (1965)

Here is the full 1965 debate between James Baldwin and William F. Buckley Jr. at Cambridge University on the question: “Is the American Dream at the expense of the American Negro?”

February 18, 2020 · Leave a comment

Jose Padua: A Better Tomorrow

My Dad was the caretaker of the Philippine ambassador’s residence for several decades but the day when he seemed to take the most pride and joy in his job was … Continue reading

June 16, 2015 · 4 Comments

Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Mayor Bill de Blasio: How to Revive the American Dream

Government policies matter and can make a difference. Strengthening the American Dream is about the basics: ● Make work pay by increasing the minimum wage, empowering unions to bargain collectively, … Continue reading

May 18, 2015 · 2 Comments

Jose Padua: Take a Giant Step

All the out of business auto body shops on this slow highway, all the abandoned buildings with peeling paint, the vacant lots overgrown with junk trees and weeds bounded by … Continue reading

April 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

Abby Martin: How Exceptionalism Fuels America’s Gun Massacres

We recently passed the second anniversary of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, where twenty helpless children and six staff members were gunned down in cold … Continue reading

February 22, 2015 · 14 Comments

Doug Anderson: After the War

. After the war, some of us had to have answers. Who were these people we’d had a war with? Where did they come from? Where did they learn to … Continue reading

February 4, 2015 · Leave a comment

Doug Anderson: The Conservative Mind

1. Believes that it is preserving the old ways, the ways of God and the “Founding Fathers” against encroaching evil. 2. Believes it is entitled to more wealth than others … Continue reading

January 31, 2015 · Leave a comment

Richard Eskow, Mary Green Swig, Steven Swig: A Student Jubilee! Liberate 41 Million Americans From Crushing Loan Debt

We propose a Student Debt Jubilee which will forgive all $1.3 trillion in American student loans.  . President Obama’s proposal for tuition-free community college education, and the broader discussion which … Continue reading

January 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

Jose Padua: On the Distant Prospect of Three Mile Island

The distant prospect of Three Mile Island from the window of our hotel room this December day reminds me of how underrepresented my people have been in the popular culture … Continue reading

January 27, 2015 · 1 Comment

Djelloul Marbrook: Our Discourse About Racism is too Narrow

I’ve felt from a very early age that we can’t engage in honest discourse about racism in our society unless we take the full measure of racism as it has … Continue reading

January 24, 2015 · 1 Comment

Martin Luther King: The Key

Originally posted on Great Middle Way:
Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. … I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This…

January 19, 2015 · Leave a comment

Deirdre Fulton: ‘Everything is Awesome’? Not So Much for Middle Class, Says Warren

Despite positive economic indicators, ‘America’s middle class is in deep trouble,’ says the progressive senator… . “For more than thirty years, too many politicians in Washington have made deliberate choices … Continue reading

January 13, 2015 · 1 Comment

Chase Madar: The Over-Policing of America 

If all you’ve got is a hammer, then everything starts to look like a nail. And if police and prosecutors are your only tool, sooner or later everything and everyone … Continue reading

August 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

Standard & Poor: How Increasing Income Inequality Is Dampening U.S. Economic Growth

The topic of income inequality and its effects has been the subject of countless analysis stretching back generations and crossing geopolitical boundaries. Despite the tendency to speak about this issue … Continue reading

August 8, 2014 · 1 Comment

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