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Abby Zimet: The Cruelty is the Point

Sweet mother of God. Racist and cruel doesn’t begin to cover the ongoing atrocities now daily committed – coincidentally, virtually entirely against brown and black people – by the sick demons running our country.

September 14, 2019 · Leave a comment

Julia Conley: A Solution for All Generations

With her plan for Social Security expansion, Elizabeth Warren demands that the rich pay their fair share to lift 5 million out of poverty: “No one who spends 30 years working and contributing to Social Security should retire in poverty.”

September 13, 2019 · Leave a comment

Jose Padua: In Contemplation of the Failure of Empires

ready for everything
in the world that’s dim, dark,
shady and beautiful; ready for
the city that moves us like a river

September 10, 2019 · Leave a comment

James Zogby: Addressing Those Who Have Been Fooled All of the Time

What is needed is a message that speaks to voters across the spectrum, telling them that they are being heard and their needs will be addressed by proposals for economic and social progress that will include and benefit everyone.

September 4, 2019 · 2 Comments

John Samuel Tieman: What is wrong with Donald Trump?

“The malignant narcissist is presented as pathologically grandiose, lacking in conscience and behavioral regulation with characteristic demonstrations of joyful cruelty and sadism.”

September 2, 2019 · Leave a comment

Marc Jampole: Celebrity Culture and the Making of Donald Trump

Mainstream news media created the conditions in which a bottom-feeder like Trump could thrive by focusing on celebrity culture to encourage conspicuous consumption.

August 31, 2019 · Leave a comment

John Lawson: O King

The president recently promoted himself as “like the King of Israel… the second coming of God.” Poet John Lawson gives the president his due.

August 24, 2019 · 3 Comments

Chard deNiord: Open Letter to the President from a Citizen, August 21, 2019

I write to you, Mr. President, from inside
the cell in which you’ve locked the country
with ICE.

August 22, 2019 · 1 Comment

Jon Queally: Just Hours After Anti-Semitic Remarks, Trump Promotes Himself as ‘King of Israel… Second Coming of God’

“The President is a raving lunatic,” responded Florida Democrat Andrew Gillum. “He is not well.”

August 22, 2019 · 2 Comments

George Yancy: Dear God, Are You There?

We are in a deep spiritual crisis that can’t be relieved by politics, or philosophy.

August 18, 2019 · Leave a comment

Tracy Matsue Loeffelholz: What an American Terrorist Looks Like

Despite racist and anti-immigrant scapegoating, data shows that most American terrorists are resentful White men inspired by White supremacist and misogynist rhetoric.

August 15, 2019 · Leave a comment

Jon Queally: Leaked Draft of Trump Executive Order to Censor the Internet Denounced as Dangerous Unconstitutional Edict

If the government doesn’t like the way a private company is moderating content, they can shut down their entire website.

August 14, 2019 · Leave a comment

Steven Rosenfeld: Leading Civil Rights Lawyer Shows 20 Ways Trump Is Copying Hitler’s Early Rhetoric and Policies

We’re used to thinking of Hitler’s Third Reich as the incomparably evil tyranny that it undoubtedly was. But Hitler didn’t take power by force. He used a set of rhetorical tropes codified in Trump’s bedside reading that persuaded enough Germans to welcome Hitler as a populist leader.

August 12, 2019 · Leave a comment

Ahmed Al-Rawi, Yasmin Jiwani: Russian Twitter trolls stoke anti-immigrant lies ahead of Canadian election

The same Russian online troll farm that meddled in the American presidential election has also taken swipes at Canadian targets.

July 31, 2019 · Leave a comment

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