Articles by Randy Shaw

Obama’s Betrayal

Obama Immigration Betrayal

Randy Shaw: Obama’s latest broken commitment to millions of undocumented immigrants and their supporters is a stab in the back to all activists working for social change.

Is the Internet Good for Us?

Reforming Our Communications Infrastructure

Randy Shaw: Top viewed news and video traffic are far more likely to involve cats, babies, celebrities or corporate-funded stories than information that helps people make sound policy choices for society or their own lives.

Can Obama Ignore Drumbeats for War?

Obama New War

Randy Shaw: As the United States grapples with underfunded schools, rising homelessness, and increased inequality, the U.S. media elite has a solution: a new war. Not a war to reduce U.S. poverty, homelessness, or inequality, but another war to stop terrorism abroad.

The “Broken Windows” Fraud

Broken Windows Policing

Randy Shaw: Hot-spot policing was the key to NYC’s success, yet to this day former Mayor Rudy Giuliani and other conservatives instead credit the broken windows strategy.

Bill More Popular than Barack? Really?

Bill and Barack

Randy Shaw: Clinton is more popular among all voters because he is a Southern, white “good old boy” to Obama’s urban African American. Clinton was also a far more conservative President than Obama, whose politics have never won favor with “moderate” white voters and a traditional media that was a lap dog for the right-wing George W. Bush.

Amazon Pricing Drives Me Bot-ty

Amazon Books Pricing

Randy Shaw: My battle is with the bots and algorithms Amazon uses to price its books. I can’t reason with them, because they are not human. Yes, it’s true. We have a book industry whose dominant market decides prices based entirely on a computer formula.

Obama’s Defining Moment

Obama Undocumented Immigrants

Randy Shaw: President Barack Obama has a chance to define his presidency and vindicate the ideals of his 2008 campaign by one decisive act: issuing an Executive Order granting legal status to millions of undocumented immigrants.

How Tech Became Hip

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Randy Shaw: Once upon a time not so long ago, the best minds of the younger generation left college to join nonprofit organizations working to improve communities, nations and the world. Today, the idealistic techie hipster is heading toward tech.

The Next U.S. War Should Target Poverty

Obama Targets Poverty

Randy Shaw: On issue after issue—education, housing, health care, transportation, student debt—the American people are being shortchanged because Beltway wisdom says that the U.S. cannot “afford” solutions.

Donald Sterling Confirms Race Still Matters

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Randy Shaw: Donald Sterling is a racist who has no business owning an NBA team. Yet he was allowed to do so by the same passive approach to racial bias that has become business as usual in much of the nation, and particularly in the world of sports.

How the Media Protected Leland Yee

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Randy Shaw: By carefully serving the political agendas of both the left and right, Leland Yee enjoyed a remarkable political run. And having watched him get away with so much for decades, I was only surprised that he was finally caught.

Who Speaks for Tech?

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Tech World — I challenge anyone to offer evidence that San Francisco’s tech sector is more hostile to homeless people.

Progressives Have No Reason for Pessimism

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Randy Shaw: The real message of the Obamacare website delay is that in the age of the Internet and social media, the traditional media still has the capacity to create and sustain a false political narrative—and to get progressives to believe it.

President Kennedy’s False Legacy

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Randy Shaw: The 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s November 22, 1963 assassination reminds us of how thoroughly myth has overtaken the facts in his legacy.

West Coast, East Coast: The Shrinking Local Electorate

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Randy Shaw: It’s time to end the de facto voter suppression caused by local election cycles that most voters ignore. Ballot initiatives — put up for vote during state and national election cycles — should be used to put an end to this once worthy but now undemocratic political process.

Obama Saving Boehner’s Bacon?

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Barack Obama: Instead of doubling down on marginalizing Boehner’s unreasonableness to secure a House vote on immigration reform, the President threw him a life raft — and emboldened GOP House opposition to all of Obama’s domestic priorities.

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