Repeal Sequester, Repeal Insanity, Spend More Money

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Richard Eskow: So, yes, repeal the sequester. Repeal deficit babble, from the President or anyone else. Repeal the Visigoth Party’s right to ruin the economy. And repeal Tom Friedman too, just on general principle.

Cowardice and Heroism

Cowardice and Heroism

Rev. Jim Nelson: What is it about us that lets such hatred or anger grow in us that we believe it is acceptable to sow such harm and terror, such evil?

Gimme Shelter

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Charley James: I’ll never forget the eyes of the men with whom I’d be spending the night. The blank stares on some, the hollow look in others, those that were wary and weary, those that revealed fear bordering on terror, a few reflected hatred of who knows what.

Permanent State of Remote War

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Mary Dudziak: The absence of the people in war means that the people do not tire of the costs of war. The people’s remoteness and isolation from war undermines their traditional role as a restraint.

Free Speech: The Outrage Override

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Carl Cohen: But the freedom to speak on matters of public concern is not divisible by topic or party. We will protect that freedom for everyone, including nasty and disgusting folks, or we will lose it.

Ten Years On: Operation Torture

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Vijay Prashad: There is no such thing as a little torture or a little illegal bombing, a little war, a little fear. As with bloodletting, torture weakens the body politic. It is another legacy of 9/11.

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More Peace Corps, Less Pentagon

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Sherwood Ross: If the White House took an altruistic approach in foreign affairs — that is, if it rejected greed, exploitation, and war in favor of fair play, charity, and humanitarian assistance — It would find there is strength and dignity in serving others—in building infrastructure, in opening schools and educating, in ministering to the afflicted. That’s the way to win friends and influence people.

The “Other As Enemy” Is Enemy to Democracy

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Charles Hayes: Keen shows how utterly easy it is to alienate one’s imagined opposition in such a way as to justify any and every means of obliterating them.

Tea Baggers, Ku Kluxers, and Red Shirts

Berry Craig: The Tea Bagger movement’s spiritual forebears – the White Citizens’ Councils and the George-Wallace-for-president-in-‘68 crowd come to mind – went apoplectic when Congress passed historic civil rights bills in the 1960s.

Afghanistan – Why More U.S. Troops?

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It’s time we demand investing our taxpayer dollars in our own communities at home and in American jobs, America’s crumbling infrastructure, and new technology. Its time to ask our representatives and federal government critical questions about who benefits from the development in Afghanistan.

Right-Wing Sedition

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In 1798, during the Quasi-war with France, Congress, with President John Adams’ support, passed the Sedition Act. Outraged by attacks on her husband, Abigail Adams supported the act, which was opposed by Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, among others. “Let us not establish a tyranny,” wrote an alarmed Alexander Hamilton to an ally in Congress. [...]

Marriage Equality, Beyond the Lying

From upper left: Rick Warren, Dick Cheney, Chief Justice Ronald George, and Mary Ann Glendon.

My first essay for the L.A. Progressive was about Proposition 8 and the lies that self proclaimed Christian activists were telling in order to promote their bigotry. It seems almost ridiculous to catalog the number of violations of the Commandment against bearing false witness that these “Christians” embraced in order to sell their ballot measure. [...]

Friday Feedback: Torture and America’s Moral Compass

Every Friday the LA Progressive features a comment that was particularly noteworthy. This week we are featuring a comment submitted by Magic StarER commenting on Charley James’ “Suppresssed Abu Ghraib Photos Published Down Under.” Here’s Magic StarER’s comment: Americans have certainly lost their moral compass and this is why they are not shocked by the [...]

The New William H. Parker Center Controversy: Revisionist History Cannnot Override Long Racial Legacy

Photo by Al Muto

The City of Los Angeles is about to unveil its brand new “state-of-the-art,” world-class headquarters for what it considers its world-class law enforcement agency. Just know there’s one too many “world-class” attributes in that last sentence, and given the latest controversy — the public should decide where the “world-class” attribute should actually go. A month [...]

Lobbyist Money + Right-Wing Extremists = Tea Party

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he tea parties that recently took place around the country were billed as a grassroots, bottom-up groundswell against taxes, big government and bailouts. Fox News, apparently promoting itself as the official teabag network, hopes to grab ratings by embracing the pseudo-populist protests as their own. Republican politicians tried to hitch onto the mean-spirited tea party [...]

The Face of Hatred

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My visit to Mumbai before the attacks

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