Frank Fear: Political coverage is all about the parties with hardly a word said about the millions of Americans who are unaffiliated politically.
Frank Fear: I’m a Progressive who believes that America focuses too much on ‘me’ and insufficiently on ‘we.’ A ‘good society’ can’t be just about individuals and organizations getting ahead.
Frank Fear: Aja Romano calls Hopepunk ‘weaponized optimism’—the unwavering belief in people, what ‘a people’ can be, and what can happen when people join together and lead for the public good.
Frank Fear: The here and now isn’t working. What used to seem ‘perfectly fine’ isn’t. It wasn’t ever fine, really. We just thought it was, and kept walking along the same path. Now we’re at a crisis point.
Frank Fear: Dynamic Auto Repair’s sign is tongue-in-cheek. With Trump, it’s a way of doing business. Consumer protection? Dismantle the agency. Climate change? Downplay its impacts. Protect students from predatory higher ed? Rescind Obama-era rules.
Frank Fear: Reich pinpointed ‘culprits’—hypocrisy, corruption, distorted priorities, abuse of power, the eclipse of community, poverty, loss of self, and more.
Frank Fear: Does it make sense, for example, to support public policies that address climate change but then invest public funds in industries that contribute to climate change?
Frank Fear: We whiffed on a critical feature of the malaise, that is, the epicenter’s location—major schools—with money, action, and nooks and crannies to hide things. It’s where ‘gamers’ play and get into trouble when avarice, the abdication of core values, and situational ethics prevail.
Frank Fear: Stepping away from a previously important enterprise is complicated, fraught with emotion—not unlike a divorced relationship.
Frank Fear: Researchers, pundits, and the parties frame Independents through the lens of the two-party system. Too often, that framing relegates Independents to an affiliative political status as either “closet” Democrats or Republicans.
Frank Fear: Those on the Left, including many of America’s younger folks, are busy doing what Progressives have always done—organizing, engaging, and pushing for reforms.
Frank Fear: For years, the myth propagated to the public is that football and basketball (the primary revenue-producing sports) pay the bills for non-revenue sports. The reality is quite different. At most public schools, football and basketball also need subsidies to stay in the black.
Frank Fear: They’re tackling a seemingly insoluble matter—reparations for African Americans—and their solution (drum roll, please) is to bear the cost personally.