James Preston Allen: We have abandoned the crafting of things with our hands to become voyeurs on little screens that provide us with instantaneous gratification and feed our addictions.
James Preston Allen: The police cannot arrest their way out of the homeless crisis, the L.A. Sanitation Department can’t sweep it under the rug or haul it away.
James Preston Allen: Clearly, we have a house divided, a president supported by neo-Nazi white nationalists and anti-government libertarians driven by fear of Muslims, immigrants at our southern border and a distrust of journalists. This doesn’t end well.
James Preston Allen: While sojourning through the South, I recall a stately woman with gray hair and Southern accent call it “the war between the states not, the Civil War.” I remember asking my mother about it.
James Preston Allen: City Council passes ordinances but will they actually find the courage to act?
James Preston Allen: It is quite curious how the promise of digital communications created in this country to bring people together all over the world has now been weaponized to do great harm to our own democracy.
James Preston Allen: What most people on the Democratic Party side of things really don’t get is that this deeply held animus against real electoral democracy, where everyone is equally represented, is a threat to the fundamental belief that capitalism equals liberty.