John Peeler: While the Republicans’ hot gases under pressure are producing an ever-stronger right-wing essence, the Democrats are busy slicing and dicing diverse electoral delectables, hoping to combine them into a savory, long-lasting stew that will feed them for years to come.
John Peeler: The Wall Street and Main Street elite of the Republican Party, having nurtured this white working class base since Reagan, are suddenly discovering that it has escaped their control.
John Peeler: How is it that the perpetrators in San Bernardino are terrorists, while the homegrown perpetrators are just wackos?
John Peeler: The Islamic State and other radical Islamists don’t do terror because they are essentially evil terrorists, they do it because it’s about the only effective way they have to attack the West.
John Peeler: Will (and the conservative majority who decided Citizens United) are utterly insensitive to the impact of extreme inequality on democracy.
John Peeler: While the administration continues to pursue closure on a case-by-case basis, I think it is time to consider again the option of just returning the entire base to Cuba.
John Peeler: Putin will inevitably find, as the West found, that it’s easier to get into the Middle East than to get out.
John Peeler: Left to its own devices, capitalism really will create a world in which workers are driven ever harder to produce ever more, with a division of labor that becomes profoundly alienating.
John Peeler: The West has been having a hard time controlling the Middle East for a long time. We have been like a viceroy suddenly called upon to ride an unruly camel. It is time to find a way to climb down.
John Peeler: Alone among all the candidates of either party, Sanders has laid out a systematic analysis of what ails this country and what to do about it.
John Peeler: In these times of racial tensions around repeated police killings of unarmed blacks, it is easy to see why Coates is pessimistic, and hard to understand why he continues to have enough hope to keep on writing to a white audience.
John Peeler: Syriza must now define an alternative within capitalism without submitting to the capitalist conventional wisdom that more austerity is the only way out.
John Peeler: The president would have been well advised to back off when it became clear that the Republicans could not carry the issue on their own. But getting good advice has been a problem for Obama, and his own instincts haven’t helped, either.