A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America, by Richard Rothstein e take it for granted today that the persistence of disparities and segregation between whites and blacks in America is the result of persistent white prejudice, perhaps combined with other factors such as a supposed “culture of poverty.” We take it for granted that […]
John Peeler: So now Trump has been convinced to give it a try, because like Obama, he has been convinced that we can’t just get out.
John Peeler: The South today, after desegregation, has devised other, more subtle ways of keeping the blacks down, and most Southern whites today will be quick to condemn open racism.
John Peeler: Having admitted that a Russian cyber-attack may have occurred, having refused to say whether he believes Putin’s denial, he says that what we need is a joint US-Russian Task Force on Cybersecurity!
e now face a serious risk with North Korea’s acquisition of both nuclear weapons and intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of striking US territory. As the commander of US forces in South Korea recently said, only self-restraint now prevents a nuclear war. When we are dealing with Kim Jong-Un on one side and Donald Trump on […]
John Peeler: Civil rights for blacks, equal rights for women, challenged the unexamined values of the white working class, as exemplified by Archie Bunker. The reaction was ferocious, and it made the Republican Party the tribune of the white working class.
John Peeler: The closest parallel to this half century of increasingly intense conflict lies in the decades before the Civil War. May we find the resources to avoid a repeat of that tragic, bloody conflict.
John Peeler: Like every previous Venezuelan government, neither Chávez nor Maduro took steps to break the country’s dependence on petroleum. Rather, they used oil revenues to subsidize their base.
John Peeler: Trump’s climate denial is just the culmination of a generation of systematic efforts by the right wing and major elements of corporate America to cast doubt on the overwhelming consensus among climatologists.
John Peeler: Trump has now ordered 5000 more American troops back into the country. That is just the beginning. Like both his predecessors, he’s going to find that the longer we stay, the more insurgency and terrorism we will provoke.
As a result of the GOP subversion of the War on Poverty, the poverty rate is as bad as ever in depressed rural areas–and in the inner cities.
The ideology of individual responsibility ignores two critical background factors. First, what are the options available to any given person? And second, what are the resources available to that person if their choice turns out badly?
Trump failed to reckon with deeply rooted constitutional institutions, a press that loves a fight, and bureaucrats who’ve spent their careers honing their passive-aggressive skills.