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.
John Peeler: These days one may say almost anything, and spend any amount to disseminate what one says. Those who are injured by such speech have only the remedy of their own freedom of speech.
John Peeler: There is nothing more threatening to white Americans than young black men. We have always been a country created by whites and for whites: hence the Tea Party slogan after the election of Barack Obama, “We want our country back!”
John Peeler: From family life, to parenting, to schooling, to community involvement, the latest research invariably shows that young people at the top of the heap are steadily getting better off, while those at the bottom are getting worse.
John Peeler: The only way our economy can produce equal opportunity for every person is through a systematic policy of redistributing wealth from the rich to the unrich. Our failure to do that in recent decades has put us on the road to plutocracy.
John Peeler: We had, from the 1930s through the 1970s, a thriving middle class of a size and strength that had no precedent, thanks to political struggles that led to government policies to redistribute the wealth.
John Peeler: When George Will extends this argument to the present, to argue that the climate change we are experiencing is also naturally caused, most people familiar with the contemporary climatological research would emphatically disagree.
John Peeler: Normalization of relations with Cuba is no doubt the most radical step Obama has taken in a presidency largely marked by caution and incrementalism.
John Peeler: The release of this report, however, must be seen as a victory for Democratic liberals. They have won a key battle. The larger war over governing principles in foreign policy and international affairs will go on.
John Peeler: The Obama who appealed to the liberal and socialist base among the more educated parts of American society was the embodiment of the hope for transcendence of centuries of racial oppression.
John Peeler: What neither Obama nor Bush have grasped is that the widespread and durable hostility toward the United States is a result of a Western meddling in the region.