Too often the current emphasis on changing culture is devolving into browbeating and disconnecting needed cultural activism from political activism aimed at policy changes.
Joseph Palermo: Faculty, students, and administrators should come up with a structure where the sharing of ideas is protected without opening up the institution to being used as a punching bag for off-campus politics.
Joseph Palermo: The DNC should wise up, elect Keith Ellison to be its chair, and follow the commonsense strategy of doing everything possible to bring into the party the extraordinary explosion of grassroots energy we’re seeing today in the form of anti-Trump protests.
Joseph Palermo: Every angry Trump tweet is a new embarrassment for the nation; a disgrace, undignified, coming from someone with an authoritarian tin-pot mentality and a fragile ego.
Joseph Palermo: The type of propaganda already emerging from our new government that hasn’t even been in power for a week looks less like the kind intended to “manufacture consent” in a democracy, and more like the state-sponsored propaganda of authoritarian dictatorships.
Joe Palermo: Today, the 115th Congress is gearing up to enact the same misguided policies that failed the country so miserably under George W. Bush — but this time on steroids.
irst off, let me be clear: The Republican Party bears responsibility for Donald Trump becoming the 45th President of the United States. The Republican Party nominated him. The party leaders enabled him. There were many complex social, political, and economic forces that produced the Trump catastrophe, but no amount of disassembling and deflecting will change […]
Joseph Palermo: This whole frigging election felt at times like the prolonged public lynching of the nation’s first black president. Some white folks turned their heads and looked away; others could only watch by peaking through their fingers – but watch they did.
Joseph Palermo: With control of the House, Senate, Presidency, and the Supreme Court, the right-wing Republicans will be free to exercise their raw power totally unchecked by our vaunted system of “checks and balances.”
Joseph Palermo: It’s clear by their actions over the past 22 years that the Republicans are willing to chuck precedent and tradition out the window if they believe it will serve their narrow partisan interests.
Joseph Palermo: American foreign policymakers have known all along that ousting President Bashar al-Assad will not magically end the civil, ethnic, and sectarian wars that are now raging in what’s left of Syria. But that fact hasn’t stopped them from trying.
Joseph Palermo: Mylan’s price gouging has nothing to do with the costs of “research and development” or supply and demand. This obscene price hike is nothing more than a “rent,” pure and simple. Mylan is extorting Americans who depend on the drug because it can.
Joseph Palermo: The budget deficits Trump criticizes were the result of the reckless high-end tax cutting that have been a Republican fetish since Ronald Reagan. And Trump’s promise of more tax cuts and more de-regulation were some of the speech’s biggest applause lines.