Why Everyone Loves the Olympics

kerri walsh and misty may

*+-Randy Shaw: After watching a documentary on Jim McKay and the success of Wide World of Sports, I think another reason predominates: the emphasis on the “human drama of athletic competition” distinguishes the Olympics from other entertainment events.

In Wisconsin, Money Wins

scott walker

*+-Randy Shaw: Progressive activists get so focused on mobilizing their base that they overlook the intensity of their opponents’ base. And Walker’s base was motivated.

The Biggest Impact of Lugar Primary Defeat

richard lugar

*+-Randy Shaw: Centrist solutions are what kept slavery going for decades, and what allowed Senators who backed Jim Crow laws to be treated as respected figures in the national press.

A (Long Overdue) People’s Guide to Los Angeles

venice theatre

*+-Randy Shaw: The book is as much a people’s “history” as it is a guide, as it provides ample background on key sites in the city’s struggles around race, sexuality, development and workers rights.

Occupy Must Expand Beyond Activist Hotbeds

may day la

*+-Randy Shaw: Corporations and national politicians serving the interests of the 1% will not feel compelled to change course unless major protests go beyond traditional activist centers to where much of the 99% live.