Lawrence Wittner: Past generations of Americans saw soldiers as ordinary human beings. They were like the rest of us: big and small, smart and dumb, capable of good and bad choices. Today, we pretend they are demi-gods.
Erin Aubrey Kaplan: We need to do two things: Maintain current levels of employment and fend off growing attacks on public sector unions.
Peter Dreier: While watching the speech with about 150 Occidental College students on campus, I was monitoring Politifact during the talk and impressed with how quickly its researchers were able to identify his many lies and half-truths. Even his speech writers seem to be pathological liars.
Bill Fletcher Jr.: It is critically important that we all stop and remember something that should be fundamental for any resistance movement or any movement fighting for justice: the oppressed have never, in history, had more wealth or resources than the oppressor.
Melissa Gilbert: To stop the objectification of women and power imbalance that fuels this societal epidemic, we need to start long before anyone enters the workplace. If we want to be serious about making long-term cultural change to stop sexual harassment and violence, we should provide comprehensive sex ed in all of our schools.
Frank Fear: Higher education, which had been a largely progressive institution when I entered the Academy, has evolved into a corporate, neoliberal, capitalistic enterprise. What’s happening at MSU now—and at so many other schools—is the manifestation of a social institution that has lost its soul.
John Peeler: It’s conceivable the Democrats could give Trump a symbolic victory by supporting immigration enforcement and authorizing a wall, but then slow-walk the appropriations process. In return, they save the Dreamers.
Ellen Brown: In a blatant example of “do as I say, not as I do,” the US government is profiting handsomely by accepting marijuana cash in the payment of taxes while imposing huge penalties on banks for accepting it as deposits.
Irene Monroe: Sadly, the debate between authentically “African” and Western colonial remnants always finds some way to dispute the reality of the black LGBTQ existence. Therefore, coming out LGBTQ in many of the African and Caribbean countries is dangerous.
Tom Hastings: Trump blurts and tweets like an incontinent adolescent in meetings, in his jammies at 5 a.m. when he’s all thumbs, and he continually insults and gaslights, traduces and lies, self-contradicts and manipulates.
William J. Astore: America’s empire, it is clear, is now in decline, and a key reason is imperial overstretch as manifested by endless wars and overspending on the military.
Randy Shaw: Tenants have a choice. They can be like Charlie Brown and act surprised each year when Lucy pulls away the football. Or they can take matters into their own hands.
Frank Fear: Over time, the Democratic mainstream has become more neoliberal and less progressive. Bill Clinton showed the way. Many Dems followed willingly and, since then, they’ve “kept the party going.”