Arica L. Coleman: I have taught both college-level English Composition and history. I know what plagiarism is and I know my own damn work! The webmaster should have reported my comment to staff administrators instead of deleting it as spam.
Frank Fear: Be aware of eternity politicians Snyder proclaims because they are nationalists, not patriots. “A nationalist encourages us to be our worst,” Snyder says, “and then tells us that we are the best.”
Mel Gurtov: Kushner’s purpose, supported by Donald Trump, was to begin redrawing US policy on Russia with the aim of easing sanctions in exchange for certain Russian “services.”
Don Kilhefner: The word “homophobia” trivializes and obfuscates what is really happening to gay people in the United States and globally, now and historically.
Robert Koehler: Despite the horror and violence and hatred, this moment, too, is part of our world — and reaches beyond itself, reaches into the heart of every occupant of Planet Earth. I don’t know what it changes, but I know it opens a door.
Jaime O’Neill: The party that purports to be about “free enterprise” provides socialism for corporations, welfare subsidies for the rich, all while preaching that the poor and the middle class should just ramp up their work ethic and pull themselves up by their bootstraps.
Jaime O’Neill: I often think right wingers are nearly all a special kind of stupid, but a whole lot of progressives this year want to demonstrate that, when it comes to stupid, they’re even more special, vowing to never vote for Hillary no matter the consequences.
Sure, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis opposes torture. But multiple CIA agents, military brass, legislators, and citizens have opposed torture for decades. Those with a will for torture find a way.
In this age of Trump, a sense of history has rarely been more important. We have to fight for the richness, the complexity, as well as the accuracy of our history and our language.
What I’m wondering, along with so many of my fellow Americans, is how we wound up being led by a guy like Donald J. Trump, a man whose hair-do alone should have alienated enough voters to keep him from being elected to anything.
There is wonderful mobilizing going on in the U.S. today. But is there sufficient ORGANIZING? Will we be able to change company-union-style labor relations in a transition to class-struggle unionism? Stay tuned.
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.
Racism is a fundamental feature of the far right in France and the US, although that is consistently denied by its supporters.