Frank Fear: Stepping away from a previously important enterprise is complicated, fraught with emotion—not unlike a divorced relationship.
Walter G. Moss: Trump’s philistinism and disrespect for our environment is all too common, as is lack of aesthetic appreciation—note his constant budget proposals to kill the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities.
A child of poor Russian immigrants, CUNY alumnus and Korean War vet, he advocated passionately for the vulnerable — the homeless, military vets, and animal rights.
John Seeley: Their departures leave immense voids that survivors and mourners attempt to annul with cries of “Viva!” or “Presente!” It’s a sincere and heartfelt sentiment, but giving substance to those words, transforming a ritual into a reality of posthumous presence, is a more challenging matter.
Ken Wolf: While it is normal for humans to be proud of their homeland and culture, it is not normal to exalt individualism and personal freedom and wealth to the point that it is destructive of community and what used to be praised as “the common good.”
WJ Astore: Put differently, most Americans express support for single-payer health care, a higher minimum wage, higher taxes on the richest Americans, climate-friendly policies, and so on, but our bought-and-paid-for politicians act against the people’s wishes.
Alan Minsky: Blase’s death is a tremendous loss, as I knew of no other person who could so powerfully expose the blatant contradictions of right-wing Christianity and reclaim Christ’s vision for a society built upon peace, love, and mutual cooperation.
Marcia Mitchell: Now, with any hope of bi-partisan work in Congress gone, with Trump’s busy schedule of golf, watching television news and tweeting insults, the picture of the next year and a half is depressing.
Lance Simmens: Under the current leadership we as a nation have lost our ability to lead, our moral compass is damaged or maybe just simply missing, and our destructive capacity is unquestioned while our proclivity under this administration to use it should scare the hell out of any rational human being.
Anastasia Bernoulli: Each piece I published cost me the silent treatment, being deprived of sleep, and being repeatedly told that I was a horrible partner, an ignorant millennial, and pretty much the worst thing about humanity.
WJ Astore: Trump’s win—and continued tolerance of his bullying, boastful, and bellicose manner—give the lie to the decline of masculinity narrative in America. Why does it persist, then?
Richard D. Wolff: Making the transition to worker coops a central part of socialist objectives brings the reality of socialism to the immediate micro-level of every working person’s daily life on the job.
Michael T. Hertz: Can you imagine any candidate today – including Bernie Sanders – calling for a national referendum before a president could declare war?