Politics: It’s About Identity, Stupid

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-+*Charles Hayes: Elections are won and lost through appeals to identity. It’s that simple and that complicated. This is why symbols and 30-second, hot-button commercials sway public opinion.

Does OWS Claim to Have Authority Over the Occupy Movement?

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-+*Zwarich: History will record — reverently, if we are the ones who write it — that OWS lit the first match setting off the fire of this democratic movement but that does not give OWS any special authority to determine what shape this democratic fire might take as it continues to grow.

Reflections on Black History Month

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-+*Carol Lutness: This is not just a struggle for the African American. It is a struggle for all but the very few. Never was there a greater crisis than we all face now economically, politically and environmentally.

GOP 2012: The Pro-Fiction Campaign

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-+*Tina Dupuy: Warning of a zombie nation feasting on the metaphorical brains of the U.S. is consistent with a party now completely untethered from basic American history, science or any other evidence-based practice: The GOP is now a party standing proudly on a pro-fiction platform.

The Coming Revolt: When Will the Sleeping Giant Awake?

-+*Mark Naison: You cannot beat down and repress such a large number of people without generating a response. Where it comes, and when it comes may be a mystery, but come it will. And when it does, it will shake this nation to its foundations.

Occupy Birmingham

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-+*Jim Rhodes: The mainstream press has been critical of Occupy’s “failure” to provide alternative solutions, but I assure you they are being developed in spite of the built in mechanisms that guarantee failure.

Interracial Marriages Break Records

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-+*David Love: Over one-third of people say that a relative is married to someone of a different race, and nearly two-thirds say it would be fine if a family decided to marry someone of a different race or ethnicity.

The End of the Three-Legged Dog

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-+*Steve Hochstadt: The future of Jacksonville lies partly in its past: the well-constructed buildings in the downtown and the well-preserved homes all around it are worth a visit now.