Stories We Will Still Have to Write in 2012

-+*Walter and Rosemary Brasch: We really want to be able to write columns about Americans who take care of each other, about leaders who concentrate upon fixing the social problems. But we know that’s only an ethereal ideal.

The Lion and the Ox: The Winter of Our Discontent

-+*Gary Corseri: In this winter of our discontent, the war clouds gather and austerity miseries grind the souls of those who have no homes, or broken homes. We’re in a poisoned mine shaft and the canaries are singing. … Can we interpret their varied notes in time?

99 Percent Clubs: Online Public Square and Free Speech Zone

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-+*Mark Naison: What we did not envision, when we created our 99% C lub, was how it would create an incredible online free speech zone and public square not only for club members, but for people with no direct connection to Fordham who found out what we were doing.

American Idol or American Ideal?

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-+*David Kristjanson-Gural: A number of occupiers spoke up in favor of this idea, connecting the idea of the kitchen to the creation of community meeting space, space for kids and parents, community education and outreach and space for the performing arts.

Some New Year’s Resolutions

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-+*I am going to continue to support the Occupy movements, which I consider the best hope for democratic change in the last 40 years, in every way I can

Uncle Sam Making Wrong Choices

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-+*Norman Solomon: Only government has the capacity to provide economic remedies for social distress of this magnitude. But government is failing.

Merry Christmas 2011

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-+*Steve Hochstadt: I look forward to our family Christmas all year, seeking gifts for each relative when I travel, planning with my children what to give to my wife, anticipating sitting in a circle with people I love.

The Sixties Student Movement and the Working Class

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-+*Mark Naison: During the 1960’s, New York city was the scene of an incredibly powerful anti-war and student movement. Like Occupy Wall Street, this movement was often attacked for being unrepresentative of the city’s working class. In reality, this movement was far more diverse in class and race than critics at the time, or historians, realized.

What Will the Democratic Left Do in 2012?

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-+*Lawrence Wittner: Contrasting the administration’s all-out effort to save Wall Street with its indifference to Main Street, many progressives wonder if they have gained anything worthwhile with Obama’s election.

Why Today’s Politicians Love Teddy Roosevelt

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-+*Why are today’s politicians drawn to Theodore Roosevelt? Is it his political beliefs and achievements? No, says historian Rosemarie Ostler. It is more likely his pugnacious personality and his pungent way with words.