Gary Corseri: There was a tattered blanket on the sidewalk and people had thrown some coins and a couple of dollars on it, and before it there was a small, slender black man with an Afro, and he had a baton and was conducting “Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony,” like he was Beethoven himself.
Steve Hochstadt: Giuliani said that Obama does not love Americans. In fact, it is many Republicans who don’t love their fellow citizens, if they are too liberal. That is a difficult partisan divide to overcome.
Larry Wines: We are disgusted because Congress is filled with payola-taking, temper-tantrum-throwing, self-absorbed babies who demand regular infusions of pablum from their fat-cat owners, pablum they then regurgitate down the bscks of the rest of us.
Larry Wines: It’s getting so you need a program to tell the broke red state’s governors apart. Here’s today’s handicapping of the race.
Brent Budowsky: Walker, Giuliani and Republicans like them do not understand this: True patriotism is not quoting scripture, waving the flag, praising the Constitution and speaking of American exceptionalism while playing a politics of bigotry and hate that violates everything America stands for.
William Blum: Greece may have no choice, eventually, but to default on its debts and leave the Eurozone. The hunger and unemployment of the Greek people may leave them no alternative.
Justin Chapman and Andre Coleman: “Always generous with his time and just as generous with his stories, Marvin’s presence at any meeting almost surely meant that a pearl of wisdom would be offered.”
Albena Azmanova: Getting rid of the neoliberal politics of austerity in which ‘austerity’ is a polite term for eliminating people’s livelihoods, is the step in the right direction — away from the abyss.
Frank Fear: There’s one thing we know for sure: society needs more from athletics than a bunch of teams playing games.
Richard Wolff: How activists see and act on today’s class system can make social movements more effective now than in the past – as a brief historical review can show.
Peter Laarman: Even after coming to support a degree of legal equality for Blacks, Lincoln never believed that Blacks could be the social equals of whites.
Charles Hayes: We seek the shelter of group consensus, and our group identity is reinforced and reassured when we can collectively identify those who qualify as being outsiders.
Steve Hochstadt: Some biologists claim that human females generally find men with beards more attractive. I find that hard to believe.