William Blum: I’m surprised at how often those who are highly critical of ISIS, and supportive of the movement to defeat them, are very reluctant to denounce ISIS as a religious force; this, apparently, would be politically incorrect.
Ron Briley: As a scholar, Woodrow Wilson propagated the Southern myth that Reconstruction was the rape of the South by freedmen, Northern carpetbaggers, and Southern scalawags.
Walter Moss: Is a macho leader really what we need? Or is such a desire too simplistic, a primitive throwback, perhaps appropriate in pre-modern times, but not today?
Joseph Palermo: They’re incapable of seeing that by politically exploiting this most recent atrocity, as they do with every other jihadist attack, to push their authoritarian and militaristic agenda they are exposing themselves as being every bit as nihilistic as the terrorists themselves.
Rick Gardner: The incompetence of the politicos has extended to the most basic functions of government such as establishing a reasonable budget, ensuring that we meet our debt obligations, and even keeping the government open and the Federal workforce employed.
Charles Hayes: Capitalism is an incredibly dynamic system capable of both good and ill, but today’s economic playing field is not in any sense level.
Ken Wolf: To significantly reduce systemic injustice in our world (say, by even 50%), we need a billion people, each infused with a passion for compassion and with a social and political intelligence.
Ken Wolf: Our admirable refusal to eat shit has led us to force others to do so (something cummings was not saying)—especially if they were/are different, something we like to call “un-American”.
Peter Dreier: Since Wellstone died in a plane crash 13 years ago, other activists and politicians—from the Occupy Wall Street, Raise the Wage, anti-Keystone pipeline, fossil fuel divestment, Moral Monday and Black Lives Matter movements to Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders—have carried on in the Wellstone tradition.
Steve Hochstadt: Now the so-called House Freedom Caucus, representing the people who made his job so impossible that Speaker John Boehner announced that he was quitting Congress, who were uncertain that Kevin McCarthy of California was conservative enough, are demanding a Speaker for themselves.
new executive arrived in my town a few years ago. He came from the private sector to take the reins of a public institution. With experience in getting results, he said the best way forward was to identify priorities and then establish goals with timelines. And he did just that. A game plan was set. […]
reaking news: Kevin McCarthy, the House Majority Leader who recently announced his candidacy for Speaker to replace John Boehner, just announced that he has withdrawn his candidacy after apparently being unable to muster the 218 votes needed to be elected Speaker, with 30 or so “Freedom Caucus” members of his party refusing to support him. […]
Richard Garner: The rise of the American Corporatocracy can be illustrated through a tale of two men: Eric Holder and Eliot Spitzer, both Democrats. The first played the corporate game and was rewarded handsomely. The other tried to fight the beast and was summarily executed.