Steve Hochstadt: No political scandal since then can compare with a President authorizing burglaries by White House staff in order to win re-election, then lying about his administration’s cover-up. Nobody died. But Watergate killed the political innocence of many Americans.
Murray Polner: Donna T. Haverty-Stacke’s timely Trotskyists on Trial: Free Speech and Political Repression Since The Age of FDR tells how the US government went after the miniscule Socialist Workers Party.
Mel Gurtov: Domestic terrorism is becoming a serious national security threat, greatly helped by the provocative rhetoric of the leading Republican presidential candidates.
Rodolfo F. Acuña: The common sense is that the political spectrum has shifted from the left to the middle and the middle to the right. Today fascism is an accepted part of the conservative norm. The old left has a faint heartbeat.
ome maintain that intelligence acquired by the U.S. government, with methods ranging from torture to collection of Americans’ phone data, is necessary to prevent another 9/11. But let’s be clear about two types of intelligence. One type revolves around CIA-type information: who knows who, who’s planning what, when to kill someone where. Let’s call that […]
Ron Briley: While some politicians are taking advantage of the terrorist threat to foster fear among the American people, they are abetted by the news media which feeds a twenty-four hour news cycle with images of death and destruction amid reports of possible further attacks.
Frank Fear: A “good society” isn’t out-of-balance, but out-of-balance we are today. That’s why a Progressive response is so timely—a response that values justice, equity, and people, especially those who are less able to speak for themselves.
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.