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.
David Love: Like the Republicans and their Tea Party base, Netanyahu has curried favor with his rightwing settler base, thriving on racial scapegoating and division for political gain.
Walter Moss: The wisest humor is tolerant, humble, and compassionate, not the kind of put-down humor often characterizing ethnic jokes that inflate our egoism by implying our own superiority. Satire can reflect wisdom if we use it to further the common good.
Steve Hochstadt: The worldwide force of migration cannot be stopped by nostalgia for the disappearance of “traditional values”, often expressed as a cover for hatred and racism.
Larry Wines: In so many ways, we have a long way to go. The President’s State of the Union mixed style and substance to invigorate and encourage, when there have been so many reasons to feel despair, disdain and disgust.