1. Young Mitt Romney: Sixtyish Saber-Rattlers. Berry Craig: You might think anybody as gung-ho for the draft as Romney evidently was would have welcomed a draft notice or maybe even have volunteered. Romney did neither.
2. “Return” of the Welfare Queens: Feminism, Secularism, Anti-Racism. Sikivu Hutchinson: In the American imagination, Black women are the poster children for disreputable irresponsible motherhood and Latina “illegals” a close second.
3. Why the Right, GOP, Some Dems Fear Elizabeth Warren and Occupy. Brent Budowsky: The right and the Republicans fear Occupy Wall Street and Elizabeth Warren because they know that a majority of voters agree with them about eliminating financial abuses that plague so many Americans.
4. Welcome to the New Normal America. Joseph Palermo: Wall Street banks should be pouring money into Obama’s reelection since he’s been so good to them, and the neocons should be rejoicing in his establishing precedent for more unchecked executive power.
5. Unions: Our Last, Best, and Final Hope. Steven Mikulan: Labor’s losing streak means that unions are now locked in a spiral of existential battles for survival in which every election drains them of resources and morale.
6. Labor Rights: It’s Personal. Bob Letcher: I have long thought that, if labor rights had been recognized back then, there might have been an OSHA to enforce safety standards, and Pop might have been able to hold me with either hand.
7. Who Are 2011’s Bullies? — California State Senate Races. Cynthia Liu: Wonder who’s up for election in the newly redistricted state of California who also DID NOT ALLOW state voters to extend revenue that funded schools?
8. The Ugly Truth of Mandatory Drug Sentencing. Seth Ferranti: Clarence Aaron is serving three life terms for a small-time college cocaine deal, another victim of heinous mandatory drug sentencing laws. If he’s waiting for Obama—or anyone else—for help, he’ll be waiting a long time.
9. Dementia Prevention: Preparing Not To Forget. Charles Hayes: The gradual slide into dementia that my own parents experienced serves as a constant reminder about what can happen when one gives up rigorous thinking.
10. AFL-CIO Declares Victory in Wisconsin in the Face of Defea, Ann Robertson and Bill Leumer: Rather than mobilizing members to defend their standard of living by putting up a fight, organized labor has relied exclusively on electing Democrats to office.