Brent Budowsky: In politics, a dream merchant is a candidate who sells a big idea about what America can be, offers big proposals that could make it happen, and campaigns with a sincerity and passion that voters believe is real, true and appealing. Bernie Sanders Dream
Elections and Campaigns
Ron Briley: Schilling is often praised for pitching through an ankle injury displayed on television by the blood on his white socks, but the pitcher knows nothing about the daily courage displayed by young people of the LGBT community who are attempting to express their identity but are all too often ridiculed by bigots such as Schilling.
Ana Beatriz Cholo: Where does Erin Aubry Kaplan think Barack Obama fit in the pantheon of great black American leaders?
Sikivu Hutchinson: Whereas each week brings a tide of white female victims/survivors accusing, and, sometimes, triumphing over their abusers, black women and girls remain invisible, both as victims, survivors and heroines fighting back against sexual assault.
War & Peace
Erica Chenoweth: Because the Catholic Church developed the doctrine between the 4th and 13th centuries, the just war canon has had a monopolistic influence on the way people in the West think about war and violence
W.D. Ehrhart: I cannot begin to detail here all that happened over the course of my thirteen months in Vietnam or the path those experiences set me on, but suffice it to say that I finally had to confront the reality that what my parents’ generation had taught me about who and what my country was—was bullshit.
Dick Price: Bernie Sanders is precisely the kind of populist insurgent the superdelegate system was intended to contain—an older, small-state senator with a Brooklyn accent and thinning hair, not even really a Democrat.
Ellen Brown: Despite North Dakota’s collapsing oil market, its state-owned bank continues to report record profits. This article looks at what California, with fifty times North Dakota’s population, could do following that state’s lead.
Walter Moss: In a fitting irony for our mixed-up, topsy-turvey political season, the Jewish Bernie Sanders praises the Catholic papal positions on capitalism, while the Republican Speaker of the House, the Catholic Paul Ryan, is much more influenced by the free-market philosophy of Friedman and Hayek. Bernie Sanders Moral Economy
Claude Fischer: Most critically for those concerned about the swelling population of undocumented residents in the U.S., the escalation of border enforcement reduced the flow of migrants already in the U.S. back to Mexico and then additionally reduced the numbers going back to the U.S. after that first return. Instead, the undocumented stayed on this side. Bigger Wall
Rosemary Jenkins: This is the day Governor Brown signed into law the Raise-the-Wage mandate—$15 an hour minimum wage for nearly every worker in California phased-in over the next few years until it is eventually indexed to the cost-of-living.
Berry Craig: The host of a nationally-syndicated labor radio talk show wants union members to “thank” Sen. Mitch McConnell for his “help” with the Friedrichs case.