Why has the Democratic Party and what passes for the political left in the US failed so miserably to come up with a forward-looking response to their defeat last November by Donald Trump and his ragtag band of reactionary forces? A response that goes beyond the worthy but ultimately conservative call to “resist”? A response… Continue reading New Versus Old Economy Politics, by Sarah Miller
We are a couple of months into the new and terrifying administration of he whose name shall not be uttered, and much of the political media narrative centers on the other-worldly goings-on at the erstwhile center of world power, aka the White House. Crazier and crazier details of secret meetings with foreign officials by swamp… Continue reading New Tools for Tracking Your Senator’s Votes, by Pete Kalajian
Healthcare has become one of the most divisive issues on the US political scene, in striking contrast to most countries, where keeping the citizenry alive and healthy is a matter of cohesive common concern, and national health-care systems engender intense pride. Does it have to be this way in America? Or, since healthcare is… Continue reading Universal Health Care Choice, by Sarah Miller
Like so many of us on the left, on election night, I watched the results come in with growing unease, and with resignation in my heart went to bed at 11 pm. No need to prolong the agony, better to shut it all out with sleep. The reckoning could come in the morning. I awoke,… Continue reading Reflections of a New Political Activist, by Pete Kalajian
Atomic bomb test. Public domain “You will hear of wars and rumors of wars.” Matthew 24:6 “Why can’t we use nuclear weapons?” Donald Trump, August 2016 On July 4th, 1961, the K-19, one of the new 658-class of Soviet nuclear submarine, suffered a catastrophic breakdown of its coolant system. Under captain’s orders, seven members of… Continue reading The Nuclear Crisis Next Time
“Give me your energized, your ambitious, your emigrants yearning to roam free, the best and brightest of your teeming shore. Send these, the hopeful, flying high, to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” O.K., O.K. Fake news! Emma Lazarus’s poem inscribed in bronze on the base of the Statue of Liberty hasn’t… Continue reading America First!
O, that way madness lies… No more of that. — King Lear There’s a scene in Catch 22, Joseph Heller’s classic 1961 anti-war novel, that sticks in the mind long after other details have faded. In the rear of the plane Bombardier Yossarian tends to the wounded tail-gunner. Having succeeded in staunching the flow of blood… Continue reading First Tremors of the American Spring?