Occupy Movement Has Historical Roots

By: Monday November 28, 2011 12:54 pm

You may know by now that the Occupy LA encampment lived to fight again. Protesters defied an anticipated 12:01am eviction, and while a few were arrested for blocking the street at 1st and Main, there was not the wholesale eviction expected by the police. Currently, the encampment is in violation every day after 10:00pm, but [...]

Occupy Oakland Tries to Pull Off General Strike

By: Monday October 31, 2011 8:55 am

It’s not clear how the general strike called by the Occupy Oakland general assembly for Wednesday, November 2, will fare. The protesters passed the resolution in the haze of the brutal crackdown last week on their encampment, where police used rubber bullets, flash grenades and other projectiles (the protesters are now back in the public [...]

A Non-Post on a Non-Event: Debt Limit Stasis

By: Thursday June 2, 2011 12:08 pm

This is a post about the lack of progress on something. As you may know, the President met with the GOP caucus, and they made more progress on expressing their own hurt feelings than increasing the nation’s debt limit. Rep. Paul D. Ryan, architect of a Medicare overhaul aimed at slashing the cost of the [...]

The Senator from Bay View: Chris Larson Fights for Worker Rights in Wisconsin

By: Tuesday February 22, 2011 5:15 am

Wisconsin State Senator Chris Larson (D-Milwaukee) is one of 14 Democrats hiding out in Illinois, participating in a “filibuster with our feet” to slow down the budget repair bill, which would strip collective bargaining rights from public employees, among other things. By walking out of the state, Senate Democrats have denied Republicans the 3/5 quorum [...]

The Consequence of a Shattered Safety Net: Return to the Poorhouse?

By: Wednesday December 29, 2010 12:44 pm

Ryan Grim and Arthur Delaney do the nation another excellent service today by examining what the world would be like without Social Security. It isn’t too hard to imagine – you just have to dive back into the pre-1930s history books. And you will see the world of the poorhouse, the last refuge for the [...]

On Last Night’s Obama Speech

By: Wednesday September 1, 2010 7:05 am

The President’s speech last night seemed like something done mainly for historical documentaries, so that it could be played alongside grainy footage of troops crossing the border into Kuwait, and so filmmakers can take one phrase from it – perhaps “Turn the Page” – for the title of their movie. It didn’t seem particularly necessary [...]

Answering Tomasky’s Defense of Presidents Against Progressive Pressure

By: Tuesday June 15, 2010 1:14 pm

I wanted to briefly respond to Michael Tomasky’s essay in Democracy, “Against Despair,” because I think he makes a serious argument that requires a serious response. I agree with about 40% of it. There’s no question that, as a matter of the historical record, FDR and LBJ made concessions to the conservatives of their time [...]

Radical Re-Imagining of History by the Texas School Board of Education

By: Tuesday May 18, 2010 9:14 am

This Friday in Austin, TX, the Texas School Board of Education plans to finalize their new rules for social studies textbooks, which could end up being distributed, by virtue of their size, to states across the country. Over the years, the far right has targeted the school board and now has ten seats to radically [...]

Afghanistan’s Pentagon Papers

By: Wednesday December 30, 2009 6:28 pm

Amid the likes of the Vice President and the Congressional Republicans who enabled his Administration’s foreign policy criticizing Barack Obama on a host of national security issues, it’s instructive to take a look at this military history of the war in Afghanistan from its beginning in 2001 to fall 2005, a story of neglect, missed [...]

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