Monthly Archives: January 2017

Are we still allowed to discuss what Orwell tried to teach us?

The above video, courtesy of TED-Ed’s Noah Tavlin, provides an excellent primer on the difference between simply “authoritarian” and actually “Orwellian.” If we can apply this lesson to our present political situation (even in the current environment, which strongly discourages critical … Continue reading

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Still tilting at windmills, hoping to bring the left back to its senses…

HERE, MY GOOD FRIENDS, IS HOW WE UNITE THE LEFT AND WEATHER THE TRUMP YEARS (which we can limit to four, if we’re smart): A. Put massive pressure on the Democratic establishment, now, to support the progressive policies backed by … Continue reading

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Last call, friends…

If we don’t come at the Democratic establishment right now like a horde of rabid Tea Party piranhas, demanding an independent audit of the 2016 “Democratic” primary (performed 100% transparently by a blue-ribbon, internationally-composed panel — with proportionate representation determined … Continue reading

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CONSTRUCTIVE, INTELLIGENT MESSAGING may yet save the day, so protest wisely, my friends…

The response to Trump’s election — with anti-inaugural gatherings of smug hypocrisy and angry denials of reality — is playing exactly into the oligarchs’ hands. The neo-fascist .1% want us unhinged, Divided and Conquered! And that’s where we’re being incomprehensibly … Continue reading

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David Swanson hits a grand slam home run, urging the left to remember our principles!

David Swanson is an outstanding anti-war progressive who I met in 2008 at the CODE PINK House in Washington, DC. He has been an essential voice of morality and clear-thinking in the post-9/11 era, and I highly recommend his blog: http://davidswanson.org/ … Continue reading

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Abandon ship? First, see if it can be saved! (But keep preparing the lifeboats, you fools!)

In 2005, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s close friend and fellow activist, Harry Belafonte, offered the following prescient words: “We must look through the ravages of the Democratic party to see if there is anything worth salvaging.” As 2017 dawns, it seems to me that … Continue reading

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