Monthly Archives: March 2010

King vs. Obama

If you have time to watch/read this video (or its attached transcript), it is enlightening and revealing. With surprising acumen, commentators compare Martin Luther King to Obama and find Obama hard to distinguish from any of his predecessors, even George … Continue reading

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Lady Gaga’s new video: an ironic feminist manifesto

I don’t have time to name all the ways I think Lady Gaga’s new and astonishing (10 minute!) video “Telephone” amounts to a feminist statement. It is full of contradiction and it is complicated, since it is doing many things … Continue reading

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Funny-sad news from today

Here is our defense secretary’s political periphrasis (what the french call wooden language) for “we are losing the war in Afghanistan:” 1. Defense Secretary Robert Gates: “My personal opinion is that, in terms of reconciliation with the larger groups, it’s … Continue reading

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The degradation of discourse in the public sphere

Rise of fascist politics: xenophobia, hate-mongering, patently simplistic scapegoating, frothing at the mouth, a reversion to simplistic binary thinking and extreme hyperbole, a glaring disregard for the historical record when uttering accounts of the past or present Former leaders considered … Continue reading

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Lil Wayne video: race, riot, class frustration

Lil Wayne’s Drop the World (full video here, MTV censored version here) features scenes of street rage by the socially marginalized. It does not offer a very deep critique of social repression, but the latter is shown as the origins … Continue reading

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Strike: this is what people can do

In Greece, people still remember how to strike, as a comrade reports from the trenches: Last week, the Greek socialist government faced one of its biggest challenges yet, a standoff with independent Greek farmers demanding their subsidies be reinstated. Across … Continue reading

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Class warfare

According to the NYTimes today, the bill, as absurdly inadequate as it is, is still at least a slowing of the income disparity, which has become increasingly massive since the 70s (think Reaganomics, trickle down theory, and its later avatars … Continue reading

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War is terrorism

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Myths of capitalism: work hard to realize your dreams

This is a great piece of journalism from NPR on working class mothers trying not to get fired and to hold together a . See my comments and highlights here.

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The healthcare countdown…will it have meaningful change? (ie, public option)

Alan Grayson, a congressman from Florida gives (video on DemNow) a great run down of the current situation in the health care reform debate, which is quickly counting down to launchtime. This guy is refreshing. One of the few moments … Continue reading

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Wendy Brown puts the arguments for (truly) public education forcefully and cogently

Wendy Brown, a celebrated member of the political science department at Berkeley, argues elegantly for the need to reverse the savaging of public education in California. Here is a version with my highlights. Here is video of her recent (2009) … Continue reading

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A bout de souffle

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Gays can now marry in DC

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Brazil to the US: enough is enough (retaliatory tariffs for US cotton subsidies)

Brazil imposes retaliatory tariffs on the US in response the US’s refusal to budge on illegal cotton subsidies. Under the WTO, Brazil has legal recourse to retaliate by imposing tariffs on US goods. The US has become infamous for its … Continue reading

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Juan Cole sees Ahmajinedad and Evangelicals as analogous

Juan Cole draws out an interesting analogy here about Ahmajinedad’s eschatological vision, and dispels the oft-repeated myth that he calls for the violent destruction of Israel. I think this is compelling because it comments on the quality of both parties’ … Continue reading

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The rising populism in America: teabagger fascism. If you yell it extra loud, maybe it’ll get more true.

Qualifiers: Blatantly ignorant of simple facts. Slingers of prepackaged slogans. Visionaries of a world devoid of historical complexity. Fascist in rhetorical style and theme.

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So we’re trying to get angry Arab fundamentalists (i.e. alQaeda) off our back…

So is this really the way to go? Study: 1 in 3 US Drone Victims in Pakistan is a Civilian A new report says nearly one in three people killed by US drone attacks in Pakistan is a civilian. The … Continue reading

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How women carry babies in Africa

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The pot calling the kettle black

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