Rosemary Brasch wrote this column with Walter Brasch. In January 2009, with a new president about to be inaugurated, we wrote a column about the stories we preferred not having to write, but knew we would. Three years later, we are still writing about those problems; three years from now, we’ll still be writing about
Archives for December 2011
[Cross-posted to In Medias Res] More than a month ago, Peter Levine asked 10 thoughtful questions about Occupy Wall Street. In the spirit of one of the most succinct works of philosophy in Western history, let me provide 11 answers, as 2011 comes to a close. 1) It wasn’t just Time magazine; it was a
My old friend and frequent leftist conscience Matt Stannard has taken to task, in a strong and persuasive editorial, those left-leaning individuals who are cheering for Ron Paul (whom he calls “an opportunistic, dishonest, 76-year-old charlatan”) to go the distance in the Republican primaries. The number of these Paul-supporting progressives, left-liberals, Greens, and socialists of
This is the state of progressive politics in America: A sizable number of left-Democrats and independent progressives are supporting right-wing, reactionary, racialist-sympathizing libertarian-Republican Ron Paul. Enough people nominally “on the left” are supporting him that their presence in Iowa is solely responsible for Paul’s likely victory in the upcoming Caucuses there. Progressive-minded folks appreciate Dr.
The stupidity is getting harder to find. More Americans embrace the Occupy movement, fewer people are repeating the same stupid lines about how the movement is incoherent or its participants are lazy, and the dispersal of occupiers from base locations to general nomadism has made them less of a target, both physically and rhetorically. Still,
I am a Jew. I don’t mind receiving Christmas cards or being wished a “Merry Christmas” from friends, clerks, or even in junk mail trying to sell me something no sane person should ever buy. My wife and I even send Christmas cards, with messages of peace and joy, to our friends who are Christians
“If voting changed anything, they’d make it illegal.” This quote, attributed to Emma Goldman, implies a much more sweeping indictment of the electoral process, in the most generic sense, than that espoused by proponents of boycotting the U.S. Presidential elections. The current movement seems focused on the corruption of major party politics by big money,
Mr. Gingrich has been at the heart of what is wrong with American politics since the late ‘70’s. In an era of mass protests over inequality, his nomination would the best opportunity for the American people to soundly—and explicitly—defeat the policies that created it.
If the first year gross anatomy class at the Penn State Hershey medical school needs spare body parts to study, they can visit the cloak room of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. That’s where most of the legislators left their spines. The House voted 124–69, Dec. 13, to send an animal welfare bill back to
Although more than one million Pennsylvanians are members of labor unions, and the state has a long history of worker exploitation and union activism, neither of the two largest university systems has a labor representative on its governing board. The only labor representative on the Board of Governors of the State System of Higher Education