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Hurricane Katrina: I Blame Obama

By Rosemary and Walter Brasch Almost one-third of Louisiana Republicans blame President Obama for the slow and largely ineffective response to Hurricane Katrina, which hit the Gulf Coast, Aug. 31, 2005. More than 1,800 were killed in Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana; estimates of property damage exceeded $100 billion. Public Policy Polling reveals that 29 percent

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Stein/Honkala: Obama, GOP pushing U.S. in wrong direction in “Fiscal Cliff”

2012 Green Party Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala have issued the following statement: Ending the Great Recession, not the deficit, is nation’s top priority 2012 Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein said today that the so-called Fiscal Cliff Talks “need to focus on putting Americans back to work while creating


The Fog of Capital: Reflections on the Detroit Auto Bailout

The Prussian military analyst Carl von Clausewitz wrote of action in war that it must “be planned in a mere twilight, which – like the effect of a fog or moonlight – gives to things exaggerated dimensions and unnatural appearance.” As I attempted to research and write an article that would undertake a left-independent analysis


What is to be done this Memorial Day? A Response to Walter Brasch

  Mr. Brasch’s recent piece on Memorial Day read like an apologia to the Obama administration’s Afghanistan policy, and unfortunately did not seize the opportunity to engage in critical inquiry on an important issue. How might we celebrate Memorial Day in such a way as to improve our critical understanding of violence in the world?


Asculum Part One: The Plot Thickens

Written on the eve of Obama’s inauguration in 2009…published here to demonstrate how far we haven’t traveled…   The nature of his administration was evident as he introduced his transition team and potential members of his cabinet. The individuals selected are fixtures of the economic aristocracy and the Washington Consensus establishment. His Transitional Economic Advisory


Five Reasons Why I Don’t Feel Much Like Voting for Obama These Days

[Cross-posted to In Medias Res] The November presidential election is still five-and-a-half months away, which means there is still plenty of time for me to change my mind, and then change my mind again. About the likely outcome, of course (though given that I still think, seven months after my last prediction, that Mitt Romney


Uncertain Rule of Law

We face a dangerous new kind of economic uncertainty—uncertainty in the rule of law. After settling with the banks, the government wants the system to snap back into the old rules, with everyone acting as if widespread institutionalized theft never happened. It doesn’t work that way. What assurance do we have that the rules won’t be rewritten again, when more blind forgiveness is needed for us to “look forward, not back”?

Socialist Party USA Presidential Candidate Stewart Alexander

Socialist Party Presidential Candidate Stewart Alexander Comments on Obama’s State of the Union Address

The Socialist Party, whose Presidential Candidate Stewart Alexander will be featured in an interview here at politicalcontext.org in the coming days, has released the following statement by Mr. Alexander in response to President Obama’s 2012 State of the Union Address. We are reposting Mr. Alexander’s commentary in full: The phrase that came to mind immediately upon hearing

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