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MLK: Race, Identity, & Image

In honor of yesterday’s Martin Luther King Day we present MLK’s appearance on NBC’s Meet the Press in 1965. School is in session as one lone preacher takes a mob of educated journalists and holds a clinic. Every one of the questions, including the questions of communist affiliation, is deflected with something other than point A to point B logic. ... Read More »

The Original Occupation

The Aboriginal or indigenous American was the first occupant of this country. As a child my parents did not insult my intelligence. They told me that the pilgrims had stolen the natives land. I dreamed about how to correct this injustice. There are no easy answers. Reservations have serious cross generational problems that don’t have any solutions. After I finished ... Read More »

An Open Letter to the Winter Patriot

Mitch Green’s open letter appeared New Economic Perspectives on November 21st of last year. We believe it to be as true now as it was then. There are elements of Occupy that seem to be slowing down but the sluggish winter weather is only a test of fortitude. On the other end it produces hardened warrior activists that will prosper through ... Read More »

Be Careful How You Invest Your Loyalty

  Almost a decade ago the Chicago Tribune published an article in their newspaper written by Mary Schmich. Her views on corporations ring true even more so today because it shows these issues have not been addressed by our elected officials. Ten years ago, before corporations were people, we had Enron, Tyco, and WorldCom. We now have Bank of America, ... Read More »

The Spat Upon Vet Revisited

Back in mid-April, the phone rang one evening.  You have a call from Bob, the woman’s voice said.  I was in end-of-day mode, not the best time for a tele-scammer to invade my home life.  I hung up, and the phone rang again almost immediately.  That dance took two more turns, before I switched to sardonic.  Bob’s not here, I ... Read More »

War is a Racket

My name is Sanford Kelson. I was born in 1944, graduated high school in 1962 and am now 66 years old. I am a lawyer and I also teach in a special program for gifted and talented public school students. When I was growing up my education caused me to believe certain things. Education is not just what you learn ... Read More »

Hugh Thompson, An American Hero

The story I am about to share with you took place in Vietnam over 43 years ago. I would venture to say that most Americans have never heard of Hugh Thompson but on March 16th 1968 he put his life and his reputation on the line in order to save some innocent civilians from the ravages of war. The whole ... Read More »

The Assassination of JFK

On this day, 48 years ago, John Fitzgerald Kennedy was struck down by a sniper’s bullet in Dallas. Kennedy was a United States Navy Officer and there is a naval vessel named after him. That sniper, for the historical record, was Lee Harvey Oswald. The assassination was dubious, to say the least, and a whole conspiratorial culture emerged.     The predominant ... Read More »

The Death of Democracy

As the imminent fall of the birthplace of democracy looms on the world stage, it is important to keep in mind that it was not democracy that orchestrated its crash. It was the neoliberal banking practices perpetuated by the belief in hyper-capitalism as a world end game. That, due to the end of the Cold War, the West’s victory, and ... Read More »

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