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The 10 Tenets of Neoliberalism

Neoliberalism is the idea that the Market is the Mother of all Things. The tenets of Neoliberalism are as follows: 1.”Market-based” solutions are the most stable and are inherently more sustainable than “top down” publicly funded programmes that rely on … Continue reading

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For the Many, Not the Few: How the UK Elections were a Proxy Battle for US Democrats

Some important take-aways from the UK election that you might not hear in the MSM: Firstly, we should consider that this was a proxy election for the US in many ways, in which the two sides of the Democratic Civil … Continue reading

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Social Justice vs. Economic Justice: The False Dichotomy of Identity Politics

I had a revelation today about the on-going debates between Hillary and Bernie supporters in the wake of the Election. Bernie has given interviews in which he rails against what he calls the “Liberal Elites” —the establishment faction of the … Continue reading

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My Trip through Bill Clinton’s Arkansas

In the late fall of 1990 a friend and I made a cross country trip from Connecticut to California. We decided to travel via the Southern route, which took us through Arkansas, where Bill Clinton was halfway through serving his … Continue reading

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Why I Want Trump to Win Over Clinton

After much deliberation, I have decided to write-in Bernie for President, or else vote for Jill Stein the Green Party candidate. I will NOT vote for Hillary Clinton, and many people freak out, telling me that this is a vote … Continue reading

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The Brexit: One ExPat’s View

As a “EuroYankee”, I feel I should weigh in heavily on the so-called Brexit. I was not surprised at the Leave vote. The Brits have been complaining about the EU for years – and the EU had had to bend … Continue reading

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Jury Nullification, the “Glass Ceiling” and Clinton’s Support Base

Like many progressives who support Bernie Sanders, I have been amazed by the capacity for Clinton supporters to defend her even in the face of overwhelming and damning evidence of her faults. During the course of the Primary campaign, much … Continue reading

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Why Bernie Will Win – Part 4: The BIG Difference (Continued)

Ok – snap quiz – who are these two gentlemen pictured on the right? Hint: One was King George V of England and the other was Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany. You may be forgiven if you cannot tell which … Continue reading

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Gonna take a fast train?

I took a train today from Barcelona to Madrid. The journey was 640 km, or roughly the same distance as from Boston Mass. to Washington DC. It took 2 hours and 30 minutes. No shit. Moreover, I did not have … Continue reading

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Islam is Not The Enemy (and I cannot believe I have to say this)

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There seems to be a troubling trend in many areas of public discourse that aims to paint Islam as somehow different from other religions in its brutality, barbarism and militarism. This is simply wrong. Islam until recently was a relatively … Continue reading

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What Will Ebola Teach America?

So now we find out that the Texas hospital that hosted the first Ebola case diagnosed in the USA was woefully ill-equipped to handle the disease. The fact that the Liberian man who showed up at the hospital was (a) … Continue reading

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What Ray Rice and ISIS Have in Common

Ray Rice, the NFL football player who is now being persecuted for beating a woman unconscious in an Atlantic City Casino elevator, probably thought he was going to get away with it. The security video that first propelled him into … Continue reading

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The “Tipping Point”, Militarised Police, and the Meaning of Ferguson

I have been watching trends in the US for some time. Macro-trends, if you will. And in Ferguson I see the confluence of three trends: on one hand, poverty and income inequality, on the other hand, militarised police with armoured … Continue reading

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Of Guns and Men

In “Bowling for Columbine“, Michael Moore made the case that the number of guns and the availability of guns is not causal in the number of gun deaths, There are plenty of examples where a country has as many if … Continue reading

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Dispatch from Barcelona – First Takes

One of the first things that one notices in Barcelona is the public cleaning and care-taking of the city. Throughout the city, throughout the day and night, an army of cleaners, clad in green and yellow hi-visibility uniforms, patrol the … Continue reading

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About the Occupy Wall Street “Movement”

Maybe I have watched too many Frank Capra movies, but I think everyone in that 99% sees themselves as Jimmy Stuart or Gary Cooper struggling against some Lionel Barrymore character. Maybe things have become that desperate. Maybe there will be a movement, maybe people will come together, and maybe America will change direction. Continue reading

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