Rather, Trump, Fail

by Ray Valentine on August 11, 2016

Trump made another dumb joke and now we all have to read about it. The self-appointed referees of American politics have flooded the media with declarations that the Donald’s little hint that one of his supporters should shoot Hillary Clinton CROSSES THE LINE. It’s galling to see another round of pearl clutching not about Trump’s…

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We Are the Left? Yeah, Right…

by R.L. Stephens II on July 22, 2016

I’m Black. I capitalize Black and leave white lower cased. Sure, it’s the accepted spelling, but really I do it because it feels good. My family lived in Missouri, but my mother crossed state lines to birth me in Kansas. Missouri was a slave state. Kansas was free, and she wanted her children born into…

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Odd Future Lone Wolf

by Ray Valentine on July 18, 2016

Of all the horrors that have paraded across the political scene in 2016, few are more disturbing than the seemingly sudden uptick in lone-wolf attacks. With high-profile attacks by individuals in Baton Rouge, Nice, Leeds, Orlando, and Dallas all within the space of a few weeks, the phenomenon is exploding into mainstream public consciousness. It…

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I Ain’t Afraid of No Trump

by Vincent Kelley on July 6, 2016

MIT linguist Noam Chomsky and Bard College music professor John Halle have recently written a crisp professorial defense of Lesser Evil Voting, or LEV, for the 2016 United States presidential election. The LEV strategy advocates voting for Hillary Clinton in swing states, or states in which a vote could potentially break a tie between Clinton…

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Fight for $15, Minus the Fight

by Ray Valentine on July 4, 2016

The Fight for $15 can add another notch to its belt — the $15 wage is coming to Washington, DC in 2020, and will be pegged to inflation thereafter. Tens of thousands of low wage workers will be getting hourly raises. Remarkably, the victory arrived absent any significant public conflict: the measure to raise the…

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