orchestratedpulse

OP: Looking Back, Moving Forward

By Vincent Kelley

I remember something shifting inside me when I first scrolled through the pages of Orchestrated Pulse some three years back. I was in a place of increasing certainty about what kind of political mistakes the left kept making. This certainty was gained both by observing and contributing to fatal flaws in “movements” I had been…

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Debating Deplorables: How the Left Can (and Cannot) Win Trump Voters

By Ray Valentine

Over at Jacobin, Seth Ackerman has a useful response to political scientists’ and journalists’ attempts to account for the popularity of the Trump phenomenon. He challenges the view that Trump and his ilk are riding a wave of racist, nationalist resentment, noting that despite the international electoral success of right-wing populists, longitudinal studies of public…

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Rather, Trump, Fail

By Ray Valentine

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

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

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

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

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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Right-Wing Elites Love Your Abigail Fisher Hot Take

By Jon Booth

On Thursday the short-handed Supreme Court defied expectations by declaring the affirmative action program at the University of Texas constitutional. The decision was understandably greeted with celebrations by liberal activists—though tempered by frustration over the court’s immigration decision released the same day. In addition, Abigail Fisher predictably came in for another round of Internet mockery….

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You Call This an Uprising?

By Ray Valentine

In early April, as a deadlocked Congress considered pressing business like not confirming a Supreme Court justice and Chuck Schumer’s bill to guarantee a minimum amount of space per-passenger on commercial flights (it didn’t pass), a crowd of demonstrators marched on Capitol Hill with a familiar slogan: money out of politics. Organizers of the Democracy…

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DeRay Takes Baltimore

By Drew Franklin

Teach For America’s most famous political operative returns to his old stomping grounds to finish the job from inside City Hall.

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