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Old-Timers Back “Climate Change Kids” in Lawsuit – An Op-Ed Article

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July 15, 2019
Old-Timers Back “Climate Change Kids” in Lawsuit – An Op-Ed Article

The lawsuit now before the Court of Appeals of the Ninth Circuit calls on the federal government to protect today’s young people and future generations from the effects of climate change. We old people need to support their case and the Green New Deal for the sake of our grandchildren and great grandchildren. The...
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History Backs the Green New Deal – A Response

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May 30, 2019
History Backs the Green New Deal – A Response

Kevin Baker, “Where Our New World Begins: Politics, Power, and the Green New Deal,” Harper’s Magazine, May 2019. Kevin Baker, a journalist and author of award-winning historical novels, supports the Green New Deal. It isn’t blanket support; he sees that changes and compromises will be needed to make it fly. But he argues that...
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The Green New Deal – Living in America Series

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February 22, 2019
The Green New Deal – Living in America Series

I have not seen much hope of Americans embracing socialism as a possibility in reorganizing this increasingly broken society. Early this week, for example, I paid a visit to my barber. He’s ex-military, an ex-baker, an ex-tattoo artist, and a pretty decent haircutter. He was upset about the Green New Deal. “What about my car?...
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When Editors Let Trump Decide –An Excerpt

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January 26, 2019
When Editors Let Trump Decide –An Excerpt

Jill Lepore has shown herself to be one of America’s more insightful, probing, and analytical writer-historians. Her latest article in The New Yorker (January 28, 2019), “Hard News: The State of Journalism,” proves the point: “The broader problem is that the depravity, mendacity, vulgarity, and menace of the Trump Administration have put a lot...
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Is the Shutdown Paying for Trump’s Wall? – A Commentary

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January 14, 2019
Is the Shutdown Paying for Trump’s Wall? – A Commentary

What Trump and the GOP gain from holding 800,000 government employees hostage The longest government shutdown in United States history has a silver lining for Donald Trump and the current crop of conservative Republican Senators. The longer it goes on, the more the government can bank bundles of cash to pay for their wall...
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Old People’s Socialist League

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January 6, 2019

Socialism with hope . . . and good humor, too. Those who recall chuckling their way through John’s Sayles’s 1979 story The Anarchists’ Convention will enjoy reading about the OPSL.
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Reds Under Beds – A Spy Story

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August 1, 2018
Reds Under Beds – A Spy Story

RCMP secret agents were still looking for Reds under every bed during British Columbia’s 1983 “Solidarity Coalition” protests against the austerity budget of the right-wing Social Credit government of Bill Bennett. Maybe I shouldn’t be shocked that taxpayers’ money could once again be spent wastefully searching for a miniscule group of people who might...
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Signs of Bad Times – Living in America Series

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July 9, 2018
Signs of Bad Times – Living in America Series

A scan of New York Times headlines for July 8, 2018, reveals several signs of deteriorating times. So much for mother’s milk  The United States delegation to the World Health Organization opposed the promotion of mother’s milk as healthiest for children, thus “embracing the interests of infant formula manufacturers,” reports the Times. “The Americans were...
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Marching for Immigrant Family Rights – A Photo Essay

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July 1, 2018
Marching for Immigrant Family Rights – A Photo Essay

We marched to the courthouse on June 30 to protest Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy regarding immigrants, but many also spoke against other aspects of his increasingly corrupt Administration. Billed as the Families Belong Together rally, the organizers provided little direction about what we were to do. Steering a march through town to display our...
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Why America Doesn’t Work – Living in America Series

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April 24, 2018
Why America Doesn’t Work – Living in America Series

We recently saw an Oregon Contemporary Theater production of Buried Child, the 1978 play about family dysfunction by the late American playwright and actor Sam Sheppard. In my ways it is a multi-layered statement about what’s wrong with America. In the program notes, Sheppard offers this view of the history of his country: “I...
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