Testing Republican Values
The values at the core of administration proposals must be effectively and deftly highlighted by those opposed to regressing decades in the critical areas of health care, the environment, taxation, and climate.
Thursday, January 12, 2017(18 comments)
Where Is Father's Little Helper and Why is Acid Cool?
The Sunday "New York Times" article "Mother's Little Helper" describes acid use by a Mom to save her marriage and her mental health. But what do we expect of women? And do we risk normalizing drug use even as we experience about as many deaths from opioids as guns or car crashes? The stories we tell ourselves about who we are are critical. Injustices and challenges can prompt societal change rather than escapism.
Friday, November 11, 2016(7 comments)
Dems: Let's Read Important, Self-Critical Articles on the Election
Our post-election environment often lacks inward and insightful analysis. Yet it is critical to refocus on the failures exposed in the institutions of democracy and the rifts within our nation. A number of individuals have published important articles which are linked to and quoted from here.
Tuesday, October 18, 2016(15 comments)
Critical Foreign Policy Questions For an Overdue Reset
The intense hypermasculinity and violence we see in our society and in Trump's rise is mirrored in our global postures of aggression and dominance. It has been presented by a recipe for so-called security, even while demonstrating in almost every situation its failure to meet its goals and to secure human rights.
The New York Times' False Foreign Policy Narratives
The New York Times reporting on foreign affairs has promoted false narratives. It is critical to look at the twinned economic and political violence that the US has participated in the region to adopt models promoting peace, justice and sustainability.
Friday, August 5, 2016(1 comments)
Critical National and Global Challenges: Dems in Philly Fail to Confront Corporate Power
The Democratic National Convention rightly pushed back on the xenophobia and misogyny of the Republican Convention, yet if failed to aggressively assert the public interest (which opposes that of corporations) on key national and global issues of war, trade, bees, agriculture, and climate, ultimately abdicating its responsibility to the American people. Those issues must be central to any progressive fight or movement.
Tuesday, July 19, 2016(1 comments)
Twenty-One Questions for Would-Be Presidents
Friday brought news of two events -- the release of 29 pages from the Congressional Inquiry on links between the Saudi government and 9-11 and the attempted Turkish coup -- that highlight vital questions on our foreign policy, all the more so because the Iraq invasion has been the cause of major global chaos.
Wednesday, June 29, 2016(12 comments)
Clinton's Heist of Democracy and the Voter-Driven Superdelegate and Platform Solution
California was just the culmination of Clinton's heist of democracy -- as elections, media, DNC, and superdelegates worked for a supersecret, ill-begot Clinton "victory" that would silence Sanders like never before in the primary. As voters, we still can choose to pressure superdelegates to do what we want in this nomination and in Congress. Accountability is the cornerstone of democracy.
Saturday, June 4, 2016(17 comments)
Hillary's Exploitation of Democratic Institutions (Including Superdelegates) Exposed
Hillary's campaign has manipulated and negated the proper role of Democratic and democratic institutions like the media, superdelegates, Democratic National Committee. Despite numerous unfair advantages, her weak campaign continues to struggle so she and her supporters are imposing the full weight of the these renegade institutions on Sanders in a bid to end his popular, progressive presidential campaign. It's shameful.
Clinton's Troublesome Record On Climate
Climate change action should be one of our, if not our top priority. What is Clinton's record writ large? Her leadership has involved strong ties to corporations deeply vested in climate inaction, and the apparent execution of their climate agenda which do not seem to portend the overdue action that is needed.
Tuesday, February 9, 2016(33 comments)
Hillary: Gender, Power, and "It's Not Me, It's You"
Hillary Clinton and her high profile supporters have a new strategy in which women who don't favor Clinton are told, "It's Not Me [Hillary], It's You." That coupled with their lecture on gender, feminism, and power is sure to win her more supporters. Not.
Reframing and Preventing American Gun Violence
It's time to reframe our discussion of American gun violence to reimagine solutions. As Chiraq points out, gun violence -- including horrific mass shootings -- is mostly committed by men. Culture and community remains key as well.
Hillary Clinton's Duplicity and Media Complicity
Hillary Clinton's used well-rehearsed (often misleading) debate answers to aid her performance. Americans saw through it: numerous focus groups and polls declared Bernie Sanders the strong winner. But the charade allowed the mainstream media, agents in Noam Chomsky's propaganda model, to give her glowing reviews.
The Best Candidate for Minorities and Women (Not Hillary, Not Now)
Should minorities and women support Hillary Clinton? Bernie Sanders comes under criticism for being from a primarily white state and not for campaigning on racial issues. Green candidate Jill Stein receives little media attention. Yet they both promote platforms that are much better for the security and opportunity of these groups.
Friday, June 19, 2015(1 comments)
The Democratic Platform: Hillary and Bernie
Any presidential candidate faces broad challenges in illuminating the harsh injustices of our country and endorsing specific policies to fix them. Yet this is precisely what our leaders must do to create a nation of justice and opportunity. This article lays out major issues and assesses the statements of the two major leading Democratic presidential candidates.
Monday, May 18, 2015(1 comments)
Imposters at MIT? Stop the Victim Blaming
A recent NPR story highlighting a spate of MIT suicides discussed the "imposter syndrome." Yet this seemed to be a not-so-subtle attempt at victim blaming when, in my experience, poor mental health often directly resulted from what was broadly recognized as extreme academic stress.
Let's find out more about what MIT is doing by asking and posting 11 questions on their services and statistics.
"Yay, I Got In!" Now What to Ask Colleges about Campus Sexual Assault
Female high school students as thrilled as those in "The Hunting Ground" when they receive college acceptances. Yet they often know little about the safety of the school they attend. A campaign to promote transparency and accountability of colleges to provide nondiscriminatory campuses.
Charlie Hebdo: Violence, Press Freedom and Accountability
In the wake of the Charlie Hebdo tragedy, many world leaders have highlighted the important values of peace, freedom of the press, and accountability. But how true have Western societies been to these ideals and what is their promise for promoting the empathy and justice needed to bridge cultural divides?
Tuesday, December 16, 2014(4 comments)
Sexual Assault: Transforming American Colleges
The victims of sexual violence are not the institution or fraternity that was implicated for a couple of weeks, but the millions of girls who have been sexually assaulted at universities nationwide. Colleges must transform a culture of gender violence, funding the a number of steps through endowments, as needed.
Tuesday, December 16, 2014(1 comments)
A Holiday From, Then For Justice
The last month has been a holiday justice as numerous acts have demonstrated how our society dehumanizes women and minorities. But the widespread, sustained protests show that Americans value basic human rights for all, or in the words of Langston Hughes, "Let America be America again."
Saturday, September 27, 2014(4 comments)
Vertigo, PTSD, and the Loss of the Car Keys
The rapid push to war leaves our heads spinning from the shifting narratives and alliances and our minds worrying about the violence that resulted from regional intervention. It's time to acknowledge our past mistakes and the complexity of the situation and pursue a path of diplomacy, de-militarization and humanitarian assistance.
Thursday, July 24, 2014(3 comments)
Spotlights and Solutions for College Rape
Recently media coverage of college rape has picked up,and government and universities are implementing solutions to this longstanding, national, and costly campus issue.
James Boyd, Bruce, Pete, and All of Us
Many in New Mexico have embraced both the ghost of James Boyd, cut down for lacking a home, and the ghost of Tom Joad, a specter of moral action. Let's help them build a world of security, peace and freedom for all.
Saturday, December 14, 2013(2 comments)
Reclaiming and Using "Terror"
The word "terror" has been used to justify an illegal war and extensive, unconstitutional spying. What if we used the power of that word and experience to fix five major problems?
America's Indefensible "Core Priorities"
President Obama's speech last week at the UN General Assembly was generally strong. But he cited four "core interests" that are amoral and create a cycle of violence. These must be circumscribed, if not abandoned. Otherwise, we could possibly end up implementing the plan described by former NATO Allied Supreme Commander Wesley Clark, which would have the U.S. invade seven countries in the Middle East and Africa.
Monday, September 9, 2013(1 comments)
America's Tricky Relationship with Chemical Warfare
The United States' history of alternately deploying and helping deploy chemical weapons, and using their existence to advocate for illegal military strikes is troubling, to say the least. The current meandering rationale for strikes reflects this unresolvable dichotomy. Let's instead focus on internationally backed action, including major support for millions of refugees.
Beyond Boston to Bangladesh
The Bangladeshi factory collapse must be top of mind so we can transform the apparel industry. Boycott retailers, give money, eschew fast fashion, and focus on the tough stories.
Monday, March 25, 2013(7 comments)
Lean In, Women; Corporations and Government, Brush Off Your Hands
Fifty years after "The Feminine Mystique", we've decided to shift the blame largely to women, per Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg. Her "Lean In" movement is at best highly ineffectual but more likely a distraction from the urgent priorities for change that would benefit all workers.
Saturday, February 16, 2013(4 comments)
The Right's Plan: More Poor White Kids
Is the "having kids is our patriotic duty" going to become new Republican meme? The demographics don't work for the right so now having lots of poor, undereducated children is cool -- so long as they're white. What a difference from the trashing of welfare Moms just two decades ago.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012(4 comments)
Make Political Activism the New Travel Soccer
It's time for parents to redirect a fraction of children's time spent now on sports, TV and tutoring to political activism. Civic participation offers the activities and benefits of schools and sports: public speaking, exercise, debate practice, camaraderie, art, social skills, and determination. Their engagement will create a more just and sustainable world.
Saturday, November 3, 2012(3 comments)
The Party of Religious Fanaticism and Falsehood
Republicans champion American democracy and patriotism while employing the same tactics -- voter suppression, minimizing violence against women, rejecting science, and duplicity -- of religious and tyrannical zealots around the world.
Tuesday, October 23, 2012(5 comments)
The Many Problems with "Romnesia" and Why It Still Works
The media has chased ratings at the expense of covering identity and character. Willard "Mitt" Romney personifies the mentality of a cheating athlete, the habits of a religious sinner, and a life story that is anti-American. Holding him accountable to common cultural and societal standards will illuminate the potential reality of his presidency.
Wednesday, October 10, 2012(4 comments)
Romney's Psychopathic Debate Strategy: Past, Present and Future
Romney's debate "win" is a result of the environment he created where cheating pays off. The debate commission is controlled by the parties, Romney implied he would be honest and media has ADD. For Romney, whose policies were exposed by Bill Clinton as sham and two weeks of attacks decried as opportunistic, he had to remake himself. That people believe his lies and new positioning show our democracy's dysfunction.
My Fantasy with Jamie Dimon
My fantasy: true accountability -- beyond the $3 billion loss -- for Jamie Dimon and JP Morgan. Veterans, parents, retirees, former homeowners, and credit card holders devastated after bank dealings. 'Fess up and pay up in your ever-expanding jail cell, Jamie.
Friday, May 11, 2012(3 comments)
Taking America Back
America has seen what may be the most rapid (non-war) deterioration of public health in history. Today about 2/3 of our population is overweight, in just 18 years more than 1 in 10 will carry 80 extra pounds. Yet a generation ago, we were slim, unknowingly Jedi Masters of our health. Let's take America (and this slogan) back.
The View from Muppetland
The view from Muppetland - the place where investment banks' clients live - reflects the predatory culture described in former Goldman executive Greg Smith's New York Times op-ed. Investment banks evade, deceive, and bully clients.
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
From Girls to Grandmas: Unlocking Female Potential
From girls to grandmas, females are transforming their communities on this 101st International Women's Day. Increased access to the levers of empowerment -- like education, contraceptive access and opportunity -- is paying dividends.
Three Disturbing Trends About "Just Say No" to Providing Contraception
The pushback President Obama received for his decision to require free birth control for many religiously affiliated institutions (now revised to similar effect) is disturbing on three fronts. First the right's use of faith as a divider, second as it ignores longstanding and global lessons on contraceptive access, and third as it politicizes a narrow social issue.