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Ted Rall, a political cartoonist, is the author of "The Anti-American Manifesto." He was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1963, raised in Kettering, Ohio and graduated from Fairmont West High School in 1981. His first cartoons were published in the Kettering-Oakwood (OH) Times.
He majored in physics at Columbia University's School of Engineering from 1981 until 1984, where he drew cartoons for the Columbia Daily Spectator, Barnard Bulletin and The Jester humor magazine. He was expelled in 1984, between his junior and senior years, for academic and disciplinary reasons. Ted Rall is the author of "Bernie," a biography written with the cooperation of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. "Bernie" is now on sale online and at all good bookstores.
(5 comments) SHARE Wednesday, September 11, 2019 Once Again in Afghanistan, the U.S. Proves It Can't Be Trusted
Hours before representatives of the Taliban which controls about half of Afghanistan were set to board a plane to Washington where they were scheduled to meet with Trump at Camp David, the president canceled their visit and scuttled years of progress toward ending America's longest war, which has killed more than 2,300 U.S. servicemen and at least 30,000 Afghans.
(7 comments) SHARE Monday, August 26, 2019 Freedom of the Press? Not in the U.S.
No consideration of freedom of the press in the U.S. is complete without a hard look at the case of Julian Assange. The founder and publisher of WikiLeaks is rotting in an English prison, awaiting extradition to the United States for possession and dissemination of classified information -- exactly what The New York Times did when it published the Pentagon Papers and the Edward Snowden revelations.
(7 comments) SHARE Tuesday, August 20, 2019 As Long as Enemies of the State Keep Dying Before Trial, No One Should Trust the State
No matter what, Epstein died because the government let it happen. He was a ward of the state, the highest of high-profile prisoners, a man whose trial stood to expose extreme wrongdoing at the expense of numerous horribly violated victims, yet no one in charge took steps to make certain that he appeared at every hearing happy, healthy and alive.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, July 22, 2019 Progressives to Democrats: We Are Watching the Way You Mistreat "the Squad"
Led by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, the four Congressional freshmen known as the Squad are, by Beltway standards, relatively powerless -- just four votes, as the speaker said. They chair no committees and head no broad coalitions that can be counted upon to cast yeas and nays at their command. Yet they are important -- and not merely due to their formidable social media following.
(8 comments) SHARE Monday, July 8, 2019 The Difference Between Liberals and Leftists
Liberals and leftists want many of the same things: reduced income inequality, better working conditions, more affordable housing and healthcare. There are differences of degrees. They're very different when it comes to foreign policy: liberals support some wars of choice whereas leftists would only turn to the military for self-defense.
(4 comments) SHARE Wednesday, July 3, 2019 Political Cartooning Was Murdered: Here's the Autopsy
A century ago newspapers employed more than 2,000 full-time editorial cartoonists. Today there are fewer than 25. In the United States, political cartooning as we know it is dead. If you draw editorial cartoons for a living and you have any brains you're working in a different field or looking for an exit. You can still find them online so political cartoons aren't yet extinct. But they are doomed.
SHARE Friday, June 21, 2019 At Harvard, Thoughtcrime on Crack
Harvard is extremely unforgiving of its prospective freshmen. They previously rescinded admissions from 10 kids who shared dirty memes about the college on Facebook, and also famously from a woman who served time in prison for murder, because she didn't reveal her record on her application. Why should she have to? She did her time. Let her study up and move on.
(6 comments) SHARE Tuesday, June 18, 2019 In Defense of Purity Tests
Voters have every right to demand certain standards of behavior and policy positions in exchange for their support. Lefties have not asked for much: $15-an-hour minimum wage, Medicare For All, free college tuition, eschew donations by corporations. Yet even these modest attempts to nudge the needle to the left go too far for the Third Way/Democratic Leadership Council/moderates clinging to control over the Democratic Party.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, June 4, 2019 Hacking Dirty Government Secrets Is Not a Crime
Even if Assange were "guilty" of the hacking charges, so what? The "crime" of which he stands accused pales next to the wrongdoing he helped to expose. It has become fashionable to observe that people who engage in civil disobedience must be prepared to face legal punishment. This is a belief grounded in practicality: individuals who confront the state need to understand that theirs will be a difficult struggle.
(5 comments) SHARE Thursday, May 30, 2019 Campaign 2020: Why Joe Biden is the Least Electable Democrat
As one of the few pundits who correctly called the 2016 election for Donald Trump, it would be wise to rest on my laurels rather than risk another prediction, one that might turn out wrong. But how would that be fun? Let the 2020 political prognostications begin!
SHARE Thursday, May 9, 2019 Death to the Stump Speech
Radio, television and the Internet have revolutionized communication. The last presidential election, in which ad lib shockingly defeated inevitability, demonstrated the obsolescence of the stump speech. Yet this boring tradition endures.
(4 comments) SHARE Wednesday, April 24, 2019 Democrats' Refusal to Impeach Trump Could Be the Death of Them in 2020
Like a dog who caught a car (like Trump caught a presidency he reportedly didn't want), Democrats captured the House. But they don't want to impeach. Nancy Pelosi and other party leaders say impeachment would divide the country, turn off swing voters and risk the kind of backlash Republicans suffered in 2000 after they voted to impeach Bill Clinton. Refusal to impeach is a serious tactical error.
(3 comments) SHARE Thursday, April 18, 2019 For Journalists, Self-Censorship Is Credibility Suicide
Respecting the public's right to know is hard. Good people can die as a result. Wars may be lost. But for someone dedicated to journalism it's an easy call. Either you're a journalist or you're nothing more than a low-rent liar and propagandist for the government.
(4 comments) SHARE Friday, April 12, 2019 Meritocracy is Stupid and Evil and Must Die
As game theory experiments show, unfair incentive structures are ineffective because not everyone is optimistic. In a system with winners and losers some people reach for the brass ring because they think they might get win. Pessimists do not. They weigh the cost of effort and decide not to bother for their mere chance at success.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, March 13, 2019 8 Ways to Fix America's Messed-Up Presidential Elections
Presidential campaigns could be improved -- streamlined, made more relevant to more voters and their worries, and likelier to result in better outcomes -- and it wouldn't require revolutionary change, just common-sense reforms. The ideal politician is responsive and accountable to the citizenry. Otherwise people look at politics and think "what a load of crap, it makes no difference to me."
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, February 19, 2019 Journalists Had Better Hope I Win My Case Against the Billionaire-Owned L.A. Times
There is a $330,000 judgment against me for having the gall to defend my reputation in court. Unless the California Supreme Court overrules it, that judgment will be final and will grow bigger. Journalists and pundits aren't covering my case; they're afraid, as they ought to be but they are watching. If the judgment stands, who will be stupid enough to take on the LAPD or similar institution?
(13 comments) SHARE Saturday, January 12, 2019 Here is the Progressive Agenda
Progressives should demand that U.S. troops come home from any country that did not attack the United States -- i.e., all of them. They should put an end to the disgusting drone wars. The bloated nearly-$1 trillion Pentagon budget should be shredded; let's see what they can do with $100 billion (which would still be far more than Russia's defense spending).