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Michael Lubin served on the first democratically elected governing board in the history of KPFA, the nation's oldest listener-sponsored radio station. There, he was a founding member of the pro-democracy listeners' movement People's Radio. Although a Ph.D. student in History of Culture at the University of Chicago, he perversely insists on living in California. He is known variously as Nuisance Man, Caveman, Lubejob, the Dialectrician, and "Hey, you bozo with the long hair!" He blogs, or something like that, at newsince.com. He also highbrows at dialectrics.com and fictions at thenoondaysun.com.
The Smart Progressive's Guide to Election Night
Although the presidential election probably won't be officially clinched until polls close in the Pacific, there's a good chance it could be all over but the shouting as much as three hours sooner. Here's how you can tell.
Thursday, August 28, 2008(7 comments)
Bush's ruthless ICE conducts the largest workplace immigration raid in U.S. history, and what do fellow workers do? Snitch and clap. The state of Mississippi has a long, dark history, and it seems its darker-skinned residents can still expect the same.
Thursday, June 26, 2008(2 comments)
The Supreme Court's gun ruling pastes into the Constitution a principle that has long been evident in national affairs: the wackadoos are in command.
Tuesday, April 22, 2008(5 comments)
Clinton's not fighting to win on points
Hillary will probably win in Pennsylvania, but probably not by nearly big enough of a margin to enable her to mount a comeback and win the popular vote, let alone the pledged delegates. But remember this, as the results roll in: for her, this has ceased to be primarily about winning the people's votes.
Thursday, March 20, 2008(14 comments)
Did Obama channel Lincoln...or did his pastor?
"If we shall suppose that American slavery is one of those offenses which, in the providence of God, must needs come, but which, having continued through His appointed time, He now wills to remove, and that He gives to both North and South this terrible war as the woe due to those by whom the offense came..."
Tuesday, February 19, 2008(2 comments)
Watch out for Spring Break, Democrats
In the Democratic presidential primaries, everyone's obsessing over Ohio, Texas, and the superdelegates - more or less following Clinton's own spin. But one of the most problematic and possibly decisive features of the electoral calendar has received little comment.
Us poor ignorant voters aren't allowed to decide who we like by the old-fashioned method of voting any more. Instead, the media tell us who we're GOING to vote for, enabling them to choose for us.
Friday, November 23, 2007(58 comments)
Ron Paul's History of Virulent Racism (part 1)
15 years ago, Ron Paul's newsletter said, "Our country is being destroyed by a group of actual and potential terrorists - and they can be identified by the color of their skin." His attempt to deny responsibility for these words is completely unconvincing.
Thursday, September 13, 2007(2 comments)
A Holy Day in the Empire
Unfortunately, 9/11 was nowhere close to the worst thing that ever happened. But the American Empire has transformed it into the most revered icon in the national religion--with lethal consequences.
Sunday, August 5, 2007(1 comments)
For once, putting democracy first
California's new Secretary of State just pulled the plug on unverifiable, hackable touchscreen voting machines, setting the state on a path to paper ballots for 2008.
Thursday, August 2, 2007
The insolence of office
What do our leaders promise when they take the oath of office? Is is to defend America against evil-doers? What does the oath say about loyalty to the president? Does it involve the Bible? Did Keith Ellison change the oath when he used the Koran instead? The people running our government and claiming all but unlimited powers don't want you to know what they actually swore to when they took office.