All of us are struggling with what to do next. Thankfully, there are people who already know. Much hay is made by opponents of social justice about ‘professional protesters’ and their nefarious habit of bussing people to events and voting booths, organizing their communities for political action and real change. Our soon to be former president was derided by his rivals for community organizing, a practice which hails from the very greatest traditions in this country and elsewhere. Martin Luther King wasn’t a politician, professional […]
Citizens all over the country and all over the world refuse to back down from the outcome of this election. Here are some images that should make you feel that you are not alone. Get into the streets again tonight and demonstrate your power.
They say elections have consequences, but they rarely remind you how permanent those consequences can be. The plan for Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office have been available for some time. If you’re like me, you read through them before today because you wanted to see if there was some special sauce that most of us were missing about this putrid man and his vague but ominous promises to remake our country. But no one will blame you if this is the first time you’re seeing this, […]
2 out of 3 white Americans voted for Trump, including women, including college and non-college. That means if you’re white, most people in your family voted for Trump. Have a good Thanksgiving. The United States has always been a colonial state where one ethnic group rules over others. But the Obama elections signaled a possible shift to a true multicultural coalition that could rule from the cities and establish a generally egalitarian state. This election reverses that. We are apparently still a nation divided by ethnicity, even more than by […]
I spent my morning at Denver International Airport, a misnamed complex of airport terminals peppered with satanic prophecies with only a single entrance. If you believe the conspiracy theories, it was built as a last bastion of the global elite in the inevitable case of an apocalyptic revolution engineered and perpetrated by the rich and powerful, in order to become even more rich and powerful, I guess. Before boarding a departing flight from DIA, the first place you must go is a vast open room that once served as the primary lobby for the […]
Art is more than entertainment or decoration. Back in March, this photo caused some tepid online outrage in Los Angeles, and spurred another (too brief) examination of the homelessness crisis in the city. It served as a snapshot of how relatively wealthy millennials were changing some of Los Angeles’ most iconic neighborhoods and ethnic enclaves into playgrounds of twenty-something decadence, literally stepping over homeless residents to snap a selfie in front of a cheeky mural. When I saw it, I was immediately upset by not only how indifferent […]
When I was a young boy, whenever I went to a public library, I would always search for books on two subjects: Nazis, and nuclear weapons. I think this was because the biggest myths of my young life were told by Steven Spielberg. Reading about the realities of those two ideas: German fascism – its roots in Enlightenment philosophies, populist politics and art – and the successful construction of a machine so powerful it could incinerate an entire city, and destroy the planet, those seemed like the most important things to […]