♦ There is a long and noble tradition of progressives who cite passages from the founding documents in their calls for truly universal rights. ♦ Martin Luther King, Jr. is perhaps the most prominent of these voices. His speeches built upon the loftiest promises of the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution and then added his own. Abraham Lincoln’s funereal address at the killing grounds of Gettysburg has similarly ascended into canon, and is trotted out by every debate amateur, every screenwriter, and every cretin who seeks public […]
Everyone is consumed in a conversation about white economic insecurity versus racial animus and what caused this catastrophe. There is, of course, plenty of blame to go around. The key is to focus on what has changed since 2012, when Obama won the states naively referred to as the Blue Wall – the ‘Rust Belt’ deindustrialized states of Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania. These are states that once belonged to the Democratic coalition which emerged in the post-Roosevelt era as a stronghold for working class and African-American voting power. […]
It is a dark day in the United States, and the world. While a slim majority of American voters chose to back the multicultural, urban, liberal party of incremental progress, enough people, in the states that mattered most, chose to throw the election to a reactionary populist who openly attacked ethnic and religious minorities, and will use the powers of the state to prosecute his enemies, foreign and domestic. There is little comfort in looking to government in the short term – the people with the power of appointment, […]
Scholars refer to 1905, the year in which Albert Einstein wrote his famous works on the photoelectric effect, Mass-Energy equivalence and special relativity, as his Annus Mirabilis, his ‘miraculous’ year. For me, that year was 1992. I was ten years old, in the fifth grade, and I was runner-up in the Robert Frost Poetry Contest for Children and Teens, an honorable mention bestowed in person by Governor Judd Gregg himself. That was also the year I won my city’s championship in the National Geography Bee. I was chosen to represent […]
Last night, I took my seat in the back row for an exhalation of what this city stands to lose by demanding that every gig as a job.