Abolish the Constitution

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♦ 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 […]

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Unions Are The Answer You Are Looking For

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  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. […]

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We Have The Power We Need: A Call For a General Strike

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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, […]

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The Moment I Discovered I Was Not a Prodigy

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Down to the last twoÉ Nilai Sarda, 11, of Georgia (left) and Tine Valencia, 13, of Texas. Valencia, a seventh grader from Colleyville, Texas, emerged the winner and claimed the first prize of a $25,000 college scholarship. ÒJeopardy!Ó host Alex Trebek moderated the 2011 National Geographic Bee held in Washington, D.C., May 25.

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 […]

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