POLITICS - CULTURE - TECHNOLOGY
For decades now I have published records, CDs, movies, books and articles. If you read through the bio on this site, you will find more information on all of this than most sane people would find interesting. Many have commented that I seem to spread myself thin across a wide, even scattered, range of activities. But for me, all these things are just different ways of approaching the intersection of art, politics, culture, nature and technology. I hope the threads leading to this intersection will be clear from the postings on this blog. Thanks for visiting.
Thoughtful, passionate, and incredibly thorough blog on the Middle East. My favorite way to follow the ongoing catastrophe.
Web site to support US troops who refuse to fight in Iraq. For a detailed argument why the most important factor in ending the Vietnam war was the refusal of American troops to fight it, see the relevant chapter of my book People's Movements, People's Press.
(more links to come)
I now do all of my blogging at the Huffington Post.
Below you can find the archive of this site's old blog. It will no longer be updated.
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My Blog on the Huffington Post
Much of my writing efforts of late have been devoted to my blog on The Huffington Post, a web-based "newspaper" covering culture and politics. You can find the blog...Here
Note that Huffington Post has a feature where you can click to make yourself a "fan" of my blog. If you do this, you will get an email alert every time I make a new posting.
Also, Huffington Post keeps track of how many "fans" each writer has, and the more "fans" I have the more readers will be likely to find my blog.
Posted on 04 Apr 2008
Salmon Fishery in California Collapses
The environmental catastrophe keeps on rolling.
The Salmon fisheries of California and Oregon have no collapsed, on a scale "suggesting a broad-scale ocean survival problem."
How does one grieve for this?
Posted on 12 Mar 2008
Obama in Iowa
What a night last night! amazing!
100,000 new voters! for Democrats in a white state for a black candidate! I have been waiting all my adult life for such a thing.
More than health care, the environment, or the way, as of election night in Iowa the issue has become the "movement" that has exploded around Obama. The Obama campaign has become more of a movement than a campaign, and this is profound. If this can be moved to New Hampshire, then the sky is the limit. This could be a real transformational moment.
There is still the nagging question of why his policy proposal for health care is not better, and the even bigger question of exactly how his "neither blue state nor red state but united states" thing will play out, in terms of what compromises he is really willing to make, and who will actually get a seat at his table. But all of that is secondary now. and at any rate, the more left the movement underneath him goes, the more it will pull him in the same direction.
I am planning on spending a good deal of time volunteering for Obama.
I am also very happy about Huckabee as well. Yes, he is awful on gays, and abortion, and a long list of things. His economics are quack. And I certainly would never ever want him to be president. But he is not going to be president, so we don’t have to worry about that. Nevertheless, his victory is a major development. Since 1980 (all of my adult life), American politics has been heavily skewed by the alliance between evangelicals, big business, and the far right of the Republican Party. This coalition has profoundly shaped American politics for nearly 30 years. Huckabee is the end of that politics. He is an evangelical with populist economics, and he won with no money and no party support. He represents the fact that the coalition of evangelicals, big business, and the far right has run out of gas. Huckabee genuinely cares about class. And hey, why shouldn't Christians care about class?!? Combined with recent evangelical activism on global warming, this is really a sea change for the country.
When was the last time I had something this big to cheer about in this country? Nixon’s resignation comes to mind, nearly 40 years ago…
Posted on 08 Jan 2008
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