The riots in Baltimore teach us much about America. They’re dark insights.

Summary: Political violence is a flare over society illuminating aspects of America about which we could otherwise only guess. This post attempts to describe things obvious but unstated in the flood of words about the riots in Baltimore and relate them to the quiet revolution now in progress.  {2nd of 2 posts today.} What can … Continue reading The riots in Baltimore teach us much about America. They’re dark insights.

Stories about a rising tide of black mob violence!

Summary:  Obama's election brought hope for a new era of race relations in America. Instead we appear to be starting another downward part of the long cycle. As usual, these things just don't happen -- and bad relations work well for the 1%. Today we look at some of the ugly propaganda that guides American … Continue reading Stories about a rising tide of black mob violence!

Events in Ferguson show why we read the news: for entertainment

Summary:  When the hysteria began following the revelations about NSA surveillance, I predicted that we'd have an enjoyable hissy fit -- then nothing would change (details here). And 14 months later little has changed (perhaps nothing). Now the events in Ferguson MO have sparked a new cycle of outrage over the militarization of police. My … Continue reading Events in Ferguson show why we read the news: for entertainment

Events from Ferguson explain why we are weak

Summary: Events in Ferguson display some of the problems plaguing the Republic -- our unresolved racial conflicts, sclerotic governing institutions, and most importantly our weakness as citizens. Decades of propaganda have erased from our minds our history of successful collective action, and replaced it with a mostly false belief in markets and individuals. It's left … Continue reading Events from Ferguson explain why we are weak

Will the Ferguson protest force development of stronger leaders on the Left?

Summary: The Ferguson protests lacked leadership, and so quickly devolved into counter-productive riots. It's a common problem. Will future protests nurture a new generation of leaders for the Left? . Peasants' protests are a commonplace in history, such as The Great Rising of 1381. The lack of competent leadership distinguishes peasants' protests from effective means … Continue reading Will the Ferguson protest force development of stronger leaders on the Left?