America’s unspeakable problem: African-American’s crime rates

Summary: The most difficult problems for a society are those that we cannot bring ourselves to discuss. For America, that's the high crime rate of African-Americans. We either ignore it or respond with police and prisons, different ways to close our eyes. We have tried both "solutions"; both have failed. At some point we have … Continue reading America’s unspeakable problem: African-American’s crime rates

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On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, let the GOP remember its great betrayal

Summary: Amidst the recollections about the trials and accomplishments of Martin Luther King Jr., let's remember that at the peak of his success another man's actions would undo much of his work. Barry Goldwater betrayed the Republican Party and poisoned American politics at what should have been a moment of triumph. Now the Republicans have an … Continue reading On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, let the GOP remember its great betrayal

America is mainlining fascism. It won’t end well for us.

Summary: Mainlining fascism - and heroin - have become fashionable in America. Trump has given little evidence of being a fascist, but his campaign has emboldened them. The Right's extremists were expelled from mainstream conservatism in the early 1960's. Let's hope they come to their senses and do so again -- or that the rest of us … Continue reading America is mainlining fascism. It won’t end well for us.

Warning: the income gap between races is widening in America

Summary: We begin the Trump years with generations of progress unraveling in the healing of America's racial divide, with the likelihood of further deterioration quite high. We should understand what's happening to better prepare for what's next. A new study looks at the causes of the widening income gap between black and white Americans. It … Continue reading Warning: the income gap between races is widening in America

Trump and the 1% lead America back to its past, to its dark roots

Summary: Look to the past to see the future of the Trump revolution. That means seeing through the half-truths of both the doomsters and the panglossians. Here's a brief look at the bad news and the good news. Draw your own conclusions. The Trump "revolution" is a moment in the wave of history carrying the … Continue reading Trump and the 1% lead America back to its past, to its dark roots

Hard data from Harvard about police violence & race

Summary: At last in the long debate about police violence we have an actual analysis (rather than the amateur tallies). Professor Fryer Jr. (economics, Harvard) looks at a sample of the data and discovers some surprising news. He gives some innovative suggests for practical police reforms (i.e., possible to implement). His conclusions are essential reading … Continue reading Hard data from Harvard about police violence & race

Racism is the dark side of populism. Will it divide & defeat us?

Summary: With the rise of populism comes racism, its dark side and America's original sin, freely expressed as America has not seen since the 1960s. These are strange times, unless you remember our history. Then's its the same old same old. Here are examples of this horrific but familiar phenomenon, and a possible way of … Continue reading Racism is the dark side of populism. Will it divide & defeat us?