" JULY 21, 2015

NY TIMES Congress-and-Obama-have-been-too-timid-on-Marijuana-Reform

Torture Report

, "Supreme Court Invalidates Key Part of Voting Rights Act" JUNE 25, 2013

EQUALITY POLITICS:

NAACP STATEMENT ON RACHEL DOLEZAL

The Fourteenth Amendment

Identity Politics of Writing and Racial Minority Self-Segregation:

JUNOT DÍAZ, "MFA vs. POC"

VONA/Voices, the only multi-genre workshop for writers of color in the nation . . . All writers of color are welcome to apply regardless of experience, age, or status.

Identity politics: Progressive? Or Reactionary?

Christopher Dickey, "Confederate Madness Then and Now" 07.14.15

"The South Carolina secession convention’s final and authoritative statement was published on Christmas Eve, 1860. It concerned itself entirely and exclusively with slavery—not tariffs or abstract principles. The issue of “states’ rights” came down to the very specific right of white people in some states to own Negro slaves, to get them back if they ran away to free states, and to import them from Africa as they had been imported in the early years of the Republic."

"The South in effect controlled politics from 1788 until 1861. Slave
owners held the presidency for all but 12 years between 1788 and 1850.
All of the two-term presidents were slave owners. Three Northerners
held the office from 1850 to 1860 — Fillmore, Pierce and Buchanan –
but all were proslavery and they bent over backward to placate the
South. From the earliest debates over the Union, in the Second Continental
Congress, until the eve of the Civil War, numerous Southern
politicians publicly advocated secession if they did not get their way
on issues involving slavery and other issues. In 1832-33 South
Carolina asserted the right to nullify the federal tariff, and then
officially (although mostly symbolically) passed an ordinance to
nullify the Force Law, which authorized the president to use
appropriate military or civil power to enforce federal laws. At this
time Georgia also brazenly declared it did not have to abide by a
federal treaty with the Cherokees. In 1850 Southerners held two
secession conventions, which went nowhere. In the debates over what
became of the Compromise of 1850, Senator John C. Calhoun of South
Carolina asserted the right of the South to block federal law. . . .

In short, nullification and secession were not new ideas in 1861, when
11 states left the union, but had been part of the warp and weft of
constitutional debate since the founding."

"Did the American Civil War Ever End?"
By TED WIDMER JUNE 4, 2015

"Although [President Andrew] Johnson's ranking has fluctuated over time, he is generally
considered among the worst American presidents for his opposition to
federally guaranteed rights for African Americans."
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_Johnson

Gore Vidal vs William Buckley Democratic Convention 1968 Debate 2 Part 1

Noam Chomsky Teaches William F. Buckley a Thing or Two.

Is the Civil War still being fought in the U.S.?

"The prevailing ideas entertained by him and most of the leading statesmen at the time of the formation of the old constitution, were that the enslavement of the African was in violation of the laws of nature; that it was wrong in principle, socially, morally, and politically . . . . Our new government is founded upon exactly the opposite idea; its foundations are laid, its corner- stone rests, upon the great truth that the negro is not equal to the white man; that slavery subordination to the superior race is his natural and normal condition."

--Alexander H. Stephens Vice-President of the Confederacy
“Corner Stone” Speech,Savannah, Georgia
March 21, 1861

HAS CAPITALISM FAILED THE WORLD? ("Let them eat credit.")

WORLD WAR II Explained

WORLD WAR I Explained

La Société du spectacle (1973) - Guy Debord (militarized police; army tanks in the streets of Paris)

Documentaries:

Taxi to the Dark Side

Standrard Operating Procedure

Citizenfour

Why We Fight

The Fog of War

Fed Up

Is the United States no longer a democracy? Is it now an oligarchy? (Was it ever a democracy?)

Neoconservatism = Neoliberalism?: American Exceptionalism and Manifest Destiny

Against "Trigger Warnings" in Tablet: Jewish News

Laura Kipnis, February 27, 2015 Sexual Paranoia Strikes Academe

Is Multiculturalism Racism (and Sexism, etc)?

Is Israel Destroying Judaism? More

Meir Dagan, a former Chief of Mossad, "accused Netanyahu’s policies of being “destructive to the future and security of Israel."' (2015)

Yonatan Mendel in LRB on the Israeli elections of 2015.

Income inequality in the United States

Student debt

Russell Brand on MSNBC

Russell Brand with Jeremy Paxson on why we should not vote

The Trews with Russell Brand