I attended the recent dueling rallies on Boston Common. Political life is so confusing nowadays it's difficult to decide definitively who represents what cause. But, in short, folks who are generally associated with the “alt-right” pulled … [Read more...]
Islamic Terror and Reckless Rhetoric on the Far Right
The recent terror attacks in Paris thrust the issue of terrorism, its relation with Islam, and how to defeat it back into the forefront of national debate. At the same time, it has created a wave of reckless rhetoric on the far right. That … [Read more...]
On Being A Titan, Part One, Or, See It, Say It, Sue It
We have tomorrow Bright before us Like a flame. Yesterday, a night-gone thing A sun-down name. And dawn today Broad arch above the road we came. We march! --From "The New Negro", by Alain Locke So here's the deal, as it sits today: for a … [Read more...]
What a Terrible Bleeping Idea
Cross-posted locally. Former presidents Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush will serve as honorary chairmen for the National Institute for Civil Discourse, director Brint Milward told The New York Times. The non-partisan center will focus on … [Read more...]
Yes, I’m blocked from commenting too.
I thought the editors shut me off because of my incessant raging against Wall Street. I was going through all sorts of odd thought processes trying to understand how David, Bob, and Charley could choose Wall Street over me. … [Read more...]
Hate is here in my neighborhood too.
With all the news media about personal attacks and hate directed toward Muslims, and with the many discussions we've had about it on this site, religious hate has never hit this close to home. My eyes are opened now. From Masslive.com It's … [Read more...]
Well… it was a nice democracy, while it lasted…
Citizens United tried, in the District Court, to make this a 'facial test' and, basically, were laughed at. So they dropped the facial challenge and brought it to the Supremes as an 'as applied' challenge ('facial challenge' is … [Read more...]
Free speech for a terrorist? Or, why the governor hates me
Scheduled, then canceled The talk was originally scheduled by the special collections of the university library, as a 20-year retrospective on "The Great Sedition Trial" - the longest running, most expensive trial ever held in this part of … [Read more...]
I am one of the “anarchist radicals” who helped cancel Jim Gilchrist’s invitation to Harvard
Kyle de Beausset, an undergraduate student and migrant advocate, who was one of the original Harvard protesters, said yesterday that Gilchrist's removal will allow discussions to move toward policy, rather than animosity."It's a victory for … [Read more...]
Suspended for racist email?
The Boston Globe Reports: "[Boston Police] Officer Justin Barrett was suspended Tuesday after allegedly writing the racially charged email about Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. to colleagues at the National Guard, referring to … [Read more...]