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RIP (Retire in Peace), Al Franken

by George Salamon   IT DOESN’T MATTER anymore: how many women have stepped forward, how many more might step forward soon to accuse Al Franken of grabbing or groping them. The Senator (D) from Minnesota issued another statement about the much-discussed allegations of “sexual misconduct” he now faces. This is what he said:

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A Wary and Weary Word on Harvey Weinstein

by George Salamon   BULLSHIT. It’s not that all the outrage about and disgust for Harvey Weinstein are misplaced. It’s just that misogyny and sexism remain such broad and deep elements in our culture that directing the outrage and disgust at Weinstein, or at Trump’s pussygrabbing exploits, lets the rest of us off for not erasing […]

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Moving Class Politics Centerstage

by George Salamon   “Today, with your support and the support of millions of people throughout this country, we begin a political revolution to transform our country economically, socially and environmentally.” —Bernie Sanders, presidential campaign announcement, May 26, 2015 “Every time we are confronted with a new revolution we take to the opium pipes of […]

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Who You Callin’ a Fascist?

WHY IT MATTERS by George Salamon   “All one can do for the moment is to use the word with a certain amount of circumspection and not, as is usually done, degrade it to the level of a swearword.” —George Orwell, “What is Fascism?” Tribune (UK), 1944   ORWELL’S SUGGESTION survives unheeded today, as “fascist” and […]

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Building the Myth: Capitalism = Democracy

by George Salamon “[T]he liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than the Democratic State itself.” —Franklin D. Roosevelt, address to Congress, 1938 WE REACHED that point years ago. A 2014 study by two political scientists concluded: “[O]ur analyses […]

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Rolling Over for that State of the Union

MEDIA AND OUR BIG BUSINESS GOVERNMENT by George Salamon THERE WAS ONE LESSON to be learned BY progressives from the media’s coverage of President Trump’s February 28TH State of the Union Address: they must build a media network  across the United States to rival the one conservatives already have in place. Without such a network, […]

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The Peasants Are Revolting!

WHY THE LIBERAL ELITE DOESN’T TALK TO THE DEPLORABLES by George Salamon “The calculus of material well-being…hinges on an historic assumption that between the world of culture and the realities of life for the masses there is an unbridgeable gulf.” —Richard Sennett and Jonathan Cobb, The Hidden Injuries of Class (1972) THE LIBERAL elite supporting […]

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Why Trump? Getting Over All the Wrong Answers

by George Salamon “The Democrats have become the party of the more affluent and more educated, while the Republicans have become the party of the less advantaged working class –- a pattern which has accelerated in this election season.” –Richard Florida, “America’s Class-Divided Electorate,” in Citylab, October 26, 2016 THAT DISCOMFORTING TRUTH is not one […]

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Is a New New Deal Possible?

ONLY THROUGH OUTREACH TO THE DISENFRANCHISED WORKING CLASS by George Salamon “American society is a sort of flat, fresh-water pond which absorbs silently, without reaction, anything which is thrown into it.”  –Henry Adams AT LONG LAST, the silence voluntarily imposed on itself first by the “Silent Generation” of the 1950s and then through the “Silent […]

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Jobs, Politicians, and the Media

“You Cannot Be Serious” “You cannot be serious.”  —Tennis star John McEnroe to an umpire at Wimbledon, 1981 THE WAY POLITICIANS talk about job creation in America should elicit outbursts of disbelief. The way the media fail to cover political promises or boasts should as well. Here’s what our two major candidates in the 2016 […]

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In Memoriam: Sydney Schanberg

by George Salamon THERE WAS A TIME, not all that long ago, when you could say with a straight face that “journalism is the first draft of history.” Today it is, more often than not, the last word in gossip. And that is why Sydney Schanberg (January 17, 1934 – July 9, 2016) became journalism’s […]

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Incivility Gonna Get Your Mama!

The Media’s Feel-Good Crusade for Polite Discourse by George Salamon “Is civility an absolute value, to be adhered to at whatever cost?” —Nat Hentoff, “Dangerous Men,” Village Voice, February 21, 1970 HENTOFF RECEIVED a clear “yes” answer, as far as courtroom behavior goes, when he asked this question (while covering the Chicago Seven trial): In […]

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Ivy-League Washington: Is It Good for America

by George Salamon “THEY’RE FINISHED. The Ivy League Schools are finished,” said President Richard M. Nixon on May 18, 1972. Boy, was he ever wrong. But he could not have sensed just how wrong. That was revealed in the startling warning issued by the just-deceased Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia in his June 26, 2015 […]

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From the War on Poverty to the War on the Poor

by George Salamon “Allow us to sing a song for the Homeless/ For Life today is cold and grey and ghastly/ And living it is punishment enough.” —Bertolt Brecht   ANOTHER EARLY DECEMBER DAY WILL LIVE IN INFAMY. On December 4th, the most famous encampment in America for homeless people, “the Jungle,” was shut down […]

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Wall Street and Jewish Ethical Identity

Jews and the Financial Meltdown by George Salamon “We are doing God’s work.” —Lloyd Blankfein, CEO, Goldman Sachs “How odd of God/To choose the Jews.” —William Norman Ewer, British journalist We know that versions of the second thought ran through the minds of some moviegoers as they watched Inside Job, the award-winning 2010 documentary about […]

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Matse and Moolah

by George Salamon The bread of faith: That’s what matse used to be called, expressing the faith of the Hebrews in God as they rushed out of slavery in Egypt. The fate of the unleavened bread’s largest maker, Manischewitz, now rests in the hands of Sankaty Advisors, an arm of “private equity giant Bain Capital,” […]

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Jewish Identity: Is the Magic Gone?

by George Salamon “No one speaks for the Jews. We are the people of the great fraction; the whole of us must always be described as the number of Jews divided by the number of Jews.” —Earl Shorris The “Great Fraction” — it made Jewish communities in the Diaspora alluring and infuriating. It was a […]

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Honoring the Golden Calf of Wall Street

The UJA-Federation Fetes Lloyd Blankfein and Judaism by George Salamon “GOLDMAN SACHS CEO Lloyd Blankfein should be hung by his thumbs in a public square.” So suggested Briton Ryle on February 20, 2013 in Wealth Daily, no hothead lefty rag, but a source of advice for money-making investments. Nevertheless, this past December 2nd, the crème […]

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