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James M. Buchanan and the Radical Right

by Dusty Sklar Discussed in this essay: Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America, by Nancy MacLean. Viking, 2017, 366 pages. JANE MAYER’S book, Dark Money, taught us that billionaires like the Koch brothers are able to influence how we think and vote. Now a worthy successor, Democracy in […]

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Arlo

Arlo Guthrie, son of Woody Guthrie and Marjorie Mazia, a Jewish dancer in Martha Graham’s company, was born in Brooklyn on this date in 1947. His maternal grandmother was the well-known Yiddish poet Aliza Greenblatt. Guthrie studied for his bar mitsve with the rightwing rabbi Meir Kahane (“[S]hortly after he started giving me my lessons, he started […]

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March 4: Instagram

Mike Krieger, a software engineer who was one of two co-founders of the social media service Instagram, was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil on this date in 1986. Instagram, which enables mobile photo-sharing, video-sharing, and social networking, was launched in October, 2010, and today has some 400 million users worldwide. It was acquired by Facebook […]

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OpEdge: The Koch Administration

by Marc Jampole FUNNY HOW everything seems to always work out well for some people. Take the Koch brothers, David and Charles, who kept a billion dollars in their and their associates’ pockets that they had planned to spend to sway the 2016 presidential election for just about any Republican candidate other than Donald Trump. […]

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September 27: William Safire

William Safire (Safir), the favorite conservative of New York liberals because of his humorous, shrewd, and authoritative writing on language usage in the New York TImes, died at 79 on this date in 2009. A college dropout, Safire became a successful public relations professional who arranged the Nixon-Khrushchev “kitchen debate” at an U.S. home products […]

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March 2: Murray Rothbard and Rightwing Libertarianism

Murray Rothbard, an economist and political theorist who was a founding father of modern rightwing libertarianism, was born in the Bronx on this date in 1926. (Rothbard was a first cousin to JEWDAYO editor Lawrence Bush, though 25 years older.) Rothbard described himself as an anarcho-libertarian and a “paleoconservative” who found “all socialism” to be […]

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O My America: My Brilliant Wife

by Lawrence Bush So I was at the Jersey Shore on a rare holiday for my 36th wedding anniversary, and after a quiet walk by myself on the boardwalk, I said to Susan, “You know, I’m such a conservative! I walk around thinking how everybody just leaving everybody else alone really works. Despite everything we’re […]

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A Libertarian Critique of Libertarianism

Building Paths to Community Power, Not Corporate Power by Jacob L. Perle From the Winter 2013-2014 issue of Jewish Currents Out on Willy Street in Madison, Wisconsin, about a decade ago, I sat in the shade behind the grocery co-op building chatting with a Wobbly about some old-timers in the area who wouldn’t pay taxes […]

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August 11: Chairman Greenspan

Alan Greenspan was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to be chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank on this date in 1987, a post he would hold until 2006. Governing the Fed during the boom years of the Clinton administration, Greenspan became the infallible pope of economists until his easy-money policies, lack of action regarding the […]

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March 6: Ayn Rand

Ayn Rand (Alisa Rosenbaum),  Russian-born author of The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged, among other philosophical novels and screenplays, died on this date in 1982. Rand developed the philosophy of Objectivism, which advocated human reason as the path to knowledge, disdained religious faith, emphasized the quest for individual happiness, and promoted laissez-faire capitalism as the least […]

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