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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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“American Anarchist” Breaks the Wrong Rules

by Alessio Franko   EVERYTHING I KNOW about documentary film, I learned from Judy Hoffman at the University of Chicago. Her course was possibly the most information-rich I’ve ever taken, as she regaled us with insights from her prolific career in documentary, cinéma vérité, experimental video, and more. In a class session on shot composition for […]

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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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Make America Great Again #3: Explain FOIA

by Lawrence Bush THE FREEDOM of Information Act (FOIA) has been a bone of contention between liberal advocates of open government and conservative advocates of “national security” since it was signed into law by President Lyndon Baines Johnson in 1968. Anyone who thinks that FOIA is sacrosanct and beyond outright repeal by our Republican-controlled federal […]

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OpEdge: The Accidental President

A NATIONAL EMBARRASSMENT AND A NATIONAL TRAGEDY by Marc Jampole IN IMAGINING presidential candidates at the beginning of 2016, if someone had said to me that an erratic and narcissistic sociopath would garner even a million votes, I would have considered it a national embarrassment, regardless of that candidate’s political stances. Same feeling if even […]

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The Elites Close Ranks Behind Trump

by Richard Greeman AS AMERICANS all over the land sat down to a stuffed turkey feast to celebrate our country’s founding myth — the Pilgrim Fathers welcomed by the Indians — the North Dakota National Guard, militarized local police and (unlicensed) security guards were brutalizing unarmed Standing Rock Sioux Indians gathered to protesting construction of […]

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OpEdge: Shame on Us, White People

by Marc Jampole SHAME ON US, white people. We just rejected the most presidential, qualified candidate in history to vote for a mentally ill buffoon who spews hate speech and has no impulse control. We voted against someone who has studied every issue and developed a reasoned approach to each so we could vote for […]

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OpEdge: The Quack Interviews the Creep

WHY IS THE MEDIA PROMOTING DONALD TRUMP? by Marc Jampole MARK TWAIN would have changed the names and turned it into a hilarious short story: A charlatan physician interviews a charlatan businessman about his health. For that’s what we’re talking about in the Mehmet Oz interview of Donald Trump. Oz, a medical doctor, has a […]

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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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