Category Archives: 11-Dimensional Chess

The Center Cannot Hold

I could not bear to watch the final Republican debate. One of my Twitter correspondents — a sweet-tempered Alabamian named Jill who identifies with neither party, and so considers herself part of the middle — asked me why not. I … Continue reading

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Spammer Causes Online Meltdown

On December 10th an unknown spammer posted a selectively-edited video of Senator Carl Levin at YouTube and proceeded to tweet the link 45 times over 24 hours. The link is now dead (video deleted by user), but it has already … Continue reading

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Square Deal

The term “fair deal” has been bandied about of late, but I like “square deal” because it resonates with all the issues wrapped up in the fight over the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Both a movement and a president have … Continue reading

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Crossroads at a President

The Occupation movement has a large contingent — not quite half — that is passionately opposed to endorsing the president of the United States for reelection. The president’s approval rating is actually a little worse among the general public, yet … Continue reading

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If Occupy Wall Street Was A Game of Pong

Oligarchy isn’t afraid of individuals — until those individuals act together. Union-busting and disenfranchisement are all about making it harder for Americans to organize against oligarchy.

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Latino 11 Dimensional Chess

President Obama tells Univision how the GOP presidential field made his ad campaigns easy: “I don’t think it requires us to go negative in the sense of us running a bunch of ads that are false, or character assassinations,” Obama told … Continue reading

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No One Ever Actually Builds A Third Party

So I was reading this survey of Occupy Wall Street participants (.PDF) when I noticed something completely unsurprising: If the 2012 election for the U.S. House of Representatives were being held today, would you vote for the Republican candidate or the … Continue reading

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Occupy Atlanta

The Occupation of America will continue and grow in Atlanta. The harder the power squeezes, the stronger the movement grows. That’s how the First Amendment works. “The movement is not just about occupying a space,” said Brittany Gondolfi, a women’s studies student … Continue reading

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Health Care Law Saves Californians $283 Million

California Blue Shield customers are getting a $283 million credit on their bills thanks to the ACA: Although Thursday’s action affects only nearly 2 million of Blue Shield’s policyholders in California, other consumers could be getting similar paybacks under President … Continue reading

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Non-Toxic Branding

Ezra Klein on the incredible shrinking tea party: Its leverage has always come from its ability to influence internal Republican Party politics, mostly through a ruthless strategy of primarying insufficiently obedient politicians. But the closer the Republican Party gets to … Continue reading

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A National Ralph Ellison Moment

By Emilia 1956 OK, maybe it’s time. No “maybe” about it, it is time we all sat down and had a frank and full discussion about race in America. People want the President to address this head on, but he’s in … Continue reading

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