February 20, 2016
By now, the phrase “the game is rigged” has become practically a cliche, and even some of the riggers are now rhetorically trying to contort that into their own messages. Take Charles Koch’s recent exercise in dissembling on the op-ed page of the Washington Post. Charles Murray, who rocketed to fame with his racist tract, “The Bell Curve,” years ago, wrote similarly dishonest bit of blather in the Wall Street Journal.
But John Sides, on the Post’s “Monkey Cage” blog, has an interview with political scientist Chris Faricy, author of the new book, “Welfare for the Wealthy,” that, hopefully, will remind us of the actual facts of the matter.
More on this down the road . . .
January 18, 2016
If you don’t already, make it a part of your regular routine to visit the Zinn Education Project, inspired by the work of historian Howard Zinn, author of the indispensable “A People’s History of the United States.”
December 31, 2015
As only she can. Could any other performer have gotten that audience response?
December 24, 2015
10 years ago, I was called in on very short notice (I was composing in the car on the way) to pinch-hit a keynote address to a conference on homelessness in Vermont. I’m recalling that day on this Christmas Eve. I closed with this:
“We’re about to begin the season where something like a billion people around the world are going to celebrate the birth of a man who said that we should treat others as we would like to be treated; that we should not judge, lest we be judged; that we should love those who don’t like us; and that we should comfort those who suffer. He was also the guy who brought the best wine to a wedding reception, but that’s another story.
“And on the night he was born, he and his mother and father didn’t have a place to stay. So they spent that night in a barn.
“Now, you may not be one of those who embrace the religious institutions that have grown up based on this man’s life and beliefs, but even so, those ideas are a pretty decent framework for a good life and a good society. They are the basis of our work, and I want to thank you for the work that you are doing.
“Let us go now in peace together to serve our sisters and brothers.”