How do we listen and learn from each other, with our very different experiences and beliefs about life, yet find a way through it to a place of love and healing?
After the inauguration and the Women’s March on Washington, what comes next? To make real change, we’ll need to build power where we live.
The I Have A Dream speech is the crown jewel of the 20th century. Given before 250,000 souls on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, it is called the defining moment of the US Civil Rights movement. It is the speech by which all other great speeches must be measured. Its haunting rhythm towards the end of the speech has an almost musical sound and feel.
The name Martin Luther King Jr. is iconic in the United States. The outgoing 44th president, Barack Obama, spoke of King in both his Democratic National Convention nomination acceptance and victory speeches in 2008:
Roosevelt delivered this speech to Congress as a "State Of The Union" 11 months before the United States entered World War II. Memorably, in the second half of the speech, FDR lists the benefits of democracy. He lists these as Freedom Of Speech, Freedom Of Worship, Freedom From Want, and Freedom From Fear. The first two freedoms are guaranteed by the US Constitution and the last two are still in controversy to this day.
On Jan. 10, President Barack Obama delivered a farewell address to the nation in his adopted hometown of Chicago.
Americans are living through the dangerous effort to normalize the abnormal candidate who won the presidency with a record popular vote deficit of nearly 3 million ballots.
Six confirmation hearings, Trump presser, and 'vote-o-rama' all scheduled for same day.
Mark Twain noted that man is the only animal that blushes — or needs to. He also believed that “public office is private graft.”
If we didn’t realize that 2016 was the year of upheaval before November 8, we certainly do now. Brexit, which seemed hard enough to digest, was merely the amuse bouche prior to the red meat of Donald Trump’s victory in the US presidential election.
As tyrants take control of democracies, they typically:
An outdated legal structure at international organizations such as the United Nations has made it possible for corporate entities to infiltrate non-governmental organizations (NGOs)
President-elect Donald Trump is accusing President Obama of putting up “roadblocks” to a smooth transition.
If our first fake news election turns out to mark the end of democracy as we know it, I think I can pretty precisely date when the end began.
Many Americans would not be surprised if on Jan. 20 Vladimir Putin administers the oath of office to Donald Trump, the Ku Klux Klan youth choir regales the inaugural crowd with a stirring rendition of “Dixie,
Continuing to shrink our oil consumption is one way to challenge the oil uber alles mentality of the Trump administration.
Historically, tyrants have tried to control the press using 4 techniques that, worryingly, Donald Trump is already using.
"For many years, public-spirited citizens throughout the country have been working for the conservation of the natural resources, realizing their vital importance to the nation."
As the era of Trump approaches, some of you may be succumbing to the following four syndromes:
In 2013, an online petition persuaded a national organization representing high school coaches to develop materials to educate coaches about sexual assault and how they could help reduce assaults by their athletes
Many Americans remain in shock and outrage, unable to grasp how a man who told bald-faced lies, who ridiculed and defamed others, and who boasted of sexual assault could yet ascend to the presidency of the United States.
Optimists are hoping for a Trump makeover. They cling to his brief victory remarks suggesting that he wants to be the “president of all the people.”
Taking a lesson from Standing Rock, we must be careful with language while working toward progress in the Trump years.
Until its president, Park Geun-hye, was impeached over alleged corruption and cronyism, South Korea seemed like a relatively virtuous country as far as corruption goes.
We worry about the condition of the world we will leave to our children, while our children worry about how they will clean up the messes we will leave behind. Increasingly, people all over the globe are coming to the conclusion that we must make radical changes...
By now, even those who retained slight hope after the election that maybe things wouldn’t be so bad after all have shed their blinders and come to understand that we’re in for the worst of times.
On the evening of December 7, minutes after a local Indiana union leader, Chuck Jones, criticized Trump on CNN for falsely promising to keep Carrier jobs in the U.S., Trump tweeted, “Chuck Jones, who is President of United Steelworkers 1999, has done a terrible job representing workers.
The spread of fascism in the 1920s was significantly aided by the fact that liberals and mainstream conservatives failed to take it seriously. Instead, they accommodated and normalized it.
In a context of growing injustice, reclaiming the importance and the meaning of the word resistance is more urgent than ever.
Observers continue to draw parallels between President-elect Donald Trump and the Italian fascist dictator Benito Mussolini.
Renowned reporter Christiane Amanpour recently told a conference of the Committee to Protect Journalists that they should aim for truth over neutrality.
Democracy depends on a free and independent press, which is why all tyrants try to squelch it. They use seven techniques that, worryingly, President-elect Donald Trump already employs.
During his campaign, President-elect Donald Trump wasn’t shy about his hostility toward journalists. His unexpected victory proved his doubters – which included many in the media – wrong.
My literature is totally committed with a new political attitude – human beings in search of their own identity. My books don’t talk about the old and used up process of the right/left but there is a revolution that is slowly rising up...
How to effect regime change without war was demonstrated by the nonviolent revolution in India led by Mahatma Gandhi. Gandhi pioneered satyagraha, the resistance of tyranny through mass nonviolent civil disobedience. Positive change occurs when committed people work for it...
Trump’s First 100 Day agenda includes repealing environmental regulations, Obamacare, and the Dodd-Frank Act, giving the rich a huge tax cut, and much worse.
Despite Hillary Clinton’s long and demonstrable commitment to public service and liberal reform, many voters in the 2016 presidential election were persuaded that she was corrupt, mercenary and even murderous.
The Stein/Baraka Green Party Campaign is launching an effort to ensure the integrity of our elections. We are raising money to demand recounts in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania-- three states where there is a significant need to verify machine-counted vote totals. Please donate to this initiative today.
Who will become the next chair of the Democratic National Committee? This leadership contest has significant implications for the future of American politics. The choice will help determine how the Democratic party responds to its extraordinary defeats in recent years, ending with the election of Donald Trump.
Depending on your political persuasion, or, as some are now arguing, depending on the “engagement” metrics that condition your social media “echo chamber”, you will have met the election of Donald Trump to the US’s highest office with either shock or elation.
It is time to start a revolution and envision a new society — a sacred society that arises from a real desire for spiritual transformation and the deep stirrings of love and compassion in our hearts. This society would consist of sisters and brothers working side by side in grace and harmony...
Brexit. Trump. Climate change. The financial system. The arms trade. Hardliners. You name it, it’s causing anxiety.
Donald Trump’s presidential election victory has been described as stunning, shocking and having elicited a “primal scream” from the media.
Imagine a company that has to fire and hire 3,000 key employees every four or eight years.
Feeling anxious about life in a broken-down society on a stressed-out planet? While the dominant culture encourages dysfunctional denial — pop a pill, go shopping, find your bliss — there’s a more sensible approach: Accept the anxiety, embrace the deeper anguish, and then...
It is time for a New Democratic Party. The old Democratic Party has become a giant fundraising machine, too often reflecting the goals and values of the moneyed interests.
The election of Donald Trump symbolises the demise of an era. It was a time when we saw the curious spectacle of a superpower, the US, growing stronger because of – rather than despite – its burgeoning deficits.
Experts rate the performance of recent American elections as the worst among two dozen Western democracies. Why?
Donald Trump has done incalculable damage to America – eroding the trust and social cohesion the nation depends on.
It was a contentious campaign, with charges of sexual misconduct, corruption, and greed. One candidate was labeled a criminal, the other a coward. Personal attacks came on a daily basis.
A populist wave that began with Brexit in June reached the United States in stunning fashion on Tuesday night. In one of the biggest upsets in American political history, Donald Trump won a truly historic victory in the U.S. presidential election.
If you're a disheartened, disillusioned, angry Bernie supporter thinking about casting a vote for Jill Stein or staying home, I am talking to you. If you are one of those Millennials who embraced the Bernie campaign and then lost heart when he lost the primaries, this message is for YOU especially.
It's time to throw off our self-imposed shackles of Washington lobbyists and billionaire oligarchs, of wall street greed and corporate malfeasance, and of neocons, neoliberals, and political hacks to empower our lost unified American spirit.
Yes, we know! We're all tired of hearing about the elections. However, that doesn't make it less important. It's coming to a close this Tuesday, November 8th 2016, and some people are still "on the fence". Not only do they not know who they will vote for, but they don't know if they're even going to vote.
Populism is on the rise around the world. Why is this happening? The following dossier of brief contributions by leading global scholars and analysts of populism asks: why are the peddlers of populism proving so popular?
The parallels are striking. In the last decades of the nineteenth century – the so-called “Gilded Age”— America experienced inequality on a scale it had never before seen, combining wild opulence and searing poverty.
A persistent mystery discussed in this presidential campaign has been double standards. In other words, while Donald Trump seems to have a “get out of jail free” card, Hillary Clinton can’t seem to “pass go.”
Iceland’s Pirate Party started life as a minor political movement inspired by its Swedish and German counterparts. Now it is a credible force. From marginal political interests, it has grown to produce positions on the most important issues of the day...
Donald Trump’s apparent derailment as a serious contender for the White House has brought sighs of relief from many political observers. But the future of US politics remains far from benign.
One thing about the 2016 presidential race is undeniable: Donald Trump has lied or misled at an unprecedented level.
Now that the Presidential election is over, we can start to think about what life is going to be like after Tuesday, November 8th. This election season has not only been tough for our country, but also has wreaked havoc on many of our personal relationships.
Donald Trump’s warning that he might not accept the results of the presidential election exemplifies his approach to everything: Do whatever it takes to win, even if that means undermining the integrity of the entire system.
On Oct. 3, Longwood University, a public university in Virginia, hosted the first and only 2016 vice presidential debate. In what were described as the debate’s “most sincere” and “most honest” moments, Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Governor Mike Pence (R-IN) discussed their religious faiths.
During the debates, fact-checkers like CNN and Politifact focus on evaluating the truthfulness of what each candidate said.
When Donald Trump repeatedly claims the election is “rigged,” it doesn’t just undermine voter confidence at home. It can also hurt the country’s standing around the world, where people have been closely following the presidential race.
Ranked-choice voting is catching on, and Maine might become the first state to help citizens vote for candidates they actually want.
Elections normally decide who is to govern. This upcoming election is about the very legitimacy of the system.
When I was a student at Princeton University I learned from my anthropology studies that the concentration of power in the hands of the few is common to all cultures, societies, nations, tribes, cities, towns, and villages.
Hillary Clinton won’t be the only winner when Donald Trump and his fellow haters are defeated on Election Day (as looks increasingly likely). Another will be Paul Ryan, who will rule the Republican roost.
Culture is the result of thousands, upon millions, upon billions of tiny, mundane choices made by individuals. We are embedded in our culture. We participate in its creation through a thousand quotidian decisions...
Donald Trump has a lot in common with former Confederates – white southerners who “redeemed” the South by bringing an end to Reconstruction 140 years ago.
I continue to hear from many people who call themselves progressives or liberals, but tell me they won’t vote for Hillary Clinton in the upcoming election.
As the Brexit debate deteriorates in quality at an alarming rate, it appears that any hope of Britain returning to its democratic senses is receding fast.
Those angry Bernie supporters who are so turned off by Hillary that they plan to vote for Jill Stein or Gary Johnson or even Darn Old Trump may be shooting themselves -- and indeed the entire body politic -- in the head...
What is the most important—yet neglected—issue in the political debate? Hint: It isn’t the ideal body weight of Miss Universe.
When two politics professors compared how historians rate presidents against the number of Americans who died in wars fought during those presidents’ terms, they noticed a troubling pattern
It would be wrong to ignore the psychological, social and political damage this poisonous election is causing. When the movement called Citizen Therapists Against Trumpism, an effort to awaken therapists to their public responsibilities.
The second US presidential election debate was widely billed as a heavyweight bout. In the event it was a score draw – but the clear loser was the American political process.
Is there something about the deep logic of democracy that destines it to succeed in the world? Democracy, the form of politics that includes everyone as equals – does it perhaps suit human nature better than the alternatives?
The Clinton campaign is relentlessly focusing on the defects of Donald Trump rather than the defects of the Republican agenda. That’s understandable, and it could be a winning strategy. But it has pitfalls.
Charles Tso is an urban planner who moved to Portland, Ore., from California more than a year ago. An avid biker, the 26-year-old doesn’t own a car and seldom drives.
Washington doesn’t think very highly of the American people, a study of 850 non-elected officials and others working in the nation’s capital concludes.
Target recently staked out a position in the culture wars by announcing that it will build private bathrooms in all its locations, after earlier allowing transgender customers to use whichever room corresponds with their gender identity – both actions sparking anger from many conservatives.
How do voters select a candidate when no one they like is on the ballot?
The vast majority of pundits declared Hillary Clinton the decisive winner of this week’s debate.
This year, much interest is focused on what The Economist calls drawbridge politics. Voters who believe in leaving the drawbridge down, so to speak, see opportunities in open borders for immigrants and trade.
Local school board elections increasingly are becoming national political battlegrounds, as millions of dollars in campaign cash pours in from out-of-state donors in the name of education reform.
Excerpts from the presidential debate and get response from Green Party presidential nominee Dr. Jill Stein.
Years ago, when I first started teaching and was at Syracuse University, one of my students ran for student body president on the tongue-in-cheek platform “Issues are Tissues, without a T.”
Charities tied to the Clinton family have received seemingly endless scrutiny throughout the presidential campaign. They’ve been accused of wasting funds, offering access to donors and even serving as a personal “piggy bank” for the Clinton family.
"America's two political parties spent $4 billion on the last election and it worked -- the American people were soundly defeated." (Swami Beyondananda) We've been hearing for years the contextual question, "What would Jesus do?" So I offer my own question: What would sanity do?
Donald Trump's campaign website implores voters to "Help Me Stop Crooked Hillary From Rigging This Election!" by signing up as observers.
Sixty-six years ago this summer, on my 16th birthday, I went to work for the daily newspaper in the small East Texas town of Marshall where I grew up. It was a good place to be a cub reporter
Hispanics are the largest ethnic minority group in the United States, and their concerns will have a major impact on the 2016 presidential election.
As the 15th anniversary of the September 11 attacks comes around, the world seems no safer than it was when US President George W. Bush launched his war on terror.
Over the past month, thousands of protesters, including Native Americans from more than 100 tribes across the country, have traveled to North Dakota to help the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe block the Dakota Access Pipeline from being built.
On Sept. 1, officials in Florida reported that mosquitoes carrying the Zika virus had been found in Miami Beach. The Florida Department of Health reports 49 non-travel related cases of Zika
This fall, we are faced with the question of who will become president. And equally important – who can vote?
Historian Jack Rakove says that the presidency has emerged as the strongest of all three branches of the US government, due to partisanship in Congress.