During this Thanksgiving week, I am grateful that Gov. Markell not only remains open to accepting Syrian refugees but understands why democracy requires that. Continue reading
For over a decade, I have been plagued by different versions of the same question: Why aren’t more people outraged? Continue reading
“The increasing dominance of money from the super-wealthy would be less significant if their concerns and attitudes paralleled the concerns and attitudes of most other Americans with the same party affiliations. Under these circumstances, the power of the Democratic billionaires presumably would countervail the power of Republican billionaires. But in fact the rich have quite different priorities from average Americans. Dueling billionaires are no substitute for countervailing power.”
Robert Reich, Saving Capitalism
In a democratic society, the people are supposed to decide who they want to represent them. Thus, political party operatives should not pick sides in a primary, rig the process to advantage their own anointed ones, draw district lines to advantage themselves, work to protect incumbent politicians just because they are incumbents, or, Heaven forbid, try to meddle in leadership battles in the legislature. Continue reading
In February I started as Program Director for Common Cause Delaware. We are a state branch of Common Cause, a nonpartisan grassroots organization with over 400,000 members that is dedicated to upholding the core values of American democracy. We work to create open, honest, and accountable government that serves the public interest; promote equal rights, opportunity, and representation for all; and empower all people to make their voices heard in the political process. Continue reading
Nine years ago today, Mikki and I got married at Adat Shalom synagogue in Bethesda, Maryland in front of our friends, family, and God. At the time, our marriage wasn’t recognized by the government. We were married nonetheless because the state does not constitute but rather merely recognizes marriages constituted by the vows a couple makes to each other. Continue reading
Great fundraiser tonight at our church, All Saints, to raise money for the Immanuel Code Purple Emergency Shelter for folks without homes that will open its doors on Dec. 1. Continue reading
Like most people, I am heartbroken about the recent attacks in Paris and elsewhere and fearful of a similar attack happening in the U.S. While I don’t claim to have answers to the problem of ISIS, I do know that there is no military solution. Continue reading
Critical theorists have already started arriving for the International Herbert Marcuse Conference at Salisbury University.
The plenary session begins with the keynote “New Sensibilities, New Universities: Higher Education, Utopian Energies, and the Prospects for Liberation” by Steven Dandaneau (free and open to the public).
I am really looking forward to presenting my paper, “The White Working Class and False Consciousness” tomorrow morning and seeing some of my New Political Science colleagues.
It’s an exciting time for the Left.