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It Didn’t Work Before… But This Is Not Before

Make us anti-fascists into fascists? Some people would like to think so. They wave their hands about "antifa" and collect their guns, sure that there are nasty folks coming after them. Thing is, anti-fascists rarely run around with bricks and guns--and to think we are out to get you, well, I think that would verify … Continue reading It Didn’t Work Before… But This Is Not Before

I Know Who Was Lynched

"That was another time." "My family wasn't involved." "The guy probably deserved it." We have tons of ways of getting out from under responsibility for American racism--and we use them all. Especially those of us who benefit from the ills of the past. We like to claim, as libertarians do, that we are only responsible … Continue reading I Know Who Was Lynched

“To reason with governments, as they have existed for ages, is to argue with brutes”

The better part of American nature and vision of government is expressed by Thomas Paine, whose Common Sense and later series The American Crisis probably had as much to do with the success of the American Revolution as the work of any other person, military notwithstanding. After the war, in the desire to build a … Continue reading “To reason with governments, as they have existed for ages, is to argue with brutes”

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Our Police, Or Others Policing Us?

In the sixties, the police were the enemy not just of people of color but of many young Americans overall. The police riots in Chicago during the 1968 Democratic National Convention, the “field day for the heat” in 1966 on Los Angeles’ Sunset Strip memorialized by Stephen Stills in his “For What’s It’s Worth,” Canned … Continue reading Our Police, Or Others Policing Us?

A Lynching: The Story, the Press, and Maybe the Truth

This is from a PowerPoint I created to use in my classroom. I was going to present it this spring when classes suddenly went online and I changed my syllabus completely. The events of this past week made me return to it, particularly the horrific killing in Minneapolis of George Floyd, a killing that would … Continue reading A Lynching: The Story, the Press, and Maybe the Truth