October 28, 2020 The title question was recently posed by an undergraduate student in a social welfare policy course. Under discussion was the power of the federal courts to adjudicate ballot disputes - a pivotal power in the present moment, evident even to those who usually prefer to ignore the finer points of political conflict … Continue reading “But we’re a democracy; don’t they want everyone to vote?”
October 18, 2020 it's a given that Trump will resist a "peaceful transfer of power" when he loses the election by a landslide to Joe Biden. But Democrats - and most others looking on in horror at the continued unfolding of our national political nightmare - are banking on a decisive Biden victory at the … Continue reading An Overwhelming Anti-Trump Election Result May Not Be Enough
October 14, 2020 It's looking more and more like Biden will pull it off. He'll beat Trump resoundingly with a pretty deadbeat appeal - a return to some semblance of pre-Trumpian "normalcy." God knows we're all desperate to be done with the constant disruption of our lives - done with the virus, done with gridlocked … Continue reading Biden can win, but can he deliver on expectations?
Before President Trump's coronavirus contraction knocked virtually everything from the news, alarm over Trump's refusal to denounce white supremacist militants such as the gun-toting extremist "Proud Boys" was sounding all across the ideological spectrum. Left-leaning anti-Trumpers were hardly surprised; this particular non-denunciation was one more in a long string reaching back to the 2016 campaign. … Continue reading GOP “Proud Boys” white supremacy duplicity
September 29, 2020 We're just hours away from the first presidential debate between incumbent Trump and challenger Biden, and more than anything I'm struck by the paucity of attention to substantive policies that might address the mash-up of grave crises facing the nation at this extraordinarily fraught moment. I'm teaching several social welfare policy courses … Continue reading What happened to serious policy debate in the “greatest democracy in the world”?
September 16, 2020 If you don't know this story, you should. Take a look - https://mississippitoday.org/2020/09/16/a-um-professor-skipped-work-to-protest-racial-inequality-state-auditor-says-he-should-be-fired/ So University of Mississippi sociology professor James Thomas engaged in a two-day, largely symbolic "Scholar Strike" - a national effort in U.S. higher ed - in solidarity with the movement for racial justice. In response, Mississippi's state auditor, Shad … Continue reading State auditor Shad White in a lather over a university prof’s “strike” for racial justice
September 7, 2020 - Labor Day Turning to my routine morning read of the Popular Resistance daily news, I was shocked and devastated to learn that Kevin Zeese, co-director of PR with partner Margaret Flowers, had suddenly died on Sunday of an apparent heart attack. He was a young 64 years old and at the … Continue reading Social justice loses a true fighter; rest in power, Kevin Zeese
Has the Republican Party gone completely insane, or do Trump's Puppets really think that undecided voters will buy the load of horse---t that Joe Biden is a closet socialist bent on radical (to hear Trump and Pence, demonic) transformation of American politics, economics, and culture? If only Biden did have the heart to move America … Continue reading Biden as radical left “Trojan horse”? Will anybody swallow such nonsense?
The message to the progressive wing of the Democratic party could hardly be clearer: Get lost. Bernie Sanders was the only genuine progressive allowed significant Democratic National Convention speaking time - and that only because a Biden victory in November requires a big slice of former Bernie supporters to hold their noses and swallow the … Continue reading Progressives get zip from Democratic Party National Convention
Social work is generally considered a politically "progressive" profession, and there's no hotter topic among political progressives than whether or not to support the Biden-Harris Democratic ticket in November. There's little question that no self-respecting progressive could ever vote to re-elect Trump. There may have been a handful of social workers fooled by Trump in … Continue reading Is there a social work perspective on the presidential election?