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Mar 222017
 By , March 22, 2017
'Real News' Stories Encourage Progressives

Fake news is prevalent these days, but some real news stories are encouraging to progressives. A decade ago, some barons of the media establishment designated themselves America’s official arbiters of political truth. One of their tools is PolitiFact, a project of the Tampa Bay Times [more…]

Mar 092017
 By , March 9, 2017
Who Will Say It? The Emperor Has No Clothes!

The emperor has no clothes, and we have a mentally ill president. It’s time to face up to the obvious: The President of the United States is deranged. In other words, the emperor has no clothes. I don’t mean that he’s merely idiosyncratic or pushing [more…]

Mar 072017
 By , March 7, 2017
How Magical Is Donald Trump?

Trump was not elected on the issues, but on anger over the ‘elites’ taking over America. Trump and Company claim they have a sweeping mandate from voters to remake America — but wait — it’s just a magic trick. Almost half of the electorate chose [more…]

Mar 012017
 By , March 1, 2017
The Chicken and the Egg: Animal Rights Breakthroughs

Animal rights activists had a good year, but watch out for tRump! Those who say that we ordinary people can’t have any effect on today’s corporate behemoths should check out two breakthroughs last year by a group the establishment has long derided as somewhere between [more…]

Feb 232017
 By , February 23, 2017
Wall Street Plowboys Buying Up Farms

Of course, these modern day slavers don’t soil their own soft hands on their farms. John Steinbeck’s novel “Grapes of Wrath.” Woody Guthrie’s ballad “Deportee.” Edward R. Murrow’s documentary “Harvest of Shame.” Every decade or so, the public is shocked by yet another discovery that [more…]

Feb 142017
 By , February 14, 2017

The economic devastation in farm country continues unabated as agribusiness profiteers, Wall Street speculators, urban sprawlers and corrupted political elites continue to set food policy. During the farm crisis of the 1980s, an Iowa farmer asked if I knew the difference between a family farmer and [more…]

Feb 092017
 By , February 9, 2017
Trump Rushes to Aid the Needy… of Wall Street!

Remember Trump-the-candidate fulminating against these very Wall Street elites? Of all the economic pain in America that Washington ought to be relieving, what group would you choose as the top priority? Public opinion surveys consistently reveal that the great majority of us say that people [more…]

Feb 022017
 By , February 2, 2017
Is Trump's America Our America?

Which are we? The America of courage, or of fear? Are we the great America of courage, spunk, openness, inclusion, opportunity and democratic promise — as expressed in the Declaration of Independence, the Preamble to the Constitution, Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms and Emma [more…]

Jan 182017
 By , January 18, 2017

What Trump DIDN’T say in his blustery speeches will surprise his supporters. Buckle up, friends. Most Americans are about to be detoured onto a rough and rocky back road called “Trump Way.” The autocratic tycoon was unabashed on the campaign trail in promising his victory [more…]