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The Arc of Justice and the Long Run Hope, History, and Unpredictability PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 22 December 2013 16:33


By Rebecca Solnit http://www.tomdispatch.com/blog/175788/

 

North American cicada nymphs live underground for 17 years before they emerge as adults. Many seeds stay dormant far longer than that before some disturbance makes them germinate. Some trees bear fruit long after the people who have planted them have died, and one Massachusetts pear tree, planted by a Puritan in 1630, is still bearing fruit far sweeter than most of what those fundamentalists brought to this continent. Sometimes cause and effect are centuries apart; sometimes Martin Luther King’s arc of the moral universe that bends toward justice is so long few see its curve; sometimes hope lies not in looking forward but backward to study the line of that arc.

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The Solid Nonpareil Why No Mark Twain for Our Second Gilded Age? PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 19 December 2013 08:53


By Lewis H. Lapham

http://www.tomdispatch.com/blog/175786/[This essay will appear in "Comedy," the Winter 2014 issue of Lapham's Quarterly. This slightly adapted version is posted at TomDispatch.com with the kind permission of that magazine.]

 

Well, humor is the great thing, the saving thing, after all. -- Mark Twain

Twain for as long as I’ve known him has been true to his word, and so I’m careful never to find myself too far out of his reach. The Library of America volumes of his Collected Tales, Sketches, Speeches, and Essays (1852–1910) stand behind my desk on a shelf with the dictionaries and the atlas. On days when the news both foreign and domestic is moving briskly from bad to worse, I look to one or another of Twain’s jests to spring the trap or lower a rope, to summon, as he is in the habit of doing, a blast of laughter to blow away the “peacock shams” of the world’s “colossal humbug.”

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The Great American Class War Plutocracy Versus Democracy PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 12 December 2013 08:50


By Bill Moyers http://www.tomdispatch.com/blog/175783/

 

I met Supreme Court Justice William Brennan in 1987 when I was creating a series for public television called In Search of the Constitution, celebrating the bicentennial of our founding document.  By then, he had served on the court longer than any of his colleagues and had written close to 500 majority opinions, many of them addressing fundamental questions of equality, voting rights, school segregation, and -- in New York Times v. Sullivan in particular -- the defense of a free press.

 

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The Over-Policing of America Police Overkill Has Entered the DNA of Social Policy PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 08 December 2013 15:57

By Chase Madar http://www.tomdispatch.com/blog/175781

/If all you’ve got is a hammer, then everything starts to look like a nail. And if police and prosecutors are your only tool, sooner or later everything and everyone will be treated as criminal. This is increasingly the American way of life, a path that involves “solving” social problems (and even some non-problems) by throwing cops at them, with generally disastrous results. Wall-to-wall criminal law encroaches ever more on everyday life as police power is applied in ways that would have been unthinkable just a generation ago.

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Hollywood Without the Happy Ending How the CIA Bungled the War on Terror PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 05 December 2013 10:19


By Pratap Chatterjee

Call it the Jason Bourne strategy. 

http://www.tomdispatch.com/blog/175780/

Think of it as the CIA’s plunge into Hollywood -- or into the absurd.  As recent revelations have made clear, that Agency’s moves couldn’t be have been more far-fetched or more real.  In its post-9/11 global shadow war, it has employed both private contractors and some of the world’s most notorious prisoners in ways that leave the latest episode of the Bourne films in the dust: hired gunmen trained to kill as well as former inmates who cashed in on the notoriety of having worn an orange jumpsuit in the world's most infamous jail.

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