Is Occupy Wall Street "Doing It Rong"?

Crommunist argues no, challenging the historical validity of oft-heard memes how successful protest movements are “supposed to” work: “The Occupy people don’t have a plan! All successful protest movements have clear goals and plans that are defined before the protest starts!” I suppose the second statement there is pure implication from the first. The truth, [Read More...]

King vs. Beck

Just as Christian fundamentalists quote only very selectively from the Bible what is most useful for their rather peculiar contemporary interpretations of their religion, so does Glenn Beck only focus on narrow slivers of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s ideas despite insisting that he and those in his movement are the true heirs of, and resumption [Read More...]

Imagining Black Tea Parties: A Thought Experiment

Tim Wise offers a powerful counterfactual: Imagine that hundreds of black protesters were to descend upon Washington DC and Northern Virginia, just a few miles from the Capitol and White House, armed with AK-47s, assorted handguns, and ammunition. And imagine that some of these protesters —the black protesters — spoke of the need for political [Read More...]

Obama’s Ghana Speech

Here’s the full transcript of President Barack Obama’s July 11, 2009 speech in Accra, Ghana: Good morning. It is an honor for me to be in Accra, and to speak to the representatives of the people of Ghana. I am deeply grateful for the welcome that I’ve received, as are Michelle, Malia and Sasha Obama. [Read More...]


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