As an organization, those of us here at the Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus concern ourselves primarily with local, countywide, regional, and statewide issues and have thus far not waded much into questions of foreign policy or of war and peace. However, in light of several horrific bombings by the Trump government over the last week or so, we feel compelled to join many other progressive organizations in condemning these militant actions. Rather than bombs, we call for a return to diplomacy and the accommodation of refugees as a way of dealing with Middle East conflicts.Read more
It was like a bad dream. What was? The Ch. 20 viewing of some six hours of almost meaningless discussion of the city council's give-away of millions of dollars to Dan Gilbert and his Quicken Arena gang. As if he needs it.Read more
Now that it has happened, we should do something about it. Yes, Cow Town Columbus and Franklin County has surpassed Big City Cleveland and shrinking Cuyahoga County (except in debt) in population. Rich Exner, the Plain Dealer<>/i's ace numbers man, revealed the figures that show Cuyahoga County once again LOST population, 5,673 individuals. (Everyone counts these days).Read more
Between Progressive Field, First Energy Stadium and Quicken Arena, and the Republican National Convention at the Q, the city of Cleveland provided more than 100,000 hours of extra police protection downtown in 2016.Read more
Dan Brady used to be a man of the people.
Now he’s servant of the anti-people. A stooge.
Fallen deeply for the Establishment he once made his reputation by opposing.
Nothing could be worse.
Here is his quiet spanking of civic protest of the Quicken Arena give-away:
“It’s become very clear that after listening to our friends who we like and who we agree with, that they have very little understanding of what the county presently does and how it spends its money,” Brady said at a meeting on the give-away of city AND county money to billionaire Dan Gilbert of the Cleveland Cavilers.
Talk about spin.Read more
Leftist Book Reports: Brave New World
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“What Orwell feared were those who would ban books. What Huxley feared was that
there would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who wanted to read
- Neil Postman 1Read more
I recently attended a lovely holiday dinner party with long-time good friends. As tends to happen, the topic of our reprehensible “President-Elect” made its way into the conversation. Immediately the host put down his drink and proclaimed, more loudly than necessary, “If anyone brings up politics, you are ejected from the party!”
I quipped that I promised not to be the first one to bring him up. Something inside me noted the moment, though, and filed it away for reflection. How often have we heard statements like this? I have memories of similar messages, spoken or unspoken, at parties, family gatherings, and work events. “Never talk about politics or religion,” I heard many times growing up. “That’s the fastest way to lose friends!”
Here’s the thing: I think this is a harmful social norm of white Americans. I think we’re afraid to talk about “politics” because we know politics is inseparable from race, and we have no idea how to talk about race. Our squeamishness with high-conflict subjects like privilege and discrimination makes us avoid important conversations, ones that could lead to advocacy and changed minds. We need to get better at digging deep and speaking out.Read more
Advocates for the progressive cause in the United States are currently facing one of our most difficult tests. In addition to constantly wondering what could have caused such a disastrous election as the one we just witnessed, we are forced to bitterly fight for mere survival under such a hostile administration. Many may feel inclined to give up, or simply wait until a time when activism is easier. I have personally had experience with this feeling before; facing powerful and entrenched opposition is frustrating and disheartening. However, one of the greatest regrets of my life came from when I succumbed to this pressure when I should have continued to advocate for what I believed in.Read more
We are at war and the weapons are information. Think about the phrases we’ve been hearing since the election; fake news, alternative facts, gag orders. Wikileaks’ whole shtick is releasing ill-gotten, highly sensitive information. Russia’s influence on the election was entirely information based. They are accused of hacking the DNC and spreading fake news to sway voters.
Think about your last Facebook showdown with an ideological opponent. Did the conversation surround ideas? Or were you bombarded with links to articles and news stories providing anecdotal evidence as to why you’re wrong, why your cause is illegitimate, why you’re a hypocrite, or why your brand of politics is evil? Maybe you’re the one using information as ammunition. I’ve been guilty of it myself. No judgment here.
I could go on about the dangers of discussing ideas within the context of isolated incidents that make the news, but there are more pressing issues. If Facebook bickerers are soldiers with info-guns, the newest white house administration is whipping out info-tanks, info-missiles, and maybe even an ‘infotomic’ bomb. The tanks and missiles are the fake news, alt facts, and gag orders.