Bernie Sanders Progressives Socialism

Bernie Sanders, please stop calling yourself a socialist. You’re a social democrat!

Bernie Sanders calls himself a democratic socialist. But he’s not a socialist at all. Noam Chomsky and Cornel West say that Sanders is a social democrat and a New Dealer. See Bernie Sanders is NEITHER a Socialist nor a Democratic Socialist and What does Sanders mean by ‘democratic socialism’?. Professor Frances Fox Piven, the honorary […]

Guns

Gun show by Cynthia Linet

(Click on the images to zoom.) In the A/NT Gallery at Seattle Center through July 27, there’s an exhibit of art about America’s obsession with guns.    The artist, Cynthia Linet — more famous for her paintings of historic erotica — based her paintings on images found online, via image search.      Obviously, lots of Americans are […]

Climate Change Conservativism Environment

Why Progressives are more pro-life than conservatives

The GOP’s environmental policies are likely to bring about a massive abortion of humanity. Denying medical care to people who can’t afford it shortens lives. War is abortion of born people. Lax gun control kills. Mistreatment of desperate asylum seekers is brutal.  Odd that conservative Christians support these and other GOP policies. Republicans say they […]

Derek Kilmer

Normon Solomonn says Derek Kilmer should be primaried

BAD BLUES: Some of the House Democrats Who Deserve to Be ‘Primaried’ “Now representing a Democratic, largely working-class district that includes the Olympic Peninsula and most of Tacoma, 45-year-old Derek Kilmer has been an elected lawmaker for most of his adult life. Currently in his seventh year in Congress after eight years in Washington’s state […]

Adam Smith Election integrity Elections Politics

Rep. Adam Smith explains why he accepts PAC money

At the June 8th Town Hall meeting of Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA 9th CD) in Crossroads, Bellevue, Rep Adam Smith gave progressive answers to almost every question he was asked: on immigration, on the environment, on low-yield nuclear weapons, on convening impeachment hearings for Trump (he mostly supports it),  on taxation, on peace, etc. One […]

Activism Military Spending Music War

A call for a World Peace Concert

In the 1960s, anti-war music, rock music, and folk music transformed culture and helped bring an end to the Vietnam War. Nowadays, there seems to be too little popular music about social justice and peace. The costs of war are largely hidden from people. Films cover war mostly as entertainment. Soldiers are treated as heroes […]

Homelessness Washington State Politics

Two difficult questions about homelessness

Republicans are using the topics of homelessness, drugs, and crime as bludgeons to scare suburban and exurban voters away from the Democratic Party. The tactic is likely to work, to some extent. The film “Seattle is Dying” makes a powerful case that, at least for the minority of low-functioning, high-crime homeless people highlighted in the […]

Adam Smith Military Spending Politics War

Rep. Adam Smith on nuclear arms control and how to lobby Congress

Rep. Adam Smith spoke at a meeting of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace about arms control, nuclear arms non-proliferation, and  President Trump’s withdrawal from international treaties. Smith said we need to modernize our nuclear weapons, but we should not intend to use them tactically, as some people do   Perhaps one leg of the […]