Conservativism Progressives Regressives

Talking with a Trump supporter

I went into Seattle on Sunday to attend Elizabeth Warren’s campaign event at Seattle Center. I ended up standing next to a 67 year old man from Florida who had gone on a cruise to Alaska and was killing time before his return flight. He said he’s voting for Trump in 2020 and came to […]

Koch Brothers

The Nazi roots of the Koch brothers

“The father of these famous rightwing billionaires was Fred Koch, who started his fortune with $500,000 received from Stalin for his assistance constructing 15 oil refineries in the Soviet Union in the 1930s. A couple of years later, his company, Winkler-Koch, helped the Nazis complete their third-largest oil refinery. The facility produced hundreds of thousands […]

Activism Barack Obama

On Obama’s Lost Army

Obama’s Lost Army This article answers a lot of questions I had about the Obama presidency from the beginning. Team Obama had amassed a huge base of enthusiastic volunteers & supporters from the campaign, using the most sophisticated digital connections available in 2008. What happened with that massive political force after the election? Pretty much […]

Adam Smith

Report on Town Hall with Rep. Adam Smith in Kent, Aug 17, 2019

After a short introduction by Dana Ralph, Mayor of Kent, Rep. Smith spent twenty minutes giving an overview of his political positions.    They were uniformly progressive.  He spoke on concentration of wealth, racism, sexism, immigration, gun control, corporate control, taxation,militarism, and impeachment.  Most of the two hours were spent on constituents’ questions. If there were […]

Accountability

Suppress speech of white supremacists? Or just protest their policies?

Should progressives suppress speech of white supremacists? Or just protest their policies when they arrive? I got the email below from Northwest Accountability Project Donald, While American families are grieving and coming to terms with recent mass shootings, including the white supremacist terrorist attack in El Paso, the Freedom Foundation is doubling down on deadly […]

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 […]