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On this date in 1934, longshoremen on the West Coast walked off their jobs, beginning of the largest strikes in the history of the region and helping feed the move toward industrial unionism that transformed American labor in the 1930s. Labor relations on the docks of San Francisco were horrible. Employers established hiring halls in […]

Hackthat

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On May 9, 2012

It’s hardly news that Douthat is an irredeemable hack, but this piece about Obama and gay marriage drove me crazy. Indeed, if you accept the framing of the debate that many liberals (and many jo

The LBJ Fallacy

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On May 9, 2012
Those who claim that we need a man like Lyndon Johnson today; that a new LBJ could handle the Senate through his own personality and politicking forget that the Republican Party is increasingly made up of radicals like the likely next senator from Indiana, Richard Mourdock, who believes that bipartisanship is an evil that must […]

Silents

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On May 8, 2012

Geoffrey O’Brien has a great essay on silent films in the New York Review of Books. A very small selection: The seduction of silent cinema is the seduction of a form as unique as opera or kabuki

Let the Martyrdom Begin

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On May 8, 2012
Jonathan Tobin begins the deification of martyr Naomi Schaefer Riley. In saying this, Riley was blunt but transgressed no rules of journalism other than the need not to offend powerful constituencies. But for those devoted to the promotion of this sector of academia, for Riley to have pointed out that the emperor has no clothes […]

Urban Planning

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On May 7, 2012

Most of us would probably agree that we really screwed up our cities in the 1950s and 1960s. Between uncontrolled suburbanization, urban renewal, the destruction of public transportation, white flight

We don’t discuss specific activist campaigns much here and I need to do a better job of it. I’m particularly interested in smaller movements that are doing amazing work to create change. We can talk about Occupy (and I have from time to time) but the different groups that make up the faces of protest […]

On Fish and CSAs

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On May 6, 2012

A couple of interesting Grist pieces on food, both worth commenting so I’ll just combine them. First, as we decimate the world’s large fish stocks in order to satisfy our unquenchable desi

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