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Heartless Trump Sacrifices American Farmers in Unnecessary Trade War


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A bad idea just doesn’t make for sound public policy; uniformed, chaotic government doesn’t make wise choices; and it is self-destructive for people to allow ignorant and intolerant politicians to lead. For a moment try to forget about the tawdry sex scandals, suspected election subterfuge and signs of using the presidency of the United States […]

Out in the Street


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By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson The more of us that show up at rallies and demonstrations, the sooner we’ll get our country back. Libya to the contrary notwithstanding, it may be a little easier to get people out in the streets to overthrow a dictator than to defeat a legislature that promotes union busting, unbridled capitalism, […]

US Uncut


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By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Three new progressive organizations, with three distinct but complementary purposes, have surfaced over the last few weeks.  Last week I told you about Cognitive Policy Works, its Progressive Strategy Handbook, and the strategy group that is at work developing the progressive brand, so that people will know at once what progressive […]

America, I Love You


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By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Well, you’re not going to get a year end review from me. I’ve been thinking all week — talking to you in my mind, actually — trying to come up with something uplifting to say. Running along in my thoughts, as a kind of bass line to the rest of it, […]

This is What a Socialist Sounds Like


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By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Most people are smart enough to resist the attempt of the radical right, and the Republican politicians who are courting them, to replace their brain cells with string cheese by clamoring for Barack Obama to come up with a valid birth certificate. But even some of these folks look askance at […]

The Gini Index: Another American Claim to Fame


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By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Yesterday it was where we stand as a nation with regard to the effectiveness of our health care system, as measured by life expectancy.We got to stand up and cheer, “We’re Number 49!!!” Yay, us. Today it’s where we stand as a nation with regard to the relative distribution of family […]

What They Say / What They Mean


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By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Let it be known at the outset that here I will be talking about radical Republicans and their enablers and not everyone who is registered to vote or self-identified as a Republican. It’s easy to stick labels on people, especially when stress trumps nuance, as it does in these times. But […]

Five Minutes With Bob Reich


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By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Bob Reich was secretary of labor in Bill Clinton’s administration.  Do you remember anything about the Clinton Administration beyond the scandals? Perhaps you remember that the world was largely at peace then, and that for most Americans it was the last time we experienced something like prosperity. For all his moral […]

On Reading the News


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By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Starting in eighth grade, back in Paleolithic times when I was a student, we were taught to read newspapers analytically — to ask questions about what the words said, not just swallow them whole. I don’t see much evidence that skill is being taught today — nor in the past 40 […]

‘I Would Join a Union’


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By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson For my father, whom I honor by using his last name in the middle of mine, joining a union was not an option. He was a printer. He loved the printed word, and he loved the process by which words got put on paper. Part of how I learned to read […]


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