“Mark and Patricia McCloskey had previously been charged with felony counts of exhibiting weapons–for pointing guns at protestors outside their central west end home.”
There are no good solutions to the rioters in Portland. There are many moving parts that, should any of them rub together, means a human tragedy.
Before you protest the removal of Confederate monuments, ask yourself if you know why they were erected in the first place?
Control of the virus is not because of lockdown orders or hashtags. It’s because the public demonstrated astonishing trust in public health experts.
The dangers of mission creep in push for police reform, who watches the opinion section watchers of the New York Times, and stats that aren’t helpful.
Every time we do this, folks will insist “This is the moment…” that everything is going to be different. God I hope it is. I pray it is. I doubt it is.
Exploring the means to protest and the means and ends of protesting.
Marching and chanting have lost the power to move the needle. There are exceptions of course, but I contend that protest has an ever diminishing power to move us. With a few caveats (border policy on children for example) It’s hard to point to any policy changes that are a direct result of a protest movement in the last 5 years, in spite of record setting rallies and marches.
This movie will end like the Gorsuch show did, the outcome having been scripted with the 2016 election results. The Democrats do not have the votes, and barring something very unforeseen there will be a vote on Judge Kavanaugh sometime in the next 30 days or so.
Thoughts about the riots in Baltimore. But it can’t be just about the riots, can it?
Perhaps it’s best to think of our historical opposition to war not as war protest but as draft protest. I’ve been reading Jerome Marmorstein’s “War As a Disease Epidemic” lately with a student I...
Shawn writes: After facilitating at a general assembly several weeks back, one of my best friends received a message from a participant thanking him for the empowering experience. Even in the “world’s greatest democracy,”...
Michael Drew, in the comments: First the knock was that they’d never last. Now the problem seems to be that they hung on too long and things got a little ripe. I would counsel...
by E.C. Gach In a recent guest post, Aaron B. pointed out that the Occupy Wall Street movement is, perhaps more than anything else, about forging a shared political identity and civic community. And...