November 10, 2020

My friends know me as an italophile; and it is with a moment in modern Italian history that I begin this little essay: 1953, the year of the “legge truffa.” The legge truffa — literally, the ‘fraud law’ — was a law that the then-ruling Christian Democratic…


Thanks for the breakdown, Terrie. Reading through it, one gets a real sense of how different this bill is from Trump's. The subtotal underlines are particularly helpful as a running tally.


“Oh my G*ddddd! Have you HEARD? Southwest Airlines just criticized Georgia!!!”

I swear, if I hear one more of my fellow citizens say that, I will explode. And the rest of you all will be stuck cleaning up the mess. I promise you, it will be goo-ey.

I have a…


March 24, 2016

Yesterday, I shared a petition to President Obama calling for an investigation into Arizona’s Democratic primary. I am told by a friend in Flagstaff that “Maricopa County (30% of the state) “stopped counting” after less than 2% of the vote was tallied, 8.30 …


April 20, 2016

POST NUMBER TWO: NEW FORMS ON THE US POLITICAL HORIZON

(originally one of two essays published to facebook)

For this post, I would like to call the reader’s attention to the following articles:

http://peoplesworld.org/where-is-the-republican-party-going/

http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/35644-how-sanders-could-lay-the-foundation-for-a-third-us-political-party

I have claimed that the Republican Party has reached the end of…


February 2, 2016

Friends have recently pointed me to two pieces supporting Clinton’s candidacy: “How change happens” (Paul Krugman, http://www.pressdemocrat.com/opinion/5113529-181/krugman-how-change-happens ) and “On Hillary and Bernie” (Jacqui Oesterblad, bottlemagazine.com/2016/01/19/on-hillary-and-bernie/). Let’s take a look. But before we do, I feel the need to say that the Clinton/Sanders debate is not about…


April 15, 2016

My father was not a Communist, though his father was and (in this season of tax returns) I will share that my dad’s tiny business was audited seven times by the IRS in the 1950s.

My father was a great admirer of John L. Lewis. As a…


This Presidential election is one of the most dangerous in history, comparable, in my mind, to the race between Abraham Lincoln and Steven Douglass.

Both of the major political parties are living through a deep-seated, systemic crisis. …


February 2, 2008

“There is no evil that has inflicted more pain and suffering than the
evil of racism in our country… We have a special responsibility to
fight this evil… by educating those who won’t vote for Barack Obama
because he is Black.” With these words Richard Trumpka,
Secretary-Treasurer of the AFL-CIO and…


I Was Wrong, or The New Moment: A Qualitative Shift for U.S. Democracy

I was wrong.

For the past several days, even as I have spent my time in intense discussions with all kinds of people about the demonstrations and street action that have followed George Floyd’s murder, it was…

Myke (Michele) Simonian

I’m a working-class white guy in Philadelphia. I suppose you can call me an 'activist.' I am an advocate for DuBois' Labor/Black Alliance.

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