Jennifer Seitz

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The right wing hates America: The loudest flag-waving patriots are always the dangerous hypocrites

A presidential nominee who sees America as a “Third World country,” “nightmare,” “embarrassment” and “hellhole”?<p>Does the right wing hate America? It has become a legitimate and important question to consider.<p>Ambrose Bierce, in <i>The Devil’s Dictionary</i>, defined “patriot” as “the dupe of statesmen and …

32 Books That Are Guaranteed To Give You Wanderlust

The perfect travel companions.<p><i>Thumbnail image credit: oriontrail / ThinkStock</i>

Books

Is Support for Income Redistribution Really Falling?

With stagnant wages and rising inequality already emerging as key issues in the 2016 Presidential race, there is, naturally, a lot of interest in how voters view the prospect of the federal government adopting more redistributive policies, such as raising taxes on the wealthy. Intuition and …

Top tax rates: Why it’s absolutely crazy that we don’t ask millionaires to pay more.

This is just a stray, late-on-April 15 thought, but isn’t it kind of insane that we don’t ask millionaires to pay more in taxes? I mean, much, much …

The 5 worst Congresses in American history

The current Congress is approaching a single-digit approval rating. Believe it or not, there have been worse<p>America is caught in the throes of the 114th Congress. May the world take pity on us. They are so gridlocked they can’t even agree that sex trafficking is a bad thing. It is certain, even …

The economy is a Democrat: Why recent history shows the value of a progressive president

When Dems control the White House, the middle class wins. And under Republicans? Not so much…<p>At the core of the debate between liberals and conservatives is a dispute over whose policies are better for economic growth, and particularly for the middle class. A new study by Bryan Dettrey and Harvey …

Speak loudly and get into trouble: Howard Zinn’s enduring lesson about respectability politics

A reflection on his work at Spelman College and its lasting influence on Alice Walker and Marian Wright Edelman<p>[<i>The excerpt from a longer 1960 piece by Howard Zinn and Paula Giddings posted at</i> TomDispatch.com <i>are from the</i> Nation <i>magazine’s</i> 150th Anniversary Special Issue <i>on newsstands in April. They</i> …

America’s hospitals: Our system lets big hospitals charge exorbitant prices. It’s time for change.

Five years ago this week, Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law, and we’ve been debating it ever since. Like many Americans, I oppose …

President Obama Is Right: It's Time for Mandatory Voting

Today at the Cleveland City Club, President Obama suggested mandatory voting as a solution to the influence of big money in politics. "We shouldn't be making it harder to vote, we should be making it easier to vote," President Obama said to applause. "In Australia, other countries, there's …

GOP can’t quit the Christian right: Why it’s still the party of religious fundamentalists

From reproductive rights to immigration, Republicans are still beholden to their wingnuts. It can’t last for long<p>In a recent interview on Fox, Christian right writer James Robison went off on a rant about how Christian conservatives need to take over the government: “There are only 500 of you,” …

Why Paralyzed Politics Are Making America More Unequal

The Senate has even more to answer for than we thought<p>One obvious problem for 21st-century America: the seeming zero-sum paralysis of our national-level governing system, illustrated most recently by the spectacle of the Congressional-Executive / Republican-Democratic tussling over the Iran …

Why Workers Won’t Unite

Globalization and technology have gutted the labor movement, and part-time work is sabotaging solidarity. Is there a new way to challenge the politics of inequality?<p>On a gusty April morning in 1914, a gun battle broke out between Colorado National Guardsmen and a group of striking coal miners. The …

The Rich’s Class Warfare Is Winning

In the first Gilded Age, Americans fought back against inequality and the oligarchs who threatened democracy. Over the past few decades, it seems …

Middle-class

5 signs Scott Walker is employing GOP’s racist “Southern Strategy”

The candidate’s new push for a “right-to-work” law is just his latest appeal to white voters’ racial resentment<p>Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s drive for an anti-labor “right to work” law covering private-sector workers is deeply rooted in the racism of the Deep South’s former slaveholding …

Education Is Answer To Income Inequality: Part Deux

In the first part of this essay, I looked at how a better understanding of what we mean by “skills” helps us ascertain how critical they are in closing the income gap. However, let’s table advanced skills for a second. The U.S. Census Bureau revealed that merely earning a college degree – any …

College & University

Why the right hates American history

Thomas Jefferson knew that education is vital to a functioning Democratic Republic. Conservatives have other ideas<p>Sure, the war on education helps Republican lawmakers destroy unions and slash government spending, but it's our history of progressive change that makes Conservatives hate accurate …

GOP lawmaker: It’s OK for children to die in the name of God

Rep. Christy Perry of Idaho says its a violation of parents’ rights to obligate them to treat their sick children<p>In a deeply religious section of Idaho, a Republican state representative says that the state has no right to protect children from their parents who refuse them needed medical treatment …

“Where there are more guns, more women die”: A Harvard public health expert breaks down the data on firearms and women’s safety

Dr. Deborah Azrael explains what decades of research can tell us about guns, women and myths of self-defense<p>The New York Times reported last week that 10 states are currently considering measures to allow people to carry firearms on college campuses. In Nevada, the Republican assemblywoman who …

America's Most Economically Segregated Cities

Can you guess what Tallahassee, Trenton, and Tucson all have in common?<p>The geographical sorting of Americans by income, education and socio-economic class is growing. A 2012 report by the Pew Research Center [PDF] found that the segregation of upper- and lower-income households had risen in 27 of …

Obama's Real Crime: Treating Americans Like Adults

There are obvious explanations for Rudy Giuliani turning himself into a Donald Trump-scale joke this week by attacking President Obama's patriotism.<p>#1: A craving for attention, in someone who had fallen out of the spotlight.<p>#2: Racism, just the latest example of the right's "othering" of Obama. …

Democrats want to add right to vote to the Constitution

Democrats have came out in support of a constitutional amendment guaranteeing the right to vote.<p>The proposed amendment has no realistic shot at …

The Nation’s Most Restrictive Anti-Abortion Law Just Reached The Supreme Court

A Mississippi law that would eliminate access to abortion within that state — a law so restrictive that it was halted by one of the most conservative …

Abortion

John Oliver on elected judges: Last Week Tonight tackles judicial elections in “main story” uploaded to YouTube (VIDEO).

Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore made news this month after he defied a federal order requiring the state to recognize same-sex marriages. Moore has a …

Judge To Anti-Gay Florist: Religion Is Not An Excuse To Defy Anti-Discrimination Laws

A Washington state judge has ruled that florist Barronelle Stutzman, owner of Arlene’s Flowers, broke state law when she refused to provide flowers …

LGBTQI

The First Amendment as we know it today didn’t exist until the ’60s

Neither the text nor history is a reliable guide to interpreting the amendment. And don’t ask the current SCOTUS<p>Reading the First Amendment isn’t easy. Consider the text:<p>Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the …

America’s Forgotten Mass Lynching: When 237 People Were Murdered In Arkansas

In 1919, in the wake of World War I, black sharecroppers unionized in Arkansas, unleashing a wave of white vigilantism and mass murder that left 237 …

Black History

5 facts that show half of America is seriously struggling

Unemployment is down and the U.S. economy is resurgent, but only a fraction of the country is reaping the benefits<p><i>Happy Monday! S&P 500 now up 10% for year --CNN Money<br>Third-quarter U.S. economic growth strongest in 11 years --Reuters<br>The U.S. economy is on a tear --Wall Street Journal</i><p>Half of our …

America’s hip-hop travesty: How rap lyrics are being used in court — to police black speech

A New York Times columnist mocks the dead. Movies do the same. But when rap lyrics do it? Here’s what happens<p>Black speech has always been policed. Many Southern colonies and states outlawed literacy among slaves. Black speech during the century of Jim Crow was regulated by legal and extralegal …

How American Oligarchs Are Pushing America to the Brink of Fascism

As the American Heritage Dictionary noted, fascism is, "A system of government that exercises a dictatorship of the extreme right, typically through …