Still separate and unequal.
• Glenn Greenwald takes a look at Fred Kagan - it isn't pretty. But then again, neither is Fred...
• For twenty-odd years, right-wingers have been complaining about PBS and NPR. Has it worked? Sure! Look at the NewsHour - it's about as cutting edge as Jim Lehrer's ties. But what's happened to NPR?
• What happens next?
• The Incomplete Revolution? Let's say it's done, and not finish it. Please.
• The more things change, the more they stay the same.
• Violent interrogations are counter-productive? That's a revelation!
• Forget Alan Greenspan...
The concerns of 1968 have dominated politics for 40 years - nearly my entire life - and little has been resolved, and yet the positions on left and right have only become more entrenched. Maybe it's time we dump the issues of '68 and take a look at the very real problems of 2008... or maybe we'll just have to wait until all the Baby Boomers die off.
D'Alessandro's blog, Nets Blast. Below is a selection of that work -
What I think most Baby-Boomers don't really get is that the younger folks have moved on. The issues that fascinated The Class of '68 don't resonate with the younger generations in the same way. They support Barack Obama for a reason. He doesn't BS too much. He speaks as if he's actually thought about things himself, things both large and small. He's uncharacteristically honest for a Person Seeking High Office. He seems willing to discuss many difficult issues. He embodies Difference - Change. He speaks eloquently of Change - Change that can be built upon the successes of the past. For the most part, tolerance - that bulwark of democracy - has increased in the last fifty years. That is something to build upon, to forge a better future for us all, and for our children - and Barack Obama sees this as something to build upon and to unite us. That is a noble enough idea that I find it's call almost irresistible. To unite us in nobler purpose than greed or fear - wouldn't that be nice!? Then one could breath freely again, and offer a hand to his brother or sister, and work together for something better.
I never thought I'd see in my time a man or woman who would so clearly embody the last bit of hope for this country that I have left. I have never been drawn strongly to any politician before - really. My more common emotion has been one of repulsion, of wanting to keep a distance from them. It started with Nixon. But then I figured out that they're all like that; they are all serpents and reptiles trying to survive in a very real swamp.
Above all else, I am skeptical of what is possible to achieve in Washington. This is not to diminish Obama's potential. No, the concern is that the system is so entrenched, so devilishly serpentine and constricting upon the government that there is little any one man could do to change it, and to hope for that is naïve and romantically foolish. And this is no time for a messiah-like figure to fall against the sharp, rocky cliffs of The Establishment. That would only make matters worse.
Bush used The Establishment to his advantage - that's what made him successful for a while. The exact opposite would be true for Obama; he would be standing headlong into the full, gale force winds of The Establishment. Everyone's wondering, both critics and supporters alike, "Is he up to it"? Y'know what? I've got a better question: Are we up to it? Are we up to giving our support and taking action?
It's not sane to have Hope, but there he is - Obama. He's Possibility. His voice sounds like yours and it sounds like mine - well, only better - but he doesn't seem remote, differentiated and debilitated by his political life. His reasoning and concerns resonate with mine, and with so many others. He's a Bridge, a path to a new era. And it is a change we desperately need. This is a soft revolution. Count me in.
and posting processes around The Home Office:
Yes! Hang on! I've got it! I'm just going to move this thing around here... like that, and... voila!