Category Archives: Political

Miscellaneous commentary that won’t fit into the Northampton & CT River Valley category

Why would we want a stupid president?

Since the disaster that is the United States’ 2016 presidential election, I’ve become certain that the revulsion on the Left toward The President Who Shall Not Be Named is based nearly as much on disgust at his utter stupidity as … Continue reading

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I love my countries, but I think we should start seeing other people

This morning as I sipped my coffee and read ProPublica journalist Sebastian Rotella’s comprehensive article (link below) about the latest democratic crisis in a place that’s now my second home, I was struck by his phrase “Argentina, a country for … Continue reading

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A happy May Day/U.S. Labor Day anecdote

Something that still amazes me after decades of observation is how well the ruling classes use their corporate-owned media to bamboozle workers into believing that they deserve a pittance for their labor while the wealthy who run the corporations honestly … Continue reading

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Manning up: Some suggestions from a genderqueer person to my leftist friends after Chelsea Manning’s coming out

As a white, leftist genderqueer, I’ve found that the response from some of my non-transgender pals to Chelsea Manning’s coming out has been painful.  Some of the very people I expected to be supportive of Manning lack a basic education … Continue reading

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From here to Eternauta: the art of Oesterheld and the politics of Néstor Kirchner

A few evenings ago, I was excited to return from the office and find in my mailbox the anthology of Argentine comic strip writer Héctor Germán Oesterheld’s work I’d ordered recently.  I immediately flopped down to read the second version … Continue reading

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On U.S. immigration and prejudice, Left and Right

My small nuclear family has an in-joke about email forwards from my stepfather, a white, working/middle-class retired firefighter in his 80s who grew up on a farm in Western New York in what used to be an agricultural area but … Continue reading

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Just an ordinary beautiful day: some thoughts on the AMIA and Boston Marathon bombings, and Parque de la Memoria

Every time I think I’ve assimilated what I’ve learned about inhumanity by studying what happened before and during Argentina’s military dictatorship, reality deals another blow, reminding me that I can still be traumatized, and that terrorism is not something that … Continue reading

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Why Argentina? part 2: juicio y castigo

“I am terrified by the fragility of human destiny:  in one stroke, in an instant, life is changed forever, the individual has neither a vote nor a voice:  a kidnapping on horseback, a Gestapo official knocking at the door, a … Continue reading

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