Extreme inequality is a form of economic violence, where policies and political decisions that perpetuate the wealth and power of a privileged few result in direct harm to the vast majority of ordinary people across the world and the planet itself.” OXFAM International report, January 17, 2022

In the 1980’s…

Never confuse all people with their government.” Arundhati Roy

Like all social media, Medium is all about classification, niche, clicks, knowing and building an audience in order to achieve notice in our cacophonous, over-saturated, media world. I don’t chase any of that and never have; I’m terrible at self-promotion and…

It would seem, however, the goal is to allow their version of Christianity, and their understanding of the Bible, to shape law and government.” Katherine Stewart, The Power Worshippers

It looks inevitable that the Christian Right will achieve its objective of nullifying Roe v. Wade. For most of the 20th…

“The Trump Republican sedition has far from ended, and the worst may be yet to come.” Sean Wilentz

I didn’t closely follow the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse, the young man who shot three people, killing two, in Kenosha, Wisconsin in 2020. I had no specific expectations of the outcome of his trial. What I knew about the case I learned from media accounts, namely, that Rittenhouse, 17-years-old at…

“A considerable portion of the population, perhaps as much as a quarter, lives in lethal unreality.” Paul Street, Counterpunch, November 12, 2021

Well, Steve Bannon has been indicted for contempt of Congress. The road to justice is rarely short or straight, and how this two-count indictment plays out remains to…

“The rule of a minority, as a permanent arrangement, is wholly inadmissible.” Abraham Lincoln

As more information trickles out, it appears the January 6 riot at the United States Capitol was the culmination of a premeditated effort to overturn the outcome of the 2020 presidential election. This helps to explain…

It is wrong to encourage a man or a people in evil-doing; it is wrong to aid and abet a national crime simply because it is unpopular not to do so.” W.E.B. DuBois, The Souls of Black Folk

The GOP strikes again, this time voting in lockstep against the Freedom…

Brian Tanguay

Brian Tanguay writes about politics, culture, and books. Co-founder of the California Review of Books and the long running blog, Shouts from the Balcony.

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