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Entries by David Sirota from 01/2011

What Spielberg/Lucas Classics Teach Kids About 21st Century America

| Posted 01.04.2011 | Politics

Even in as chaotic and random a world as we live in now, Americans have come to rely on a few rock-solid inevitabilities during the Christmas/New Year...

Ted Williams and the Triumph of American Dream Propaganda

| Posted 01.06.2011 | Politics

The idea that the American Dream still exists and that everyone can "make it" like Ted Williams is, by all objective economic measures, demonstrably false.

The Money Paradox

| Posted 01.07.2011 | Politics

If there's one thing you can still count on from today's increasingly erratic politics, it is pure unadulterated paradox. One could say the Washington circus features as many morons as oxymorons.

Silence Is Complicity and Defensiveness Is Endorsement

| Posted 01.10.2011 | Politics

I've just finished up three hours of the most difficult radio I've ever had to do. The topic, of course, was the horrific shooting in Tucson, which ha...

The Tucson Shooting's Most Important Questions

| Posted 01.11.2011 | Politics

Since the shooting in Tucson on Saturday, lots of important questions have been raised - questions that go to issues than transcend even the monumenta...

The Democratic Party Elite's General Attitude About Organized Labor

| Posted 01.12.2011 | Politics

In years past, we've learned that Democrats are happy to rely on union workers' hard-earned money to get elected, and then happy to block major pieces of legislation that would help workers join a union.

In Wake of Arizona Shooting, Media Needs to Find the Forgotten Majority

| Posted 01.14.2011 | Politics

"There is a need for some reflection here: What is too far now? What was too far when Oklahoma City happened is accepted now. There's been a desensiti...

What "Santa Clausifying" Dr. King Looks Like in Practice

| Posted 01.17.2011 | Politics

Regardless of motive, you simply cannot say you want to honor Martin Luther King while also using his holiday as an occasion to oppose the very cause he was advocating at the very moment of his death.

What the U.S.-China Summit Is Really All About (Hint: It's Not About Preserving American Jobs)

| Posted 01.19.2011 | Politics

No, it isn't about getting tough on trade and currency manipulation. And no, it isn't about anything to do with human rights or the environment.

Maddow Shows How the 'National' Media Isn't National at All

| Posted 01.20.2011 | Media

What passes for a "national" media these days is almost exclusively New York/D.C.-based media that focuses almost exclusively on New York/D.C.-centric stories.

GOP Mantra: For Me, but Not for Thee

| Posted 01.24.2011 | Politics

Republican congresspeople are keeping their taxpayer subsidized health insurance while voting to deny it to other Americans. Because, you know, government health care is great for Republican politicians, but too lavish for the Rest of Us.

Rahm Emanuel and the Triumph of Feudalism

| Posted 01.26.2011 | Chicago

Emanuel is banking on the elitism embedded in our politics to vault him to the top job in the Windy City -- the kind that says laws apply only when they help the rich and powerful.

'A Sharp, Dizzying History Lesson That Packs a Punch'

| Posted 01.31.2011 | Politics

I'm about seven weeks away from the launch of my third book, which is entitled BACK TO OUR FUTURE: How the 1980s Explain the World We Live In Now.. Th...