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Blake Fleetwood was formerly on the staff of The New York Times and has written for The New York Times Magazine, New York Magazine, The New York Daily News, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, the Village Voice, Atlantic and the Washington Monthly on a number of issues.

He was born in Santiago, Chile and moved to New York City at the age of three. He graduated from Bard College and did graduate work in political science and comparative politics at Columbia University. He has also taught politics and urban development at New York University.

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Entries by Blake Fleetwood

The Best Military Mind Hillary Can Pick

(4) Comments | Posted July 13, 2016 | 9:31 PM


Little did I know when I had dinner with Adm. Jim Stavridis last Sunday that two days later news would surface that he is on the short list for the Vice Presidential pick.

He did confess that the next president...

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Donald Trump Says Brexit Is Good For Business -- Is He Right?

(0) Comments | Posted June 30, 2016 | 6:21 PM



The day after Britain voted to leave the EU, Donald Trump boasted that Brexit would be good for--who else?--Donald Trump.

"The pound is going down," he said, stepping off his plane in Scotland. "This will bring more...

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Don't Let Terrorism Stop You From Visiting Orlando

(0) Comments | Posted June 17, 2016 | 4:54 PM


The purpose of terrorism is to strike fear in a civilian population. If you're fearful of people on the street, if you're fearful of going out and resuming normal activities, --congratulations: you've let terrorists win.

Recently, tourist and travel destinations...

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We Are Here For You: Community Support After the Orlando Shooting

(0) Comments | Posted June 12, 2016 | 4:20 PM

People want to blame this on religious ideology. That’s fine. Go ahead. When it’s necessary, I’ll blame Islamic fundamentalism as quick as I’ll blame Christian fundamentalism, because both exist every day. Both exist in hate crimes. Both result in deaths. All are disgusting. 

I can see already...

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Stick It to the Airlines and Fly Like a Boss (For Less)

(2) Comments | Posted June 8, 2016 | 7:31 PM


Sometimes, let's admit it: Flying sucks. There is the time-crunch rush to the airport, the people who haven't figured out how to navigate security check quickly (hello, there's a thing called Global Entry or precheck!), the people who stand still in the middle of the fast-walk...

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The Ugly In Christianity

(0) Comments | Posted June 8, 2016 | 5:32 PM

For many, there is a deep-seated political hatred, racism, and bigotry hidden behind the guise of Christianity. And I’m tired of keeping quiet. As a person born into it, baptized into it—I went every Sunday morning and every Sunday night, and if my mother finished worked early enough,...

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Why Is In-Flight Wi-Fi So Crappy?

(0) Comments | Posted May 24, 2016 | 6:01 PM


Why is it still so hard to get good Internet on airplanes?

Airlines have been promising improvements for a dozen years and yet it doesn't seem to happen. In 2013, The Wall Street...

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Cuba Today: It's Going to Change

(0) Comments | Posted March 21, 2016 | 2:04 PM


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Trump Was 'The Best Sex I've Ever Had' -- Marla Maples

(3) Comments | Posted March 11, 2016 | 12:13 PM


This headline splashed across the front pages of New York tabloids like a bomb shell.

New York reporters knew then that the Donald was the real thing. "The Donald" story, already fodder for the dailies, had legs and would continue...

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Ten Ways The Airlines Are Screwing You And What The Senate Can Do To Stop It

(0) Comments | Posted March 4, 2016 | 2:31 PM


The chickens have come home to roost.

The rubber-stamping of anti-competitive airline mergers in the past five years has led to insulting, degraded and pricey service for the average traveler.

Delta took over Northwest, United merged with Continental, and American joined...

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Bernie Sanders Is a Faux Socialist and a 'Sheepdog'

(260) Comments | Posted February 25, 2016 | 6:42 PM


Bernie Sanders is a false prophet who is neither genuinely socialist, nor genuinely independent, according an article recently published in the World Socialist Review.

Under the impact of the global economic crisis, the ruling elite has brought forward "left" bourgeois parties to shepherd...

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The Democratic Debate Steals Occupy Wall Street Rhetoric

(35) Comments | Posted December 20, 2015 | 4:30 PM

Yesterday's Democratic debate, with much of its focus on economic inequality, demonstrated the continuing influence of Occupy Wall Street movement four years ago.

This is a far cry from most media criticism at the time, when the OWS was summarily dismissed as utterly nihilistic -- having no...

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Trump to Muslims: Come Stay at My U.S. Hotels

(18) Comments | Posted December 14, 2015 | 12:56 PM

Donald Trump operates a highly acclaimed hotel management company with luxury hotels all over the United States, including New York, Las Vegas and Miami.

As many of his guests are Arabs and Muslims, he operates an Arabic-language website in an unabashed marketing effort to...

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Can a Demagogue, Donald Trump, Be Elected President?

(3) Comments | Posted December 8, 2015 | 12:15 PM


Donald Trump's recent outrageous comments about excluding Muslims certainly cross the boundary of traditional political discourse in America.

Trump fits the classic definition of a demagogue: a rabble-rouser who appeals to the emotions, fears, prejudices and ignorance of the lower socioeconomic classes...

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Donald Trump Channels Occupy Wall Street, and The Revolt Against The Ruling Elite

(10) Comments | Posted September 26, 2015 | 2:59 PM


Four years ago, the Occupy Wall Street movement was summarily dismissed as utterly nihilistic -- having no focus, no program and no lasting legacy.

But the current presidential campaign has shown how foolish that analysis was.


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Ben Affleck's Ancestry Combines Abolitionists with Slave Owners

(1) Comments | Posted May 19, 2015 | 5:23 PM


The revelation of Ben Affleck's request to Harvard Scholar Henry Louis Gates to remove mention of a slave owning relative who lived 150 years ago caused a media brouhaha, but the Oscar-winning actor failed to mention another illustrious relative who gave his life...

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지그문트 프로이트가 정확하게 맞힌 12가지

(2) Comments | Posted May 11, 2015 | 2:17 AM

지그문트 프로이트는 1856년 5월 6일에 태어났다. 꿈과 문화, 성장기와 성, 정신 건강 등 인간 심리에 대한 획기적인 책과 논문을 집필한 지도 벌써 100년이 넘었다. 그의 이론이 다 맞은 것은 아니지만 그래도 상당 부분의 내용은 여전히 유효하다고 잡지 디스커버는 보도한 바 있다. 그의 업적은 심리 세계에 대한 지도 역할을...

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The 12 Things Sigmund Freud Got Right

(21) Comments | Posted May 7, 2015 | 12:42 PM

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May 6 was Sigmund Freud's birthday (born in 1856). It has been more or less 100 years since Freud wrote many of his groundbreaking books and papers on the human mind -- exploring and theorizing about dreams, culture, childhood development, sexuality and mental health. And...

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Walter Scott Would Not Have Been Killed by NYC Cops

(23) Comments | Posted April 10, 2015 | 1:04 PM

Police killed 291 civilians nationwide in the first three months of 2015, according to press and TV reports.

Before the year is out, police will kill 1,000 more civilians, most of whom will not be armed with a gun.

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Will Cuba Survive the Americanization of Havana?

(11) Comments | Posted April 3, 2015 | 3:46 PM

Americans are flocking to Cuba by the tens of thousands this year. Next year it may be millions.

The architecture of Old Havana has lasted hundreds of years, but will it survive the onslaught of tourists and rampant commercialism that so despoils other Latin American capitals?

Most Americans will marvel...

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