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Joseph A. Palermo
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Professor of History, California State University, Sacramento. Professor Palermo's most recent book is The Eighties (Pearson 2013). He has also written two other books: In His Own Right: The Political Odyssey of Senator Robert F. Kennedy (Columbia, 2001); and Robert F. Kennedy and the Death of American Idealism (Pearson, 2008). Before earning a Master's degree and Doctorate in History from Cornell University, Professor Palermo completed Bachelor's degrees in Sociology and Anthropology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a Master's degree in History from San Jose State University. His expertise includes Robert F. Kennedy; the 1960s; political history; presidential politics and war powers; social movements of the 20th century; the 1980s; and the history of American foreign policy. Professor Palermo's most recent academic article appears in A Companion to John F. Kennedy edited by Marc Selverstone (Wiley Blackwell, 2014) titled Robert F. Kennedy. He has also written articles for anthologies on the life of Father Daniel Berrigan, S.J. in The Human Tradition in America Since 1945 (Scholarly Resources Press, 2003); and on the Watergate scandal in Watergate and the Resignation of Richard Nixon (CQ Press, 2004).

Entries by Joseph A. Palermo

New Economy, New Media -- Same Old Power Relations

(5) Comments | Posted May 26, 2016 | 6:15 PM

On the business pages in recent weeks we've learned about Amazon's "union avoidance techniques" that violate the spirit of the nation's labor laws (if not the letter); Valeant pharmaceutical corporation buying up the patents on two widely-used heart medicines only to jack up the price 720...

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Trump Fatigue

(201) Comments | Posted May 18, 2016 | 10:38 AM

People have been predicting a Donald Trump flameout since February, but he kept proving them wrong by winning primaries. Their predictions might not have been in error - just premature. As the "Summer of Trump" gave way to the "Autumn Winter and Spring of Trump" there are signs...

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The Bernie Sanders Campaign: Not a Cult of Personality

(67) Comments | Posted May 11, 2016 | 4:48 PM

At the giant rally in Sacramento on May 9th where I joined 21,000 other people to hear Bernie Sanders speak it was clear that it's his ideas and his willingness to speak truth to power that are driving this movement.

The Bernie Sanders phenomenon is not a "cult...

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Donald Trump and the Republican Pantomime of 2016

(45) Comments | Posted May 5, 2016 | 9:33 AM

Now that Ted Cruz and John Kasich have dropped out of the race and Donald Trump is the "presumptive nominee," it's likely we'll see the GOP establishment pretend to be rallying behind Trump while in reality helping him very little.

The same Republican leaders...

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Republicans Invented the "Woman Card"

(196) Comments | Posted April 28, 2016 | 1:28 PM

Donald Trump accuses Hillary Clinton of "playing the woman card" and says if she were a man "she'd only get 5 percent of the vote."

Meanwhile, Ted Cruz announced with great fanfare Carly Fiorina as his "running mate" (whatever that means) whose greatest...

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Starving the Beast: The Battle to Disrupt and Reform America's Public Universities, Written and Directed by Steve Mims

(98) Comments | Posted March 25, 2016 | 8:11 AM

A new documentary took the SXSW festival by storm in Austin, Texas titled: Starving the Beast: The Battle to Disrupt and Reform America's Public Universities. No film better exposes the coordinated assault on public higher education that is going on right now across the country.


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The GOP Just Nominated Donald Trump

(507) Comments | Posted March 2, 2016 | 6:56 AM

Like a professional magician who turns on his fellows and gives away the tricks of his craft, Donald Trump has exposed the folly of what used to pass as modern conservatism. Trump's choice after his victories on "Super Tuesday" to stage, not a bombastic victory speech, but a news conference...

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The Worst Congress Money Can Buy

(208) Comments | Posted February 25, 2016 | 8:23 AM

The Republican Senate's refusal even to consider President Obama's replacement for Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court might finally bring into focus the level of their partisan nihilism. The congressional "dysfunction" trope imposes a false equivalency on the parties and thereby enables Republican obstructionism. But the Senate's blatant...

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Where To Invade Next - Michael Moore Strikes a Melancholy Chord

(58) Comments | Posted February 13, 2016 | 2:49 PM

Where to Invade Next is Michael Moore's most disturbing film yet. Contrasting the progressive public policies practiced abroad with those here at home, Moore starkly drives home just how inhumane American society has truly become.

The movie is a simple exercise in comparing and contrasting American public...

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The Movement Has Found Its Leader: Bernie Sanders

(194) Comments | Posted February 12, 2016 | 7:31 AM

Back in the fall of 2011, when the Occupy Wall Street movement seized Zuccotti Park and then spread at unprecedented speed across the globe the criticism we heard coming from the corporate media (when they weren't denouncing the movement outright) was that the movement...

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Paul Krugman on the 'Happy Dreams' of Bernie Sanders

(215) Comments | Posted January 24, 2016 | 7:56 PM

Few public intellectuals have a better grasp of the inherent injustices of our current economic order than the Noble Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman. But when it comes to weighing the political reality of our current predicament Krugman's analysis, as put forth in a recent column, shows an astonishing...

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Plutocrats in California Decide to Wait Until 2018 Before Trying to Gut Public Pensions

(15) Comments | Posted January 19, 2016 | 7:55 PM

The millionaires and billionaires who want to gut public sector pensions in California have decided to put off their anti-labor ballot initiatives until after the Roberts Court imposes its "right-to-work" regimen on the whole country this June.

Former San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed, along with the...

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The Devil's Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America's Secret Government, David Talbot, (New York: HarperCollins, 2015)

(5) Comments | Posted January 11, 2016 | 6:48 PM

In The Devil's Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America's Secret Government, David Talbot, the journalist who founded in 1995 and wrote a great book on the lives of John and Robert Kennedy, Brothers (2007), has produced another page-turner that unearths mountains of new evidence about...

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Frankenfish Wins FDA Approval

(0) Comments | Posted January 4, 2016 | 4:59 PM

After a decade of intense lobbying from a Maynard, Massachusetts-based salmon production corporation the Food and Drug Administration for the first time has given its seal of approval to a genetically modified animal.

AquaBounty corporation's "AquAdvantage Salmon" is a genetically engineered fish...

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Donald Trump and the Republican Party's 2016 Death Spiral

(303) Comments | Posted December 8, 2015 | 8:32 AM

Donald Trump, the Republican Party's frontrunner for the 2016 presidential nomination, is now promising if he's elected to close down Mosques, track Muslims with a database, and stop them from entering the country. Is anybody surprised at this point that Trump would take anti-Muslim xenophobia to a whole new level?

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Robert F. Kennedy Would Be 90 Years Old Today

(10) Comments | Posted November 20, 2015 | 6:46 AM

Today would be Robert Francis Kennedy's 90th birthday, November 20th, 2015. Killed at the age of 42, he has been gone now six years longer than he was alive. In the forty-eight years since we've not only seen a rightward lurch in American politics but (of late) the wholesale debasing...

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"Freedom Fries" and the Republican Right's Faux Solidarity with France

(388) Comments | Posted November 15, 2015 | 3:52 PM

Republican myth-makers like Judith Miller, Newt Gingrich, Michelle Malkin, Ann Coulter, Ben Shapiro, and other ideologues, along with the GOP presidential candidates from Donald Trump to Marco Rubio, couldn't wait for all the victims in Paris to be identified before they unleashed...

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Dr. Ben Carson: Obamacare and Slavery

(127) Comments | Posted November 4, 2015 | 1:17 PM

The whining on the part of the Republican presidential candidates, the RNC, and right-wing radio hosts about CNBC's "gotcha" questions at the last debate ignores the free pass the "liberal media" have already bestowed upon their clownish candidates.

The Republicans' have denounced the "unfairness" of CNBC, canceled a scheduled...

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The U.S. and Russia, Syria and Ukraine: Neo-Cons vs. Liberal Interventionists

(36) Comments | Posted October 5, 2015 | 9:50 AM

As it stands today, United States policy in Syria insists that President Bashar al-Assad must go. But if the U.S. succeeds and the Assad government is scattered to the wind it raises the question: Who will defend the ethnic and religious minorities in Syria from the Islamic State, the al-Nusra...

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Reclaiming the Master Plan for Higher Education in California

(0) Comments | Posted September 26, 2015 | 2:43 PM

The following is a presentation given by Professor Joseph A. Palermo as part of a panel discussion at the Reclaim the Master Plan Conference in Sacramento, California, September 26, 2015:

In equal importance to the text of the California Master Plan for Higher Education of 1960 are the idealistic assumptions...

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