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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).

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Where To Invade Next - Michael Moore Strikes a Melancholy Chord

(23) Comments | Posted February 13, 2016 | 3:49 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

(178) Comments | Posted February 12, 2016 | 8:31 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 | 8:56 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 | 8:55 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)

(4) Comments | Posted January 11, 2016 | 7:48 PM

In The Devil's Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America's Secret Government, David Talbot, the journalist who founded Salon.com 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 | 5:59 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

(302) Comments | Posted December 8, 2015 | 9:32 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 | 7:46 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 | 4:52 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 | 2:17 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 | 10:50 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 | 3:43 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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Sometimes a Movement Needs a Leader: The Bernie Sanders Campaign

(111) Comments | Posted August 23, 2015 | 6:51 PM

According to a recent above-the-fold, front-page article in the New York Times by Jason Horowitz, Senator Bernie Sanders "bellows" "snarls" and "glares" his way through campaign appearances. His candidacy, Horowitz writes, amounts to little more than giving "disaffected Democrats" the opportunity "to vent their anger at the list...

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Trans-Pacific Partnership: Obama Sides With the Wrong People for the Wrong Reasons at the Wrong Time

(85) Comments | Posted June 25, 2015 | 5:34 PM

By siding with the Republicans and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in passing "fast-track" trade authority as a step toward signing the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), President Barack Obama triangulated against labor unions, environmentalists, consumer activists, and the base of his party.

The 60-38 vote...

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Jeb Bush Enters the GOP Presidential Debate -- But What Are They 'Debating?'

(97) Comments | Posted June 16, 2015 | 11:14 AM

John Ellis Bush has formally announced his 2016 campaign to bring another Bush to the White House. He's banking on the amnesia of the American people, hoping we've already forgotten his brother's catastrophic presidency. Now that the Republican party's Great Establishment Hope has entered the crowded field of...

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Jeb Bush Re-Writes the History of the Iraq War

(657) Comments | Posted May 26, 2015 | 7:39 PM

Nothing illustrates better the moral and intellectual bankruptcy of the Republican war hawks who call themselves presidential candidates than their attempts to whitewash the history of how this nation went to war in Iraq.

John Ellis "Jeb" Bush stood by his brother's side while he demolished a...

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The Baltimore Riots, Inequality and Federal Inaction

(32) Comments | Posted April 29, 2015 | 4:23 PM

We hear politicians across the ideological spectrum talking about the "problem" of wealth and income inequality in America, yet few offer any concrete solutions. The rioting in Baltimore shows that inequality is not an abstraction or a talking point, but a real sociological phenomenon that is...

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Judith Miller Clings to Her Own Stubborn Myths

(19) Comments | Posted April 7, 2015 | 1:33 PM

Judith Miller recently popped out of the Fox News bubble for a quick jaunt to the Wall Street Journal editorial page, the home base for John Bolton, Max Boot, and other neo-con hawks, to give her forthcoming book a little free advertising. In the process she attempts to...

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The 50th Anniversary of U.S. Marines Landing in Vietnam

(42) Comments | Posted March 8, 2015 | 11:19 AM

Fifty years ago, on March 8, 1965, although few Americans could see it at the time, President Lyndon Johnson embarked on a war in Vietnam that would fundamentally transform both societies. He opened up a new phase in the U.S. military's ongoing goal of keeping afloat the Saigon government.

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Mitch McConnell Is Just Getting Started

(12) Comments | Posted January 20, 2015 | 6:13 PM

Anyone who doubts Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's drive and ability to wield power unhindered by any sense of fair play in pursuit of plutocratic ends should read Allen Raymond's 2008 book titled: How To Rig An Election: Confessions of a Republican Operative. Raymond recounts his career as a political...

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