What the corporate media cannot see is that the era of the Bill Clinton "New Democrat" is finished. In the real world, the crash of 2008 blew the lid off the bipartisan "Washington consensus" with its blind faith in the benevolence of capitalism. But now I see a silver lining in the absurdity of the "permanent campaign": Bernie Sanders has a whole year to build a vibrant, multifaceted social movement.
As the country continues to deal with racial strife, fatal police encounters, and dogged economic inequality, the Watts protests has instructional value for advocates of racial justice and their adversaries. For the former, short-term improvements can prove to be fruitful and can be an important respite from the daily onslaught of racial oppression.
One little detail in the fine print is that even though you can be anything you wish to be, in order to actually achieve it, you must compete against and beat out everyone else in the world who is also vying for that very same position. And of course only one person will win, and everyone else will lose.
Once again, the Obama Administration is being accused of declaring a "war" on suburbia. Nothing could be more absurd and self-serving, or just plain sad. The latest cause for panic is a new rule from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that says every community that gets HUD money must have a plan to make equal access to housing a reality -- as opposed to a rarely enforced legal principle.