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The Anti-American

Robert S. McElvaine | Posted 09.05.2016 | Politics
Robert S. McElvaine

During this Labor Day week, the traditional start date for fall presidential campaigns, the time is overdue for all Americans to wake up and fully recognize that this is no ordinary election, that one of the candidates represents an unprecedented threat to America, and just how extensive that threat is.

The Rhyming Verse Of Donald Trump

Timothy X. Troy | Posted 08.15.2016 | Politics
Timothy X. Troy

As Mr. Trump's current bid continued to gain steam, my worry about the possibility of him becoming our president provoked a deep anxiety generating an occasional nightmare. How did he get into that position? I've been trying to figure that out.

Trump, His Virus and the Dark Age of Unreason

Bill Moyers | Posted 06.17.2016 | Politics
Bill Moyers

The ghost of Joseph McCarthy lives on in Donald Trump as he accuses President Obama of treason, slanders women, mocks people with disabilities, and impugns every politician or journalist who dares call him out for the liar and bamboozler he is.

Orlando Shows That ISIS is Today’s Cold War Moscow

Anhvinh Doanvo | Posted 06.14.2016 | World
Anhvinh Doanvo

The National Review’s headlines might lead one to believe that we are at war. In the common struggle against the single enemy of ISIS they say, we h...

Back to the USSR: A Call for Glasnost as We Re-think U.S. Foreign Policy

Gilbert Doctorow | Posted 05.19.2016 | Politics
Gilbert Doctorow

In the 1980s, Mikhail Gorbachev issued a call for Glasnost, meaning transparency and open discussion of issues that had been taboo. Now the U.S. badly needs a dose of Glasnost if we are to face domestic and international challenges that our ideology in place has proven incapable of mastering.

A Grandmother On 'No Sense of Decency'

Margaret Sullivan | Posted 05.17.2016 | Politics
Margaret Sullivan

I can still hear Dad's voice that fall night in 1950 as he sat my next sister and me down after dinner to tell us what might happen. I was sixteen.

2016 Election Will Test Voter Intelligence

Murray Forseter | Posted 05.09.2016 | Politics
Murray Forseter

Whither America? Whither the conscience and soul of America? A campaign based on negativity leavened with bombastic claims without details of how we...

Donald Trump: A Modern Day Joesph R. McCarthy?

Kendall Pope | Posted 04.01.2016 | College
Kendall Pope

It's scary that history is on the verge of repeating itself with a potential world leader like Donald Trump.

The Adventures of George Martin (RIP), Robin Hood and Elvis Costello

Michael Sigman | Posted 03.09.2016 | Entertainment
Michael Sigman

In Elvis Costello's brand new memoir, Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink, the brilliant songwriter recalls his childhood affection for the '50s TV hit The Adventures of Robin Hood, wherein a mythic archer redistributes income.

FBI Investigated Folk Singer Pete Seeger For Years

Associated Press | Hilary Hanson | Posted 12.20.2015 | Crime

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — As Army Pvt. Pete Seeger eagerly waited for a chance to fight for his country during World War II, military investigators quietl...

Shameful U.S. History Repeating Itself

Mark Baer | Posted 12.15.2015 | Politics
Mark Baer

On November 28, 2015, my spouse and I went to see Trumbo, which is based upon the life of Dalton Trumbo and how it was impacted during one of the most shameful times in U.S. history -- the McCarthy era. The film interested me because of many comparable similarities today and because the father of close childhood friends of mine had been included on the Hollywood-blacklist.

The Hidden History of Gay Purges in Colleges

Margaret A. Nash | Posted 12.13.2015 | College
Margaret A. Nash

The history of gays and lesbians on campuses, as either faculty or students, in the pre-McCarthy years has yet to be written. Our research is beginning to change that.


Dwight Brown | Posted 11.02.2015 | Entertainment
Dwight Brown

Director Jay Roach (Meet the Parents) uses a dialouge-heavy script by John McNamara (Prime Suspect), that's based on the book Dalton Trumbo by Bruce Cook, as a blue print.

The Adventures of Elvis Costello (and Robin Hood)

Michael Sigman | Posted 10.17.2016 | Entertainment
Michael Sigman

In Elvis Costello's brand new memoir, Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink, the brilliant musician/songwriter recalls his childhood affection for the '50s TV hit The Adventures of Robin Hood, wherein a mythic green-clad archer in tights and his "merrie men" roam Sherwood Forest.

Hillary: Vast or Half-Vast Right Wing Conspiracy?

Bernie Shine | Posted 10.02.2016 | Politics
Bernie Shine

In 1998, Hillary Clinton stated, "The vast right wing conspiracy has been conspiring against my husband since the day he announced for president." Today, Hillary has been assailed by the right on three issues: Benghazi, The Clinton Foundation, and her use of a private email server

The "Lavender Scare": Homosexuals at the State Department

ADST | Posted 09.22.2016 | Queer Voices

Investigating homosexuality became a core function of the Department's Office of Security, which ferreted out more people for homosexuality than for being a Communist.

Julia Child's Birthday

ADST | Posted 08.15.2016 | World

Julia Child, who would have celebrated her 100th birthday on August 15, 2012, was a pioneer in bringing French cuisine to Americans at a time when most people were content with white bread and TV dinners.

Attacks Against Bernie Sanders Have Reached New Depths

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 07.22.2016 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

To imply that Bernie Sanders' style of Democratic Socialism even stands on the same side of the political spectrum as the National Socialism of the Nazi Party shows not only a total misunderstanding of history and political theory, but more importantly, it underscores yet again the dog whistle politics of neo-conservatism.

Scalia and Alito: Have You No Sense of Decency, Sirs?

Bill Quigley | Posted 05.04.2016 | Politics
Bill Quigley

It is past time for family, friends, lawyers, legal associations and law schools to ask Alito and Scalia to halt and to answer the question "Have you no sense of decency, sirs?"

The Persistent Dreams of the Tunnel Builders

Lionel Rolfe | Posted 05.16.2015 | Los Angeles
Lionel Rolfe

Some of the people seated around the long table in the elegant dark wooded South Pasadena home have been fighting the idea of a five-mile long tunnel nearly 200 feet beneath their feet for decades.

The Dark Ages of Queerdom

Katie Gilmartin | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Katie Gilmartin

For my graduate research I interviewed "Bernie" and other lesbians about their lives in the 1940s, '50s, and '60s. Their stories have haunted me since. These stories, and the experiences of gay men, bisexuals, and transgender people told to me by friends and friends of friends, are woven throughout my first novel, Blackmail, My Love.

Erika Stone: A Social Vision

Holly Cara Price | Posted 01.18.2015 | Fifty
Holly Cara Price

A stringer for Time Magazine and Der Spiegel, she was assigned to photograph the biggest celebrities of the day -- Marilyn Monroe, Leonard Bernstein, Alfred Hitchcock, Marlene Dietrich and others. But she preferred to photograph everyday New Yorkers.

The Wildest Political Night in the History of Hollywood

Greg Mitchell | Posted 12.26.2014 | Politics
Greg Mitchell

The showdown over a loyalty oath that would deny any Communist affiliation had finally arrived. On one side: The SAG president, Joseph L. Mankiewicz, who faced ''the most dramatic evening in my life,'' he later recalled. On the other: Cecil B. DeMille, one of the founders of the movie industry.

Debt Collectors, Social Darwinism and William Jennings Bryan

Don McNay | Posted 12.21.2014 | Business
Don McNay

In the over 90 years since William Jennings Bryan's death, we have seen scores of major atrocities played out with the theory of "survival of the fittest" as a motivating factor. We are also seeing it at every level of business and society.

Republican Right Embraces Its Long, Hypocritical Tradition of Pandering to Fear

Robert Creamer | Posted 12.14.2014 | Politics
Robert Creamer

Republicans have made questions of how safe we are -- from disease, terrorism or something unspoken and perhaps more ominous -- central in their attacks against Democrats. But this is nothing new.