How Politics is Making us Drink the Kool-Aid

When the truth threatens our fantasies, we're quick to disassociate, and it enforces the truths we are told. Small misgivings or even misunderstandings are blown up, twisted to prove their side right, while major problems are hidden. When you are already braced for a war to defend an idea, anyone speaking against it will be hushed and painted as a traitor.

Why America is Not a Country Club

and why we should look to our board of directors to straighten it out.

Not Radicals, but Self-Propagandizers & Fashionistas

Just as Move On and the Tea Party, in spite of yelling angrily at each other across the ideological divide, both lead us to the same voting booth that is owned lock, stock and barrel by big money and the two mainstream parties, so all fashion statements from avant-garde to proletarian to conformist lead to the same place: the feeding of the capitalist maw.

Progressive Poetry: 'Syria'

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Progressive Poetry: 'Untitled (Austerity)'

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Progressive Poetry: 'It's Not The Time (Lost Causes)'

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State of the System

When I say “the system,” I’m not talking about just one aspect of it. It isn’t just politics or economics, but everything that has an overarching control on our lives.

Why I Am a Real Progressive

I decided to become a Real Progressive so I could tell the truth about the things the elite don't want us to know.

What I've Learned At Real Progressives

While we may disagree and probably are a little rough around the edges, we're also fiercely loyal, dedicated, and driven. We are a family. A family of people who learned to work, to strive, to dream, and to succeed or fail together. A family of people who answered a call.

Why I Call Myself a Real Progressive

You cannot stand for progress if you are unwilling to change things that need to be changed.

Discard the Fiction in the Coffin --- Find the Real MLK

But King wasn’t killed for being a dreamer. He was killed for being an uppity mass movement leader dedicated to transforming society by confronting white supremacy.

The Plunder of the Golden Years

Senile Dementia, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and other age related diseases are increasingly likely to touch all of us, from one side or another. ...And maybe from multiple sides.

The Truth About 'Printing Money'

Let's also clear up something that is really grating to the nerves.

Rage Against Austerity

Voters are easily distracted and politicians gleeful of our short memories.

How I Came to Learn MMT

The truth about how money actually works, and the road to the truth...

Let's Talk About The Word 'Theory' For A Moment

This is how everyday miracles are thwarted by a lack of faith and foresight

MMT Works Today

So let's save the planet now instead of tearing down the system first!

How Progressives Can Win Big

Casting out the Spirit of Defeatism, One Keystroke at a Time

Semantics Regarding 'Taxes Do Not Fund Spending'

So stop wasting time and lives by arguing that the statement is not true!

No Time to Waste

I am tired of dancing the sweet dance of privilege... It takes a truly privileged mindset to slow-play saving the suffering from destitution. 

MMT is Reality

MMT, aka Modern Monetary Theory, however poorly the name works for you, is not a system that has to be implemented someday. It is a perfectly accurate description of how our currency works. It is a myth-busting destroyer of propaganda and myths. The establishment and the activist alike speak in lies from the tablecloth... MMT destroys those arguments by shining a light on the functional realities.

A Message to the Green Party National Committee and Howard Switzer Regarding Monetary Reality

Recently, the Green Party of Tennessee posted this and also the first reply (timestamped 12:38 PM) to a comment by Sylvia Saadati on that post. My message below is a critical reply to the main text of this comment, excluding the final portion about AMI. It breaks that paragraph up into its component statements for purposes of a more systematic critique. My conclusion is: whether private or public, neither a Fed bank, nor the Fed’s Board of Governors,  can deny the sovereign will of Congress as it is being implemented by the Treasury. It must create the necessary reserves in the Treasury spending account, whenever Congress mandates spending requiring those reserves, and Treasury pushes the right buttons to force the Fed to create them in its spending account.

Incarceration, INC.

Nobody should have a vested interest in anybody else's incarceration.

Identity and Politics: Building Bridges

One of the big buzzwords tossed around these days is identity politics. Something I’ve noticed is that these words essentially have two meanings and thus it can be an issue if someone discusses the topic while using one meaning but someone else is approaching it from the other side.