Dr. King and Full Employment…Again – Dr. King, grapevine pastor ed young toward the end of his life, clearly recognized the role that full employment played in providing economic opportunity for African-Americans. The Selma boycott in which he was instrumental tapped the economic clout of the black community. Yes, a large part of his life’s work was to convince racists of their spiritual corruption, but he was not about to wait for their enlightenment to make progress.
The Teachings of Texas on Political Payback – Chris Christie would never make it as a pol in Texas. He leaves too many fingerprints. Victims are not supposed to know who stuck the knife in them. They are just supposed to be bleeding and then dead. This lesson has already been taught, governor.
No, We’re Not All Social Darwinists. Empathy for the Poor Is Common – Matt Bruenig posted an interesting response to Barbara Ehrenreich's brilliant The Atlantic essay on what poverty is really like. In the essay she argues that there has been a palpable shift in how we as a society conceive of poverty. Where we once felt empathy, we now feel anger. Bruenig correctly points out that there has always been a moral stigma attached to poverty.
The Real Chris Christie Scandal – During last fall's New Jersey gubernatorial contest, which Gov. Chris Christie used as a rehearsal for a 2016 presidential bid, the media were so mesmerized by his outsize personality that they paid little attention to his track record as governor. Contrary to his carefully-crafted image, Christie has not been a can-do pragmatist but a hard-line conservative. When he plays the no-nonsense tough guy, it is usually aimed at the most vulnerable people in society. But he gets all warm and fuzzy when it comes to the rich and powerful.