Jules Boykoff

Jules Boykoff teaches political science at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon. He is the author of "The Suppression of Dissent: How the State and Mass Media Squelch US American Social Movements" (Routledge, 2006), and "Beyond Bullets: The Suppression of Dissent in the United States" (AK Press, 2007). Boykoff is a former professional soccer player who represented the US Olympic Team in international competition.

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Sunday, April 22, 2012 - 9:04am
Has London 2012 Been Greenwashed?
The Olympic Games showcase exceptional athletic prowess under pressure. But to the chagrin of London 2012 organisers, a different sort of pressure has emerged: a clash between Olympic-style environmentalism and the corporate commercialism of the Games.
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Wednesday, April 4, 2012 - 2:14pm
'Celebration Capitalism' and the Real Cost of the Olympics
The 2012 Olympics glimmer on London's horizon, but the Games are more than a smiley-faced sportstopia. The cost of hosting the Olympics has skyrocketed while private funders have evaporated, leaving the government holding the fiscal bag. Meanwhile, security officials have the green light to militarize the public sphere.
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Wednesday, February 22, 2012 - 8:23am
Where Victors Are Victims: Santorum and Republican 'Dissent'
Recently, while cavorting with a solemn band of pastors in McKinney, Texas, presidential hopeful Rick Santorum lashed out at the “secular left” as an atheist plague distilled into the human form of President Obama and his boosters.
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Wednesday, October 12, 2011 - 8:26am
Occupy Wall Street: Reclaiming Public Space, Reclaiming Dignity
As the public-space prairie fire known as Occupy Wall Street spreads across the country from New York to Portland, it's becoming glaringly apparent activists are pinging the political target. In the face of both predictable right-wing detractors as well as high-profile liberals who want a crisp list of specific demands, activists have rejected top-down, slicker than slick press-release politics in favor of messy, slow, ground-up politics -- the essence of radical democracy. Because the movement is leaderless, it has left the media rudderless.
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Saturday, August 6, 2011 - 1:11pm
Why The Insurance Industry Gets Climate Change
When it comes to climate change, the US Congress is a hornets' nest of political dysfunction. In May, President Barack Obama nominated energy executive John Bryson to lead the commerce department.
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Tuesday, June 28, 2011 - 4:01pm
Why the Insurance Industry Gets Climate Change
When it comes to climate change, the US Congress is a hornets' nest of political dysfunction. Last month, President Barack Obama nominated energy executive John Bryson to lead the commerce department. From the response of congressional Republicans, you might have thought Obama had nominated Ed Abbey and Rachel Carson's imaginary love child.
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Saturday, May 21, 2011 - 11:09am
US Military Goes to War with Climate Skeptics
Federal legislation to combat climate change is quashed for the foreseeable future, scuttled by congressional climate cranks who allege the climate-science jury is still out. What's become clear is that, for some, the jury will always be out. We can't stack scientific facts high enough to hop over the fortified ideological walls they've erected around themselves. Fortunately, though, a four-star trump card waits in the wings: the US national security apparatus.
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Sunday, January 30, 2011 - 12:44pm
Reheating the Climate Change Story
Here's a climate conundrum: while scientists declared 2010 to be the hottest year on record, media mavens have been afire with the fact that US media coverage of climate change dropped precipitously, or as the popular Daily Climate blog put it, "fell off the map" .
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Saturday, October 30, 2010 - 10:33am
Jon Stewart’s Civility Fetishism
Today Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert head to the National Mall in Washington, DC to host the "Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear." If we are to believe Facebook, they'll be joined by more than 200,000 of their closest friends. More than 800 satellite rallies are planned in 65 countries around the world.
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Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 9:09am
After the Oil Spill, We Need a Sea Change
BP's out-of-control geyser in the Gulf is now the biggest oil spill in US history . Though the Exxon Valdez was a comparatively finite disaster – with the tanker carrying 54m gallons of crude oil – the Deepwater Horizon debacle continues to spew oil like a vindictive beast lodged in the bottom of the sea. While this catastrophe may seem like a singular event, its unfolding parallels the political path carved by the Exxon Valdez oil spill with uncanny similarity.
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