Views for 2010-11-02

Tuesday, November 2, 2010
John Nichols
Midterm Elections Define Presidents
It is probably true that we all suffer from a bit of "most-important-election-of-our-lifetime" fatigue. They can't all be the most important. Why would this one matter more, say, than 2008, when a...
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Mark Engler
Organizing in the Internet Age
The Internet is no substitute for person-to-person organizing. But it is a tool that can be used by activists. And it is potentially a rather powerful tool.
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Chris Kromm
Why the 'Voter Fraud' Myth Won't Die
Most serious political experts know that real, documented voter fraud is an extremely small problem. When the Department of Justice under President Bush launched a crackdown on fraud in 2002, five...
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Michael Moore
Today Is the Day
This letter contains (almost) no criticisms of how the Democrats have brought this day of reckoning upon themselves. That -- and where to go from here -- will be the subject of tomorrow's letter...
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Tom Engelhardt
Ballot Box Blues
By the time you read this, I'll already have voted -- the single most reflexive political act of my life -- in the single most dispiriting election I can remember. As I haven't missed a midterm or...
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Robert Reich
Why Obama Should Learn the Lesson of 1936, not 1996
Which lesson will the President learn — that of Clinton in 1996, or FDR in 1936? The choice will determine his strategy over the next two years. Hopefully, he’ll find 1936 more relevant. Obama...
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George Monbiot
We've Been Conned. The Deal to Save the Natural World Never Happened
'Countries join forces to save life on Earth", the front page of the Independent told us. "Historic", "a landmark", a "much-needed morale booster", the other papers chorused.
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Derrick Z. Jackson
Election Puts Solar Energy in Danger
Just when you thought the United States was far enough behind in renewable energy, here come the midterm elections. Should the Republicans regain control of the House, as widely anticipated, one of...
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Malalai Joya
Elections Cannot Erase Injustice of the US Occupation of Afghanistan
One year ago Hamid Karzai was declared re-elected as president of Afghanistan, ending an election that had no legitimacy in the eyes of ordinary Afghans. The presidential election last year was a...
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Bill Moyers
Shades of Howard Zinn: It's Okay If It's Impossible
The following remarks were prepared for delivery on October 29, 2010 as part of the Howard Zinn Lecture Series at Boston University:
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Michael Winship
Restoring Sanity: A Report from Waaay in the Back
Mistakes were made. "Let's face it," a fellow rallygoer admitted. "We committed several tactical errors this morning." As you may have heard, the worst part of Saturday's Rally to Restore Sanity and/...
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Paul Rogat Loeb
The Party of Non-Voters—Why Our Election Day Volunteering Matters More Than Ever
The Pew Research Center just released an immensely valuable poll , contrasting those who intend to vote this round, with those who will likely stay home. Among all adults the Democrats or those who...
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Laura Stampler
The Right Wing Gears Up to Suppress the Vote
On November 2, GOP and Tea Party election observers will be coming to a polling center near you. Although Republicans cry “voter fraud” almost every year, this election is unique in that the GOP now...
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