David Sirota

David Sirota is a best-selling author whose new book "Back to Our Future" is now available. He hosts the morning show on AM760 in Colorado and is a contributing writer at Salon.com. E-mail him at ds@davidsirota.com, follow him on Twitter @davidsirota or visit his website at www.davidsirota.com.

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Saturday, July 09, 2011
Education "Reform" & The Finland Phenomenon
When I heard the news last week that the Department of Education is aiming to subject 4-year-olds to high-stakes testing, all I could do is shake my head in disbelief and despondently mutter a slightly altered riff off "The Big Lebowski's" Walter Sobchak. Four-year-olds, dude.
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Friday, July 08, 2011
If Obama Cuts Social Security...
Wednesday night, the Washington Post reported that on top of the big cuts to Medicare he's already proposed, President Obama is now considering endorsing cuts to Social Security.
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Thursday, July 07, 2011
Progressives Were Right: Obama's Health Plan Not Solving Crisis
While the contest for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination is already revolving around conservative-themed attacks on "Obamacare," back when the healthcare bill was being legislated, the most important debate was within the Democratic Party, which held large majorities in both houses of Congress.
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Friday, June 24, 2011
Is Obama Embracing Unconstitutional Powers?
Thursday's Hill newspaper story on the White House's new Libya War is one for the history books. It is probably the most concise summation of two of the most powerful post-9/11 tropes in our politics.
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Friday, June 10, 2011
America’s Energy Ethos: Do, Regardless of Harm
Laugh me off as the idealistic son of a physician (which I am), but I still thought the doctor’s ethos of “first do no harm” was a notion we could all agree on. Even in this hyper-polarized Era of the Screaming Red-Faced Partisan, I thought we would witness the recent Fukushima reactor meltdown or footage of Americans setting their tap water on fire and at least agree to stop pursuing energy policies that we know endanger our health and safety—if not out of altruism, then out of self-interest.
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Wednesday, May 18, 2011
The Real Problem with Bin Laden Killing Video Games
Of late, the video game world has been making headlines with the release of two games -- "Counter Strike" and "Kuma War" -- themed to the killing of Osama bin Laden. Cue the now-standard debates over the effects of such a simulation on young childrens' minds.
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Friday, May 13, 2011
Has America Become a Nation of Cowards?
If the mission to neutralize Osama bin Laden were a blockbuster movie, the screen would have almost certainly faded to black as soon as the accused terrorist's death was announced. No doubt, the credits would roll to Queen's "We Will Rock You” and then a big “The End” would appear.
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Friday, April 08, 2011
The Real Madness of March
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Friday, April 01, 2011
Lessons of Libya
Launched almost exactly a quarter-century after Ronald Reagan first bombed Tripoli, America’s new war in Libya was guaranteed to be yet another fist-pumpin’, high-fivin’ remake of a big-budget 1980s action movie—the kind of scripted, stylized “Top Gun”-like production that gets audiences to cheer wildly and ask few questions.
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Friday, March 18, 2011
Mad Scientists in the Lab of Democracy
Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis once said that states are the "laboratories of democracy." Oft repeated over time, the aphorism has helped impart legitimacy to the rough and tumble of state lawmaking. We've heard "laboratory" and we've imagined staid scientists in white coats rigorously testing forward-thinking theories of societal advancement. It's certainly a reassuring picture - but there is a darker side of the metaphor. States are indeed laboratories. The problem is that today, those laboratories are increasingly run by mad scientists.
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