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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Friday, October 08, 2010
Follow Wyoming on 'Fracking' Regulation
Frank Sinatra once said that if he could make it in New York, he could make it anywhere. Thanks to new drilling rules, environmentalists can now say the same about Wyoming.
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Friday, October 01, 2010
The Real Democratic Whiners
The way Democratic leaders tell it, their party's current "enthusiasm gap" comes from rank-and-file voters who are irrational and pessimistic complainers.
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Friday, September 24, 2010
What the Pot Legalization Campaign Really Threatens
Here's a fact that even drug policy reform advocates can acknowledge: California's 2010 ballot initiative to legalize marijuana does, indeed, pose a real threat, as conservative culture warriors insist. But not to public health, as those conservatives claim. According to most physicians, pot is less toxic -- and has more medicinal applications -- than a legal and more pervasive drug like alcohol.
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Monday, September 20, 2010
Who Is Responsible for the Progressive "Enthusiasm Gap?"
If you believe there is an "enthusiasm gap" right now between a demoralized progressive base and a mobilized conservative base (and I certainly believe there is), then the logical question is why? This is a source of endless debate between two camps.
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Friday, September 17, 2010
Synthetic Novelty vs. the Occupation of Two Islamic Countries
A week removed from the ninth anniversary of 9/11, after all the sound and fury has temporarily subsided, we can look back and know that we have just witnessed the realization of historian Daniel J. Boorstin's most renowned prophecy.
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Tuesday, September 07, 2010
What a Second Stimulus Should - and Shouldn't - Look Like
Recounting the findings of a new study by the Keystone Research Center, the Denver Business Journal reports that "the unemployment rate would approach 16 percent nationally -- more than 6 percentage points higher than the current jobless rate -- if not for the federal stimulus program." This comports with data released earlier by the Congressional Budget Office and
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Sunday, September 05, 2010
Despite Celebration, the Iraq War Continues
Something about 21st century warfare brings out Washington's lust for historical comparison. The moment the combat starts, lawmakers and the national press corps inevitably portray every explosion, invasion, front-line dispatch, political machination and wartime icon as momentous replicas of the past's big moments and Great Men.
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Friday, August 20, 2010
Insanity Is Deja Vu All Over Again
Out of all the famous quotations, few better describe this eerily familiar time than those attributed to George Santayana and Yogi Berra. The former, a philosopher, warned that "those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." The latter, a baseball player, stumbled into prophecy by declaring, "It's deja vu all over again."
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Friday, August 13, 2010
Elites’ Democratic Days Are Numbered
Call me an '80s junkie, but when I saw the results of this week's closely watched Colorado election, I immediately thought of "Spaceballs." In that Mel Brooks masterpiece, a Darth Vader spoof named Dark Helmet says "evil will always triumph because good is dumb." Make it "dumb and broke," and you have a powerful explanation for incumbent Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet's narrow victory over former state legislator Andrew Romanoff (D).
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Friday, July 30, 2010
The Deception of Real-Life 'Inception'
For all of its "Matrix"-like convolutions and "Alice in Wonderland" allusions, the new film "Inception" adds something significant to the ancient ruminations about reality's authenticity-something profoundly relevant to this epoch of confusion. In the movie's tale of corporate espionage, we are asked to ponder this moment's most disturbing epistemological questions: Namely, how are ideas deposited in people's minds, and how incurable are those ideas when they are wrong?
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