Matthew Rothschild

Matthew Rothschild

Matthew Rothschild was the senior editor of The Progressive magazine from 1994 to 2014.

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Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Obama’s Unconvincing Case on Libya
President Obama failed to make the case for intervention in Libya. He never addressed the issue of his warmaking powers. He failed to distinguish between Libya and other cases like it, such as Syria, Yemen, or Bahrain.
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Monday, March 21, 2011
Obama’s Libya War: Unconstitutional, Naïve, Hypocritical
Our founders would be appalled that a President of the United States could launch the country into an armed conflict half a world away without a formal declaration of war by Congress, much less barely any discussion of it by the House or by the Senate.
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Thursday, March 17, 2011
Solartopia, Not Nuclear Dystopia
My old friend Harvey Wasserman has been protesting against nuclear power for more than 35 years now. He was at the Clamshell Alliance events in New England in the late 1970s. He was at Three Mile Island in 1980 and interviewed some of the victims.
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Wednesday, March 02, 2011
Did Scott Walker Confess to a Crime in Koch Prank?
In the now-infamous phony phone call to Scott Walker, the reporter impersonating the billionaire David Koch asked the Wisconsin governor about “planting some troublemakers” in the crowd of protesters.
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Thursday, February 17, 2011
Glorious Rallies in Madison, Ground Zero of the Fight Back
What glory it is to be in Madison, Wisconsin, this week, where the people of this state have risen up in revolt against the Neanderthal Republicans who are trying to bust public sector unions and inflict massive harm on their workers.
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Friday, February 04, 2011
Mubarak’s Thuggery Was OK Off Camera
This is the Hosni Mubarak that the United States has been lavishly supporting for 30 years now. This isn’t new. We in the U.S. are just seeing it for ourselves for the first time. Mubarak’s thugs riding in on horses and camels, with their whips in hand. Mubarak’s thugs surrounding journalists and pummeling them. Mubarak’s thugs kicking punching and kicking pro-democracy forces. Mubarak’s thugs hurling Molotov cocktails at unarmed pro-democracy forces. Mubarak’s thugs speeding in a van and clipping down protesters.
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Monday, January 31, 2011
Who’s Hillary Clinton Kidding on Egypt?
It's been both exhilarating and infuriating to watch the grassroots revolution under way in Egypt right now. It's exhilarating because it proves once again that history is not stagnant, and that people can only take so much oppression and corruption before they rise up even against a dictator who looked so powerful, so unlodgeable, just days before. And it's infuriating because the United States has been hopelessly compromised in this situation, just as it has in the face of one revolution after another in the Third World for the last 50 years.
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Monday, January 17, 2011
US Empire Mocks Martin Luther King Day
I was watching the great Green Bay Packers game Saturday night, and at half time there was a presentation of colors. The honor guard was representing, we were told, the men and women in uniform who are protecting us in 177 countries around the world. 177 countries? As we celebrate the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr., that one fact tells you how just badly we’ve failed to put into practice the vision of Dr. King.
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Sunday, December 26, 2010
So This is Christmas (But War Is Not Over)
I love John Lennon, and I miss his musical and political presence even after 30 years. I can’t help but thinking the world would be a better place were he still here. We get to listen to Lennon on commercial radio a lot this time of year, especially “So This Is Christmas (War Is Over).”
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Saturday, November 27, 2010
Keeping Perspective on North Korea
When the current Korean crisis emerged, I immediately contacted the wisest person I know on the subject. His name is Gene Matthews, and he spent decades in South Korea as a missionary who was active in the pro-democracy movement there. He's a contributor to a great new book called "More Than Witnesses: How a Small Group of Missionaries Aided Korea's Democratic Revolution." Here's what he has to say about the current standoff.
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