Norman Solomon

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Former Defense Undersecretary for Policy Michele Flournoy prepares to testify during the House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on "NATO at 70: An Indispensable Alliance" on Wednesday, March 13, 2019. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call) Views
Monday, November 23, 2020
Hey Joe, Where You Going With That Pentagon in Your Hands?
By all accounts, the frontrunner to be Joe Biden’s pick for Secretary of Defense is Michèle Flournoy. It’s a prospect that should do more than set off alarm bells—it should be understood as a scenario for the president-elect to stick his middle fingers in the eyes of Americans who are fed up with...
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Representative Rashida Tlaib looks on before Democratic U.S. Vice Presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) speaks at IBEW Local Union 58 on October 25, 2020 in Detroit, Michigan. Harris is traveling to multiple locations in the metro Detroit area to campaign for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. (Photo: Nic Antaya/Getty Images) Views
Monday, November 16, 2020
Corporate Democrats Are to Blame for Congressional Losses—So Naturally They’re Blaming Progressives
Corporate Democrats got the presidential nominee they wanted, along with control over huge campaign ad budgets and nationwide messaging to implement "moderate" strategies. But, as the Washington Post noted , Joe Biden's victory "came with no coattails down ballot." Democratic losses left just a...
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Monday, November 09, 2020
Progressive Message to Joe Biden: Don't You Dare 'Cooperate' With Mitch McConnell
Near the end of his well-crafted victory speech Saturday night, Joe Biden decried “the refusal of Democrats and Republicans to cooperate with one another.” He went on to say that “we can decide to cooperate. And I believe that this is part of the mandate from the American people. They want us to...
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With enormous grassroots outreach that only they could credibly accomplish, progressive activists were a crucial part of the de facto united front to defeat Trump. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Views
Friday, November 06, 2020
Progressives Made Trump's Defeat Possible. Now It's Time to Challenge Biden and Other Corporate Democrats.
The evident defeat of Donald Trump would not have been possible without the grassroots activism and hard work of countless progressives. Now, on vital issues—climate, healthcare, income inequality, militarism, the prison-industrial complex, corporate power and so much more—it’s time to engage with...
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Thursday, October 29, 2020
Why Noam Chomsky and Daniel Ellsberg Are So Adamant About the Imperative of Defeating Trump
"There is a kind of an official view about democracy—it says that you, the public, are spectators not participants,” activist and scholar Noam Chomsky points out in a new video. “You have a function. The function is to show up every couple of years, push a lever, go home, don't bother the important...
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I urge Green Party members in battleground states to do the right thing and vote not for Hawkins but for Biden. (Photo: CNN/Screengrab) Views
Monday, October 19, 2020
Why a Former Green Party Candidate Is on a Very Long Fast—Urging Progressives to Vote for Biden to Defeat Trump
In ordinary times, Ted Glick would hardly be someone you’d expect to hear urging fellow progressives to vote for the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee. During the first 18 years of this century, Glick was an active member of the Green Party. He ran for the U.S. Senate as the Green Party’s...
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 Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee former Vice President Joe Biden delivers a speech at the William Hicks Anderson Community Center, on July 28, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware. (Photo: Mark Makela/Getty Images) Views
Monday, October 12, 2020
All Left Hands on Deck. Step 1: Defeat Trump. Step 2: Challenge Biden
The extreme dangers of this political moment have forced leftists to face contradictory truths about Joe Biden. At once, he can be seen as dreadful and essential. A longtime servant of corporate America and a politician of last resort. The current top functionary for neoliberalism and the...
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Pence embodies the political alliance of very conservative evangelical forces with anti-regulatory forces of corporatism. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) Views
Monday, October 05, 2020
The Man Who Would Be President: Mike Pence, Corporate Theocrat
If President Trump dies from the coronavirus that has killed more than 200,000 Americans largely due to his deliberate negligence, the man replacing him will be no less dangerous. While Mike Pence has eluded tough media scrutiny -- in part because he exhibits such a low-key style in contrast to...
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U.S. President Donald Trump answers questions during a press briefing with members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force on April 4, 2020 in Washington, DC. On Friday, the CDC issued a recommendation that all Americans should wear masks or cloth face coverings in public settings to slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). (Photo: Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, September 29, 2020
Tax Revelations and Corporate Media Won't Defeat Trump
The big banner headline across the top of the New York Times homepage as Tuesday got underway—“TRUMP’S TAXES SHOW CHRONIC LOSSES AND YEARS OF TAX AVOIDANCE”—might give the impression that Donald Trump is finally on the verge of political downfall. Don’t believe it for a moment. The same kind of...
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The need is now crystal clear for progressives nationwide: Organize and volunteer to boost the Biden vote against Trump in the dozen swing states. (Photo: Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post via Getty Images) Views
Thursday, September 24, 2020
We’ve Got Our Own Reasons to Elect Biden—and He Isn’t One of Them
Many people are now painfully aware that the United States is on the verge of falling under an iron fist of repressive rule, crushing basic democratic possibilities, if Donald Trump gets a second term as president. Yet the Democratic Party nominee is weak, uninspiring, often inarticulate and apt to...
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