Tom Gallagher

Tom Gallagher

Tom Gallagher is a former Massachusetts State Representative and the author of 'The Primary Route: How the 99% Take On the Military Industrial Complex.' He lives in San Francisco. He can be reached at TGTGTGTGTG@aol.com.

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Economic sanctions in Iraq killed an estimated 350,000 Iraqis. (Photo: Adrian Dennis/EPA) Views
Thursday, June 25, 2020
Killing Them Softly With Sanctions
Dig deep into the June issue of National Geographic magazine and you might just find something that will cast a major aspect of American foreign policy—our economic sanctions regimes—in a new light. The issue’s cover story, "The Last Voices of World War II," includes a graphic showing the death...
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George McGovern & Bernie Sanders Views
Saturday, May 23, 2020
What the Class of ‘70's Old New Left Might Have Talked About at Their Canceled Reunions
There’ll be no fiftieth reunions for the class of ‘70, it seems. Abruptly thrust out into the world in the uproar following the National Guard’s killing of four students at a Kent State University antiwar demonstration, the class now find their return just as abruptly canceled by Covid-19. A...
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They tend to think of you as a prime example of the Goldman Sachs wing of the Democratic Party, always considering what the Fortune 500 point of view might be before staking out your position. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Views
Friday, April 17, 2020
So, Joe Biden, Here’s the Deal
So, Joe Biden, I understand your people wanted Bernie Sanders to endorse you real quick. And now he has. Pretty quickly, I think. Certainly quicker than I or a lot of his supporters would have done so, were it up to us. Of course a lot of us wish he hadn’t withdrawn at all. But I digress. The point...
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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) speaks to Iowa voters at the Ames City Auditorium on January 25, 2020 in Ames, Iowa. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) Views
Thursday, April 09, 2020
Post-Sanders: Dealing with Biden, the DNC, and the Rest of It
For the past five years an American left has lived and breathed as never before, with a self-described democratic socialist coming out of nowhere (okay, Vermont isn’t nowhere, but it’s next to it) to eventually become the favorite for the Democratic presidential nomination, until the party’s...
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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, speaks to supporters at an Immigration Town Hall in San Ysidro, California on December 20, 2019. (Photo: Sandy Huffaker/AFP via Getty Images) Views
Thursday, March 26, 2020
Bernie Sanders in the Age of Coronavirus: We Need Him Now More Than Ever
Bernie Sanders threw his hat in the 2016 Democratic presidential ring in order to wage a campaign highlighting the need for a universal national health insurance system and, more broadly, a government run in the interest of the common person, rather than the melange of billionaires, mega-...
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 If successful, Biden would be the third Senator who voted for George Bush's Iraq War to win the Democratic presidential nomination, following the unsuccessful candidacies of John Kerry and Hillary Clinton. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) Views
Friday, March 20, 2020
Foreign Policy—the Primary Debate’s Final Frontier
I went out for a beer the other night with a guy who was critical of Bernie Sanders for, among other reasons, his involvement with the Democratic Party. Understanding that I, like Sanders, was prepared to - reluctantly and with great reservation - support Biden should he win the nomination, he...
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"I like Sanders myself, but (other) people just won’t vote for a socialist." (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, March 10, 2020
Boomer, Hold Thy Tongue
Fellow baby boomers - would it be too much to ask you to stop hurting the chances of the presidential candidate you say you agree with? The candidate I’m talking about is, of course, Bernie Sanders. And the particular boomers I speak of are the ones who opposed the Iraq War, who want to reverse the...
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Krugman is correct enough in saying that the Sanders point of view often goes by the name social democratic. (Photo: Sally Prevost/flickr/cc) Views
Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Paul Krugman on This Bernie Sanders and Socialism Thing
New York Times columnist Paul Krugman believes “Bernie Sanders isn’t actually a socialist in any normal sense of the term,” ( Bernie Sanders Isn’t a Socialist ) and frets that “his misleading self-description will be a gift to the Trump campaign,” should Sanders win the Democratic presidential...
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Anti-war demonstrators protest against the announcement of a US troop increase for Afghanistan, at a rally outside the Federal Building in Los Angeles on December 2, 2009. (Photo: MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
A Modest Goal: #usoutofafghanistan
Run for office and you know you're going to have to do some things you'd rather not. High on my list of things I'd rather not has been Twitter, the 280 character pop-off being an art form I'd just as soon leave to Donald Trump. But, as we know, Alexandria Ocasio Cortez does make some pretty good...
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Absent all the hardware bearing Made in America stickers sitting in Turkish military bases, we would probably not be fretting about what Turkey’s government was doing to the Syrian Democratic Forces. (Photo: Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty Images) Views
Friday, October 11, 2019
Turkey, the Kurds, and Lots and Lots of US Weapons
Turkey, a U.S. ally in Syria, attacks another U.S. ally in Syria, the Syrian Democratic Forces, a Kurdish-led group of militias whose very existence is anathema to the Turkish government—and the Trump Administration does nothing to prevent it. Trump’s indifference is appropriately denounced by the...
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