New Orleans’ Upper 9th Ward Resembles A Zombie Apocalypse

Uninhabitable flood-damaged homes, overgrown streets and the stench of mold are more suggestive of a horror movie than a suburban community. Monday marks 11 years since Hurricane Katrina devastated the Upper 9th Ward, a predominantly African-American neighborhood. Yet, the area remains littered with remnants of former residents’ shattered lives. Blocks of storm-ravaged homes, piles of…

Clinton’s Transition Team: A Corporate Presidency Foretold

Like other Bernie Sanders delegates in Philadelphia a few weeks ago, I kept hearing about the crucial need to close ranks behind Hillary Clinton. “Unity” was the watchword. But Clinton has reaffirmed her unity with corporate America. Rhetoric aside, Clinton is showing her solidarity with the nemesis of the Sanders campaign — Wall Street. The…

The Scourge of Neoliberalism: Why the Democratic Party Is Failing the Poor

When Democrats began their rightward lurch in the late 1960’s, they were not content to merely broaden their coalition in order to quell the rise of the ultra-reactionary right; they have been concerned, also, with preventing left-wing insurgencies that could spook their patrons and push the party left. After Ronald Reagan’s decisive victories — first in 1980 against an incumbent…

Hillary Clinton, Secretary of War

Five ways Hillary Clinton used the State Department to maintain and expand US power across the globe. uring the 2008 campaign, Barack Obama relentlessly criticized Hillary Clinton for supporting the Iraq War. Today, he can’t say enough good things about his hawkish former secretary of state. “Nothing truly prepares you for the demands of the…

What A Black Woman Wishes Her Adoptive White Parents Knew

Ariel Davis “Without light I am not only invisible, but formless as well; and to be unaware of one’s form is to live a death.” —Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man Let’s begin with the picture. A small Polaroid taken of my family in the early ’90s at a flea market in Denver, Colorado. There were five…

The Year Democrats Found Out Their Votes Don’t Matter

Massive party corruption and “super delegates” are a hot issue during this year’s primary elections. The 2016 primary elections have been an emotional roller-coaster, with major grassroots politicians gaining a lot of popularity from the establishment. Unfortunately, events that have unfolded over the past few months have revealed massive failures and corruption in the system, especially…

Leftists Against Clintonism: It’s Not Just About the Lies, It’s About the Record 

Speaking at Georgetown University in October of 1991, shortly after he announced that he would be pursuing the presidency, Bill Clinton put forward what he called “A New Covenant,” an agenda that proposed an alternative to both “small government” conservatism and “big government” liberalism. He spoke of a “third way to approach the American family,” one that would…