The 1619 Project


The 1619 Project – NYT Magazine Our democracy’s founding ideals were false when they were written. black Americans have fought to make them true.


My dad always flew an American flag in our front yard. The blue paint on our two-story house was perennially chipping; […]

Conservatives don’t want slavery to become a topic for civic discussion

Who Got the Maddest About the New York Times’ Slavery Coverage? The 1619 Project made conservatives tell on themselves.

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Over the weekend, the New York Times rolled out the printed version of The 1619 […]

California adopts country’s strictest law to curb police killings

Under new law, officers could face criminal charges for using lethal force when there was a reasonable alternative

The new law was inspired by the shooting of Stephon Clark, an […]

Congresswoman responds to Israeli visitation denial

P.S. Below is Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib’s full statement on Friday – Aug 16th, 2019:

“In my attempt to visit Palestine, I’ve experienced the same racist treatment that many Palestinian-Americans endure when encountering the Israeli government. In preparation for my visit, my grandmother was deciding which fig tree we would pick from together, while Palestinians and […]

“It’s the Economy Stupid”

Clouds of economic uncertainty loom via WaPo -Aug 14th, 2019

THE BIG IDEA: If President Trump wanted to stabilize the listing stock market, his Tuesday announcement that he will temporarily postpone the implementation of about half the tariffs on Chinese imports that he announced 12 days earlier did the trick. But only for the […]

Considering the ICE in Mississippi Raid – Aug 2019

I saw this on a friend’s wall, I decided to copy it here


“If you’re reading this and you’re thinking that the ICE raid in Mississippi was justified because the 680 men and women apprehended are undocumented, and therefore in your eyes they are here “illegally” and we “have the right to enforce our […]

Why do this?

Toxic White Supremacy in the Republican Party

Republicans’ white supremacist problem is a threat to America

by Carol Anderson

The party has reinforced racism, homophobia and misogyny to tilt the electorate as far to the right as possible

People take part in a […]

Currency Manipulation?

U.S. Dollar and China Yuan By Paul Krugman ****** On Monday night the U.S. Treasury designated China a currency manipulator. This was deeply ironic to those of us who follow such things.After all, Treasury shied away from calling China on its currency policy back in 2010, when the accusation was actually true, and the […]

Talent, Opportunity, and Luck

The Role of Luck in Life Success Is Far Greater Than We Realized

Are the most successful people in society just the luckiest people?

By Scott Barry Kaufman on March 1, 2018 Credit: Clark Tibbs Unsplash

What does it take to succeed? What are the secrets of the most successful people? […]

White Nationalism’s deep American Roots – A Historical Examination

Robert bowers wanted everyone to know why he did it.

via The Atlantic – Aug. 2019


I can’t sit by and watch my people get slaughtered,” he posted on the social-media network Gab shortly before allegedly entering the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh on October 27 and gunning down 11 worshippers. He “wanted […]

Killer Clowns by George Monbiot

Killer Clowns

By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 26th July 2019

Why are so many nations now led by extravagant buffoons? Because the nature of capitalism has changed.


Seven years ago the brilliant impressionist Rory Bremner complained that politicians had become so boring that few of them were worth mimicking: “They’re quite homogenous […]

Paul Kennedy’s book revisited



The Offshore Balancer

Editor’s Note: It is with great pride that I announce Patrick Porter joining WOTR’s stable of regular contributors. He will be writing a monthly column for us titled “Offshore Balancer.” – RE

Almost 30 years ago, Yale […]

Five Thirty Eight Report: the Comey Letter

The Comey Letter Probably Cost Clinton The Election

So why won’t the media admit as much?

This is the tenth article in a series that reviews news coverage […]

Credo of an average American liberal

I’m a liberal, but that doesn’t mean what a lot of you apparently think it does. Let’s break it down, shall we? Because quite frankly, I’m getting a little tired of being told what I believe and what I stand for. Spoiler alert: Not every liberal is the same, though the majority of liberals I […]

trump’s usurpation of tri-branch governance is his “plan”

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The news that Donald Trump is openly feeding classified information to Devin Nunes should be upsetting. It not only represents a complete upending of the standard relationship between the executive branch and the legislative branch, but it’s just one aspect of a threat that Trump has set […]

Imperialism After Empire

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A new book reveals the extent of the “Greater United States,” but territory is not as important as it used to be. Instead, imperialism endures today in the logic of capitalism.


How to Hide an Empire: A History of the Greater United States Daniel Immerwahr Farrar, Straus […]

Citizens offer comments on SNAP accessibility

Do you support tightening access to food stamps? Take action, tell your reps, then share your thoughts.

The following are a stream of comments from the original page.

—Josh Herman

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-These programs are already highly means tested. With Trump changing the definition of poverty, and the working poor […]

Canada vis a vis USA

Posted on Quora – July 2019

If USA is wealthier than Canada, why does Canada feel more developed (far cleaner cities, a lot less crime, fewer homeless people, significantly higher life expectancy)? Kelly Meilleur, PhD Candidate, MA, BSc Humanities and Social Sciences **********************************

Dual citizen here (CDN/USA).

I will […]

The pig in the tutu is a fascist

Trump’s Tweets Are Not Just a Diversion, They’re Part of a Fascist Agenda

by Curtis Johnson – Truthout – July 25th, 2019

Of course, Donald Trump is a racist. His tweet attacks telling four Democratic congresswomen of color to “go back to their broken and crime infested” countries are only the latest ugly […]