Two Tales of the Second City’s Social Horrors

By Don Rose.  Introduction by b. traven. Don Rose is part of the conscience of Chicago. He is a long time political strategist for some of the more liberal political representatives of the people in that city. Retired, Don now writes in the online “The Chicago Observer” about what is going on behind the scenes…

Harvard and the Serving of God and Mammon

W.J. Astore In the 17th century, Harvard was all about preparing men to serve God. It was about educating ministers. And ministers were arguably the most deeply respected men of their day. In the 21st century, Harvard has a new god — mammon. Harvard grads today most commonly reach for the big bucks in the…

That Word Again: Lockdown

W.J. Astore A word that’s symbolic of our growing police state mentality is “lockdown.”  I saw today on the news that Indiana University is in “lockdown” due to a suspect on the loose with a knife. You can lockdown a prison.  But you can’t lockdown a campus as large as Indiana University in Bloomington.  Nor…

Rest Areas Aren’t Restful Anymore

Richard Sahn I frequently drive through Eastern PA and New Jersey, usually on my way to New York City or New England. Much to my dismay, rest areas along the Interstate highways are often closed, either for repair or for no apparent reason. Now, I’ve always planned long distance car trips based on the number…

On Soldiering in the U.S. Military

Daniel N. White Henry G. Gole, a retired U.S. Army colonel, published a fine book, Soldiering (Potomac Press, 2006) that deserves a much wider readership than it has earned to this date.  Gole, son of an immigrant father from a German-speaking part of Slovenia, joined the Army in 1952 and went off to Korea as…

War! What Is It Good For? Profit and Power

I started writing for TomDispatch, a remarkable contrarian site founded and edited by Tom Engelhardt, a fine editor/writer and even finer gentleman, in October 2007.  My first article was on the Petraeus surge and how President Bush and his administration were hiding behind the absurdly bemedaled and beribboned uniform of that general. Tom Engelhardt’s generous…