Ignorance Is Bliss? Not in America

Michael Brenner Why bother with facts? That question threads its way through political discourse, through educational philosophy and through observations on the media. Rarely is it confronted squarely. For the lines between actual reality and virtual reality have been so blurred that the distinction itself no longer is generally recognized.  The axiom that since I…

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…

Chicago: A Tale of Two Cities in One

By Don Rose. Introduction by b. traven. Don Rose is the quintessential Chicago political consultant and insider.  His analysis of the rule of Obama’s former Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel over Chicago as Mayor may tell us a lot about the real agenda of the current presidential administration. Next to Rahm Emanuel, Arne Duncan as…