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Capitol Hill’s Occupied Zone and how it Happened

Overall, observers and participants will need to continue thinking about how claiming a portion of public space for an underserved and discriminated community can initiate effective social and political change, and not perpetuate the status quo or ignite a right-wing backlash that pursues further repressive policies.

Why Trump’s All in on Chloroquine

Trump’s promoting hydroxychloroquine shows that he can buck the health experts who he strongly implies are providing foolish, overprotective restrictions that are putting people out of work and out of business. Instead he comes across as just using common sense to promote a tried-and-true drug to give Americans a chance to get over this pandemic.

The Growing Case For Taxing Automation That Costs Jobs

Replacing human labor with machines can have a positive impact if it frees up people to use their human empathy and understanding to help the many who need help to survive and enjoy life. However, the money to allow them to assist the larger community needs to come “from the profits that are generated by the labor-saving efficiency there; some can come directly in some kind of robot tax.”

Trump’s Firing Of Officials Puts a Dangerous Loyalty Test in Place

Congress failed to fix this ability to bypass Congress’s authority back in 2009 by stripping out a key provision in the House version of the Inspector General Reform Act of 2008. The final bill became law, but it did not include the House’s “for cause” requirement for removing an IG for 9 specific reasons.

Why Authoritarian Leaders Minimize COVID-19

Once the death toll can no longer be denied, these leaders shift to blaming others for the pandemic. Consider the cases of Xi, Putin, Bolsonaro, and Trump

What the Record Shows So Far: Trump’s Pandemic Performance

President Trump’s attitude to the approaching pandemic has not been one of optimism but of denying the probability of its existence and of deflecting responsibility for appropriately responding.

Does Bernie Misunderstand Scandinavian ‘Socialism’? No, We Do.

Sanders needs to grasp how he is crippling his own message by clinging to terminology that older generation voters have identified as poisonous to our freedoms.

Case Study: How Seattle Banned Winter Evictions

Passing the new law on evictions is a good illustration of how citizen commissions can originate and help pass progressive legislation. But you have to play the game smartly.

Bickering Wonks

Amazingly, there was no mention of Trump firing multiple public civil servants who he could no longer “trust” as being loyal to him.

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Why is Seattle so Good at Iconic Moments of Radicalism?

In 1885-1915, the state's formative period, "Washington attracted a prodigious share of radicals, socialists, and utopians," coming here because we were a state that welcomed radical change.

The Arts Online: Ten Great YouTubes that wouldn’t have been made without Lockdown

Deprived of their usual performance venues, artists have turned to the internet to make and disseminate their art. The art is evolving quickly

Capitol Hill’s Occupied Zone and how it Happened

Overall, observers and participants will need to continue thinking about how claiming a portion of public space for an underserved and discriminated community can initiate effective social and political change, and not perpetuate the status quo or ignite a right-wing backlash that pursues further repressive policies.

Reading: The Plague During Plague

This spring I decided to take a zoomed book class offered by Alliance Française Seattle. The assigned...

Paint The Town: Takiyah Ward and the Autonomous Zone’s Defining Mural

“Normally getting a project of this size done in the city of Seattle would have required months of bureaucracy, red tape, and writing grants, and trying to find the money, all of which can kill a creative vibe or project real quick.”