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Latest in Harper’s and the American Prospect

Monday, May 28th, 2012

My latest for Harper’s, published in the January issue, is about the normalized criminality of the banking and mortgage industry, as the plundering of the American homeowner continues apace. The American Prospect last December published a piece of mine about Occupy called “The New Populists: The Rise and Fall of Zuccotti Park.” Also in the [...]

Reculer pour Mieux Sauter: Facebook and the Degradation of Personhood

Monday, May 28th, 2012

Behold homo sapiens lashed on the wheel of the digital social network: held frozen over a computer which is tied by a cord to a wall wherein the fiberglass cable carries the message; staring into the lit screen, the face pale in the unnatural light; or, with head bent in the street, the appearance sullen, [...]

Latest pieces: The Wild Coyotes of New York…Harper’s…Earth Island Journal

Sunday, October 31st, 2010

Couple pieces to check out: I’ve been spending time hunting in the Bronx and Manhattan for the wild coyotes of New York City, which I write about in the latest issue of Orion magazine.  Earth Island Journal published my piece about night-hiking in the canyonlands of Utah and the disappearance of true night in America.  [...]

Vermont Revolutionaries and the Rise of a Green Tea Party

Monday, October 11th, 2010

The most radical antiwar candidate in the US is not Dennis Kucinich or Rand or Ron Paul or any of the usual suspects. It’s a 42-year-old Vermonter named Dennis Steele, who is running for governor of his state as an open secessionist. From what I can tell, Steele is just an average dude. He wears [...]

The Trouble with Corporate Personhood: Freedom of Speech for a Fiction

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

I often correspond with a long-time Washington DC operator named Leigh Ratiner, who spent 40 years in government, serving under Presidents Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford and Reagan, with cabinet-level posts in the Defense Department, under the Secretary of the Interior, in the Department of Energy, and in the State Department. Usually I’m prompted to contact [...]

Why We Needed George Bush for an Emergency Third Term

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

[Note to readers: I wrote this for CounterPunch back in May 2009, but was reminded by a friend to re-post it, as the Obama administration descends continuously into the nightmare...] My good friend Travis, from Moab, Utah, got it into his heat-scarred head that Obama, following the historic election, would soon be taken out – [...]

God Bless the Cantankerous Old Men: Some thoughts on contrarianism

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

My father, who just turned 70, called from the mountains the other day.  He’d been watching television again, always a bad sign.  “What the hell is this Max Jackoff business?” “Dad, what are you talking about?” “It’s all in the news.  Never heard of him before.  Some sort of man-boy.  Singer.  Runs around on stage [...]

Solution to a Broken Justice System: Brooklyn Mom Doreen Giuliano

Monday, December 1st, 2008

In a society where 2.3 million people are serving time in prison — more than any other country in the world — and many of them are innocent or convicted of harmless drug possession charges, it’s no surprise when you hear the story of Doreen Giuliano’s son, John Giuca, who she claims was wrongly convicted [...]

The End of the Economy: or, Some Thoughts on How to Economize

Sunday, November 16th, 2008

The good news for economy – I use the word in its old, perhaps archaic, sense – keeps on coming, but we are told the current “economic” crisis is a tragedy for the nation’s living standards. Far from it. First of all, let’s define economy. What we are hopefully entering is a period of real [...]

An Assassination Bail-Out Plan for Corporate America? Feeling Fear from an Old Musket

Sunday, November 16th, 2008

An Open Letter to Congress Dear Sirs/Madams: You in the corporate execugarchy in this country have forgotten the shape and name of fear – and yes I mean you, dear congressmen, whose work has gone hand in hand with big money for too long, running amok in the sea lanes of American society, piratical, parasitic, [...]

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