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Boots Riley of The Coup… on Communism, Corporatism, hip-hop, and the need to beat down scabs

Last night, I had the occasion to speak with world-renowned hip-hop provocateur Boots Riley on a wide range of subjects spanning from his childhood in Detroit, spent in a household of Communist organizers, to his current work, organizing people in his neighborhood as a member Occupy Oakland. And, of course, we touched on his equally […]

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Speaking truth to power, and booing Paul Ryan

Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan made headlines a week or so ago with his budget proposal. People in the press, as I recall, seemed impressed. They used words like, “bold” and “serious,” and praised him for making difficult decisions in order to address the nation’s spiraling budget deficit. Once people really started digging into it, though, […]

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Protests planned for Wednesday in Michigan

As I mentioned yesterday, several hundred people are planning to gather on the Diag tomorrow at 1:00 to voice their disapproval over Governor Rick Snyder being named U-M’s Spring commencement speaker. While it promises to be an exciting event, it now looks as though the real action tomorrow is going to be in Lansing, where […]

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Michael Moore in Madison yesterday – “America is not broke”

Say what you will about Michael Moore, he made a hell of a lot of sense in Madison yesterday. Here’s a quote: “America is not broke. Not by a long shot. The country is awash in wealth and cash. It’s just that it’s not in your hands. It has been transferred, in the greatest heist […]

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Ricky Gervais at the Golden Globes

It’s not very often that I wish I had a television, but, judging from this opening monologue, I really wish I’d been able to see the whole show. He just eviscerated people… As I don’t suspect he’ll ever be asked to host another award show, this might be your last chance to see him in […]

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