At the intersection of Democratic Socialism, COVID, Drug Wars, and electoral politics; you’ll find Jalisco.

The team running the show for Luis Munguia beat everybody else to the punch. His campaign posters were up when Shaina and I first arrived in Jalisco eight months ago, a handsome young candidate in the vein of Justin Trudeau, wearing a guayabera with the top two buttons undone in his dashing campaign poster. Munguia represents the Partido Verde, which I take to be much like the Green Parties of other countries in its Left of Center stance and environmental focus, but appears unlike those parties in its abundance of advertising dollars. The next wave came from Movimiento Ciudadano, described…

Gothenberg, 2001

Here’s a little history lesson.

You might have heard about The Yellow Vests (Gilets Jaunes) protesting hard in France for the past few years. There was a comparable movement in the late 90s and early 2000s, which focused on radical group tactics of defense in order to successfully stand up to riot police and other forms of crowd control. …

How a dwindling minority of mid-caste teacher’s pets dominate the expert class despite their near-total lack of experience

I’ve written before about the Square University Culture. I don’t mean everybody who attends university — I mean people who are born in comfortable circumstances, advance easily through the educational system, get their university degrees, then find jobs and settle into comfortable lives (generally including marriage, kids, buying a house, fiddling around on the stock market, maybe a dog) until they eventually die. A lot of folks will read the preceding description and say, “But isn’t that everybody?” Hilarious.

There are presently around 2.3 million people incarcerated in the USA. Most of those are poor people with limited education (less…

thoughts on a childhood obsession

I was born in 1974, four years before Prince’s first album came out. The first I ever saw him, if memory serves, was when the 1999 video came on my little black and white TV in Los Angeles. Cable TV was a rich kid thing at that time, but the local channels had music video shows in the afternoons and late at night. I caught Little Red Corvette shortly thereafter, and I saw him perform Party Up on reruns of Saturday Night Live. I loved the way he looked — this insane cultureclash of 18th-century fantasycore, big city street culture…

This is a fine example of the sort of person I recommend ignoring, if you're interested in helping the people of Palestine.

They’re not counting Likes in Gaza, folks.

Right now, this very minute, the Israeli army is bombing and firing artillery weapons into the densely-packed neighborhoods of the Gaza Strip, where millions of people with no means of fighing back live in the rubble left behind by fifty years of such attacks. The current offensive has been going on for about a week. According to the Palestinian Ministry of Health, around 200 Palestinians have been killed in those seven days, and over 1,200 seriously injured; while the Israeli Defense Force claims a total of 8 dead on their side of the border. Folks online are all worked up…

It’s fair to say that particular chapter in the ongoing movement against police violence has come to an end. Let’s put some myths to rest.

Three Big Myths of the George Floyd Uprising in Portland

It’s fair to say that particular chapter in the ongoing movement against police violence has come to an end. Let’s put some myths to rest.

Your article begins with a list of countries where COVID, in your opinion is very bad. This list includes India (400,000 new cases/day), Argentina (26,000 new cases/day), Indonesia (5,000 new cases/day), Mexico (3000 new cases/day), and South Africa (1,000 new cases/day). How do you come up with a list like this, and say these are the places where Coronavirus is running rampant? South Africa has 1/400th of the cases that India has - 1000/day, which is quite low. Mexico isn't doing great, but it's doing a hell of a lot better than the USA and Europe; and eight times better than Argentina. This sentence is misinformation, and it's irresponsible of you to publish it without more clarification.

Two duelling myths about a much-discussed and little-understood movement

Here’s a photo of Antifa, existing. Note logos, flags, insignia, t-shirts

I had just managed to get out of Bangkok in the early months of COVID (it wasn’t easy) when I found myself at the locus of the next massive societal upheaval — The George Floyd Uprising in Portland. I’ve been participating in this sort of protest since Rodney King, up through the several waves of demonstrations under the Black Lives Matter banner that one might trace to the murder of Trayvon Martin in 2012. I believe in this cause. Growing up as I did in poor Los Angeles neighborhoods in the 1970s-90s, I’ve seen for myself how the violent occupation…

Legally speaking, DMX is Innocent. Let’s get out in front of this.

I never cared too much about DMX. He’s an all right rapper, but I don’t care for his lyrics, and that growling monster style he copped from Onyx never really did it for me. He died either yesterday or today, generating a wave of RIP posts and tribute articles. Then, like clockwork, folks on social media started posting that he was a known rapist.

It’s true that DMX has been accused of rape. …

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