• mattreichel wrote a new diary post: Time to Revive the Peace Movement

    2014-07-15 14:55:45View | Delete

    Thumbnail Peace It has been 10 years of dormancy for the peace movement: a full decade since the thriving demonstrations of the early Bush years gave way to liberal demands that the focus shift to defeating the president at the ballot box. This fixation remained through the two ensuing presidential elections, which have demonstrated, beyond a [...]

  • mattreichel wrote a new diary post: On Goons and Rhizomes: A Tale of the Internet Age

    2014-03-12 21:17:25View | Delete

      In one of a series of significant talks over the weekend by the world’s foremost Internet freedom activists, Julian Assange spoke on MSNBC about the central “battle” of the Information Age: “On the one hand, we are in many ways heading towards a transnational dystopian total surveillance society the likes of which the world has never [...]

  • mattreichel wrote a new diary post: American Sickness; American Denial

    2012-12-17 04:47:33View | Delete

    ThumbnailSadly, we have seen another dreadful spree killing followed by the typical array of responses from commentators evading the underlying sociological and psychological causes. We hear abundant talk about the “culture of violence in America,” in addition to political posturing about gun laws and access to adequate mental health care. These are not irrelevant factors, to [...]

  • mattreichel wrote a new diary post: Election Hysterics and The Bad Faith Liberals

    2012-10-22 09:21:25View | Delete

    ThumbnailJudging from the Twitter-sphere, the presidential election is an addiction for some: akin to alcoholism, but a lot less fun. This affliction actually runs much deeper than the election itself, though it presents its symptoms most acutely in these final weeks of the bullshit extravaganza. Its subjects are likely to engage in incessantly vacuous chatter in [...]

  • mattreichel commented on the diary post Chicago Teachers’ Lukewarm Victory by mattreichel.

    2012-09-18 09:56:38View | Delete

    IThe 16% accounts for both the “cost of living” increases, which you address, as well as the step increases for experience.

  • mattreichel wrote a new diary post: Chicago Teachers’ Lukewarm Victory

    2012-09-18 03:22:32View | Delete

    From my perspective as a native of Chicago, alum of its public school system, and activist of various sorts, little could be more gripping than this current Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) strike. Normally, the intriguing tales of social movement action occur in foreign countries, involving actors that are not so personally connected to me. This [...]

  • ThumbnailLast Friday’s Batman rampage has provoked the same inane chatter that typically follows one of these. The president claims to be shocked, though he can’t possibly be as aghast as his subjects are about the burgeoning drone program. Meanwhile, we see the same vacuous moral posturing from “left” and “right.”. Liberals prattle on about loose gun [...]

  • ThumbnailIn a rather imprudent attempt at provocation by lefty commentator Alexander Cockburn on the Counterpunch site last week, he declares the Occupy movement dead, and then proceeds into full-fledged hissy-fit, saying of the movement: “There were . . . features that I think quite a large number of people found annoying: the cult of the internet, [...]

  • Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has wasted no time this legislative session in pushing wide-reaching education reforms designed to expand the charter school footprint, while opening the door to vouchers and tying teacher tenure to student test results. In the early hours of the morning on March 23rd, after a marathon session, the Louisiana State House [...]

  • mattreichel wrote a new diary post: The “Hope and Change” Dog and Pony Show

    2012-01-25 07:00:46View | Delete

    With vague allusions to populist promises and admonition of his stubborn Republican opposition, the Great Capitulator ramped up his act like it was 2008 all over again. Memories of that agonizingly nauseating year abounded as mainstream liberals sang his praises. Among others, Michael Moore, of Ramsey Clark endorsement fame, was live on twitter with this: [...]

  • Thumbnail Ahead of the overlapping G-8 and NATO summits in Chicago May 19th-21st Mayor Rahm Emanuel has ramped up the repression of principled dissent in a city that has quite the history of it. Just three months after closing down Occupy Chicago before it could even develop an overnight encampment , “Rahmbo” has introduced two new ordinances that [...]

  • In a press conference after the first crackdown of the Occupy NOLA encampment on December 6th, Mayor Mitch Landrieu congratulated himself on his efforts to avoid the violent confrontations seen in other cities. In a telling, if worrisome, illustration of how far the bar has been lowered, the mayor shared his confidence that he repressed [...]

  • Occupy NOLA lives to see another week, after securing a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) against the City of New Orleans in federal court Tuesday. This victory capped a five-day scramble that started when Mayor Mitch Landrieu ordered protesters to clean up camp immediately beginning Friday afternoon. He told reporters at a press conference: “I am asking [...]

  • mattreichel wrote a new diary post: “Occupy” Goes South for the Winter

    2011-12-05 17:35:48View | Delete
    As northern cities have parlayed the cold weather onset with police crackdowns to vanquish “Occupy” encampments, and the west coast has seen authorities violently wreak havoc on the movement, Occupy protesters are looking for alternatives. It may seem a paradox that the left-leaning movement would find refuge in the traditionally conservative south, but the economic malaise [...]
  • mattreichel wrote a new diary post: Death at Occupy NOLA; Ongoing Tragedy in New Orleans

    2011-11-15 12:18:23View | Delete

    Beneath the veneer of New Orleans’ vibrant culture lies a history of tragedy. From the Yellow Fever outbreaks of the 19th century, the many catastrophic storms that have visited the city, the violence of the Civil War and Reconstruction, to the vast social dysfunction of contemporary New Orleans, this is a city that has known adversity [...]

  • mattreichel wrote a new diary post: Occupied New Orleans: A Brief History

    2011-10-27 00:44:41View | Delete

    New Orleans is no stranger to occupation. The swampland between the Mississippi River and Lake Ponchartrain has been occupied for nearly three centuries, beginning when Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville first took the Chitimacha settlement in 1718. It was then turned over to the Spanish crown in 1763, back to the French in 1801, sold [...]

  • mattreichel wrote a new diary post: Occupy Movement Solidarity: Where are the Professors?

    2011-10-19 02:03:31View | Delete

    Absent from the occupy protests throughout this country, as with most meaningful movements in recent memory, are faculty of our major universities. Aside from the symbolic arrest of Cornel West and passive words of support from Noam Chomsky, the academic profession has been notably absent from this exhilarating movement. This is particularly bothersome because one [...]

  • mattreichel wrote a new diary post: No Concrete on the “Occupation”

    2011-10-14 09:20:16View | Delete

    Thumbnail In order to gain an air of legitimacy, say commentators across the political spectrum, the “Occupy“ movement must make “concrete” demands. Their platitudes about the evils of Wall Street, we’re told, will not suffice. They must ask the powerful for concessions of sorts, even though this only promulgates the dependency status of the many vis-à-vis [...]

  • mattreichel wrote a new diary post: Obama, the Petty Careerist

    2011-09-28 17:16:16View | Delete

    Lefty commentators have expressed widespread bewilderment over Obama, the person. Most of this stems from marginally “progressive” thinkers that are aghast at his supposed “drift to the right.” However, even more principled left voices have pronounced confusion, such as Alexander Cockburn, who recently says “I don’t think any writer thus far has got the measure [...]

  • mattreichel became a registered member

    2011-09-27 16:08:46View | Delete
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