Yes You Can. Yes You Did.

What a night. I am happy to have been alive to see this. Right now a million people packed into a park in Chicago await the arrival of Barack Obama, the next president of the United States. John McCain finished speaking a few minutes ago. In part because the competing sides that dominated the election […]

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In Support of Bill Ayers

It has been painful to sit through countless verbal lashings of Bill Ayers by the likes of Sarah Palin and John McCain, the tarring he gets with labels such as “domestic terrorist” and “washed up old terrorist” (a rich one, coming from the likes of McCain) to then find out that William Ayers is in […]

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Your Nation on White Privilege

Tim Wise has written a very scintillating essay titled, “This is Your Nation on White Privilege,” wherein he scours the current U.S. political landscape and finds the double standards of racist hypocrisy undergirding contemporary pretensions and selective blindness. For example, White privilege is when you can get pregnant at seventeen like Bristol Palin and everyone […]

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National Security Research and the Geopolitical Context of Knowledge Production

Thinking about Hugh Gusterson’s “The U.S. Military’s Quest to Weaponize Culture” prompted me to consider some current developments, as reported by various news agencies and one think tank, as indications of new conditions of knowledge production and the kinds of pressures and constraints orienting social science research toward specific ends. For some these are “constraints,” […]

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A Shift Toward the Center (of Fascism)

In “shifting to the center,” Barack Obama has now established himself as the other war candidate — pity those of us who maintained some glimmer of hope that this man’s touting of hope itself, and change, would have meant some conclusion to this latest round of imperial expansion. Pity those of us who thought that […]

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Pragmatism in the “Shitstem” and Singing for Obama

Apolitical, as in Conservative “Apolitical intellectuals” is a poem by Otto RenĂ© Castillo from Guatemala, appearing on Deathpower. An apolitical intellectual is an interesting idea, and there may be one some day. What I think Castillo is referring to as “apolitical” is not the absence of political subjectivity, but rather disengagement from the politics of […]

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Another Caribbean musician “endorses” Obama

This is definitely a trend now, for Caribbean musicians to sing their praises of Barack Obama. For example, see this previous post on this blog, as well the one previous to that. The latest entry is from King Short Shirt (Stanley Humphreys) titled simply, “Barack We Love You.” (I have to be frank, this is […]

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Fidel: Obama, the “Empire’s Hypocrite” (1.4)

Not all is cheerful on the Caribbean front for Senator Barack Obama, someone who has gained the public support, memorialized in reggae and calypso tunes (as featured on this blog), by some prominent artists in the region. Writing in Granma‘s edition for Monday, 26 May, 2008, in a column titled, “The empire’s hypocritical politics” — […]

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Eye Candy? Sweetie?

Who knew that WAPPIAMOUTH was a superdelegate? Not only that, Wappiamouth is a “she” who does not care if Obama calls her “sweetie,” she just wants him to call her. She has also released an interesting new poster of Obama, subtitled “Eye Candy.” And he still doesn’t call her? Is her vote so inconsequential now […]

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