Posts tagged with chris hayes
A bedrock truth is that anything good that happens in American politics - the cornerstone for that good thing happening - the electoral cornerstone - are black women. Black women are the bedrock cornerstone electorate constituency upon witch all progressive politics are built. Because of the margin they provide at the polls to progressive candidates: not just Democrats, but [all] progressive candidates. When they talk to pollsters, they are the most progressive, in terms of their world view. And they turn out [to the polls].
Starting a book club with about 5 of my friends.
The first book we are reading is Twilight of the Elites: America After Meritocracy. Stoked to discuss it. I’ve already read it once but it seriously is worth reading twice & I don’t think I could overstate the significance Chris Hayes has had on my intellectual growth over the last year and a half or so. I remember the first episode of UP I thought, “wait, there is a two hour show discussing what I spend the MAJORITY of my time reading/learning about and it’s on cable TV and Chris Hayes is like….well…just…the man and “wait, did they just talk about foreign policy and the War in Afghanistan, Palestine/Israel and drone wars and climate change, oh my, with a multicultural and mutlinational panel for an entire hour. “
Let’s just say I’m a Political Science major and Chris Hayes was a big influence on me making my final decision in switching majors after being certain I wanted to go for zoology for 2 years prior.
Remember: follow your heart and the voice in your head that’s screaming at you; and really take time to reflect and observe on what you do with your time and what you want to do with your time and couple that with your skills, abilities, desires, etc..
Find out your meta-wants and go to work.
The presence of a gun is transformational on all interactions between humans in the midst of conflicts: that is the bedrock fact on what happened on that horrible night in which we lost Trayvon Martin. The presence of a gun absolutely alters the calculus of everything that happens between two human beings involved in ANY conflict.
The Nation magazine has a student offer right now that’s bad ass.
A 6 month - that’s 24 issues - digital subscription for FREE.
I just took advantage of this; the pdf download of the issues are awesome and easy to navigate and read. The issue I just read featured amazing work on MOOCs; an editorial against the proposed bombing of Syria; and, last but not least, an awesome eye-opening piece about Chile, Pinochet and the U.S. supported military coup 40 years ago that propped him into power.
HERE’s the offer.
4 reasons why you should read the Nation.
1. Chris Hayes is the editor-at-large and Chris Hayes is the coolest dude EVER.
2. Naomi Klein drops knowledge bombs occasionally for them.
3. MOTHER FUCKING JEREMY SCAHILL.
4. Allison Kilkenny, one half of the amazing duo that makes up the political podcast Citizen Radio, writes for them about social movements and grassroots organizing.
This does not sound like the kind of thing that’s going to make everyone realize what a great president George W. Bush was. In fact, it sounds to me like the world’s easiest video game. Invade a country for no reason or don’t invade a country for no reason? Don’t invade a country for no reason. Celebrate John McCain’s birthday while a deadly storm hits New Orleans or don’t celebrate John McCain’s birthday while a deadly storm hits New Orleans? Don’t celebrate John McCain’s birthday while a deadly storm hits New Orleans. I could do this all day. Torture people or don’t torture people? Don’t torture people. Deregulate and tax cut the country into financial ruin or don’t deregulate and tax cut the country into financial ruin?
There is no reason, people, to overthink the Bush presidency. It was just as bad as you thought. As Bush himself might advise, when you’re considering his legacy, go with your gut.
— Chris Hayes on the “Decision Points Theater” at the Bush library
Comparing the Budgets: Chris Hayes compared the three budget plans we’ve seen so far this year: Paul Ryan’s monstrosity that guts women’s health programs, Murray’s (neoliberal) Democratic Senate plan, and the Progressive Caucus’ proposal. Percentages projected over ten years. Here’s the segment where this graph came from.
Yesterday, during a cable news discussion of gun violence and the Newtown school shooting, I dared mention a taboo truism. During a conversation on MSNBC’s “Up With Chris Hayes,” I said that because most of the mass shootings in America come at the hands of white men, there would likely be political opposition to initiatives that propose to use those facts to profile the demographic group to which these killers belong. I suggested that’s the case because as opposed to people of color or, say, Muslims, white men as a subgroup are in such a privileged position in our society that they are the one group that our political system avoids demographically profiling or analytically aggregating in any real way. Indeed, unlike other demographic, white guys as a group are never thought to be an acceptable topic for any kind of critical discussion whatsoever, even when there is ample reason to open up such a discussion.