Late Night: Pastafarian and Klingon, The Politicians We Love

By: Tuesday January 7, 2014 8:00 pm

The stodgy, meanspirited partisan politics of some elected officials often reminds us of why we can’t have nice things. And then there are politicians who really seem to enjoy their jobs, or at least the beginning and end parts.

 

It’s Time to Think Outside the Box

By: Sunday April 28, 2013 7:00 pm

Don’t you think it’s time to do something about the schools to prison pipeline?

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Ben Freeman, The Foreign Policy Auction: Foreign Lobbying in America

By: Sunday December 2, 2012 1:59 pm

In The Foreign Policy Auction: Foreign Lobbying in America, Freeman unpacks the ways in which governments from around the world attempt to use finance capital to ensure that the sausage factory on Capitol Hill churns out American foreign policy in their favor. The book is unrelentingly thorough, engaging, and sober. “There is no arch-villain here,” Freeman warns at the start, “no dark lord, no one to unmask at the end of the show. There are only politicians seeking reelection, lobbyists seeking more revenue, and foreign governments competing for influence over the most influential government the world has ever known.”

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Wade Rathke, Global Grassroots: Perspectives on International Organizing

By: Sunday April 15, 2012 1:59 pm

While writing a book about ACORN, I got to know Wade Rathke, spending dozens of hours hanging out with him, interviewing him, e-mailing back and forth, interviewing friends and enemies, and literally following Rathke as he worked. In an age of stylish cynicism, whatever else you might say about Wade, he believes in the basic goodness of people, our capacity for empathy, kindness, and caring. These traits are expressed not only through individual acts with his family and friends; but also with strangers, especially those who inhabit the squalid urban communities across the globe–the people ignored by the public officials and exploited by the rich and powerful.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Aaron Belkin, How We Won: Inside Stories from the 17-Year Struggle to Repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”

By: Sunday October 16, 2011 1:59 pm

The repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell was an all-out battle, at times tougher than combat. Military Veterans and Political Lobbyists, College Professors and Grassroots Organizers pushed the government in such a way that the issue could not be ignored, but that did not mean the coalition or the struggle was an easy one. We all learned many tough lessons about research, messaging, politics, and perseverance. The roller coaster of DADT repeal is brought to life from “the foxhole” perspective of Dr. Aaron Belkin of the Palm Center (formerly known as the Center for the Study of Sexual Minorities in the Military) who has the deserved distinction and title: The Professor of The Movement.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Daniel Altman, Outrageous Fortunes: The Twelve Surprising Trends That Will Reshape the Global Economy

By: Sunday March 6, 2011 1:59 pm

Economic forecasting is a tough business: most stock analysts have trouble predicting the earnings of the companies they cover over the next three months. That doesn’t seem to intimidate Daniel Altman, the author of “Outrageous Fortunes: The Twelve Surprising Trends That Will Reshape the Global Economy.” The book’s dozen prognostications cover every corner of the planet and extend many decades into the future.

FDL Movie Night: Pricele$$

By: Monday November 8, 2010 5:00 pm

What is the cost of getting elected? A lot. More zeros than I can count per candidate per election cycle. That money comes from their own personal wealth and even more so from campaign donations; case in point, failed California gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman, who could have done a lot more good for California giving that $140 million (forty of it hers), to schools and causes, funding small locally businesses in depressed neighborhoods, investing and spreading her wealth, rather than spending her owns and the combined of others besides. For decades it has taken small fortunes to get elected, or at least to run: Kennedy, Bush, Kerry, McCain, Edwards, these are storied and even more so moneyed names which come to mind as using personal wealth. Candidates without such a kick start need to work even harder to raise money, and along the way, America has lost. Pricele$$ points out that politics is not a poor man’s business. Yet the majority of Americans lack the funding to run for office, should they so choose.

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