When symbols compete with reality

  Sam Smith One of the hard things about journalism these days is how much time is spent by reporters, sources and the public on symbols, words and their meaning and how little on what is really is, or could be, happening. The roots of this include the rise of advertising and public relations as … Continue reading When symbols compete with reality

How liberals helped create a bipolar America. . . and what to do about it

Sam Smith America is trapped in bipolar prejudice. Conservatives dislike blacks, latinos, women and gays while liberals dislike white Americans who don’t agree with them, especially men. Conservatives are encouraged by cultural paranoia and liberals by cultural narcissism. The conservative prejudices have been more than adequately publicly outlined, but the liberal side remains largely under … Continue reading How liberals helped create a bipolar America. . . and what to do about it

When the bad congeals and the good scatters

Sam Smith Never in the history of the United States have the powerful been so closely intertwined in so many ways and with such contempt for the rest of the country. Democratic and Republican politicians are beholden to the same large corporations and wealthy individuals who bribe them regularly in the guise of campaign contributions. … Continue reading When the bad congeals and the good scatters

A coalition for the common good

Sam Smith Washington will soon have the most xenophobic Congress since the days of segregation. The old southerners mainly hated black people, while the new crowd can’t stand anyone who doesn’t look, act and believe like themselves. Their voting ID restrictions not only echo the southern poll tax but sometimes are twice as costly. And … Continue reading A coalition for the common good