The Supreme Court will decide whether America is now a dictatorship

Sam Smith - The Trump case now before the Supreme Court could be the most important decision by that body in our history. As Paul Waldman put it in the Washington Post: It’s almost impossible to overstate how appalling the arguments by Trump’s lawyers have been. They have claimed kingly powers for the president — … Continue reading The Supreme Court will decide whether America is now a dictatorship

The Senate’s war on freedom of the press

Sam Smith Although the corporate media – the least free segment of the country’s press – isn’t reporting it like this, the Senate Judiciary Committee’s definition of a journalist in its just passed law is a clear violation of the First Amendment, not simply because of the self-serving nature of the definition but because the … Continue reading The Senate’s war on freedom of the press

Why did gays win while blacks & latinos lost?

The recent Supreme Court decisions on gay marriage and voting rights is a strong reminder of the hazards of ignoring class and culture in thinking about politics. We tend to consider these things one dimensionally as if the Supreme Court was only deciding law - and not culture, class and politics. As if the only … Continue reading Why did gays win while blacks & latinos lost?

One part of the Constitution the establishment loves

Sam Smith Some media made a big thing of a conservative judge joining the appeals court decision upholding Obamacare’s individual mandate. In fact, Obamacare is a highly conservative measure – when compared to Medicare or single payer - and the individual mandate amounts to a huge earmark subsidizing the health insurance industry. Bear in mind, … Continue reading One part of the Constitution the establishment loves

The case for urban statehood

By Sam Smith 2000 This article originally appeared in the NY Press What does New York City have more of than Rhode Island, Montana, South Dakota, Delaware, North Dakota, Alaska, Vermont, and Wyoming, all put together? People. What do Rhode Island, Montana, South Dakota, Delaware, North Dakota, Alaska, Vermont, and Wyoming have that New York … Continue reading The case for urban statehood