Posts in category "Inequality"

Will “The Populist Prophet” Bern Hillary?

Will “The Populist Prophet” Bern Hillary?
If you watched CNN’s Anderson Cooper throw political batting-practice to Hillary Clinton, you’re supposed to believe that she actually intends to un-stack the deck. By RA Monaco Most people who are “feelin’ the bern” have deafened to the unimaginative discussions about how money will ultimately decide our 2016 presidential election.  We get it—we’re screwed.  And,... Read more »

Should Elizabeth Warren run for president? No, here's why.

Should Elizabeth Warren run for president?  No, here's why.
It’s time for America to stop looking for saviors and re-train legislators that, in compromise, people come first!  By RA Monaco Progressives need Elizabeth Warren to accrue seniority in the Senate and provide leadership in the party.  Conservatives too, need to witness Sen. Warren’s willingness to demand accountability in the never ending battles between labor... Read more »

Millions March Gaining Strength and Diversity

Millions March Gaining Strength and Diversity
By RA Monaco A rising social movement and protest culture is gaining strength and diversity as Millions March to challenge racism, growing inequality and authoritarianism across our nation—ironically called the “Land of the Free.”  Not since the late 1960’s has the government shown more concern in defending the capital and it’s authority from our own... Read more »
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Something Needs To Give

Something Needs To Give
Given our growing inequality it’s hard not to see Gov. Nixon’s entire deployment as a field exercise in anticipation of things to come—a sort of public conditioning toward accepting increasingly militarized domestic responses. By RA Monaco Provocateurs are steadily working to incite the measured dissent of would-be protesters who support the indictment of Officer Darren... Read more »

Homeless at the Shore of a Punishing State

Homeless at the Shore of a Punishing State
The beautiful scenery and weather of the California coast tends to blind the occasional visitor to the austere reality embedded in the surroundings of a punishing political environment that criminalizes homelessness.  By RA Monaco Although homeless and in his late 60’s, Norm could easily pass for just another day camper, picnicking at the beach in... Read more »

It’s the Narcissism That Sticks

It’s the Narcissism That Sticks
When it comes to unresolved political questions involving who can vote and when, a clear message is difficult to garner from the recent rulings, appeals and motions unfolding in courtrooms across the country. By RA Monaco Brazenly lurking around the perimeter of the protest were some with few reservations about displaying their ugly racist hate.... Read more »
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A Vortex of Indifference

A Vortex of Indifference
“Very sad to think that a public official’s only solution to mental health and homelessness is encouraging residents not to feed them” –Rafael Yañez, 15th Ward Aldermanic Candidate By RA Monaco The absence of sophistication left me in disbelief, my client had just confirmed there was no dispute about the facts. I can recall looking... Read more »

Our Uncritical Media: A Tool for Misinformation and Stereotypes

Our Uncritical Media: A Tool for Misinformation and Stereotypes
By RA Monaco The vile purpose of the narrative fed to the media by Ferguson Police was to convey that the unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown had it coming. The signal received by the Ferguson Police Department was that the media was fully primed to uncritically spread their campaign of disinformation when the comedic satire of... Read more »

Ageism and Unemployment: Skills and Experience Aren’t Enough

Ageism and Unemployment: Skills and Experience Aren’t Enough
By RA Monaco Boomers have been left questioning their definition of happiness and self-worth while naively struggling to reinvent themselves for a job market that actively continues “hollowing-out” this entire stratum of society from the workforce.   Today’s job market for older adults—specifically Baby Boomers—has become an almost mystical fabrication of America.   Ignoring the collective financial... Read more »
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T-Ball and the Political Butterfly

T-Ball and the Political Butterfly
            For those of you who’ve had a thigh-high slugger of your own charge onto an opening day baseball field, you might appreciate how “T-Ball” has become an appropriate metaphor to explain American politics, partisan economic theories and even the legalization of marijuana. Picture opening day—in your mind’s eye—the color... Read more »