Monthly Archives: January 2005

Don’t Like "Privatization"? How about "Personalization"?

Facing opposition to their plans to divert Social Security money into private accounts, Republicans are now defining their plan as “personalization.” According to reports on Salon.com and the Washington Post a Republican Party retreat provided the faithful wiht a “playbook” … Continue reading

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How to Lie with Statistics: Social Security and Race

Fans of the Daily Show might remember the show’s “Moment of Zen” a few weeks back. It was a clip from Bush’s forum on Social Security “reform” in which Bush tried to sell the idea that Social Security is unfair … Continue reading

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Past and Future U.S. Covert Operations

What’s next for the Department of Defense now that Iraq has successfully conducted elections? Check out the latest from journalist Seymour Hersh in his New Yorker article . In “The Comming Wars” Hersh says the Pentagon (Rumsfeld in particular) has … Continue reading

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Licked at the Polls, Unions Debate Reform

With declining membership, an exceedingly hostile NLRB, and the re-election of Bush despite yet another “all or nothing” get out the vote drive for the Democrat, the AFLCIO has launched a discussion about organizational reform. I haven’t slogged through everything … Continue reading

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Apprentices: Steve Forbes Represents the American Dream

Okay, this has nothing to do with free speech. But I can’t resist commenting on tonight’s episode of The Apprentice with Donald Trump. As usual, this season of The Apprentice pits a two teams of “entrepreneurs” against each other. The … Continue reading

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U.S. Torture (or is it "abuse") of Detainees

I’m finally getting around to reading some of the U.S. government documents relating to the torture and/or abuse of detainees in Afghanistan, Iraq, and in other detention centers that the ACLU posted to it’s site recently. Having recently chipped in … Continue reading

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Soapbox Under Construction

I’ve named this blog after what was once Chicago’s best-known free speech center–Washington Square Park, popularly known as Bughouse Square. I work in the Newberry Library which is right across the street from the park. The park is no longer … Continue reading

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First Shot

I’m taking the leap into blogging. Forgive me.

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