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Burning a Police Station Led to Justice

From the Left / Ted Rall /

As people of good will celebrate or merely breathe a sigh of relief in response to the conviction of Minneapolis former police officer Derek Chauvin for the videotaped murder of George Floyd, it is worth noting that this victory likely would never have occurred had it not been for a spectacular act of property destruction.

Yes, there was that ...Read more

Afghanistan Under the Taliban: It Won't Be Like Last Time

From the Left / Ted Rall /

We've been in Afghanistan 20 years, Joe Biden's generals told him. All we need is a little more time. The president overruled them, ordering a complete withdrawal of American troops by Sept. 11.

Madiha Afzal and Michael O'Hanlon of the Brookings Institution articulate the opposition to Biden's decision to call it quits. Remove the U.S. ...Read more

My Predictions for Biden's Probably Truncated Presidency

From the Left / Ted Rall /

Beginning in March 2016, I repeatedly and almost famously warned overconfident Democrats -- who ridiculed me for saying so -- that Donald Trump would probably win the 2016 election. Days after Trump's "softly sensuous" inauguration, I accurately predicted the next four years: "Three scenarios show us what everyday life in Trumpian America will ...Read more

Demented Thinking About Joe Biden

From the Left / Ted Rall /

The president has dementia.

I'm a cartoonist and a writer, and I am most assuredly not a gerontologist. I did not go to medical school. If I am not an expert in aging and cognitive decline, how do I know President Biden has dementia? The same way you and I and everyone else know things to be true despite our lack of credentials: experience and ...Read more

I Am a Victim of Republican Cancel Culture

From the Left / Ted Rall /

The debate over cancel culture centers around how the Democratic Party, "woke" activists and politically correct "social justice warriors" expel people from social acceptability or force them into joblessness because something they said or did provoked an online mob.

But Republicans have been canceling people for much longer.

I am living proof...Read more

There Are More Socialists Than Democrats or Republicans. We Should Act Like It

From the Left / Ted Rall /

American leftists find themselves at a tactical crossroad. Will the 39% of Americans (and more than half of those under 30) who steadily oppose capitalism stand up for themselves? Will socialists, progressives, communists, leftist anarchists and leftist libertarians boldly fight to build a movement, thus inspiring other allies of the working ...Read more

In Praise of Bad Weather

From the Left / Ted Rall /

There is joy in the air. That joy is misplaced.

For that joy might kill us.

I set down these words on the 9th of March in Manhattan. Historically, the average temperature on this day of the year is 40 degrees Fahrenheit. If the weather forecast for today, March 9, 2021, is correct -- and at this writing, it looks like it will be -- the ...Read more

Joe Biden Doesn't Need More Time. He Needs Progressives to Demand an Ambitious Agenda

From the Left / Ted Rall /

"Give Joe Biden time."

"He just got there."

"Trump left him a hell of a mess. It's unreasonable to expect him to turn things around in a month or two."

"Now is not the time to criticize him or the Democrats. When would be a good time? I don't know, but certainly not now. Later."

These are talking points used by President Joe Biden and his ...Read more

Don't Hate Rush Limbaugh. Copy Him

From the Left / Ted Rall /

My death will make some people giddy with joy. That's cool. I like to make people happy.

In the unlikely event that I'm somehow able to witness the gleeful grins and chortles of those who savor the sweet news of my demise, I hope that whatever is left of me on the astral whatever will remain sufficiently objective to recognize the fundamental ...Read more

Biden Offers Moderate Solutions to Radical Problems

From the Left / Ted Rall /

"Radical solutions require radical solutions," I wrote in my 2010 book, "The Anti-American Manifesto," a polemic that calls upon us to save ourselves from imminent social, economic and political collapse by overthrowing the system and rebuilding society from the ground up. We currently face several radical problems. But we're not likely to rise ...Read more

It's Not That Biden Is Too Slow. It's That He's Going Too Small

From the Left / Ted Rall /

In the intraparty Democratic war between progressive leftists and corporate centrists, each side speaks a different language. The two factions' takes on Joe Biden's first weeks as president starkly demonstrate that inability to communicate.

Biden's base is his centrist supporters, those who backed him against Sen. Bernie Sanders during the ...Read more

 

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