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Age. Race. Sexual Orientation. Should Political Expression Be a Protected Class, Too?

From the Left / Ted Rall /

Your boss can't fire you because of the color of your skin. He can't get rid of you because he doesn't like your religion. Federal law protects you against employment discrimination based on your sex, race, pregnancy status, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, genetic information or (if you are over 40) age.

Should...Read more

Criticize Hamas. Criticize Israel 30 Times More.

From the Left / Ted Rall /

It is a truism bordering on a cliche that the Israeli state and Palestinian resistance organizations have inflicted violence upon each other, claiming the lives of thousands of innocent people on both sides. Media coverage of the carnage has been anything but evenhanded, however.

Since the founding of the State of Israel in 1948, Western media ...Read more

Pro-Palestiners Should Fight Back Against Right-Wing Bullies

From the Left / Ted Rall /

There are more Democrats than Republicans, more liberals than conservatives, more progressives than MAGAs. But you'd never know that from looking at our politics. From abortion to the minimum wage to war, the Right wins the important arguments.

How do they do it? Verbal abuse. Right-wing bullies name-call, they hector, they doxx, they blacklist...Read more

This Is a Golden Age of Censorship

From the Left / Ted Rall /

It's too bad we can't monetize censorship, because we truly live in a golden age of speech suppression. In this deeply polarized society, the one thing we can all agree upon is that people we disagree with need to shut up.

Officially, freedom of speech is a key commandment in our national civic religion. We love free speech -- in the abstract. ...Read more

What's Left 10: Police Who Help People

From the Left / Ted Rall /

It may come as a surprise, especially to conservatives, that the Left believes in law and order. Of course we do. Without it, you can't have much else.

In November 2001, I went to Afghanistan as a reporter. It felt like the 14th century, if the late Middle Ages took place in an Islamist dystopia and everyone carried an AK-47. To call it a ...Read more

Biden's Secret Border Agenda: Migrants Fill Our Baby Gap

From the Left / Ted Rall /

I didn't question the incoming Biden administration when they rolled back the Trump era's stricter border control policies in 2021. There's nothing unusual about reversing a previous president's approach, especially when he belongs to the other party and the policy in question is roundly criticized.

You didn't have to be a proponent of open ...Read more

What's Left 9: Foreign Policy Under the Left

From the Left / Ted Rall /

Every country needs a coherent foreign policy. And it's impossible to overstate the importance of the United States' military and diplomatic posture.

The U.S. has the world's second-largest and most sophisticated nuclear arsenal, exclusive, comprehensive command over the oceans, perfect strategic geography, nearly a thousand military bases ...Read more

What's Left 8: Health Care Is a Human Right

From the Left / Ted Rall /

Learning is a societal and individual good. American businesses, however, have weaponized higher education into an overcredentialization racket that coerces millions of young people to borrow hundreds of billions of dollars in tuition, room and board, often to study subjects in which they have little interest, for the chance to be hired for a ...Read more

Israel, the Hermit Kingdom

From the Left / Ted Rall /

"The world is kind of deserting Israel right now," Rep. Tim Burchett (R-Tenn.) remarked after meeting with members of the pro-Israel lobby American Israel Public Affairs Committee. "So they're worried about that."

Their concern is warranted. Less than six months after Hamas attacked on Oct. 7, killing 1,200 people with brutality that sparked ...Read more

What's Left 7: Health Care Is a Human Right

From the Left / Ted Rall /

Liberals believe a compromise that gets us closer to a goal is better than no progress at all. But compromise can lead to the dead end of dilution and a false sense of resolution.

The early 20th-century progressive and presidential candidate Robert "Fighting Bob" La Follette argued that politics played into different a psychological dynamic. "...Read more

What's Left 6: Abolish Homelessness Now

From the Left / Ted Rall /

Homelessness is the single most powerful indictment of capitalism, the embodiment of human disposability, the ultimate expression of callous cruelty. In this nation where one out of 16 rental homes is vacant at any given time, one in 600 Americans (550,000) sleeps outside. An additional 3.7 million people, the so-called hidden homeless -- one ...Read more

What's Left 5: Let's Declare War On Economic Insecurity

From the Left / Ted Rall /

Wages high enough to cover basic expenses are only the beginning of the Left's struggle to eliminate economic insecurity.

We must also fight for workers' rights on the job, as well as a robust and sturdy social safety net to protect people when they find themselves out of work. Americans suffer the worst worker benefits of major developed ...Read more

 

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