From the Left



The Worst Countries for Women (Afghanistan Isn't on the List)

From the Left / Ted Rall /

Concern-trolling over the dismal plight of women in Afghanistan is powerfully appealing to liberals who look for reasons for the United States to maintain a military presence there. If and when the Taliban return to power, the warmongers argue, the bad, old days of stonings, burqas and girls banned from school will come back -- and it'll be our ...Read more

The Taliban's Dramatic Military Victory

From the Left / Ted Rall /

Now that President Joe Biden has pulled the U.S. military out of Afghanistan, it's clear that we have little to show for more than $2 trillion and thousands of soldiers killed over two decades of occupation. We will soon be back where we were on Sept. 10, 2001, when the Taliban governed Afghanistan.

Afghan government troops have neither the ...Read more

Abandon Afghanistan and Don't Look Back

From the Left / Ted Rall /

President Joe Biden deserves nothing but praise and support for his decision to honor America's commitment, which was negotiated between the Trump administration and the Taliban, to finally withdraw from Afghanistan. After more than 20 years of wasted lives, endless property damage and the squandering of billions of U.S. tax dollars that would ...Read more

When Will Politicians Start Caring About People's Actual Problems?

From the Left / Ted Rall /

When you crank out five editorial cartoons and a couple of opinion essays a week, not to mention opining on the radio about this issue and that, it is easy to forget about the basics.

The big issues.

The stuff that really matters to you. It's just as easy to forget to ask: What are our political leaders doing to address our most pressing ...Read more

NYC Exposes the Flaws in Ranked Choice Voting

From the Left / Ted Rall /

Progressive Democrats have long been among the most fervent advocates of ranked choice voting. Many believed, though scientific data has yet to be proffered in support of their thesis, that it would have been harder for corporate Democrats in the Democratic National Committee to cheat Bernie Sanders in 2016 had the party's primaries been ...Read more

What I'd Do as NYC Mayor

From the Left / Ted Rall /

New Yorkers go to the polls June 22 to choose their next mayor. They're primaries, but whoever wins the Democratic nomination will almost certainly move into Gracie Mansion.

Media coverage has focused on the fading fortunes of former presidential candidate and tech entrepreneur Andrew Yang, the dearth of progressives in a wide field and the new...Read more

What You Do After Work Shouldn't Cost You Your Job

From the Left / Ted Rall /

The "Central Park Karen" is suing her former employer for firing her.

I hope she wins. Karening is gross. But it's not your boss's business.

Amy Cooper became the object of an internet "two minutes hate" last year when she called 911 on a Black bird-watcher who asked her to leash her dog, per the rules, and told the police he was threatening ...Read more

Liberals' Bizarre Fear of an Unmasked Nation

From the Left / Ted Rall /

During last year's campaign, Joe Biden promised to "listen to the scientists." He repeatedly said his coronavirus-response policy would be "informed by science and by experts."

On issues from the environment to teaching evolution in public schools to the public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic, liberals often accuse conservatives of ...Read more

Your Opinion Doesn't Matter. Protests Matter

From the Left / Ted Rall /

Your opinion doesn't matter -- not by itself. No matter how heartfelt or important to you personally, your thoughts about Gaza or legal weed or the war on skinny jeans don't mean anything merely because they reside inside your brain.

Your opinion matters only if you express it. Expression of an opinion doesn't change anything unless it's done ...Read more

No More False Equivalence: Israel Chooses War Over Peace

From the Left / Ted Rall /

No one is blameless in the ongoing violent conflict between Israel and stateless Palestinians. Both sides target and kill civilian noncombatants. But let's put an end to false equivalence. "A pox on both houses" is not a morally or politically sound response to the one-sided war between Israel and Hamas.

Israel wants war. If it wanted peace, it...Read more

End Military Aid to Israel

From the Left / Ted Rall /

Riding in the back of a truck into Afghanistan during the 2001 U.S. invasion, a journalist colleague from Russia who served in the Red Army during the 1980s asseverated that he was happy to be back in country. "Because this time," he said, swinging his hands to indicate the swarms of refugees, bombed-out villages and nearby artillery fire, "...Read more

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



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