This little piece is dedicated to all of my English-speaking friends: I have nothing to thank Obama for. This was Oscar's victory. He survived 36 years of hellish imprisonment.The United States locked him up for far longer than what a sentence for "sedition" warrants. The federal government tried to make Oscar an example, a warning, … Continue reading For Oscar.
What does democracy look like? We've forgotten what democracy is really like, because we've never truly known it. We have been lulled by complacency and false representation into thinking we know what it is. And there are many ideas about its nature. To some democracy can be attained via online petitions. To others it's conformity … Continue reading (Re)Learning Democracy
I have one last thing to say before this electoral shit show finally and mercifully ends: There can be no denying that white supremacy and racism have been emboldened by Trump's candidacy, but they weren't single-handedly invented by him. This racist reaction has been growing since the last nineties. Lynchings, racism and church burnings are … Continue reading One Last Hoorah.
Come on. We knew it was coming. We knew that it would likely happen. The Donald might have finally (I know, right?!) gone too far for the rest of the Republican Party. The demented clown that has eaten away so many news cycles provided by American corporate media seems to finally, and mercifully, be on … Continue reading Quick thoughts on the fate of a post-Clinton Presidency’s Democratic Party, Donald Trump’s “Great Unraveling”, or whatever the Hell it is we’re calling all of this insanity now.
We're currently living with the idiotic consequences of the theatrics of fear. The nauseating "but do you want Trump to win" non-sequitur has reached strident levels of paranoid manipulation. Those of us that fall squarely on the radical Left have keenly felt the extraordinary pressure that is being exerted by panicked liberals that, maybe deep … Continue reading The Myth of the Liberal Leftist
It was announced today that Bill Cooper, the former head of the Center for Liquefied Gas, was named as the head of the nascent fiscal control board for Puerto Rico. This effectively makes Cooper the de facto dictator of Puerto Rico. As the head of PROMESA's economic junta Cooper is chosen by Congressional fiat and, like the rest … Continue reading The lightless dawn of a new colonial era
Empire is once again fashionable. The financial crisis that is presently gutting the island of Puerto Rico plays out like the world’s worst case of botched assisted suicide. The sell of its municipal funds and its constitutionally guaranteed promise of repayment to investors has plunged the island into a very precarious situation for its millions … Continue reading Puerto Rico: a Junta By Any Other Name
La Palva® te llevó a este punto. Sientes rabia, lo entiendo. Ya no soportas el desastre que ha sido el experimento de gobernanza propia que representó el ELA. Has perdido la esperanza en una solución local porque se te ha criado a no mirar más allá de los dos partidos tradicionales, y ahora, con el … Continue reading Entre la Palva™ y la junta.
A ver cuánto les dura el pragmatismo cuando las palas políticas que llevan cosechando por generaciones y el panfletismo palvista de Derecho, de esa encubadora de futuras batatas partidistas, no les sirva un carajo ante el decreto de la metrópolis. Apuestan a la permanencia de la nobleza togada. Es una conducta de sátrapatismo clásico, de … Continue reading La universidad está muerta. Larga vida a la universidad.
Our rabbit hole of dehumanization has overflowed as of late. The demagogy machine runs non-stop, oozing cliched yet all too common talking points to shore up the prevalent, if much denied, Western loathing for the "foreign". Xenophobic diatribe is spun rampant by a servile press that is content simply with feeding racialized fire. Yet this … Continue reading A Crisis of Humanity