Category Archives: Eileen Boris

March 29, 2011, 11:18 am

Tuesday Found Objects: What You Need To Subpoena From My Zenith Computer Today

I was hanging out this morning using my university computer to download BDSM pornography and order Angela Davis posters (paid for out of my research account, of course) when I decided to take a break and check up on what my other radical colleagues were doing.

They’ve been busy!  So without further ado:

  • The Facts, Ma’am.  Jon Wiener, from his perch at The Nation, asks:  “What does it take to become the target of this kind of attack?”  Wiener points out that Cronon is “not Bill Ayers,” but a self-avowed political centrist who published “a simple fact” that Republicans in Wisconsin did not want revealed:  their close ties to a group that drafts union-busting legislation and creates public relations strategies for passing that legislation. This fact, Wiener argues, “disrupts the Republicans’ explanation of what they are doing in Wisconsin. They say the new law there ending collective…

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January 31, 2009, 6:29 pm

What Will Be The “Obama Effect” for Women?

Over time the American conservative movement has actually agreed about few things. But ultimately, one might argue, it came together largely over a combined hatred of the New Deal and its children, Harry Truman’s Fair Deal and Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society. This hatred –which was ultimately expressed in polemic form as the need to defend the traditional nuclear family from the state — coalesced over the course of three generations and came to embrace a broad social and geographical constituency over time.

We who are on the left, while we do not believe that the state is unequivocally our friend, also believe in the capacity of the government to legislate our protection and support as a people: national health insurance, civil rights protection, pensions and employment equity are important categories where we think government intervention has been, and will be, successful. But…

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