Tag Archive for Harper’s

Dawn of the New Booboisie – Reagan Found His Groove in Detroit in 1980 & Took the Anti-Tax Revolt Nationwide

Note from the editor: ‘Booboisie’ is a term coined by that legendarily discourteous American journalist, H.L. Mencken, which he used to refer to those prone to willful ignorance and stupid mistakes.- RR Forty years ago, as the sun rose, illuminating the gleaming skyrises of the Detroit, Michigan riverfront on the third week of July, 1980,…

Want Insight Into the Passage of 1978’s Prop 13? Read Proposition 13 = Catch 22 by Arthur Blaustein, Nov 1978 Harper’s Magazine

With a measure to reform 1978’s Proposition 13 headed for the upcoming November 2020 ballot, the California Chamber of Commerce and everyone whipped into an anti-tax frenzy ever since have wasted no time spreading lies and misinformation about the proposed measure from the get-go. The measure does not adversely affect residential homeowners. Period. Anyone who…

The Agony and Aghastitude: Four More Years – The Trump reelection nightmare and how we can stop it

By Thomas Frank, Harper’s magazine April 2018. The liberal rank and file are more energized than they have been for years. Political novices are signing up to run for office across the country. Democrats are well ahead in nearly any poll you care to mention. But still, I give them only a fair-to-middling chance of…

Trump, Arpaio and Human Rights

He’d been in the office and the news headlines so long, it’s easy to forget just how reprehensible and inhumane was the man’s treatment of the detainees and inmates in his charge over the years, but former sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona Joe Arpaio has now become the recipient of a presidential pardon from Donald…

Turning Texas Blue – Could Community Organizers in the Lone Star State Show the Democrats the Way?

According to Texas Organizing Project cofounder Ginny Goldman, “There’s this misunderstanding that people don’t care, that people are apathetic,” reports Andrew Cockburn in the March 2017 edition of Harper’s magazine. “It’s so not true. People are mad and they want to do something about it. People want fighters that will deliver real change for them.…