A letter to a longtime (white) friend in the labor movement about race and policing

December 2, 2014 Dear _____, Thank you for responding so thoughtfully to the MLK speech I asked you to read. I really didn’t mean to be patronizing in assigning you “homework,” but in what follows I will suggest other things to read by way of evidence for my claims. Here we go: 1. Ferguson is… Continue reading A letter to a longtime (white) friend in the labor movement about race and policing

We can’t win our rights by voting. How abortion rights were won and how to get them back.

Talk Presented at meeting of The International Socialist Organization, Austin October 29, 2014 I’ll begin by quoting a story that appeared last Friday in the Austin Chronicle: “On Friday, Oct. 3, the parking lot of Planned Parenthood on Ben White Boulevard overflowed; in "crisis management" mode, the relatively small staff scrambled to keep up with… Continue reading We can’t win our rights by voting. How abortion rights were won and how to get them back.

Chart for Marxism and Postmodernism

Marxism and Postmodernism   Socialism 2011   Dana Cloud Postmodernism defined: “the contemporary movement of thought which rejects totalities, universal values, grand historical narratives, solid foundations to human existence and the possibility of objective knowledge. Postmodernism is skeptical of truth, unity, and progress, opposes what it sees as elitism in culture, tends toward cultural relativism, and celebrates… Continue reading Chart for Marxism and Postmodernism

Socialism and Postmodernism–talk to Socialism Conference 2011

Marxism and Postmodernism Socialism 2011 Dana L. Cloud see chart Why discussion is important: It seems incredible at present, but postmodern thought, which since the 1960s has emphasized the irrelevance if not impossibility of organized working class struggle against austerity and imperialism, is, for some, still a compelling explanation of social crisis and social movements… Continue reading Socialism and Postmodernism–talk to Socialism Conference 2011

Capitalism, Socialism, and Mental Illness (delivered as talk to Socialism 2014)

Capitalism, Socialism, and Mental Health Dana L. Cloud Socialism 2014 In the days after Eliot Rodger murdered six students of the University of California, Santa Barbara, commentators rushed to attribute the violence to “angry, resentful, mentally ill individuals” (Time) or “deep and puzzling psychological problems” (NYT). The problem could not lie in the ominpresence of… Continue reading Capitalism, Socialism, and Mental Illness (delivered as talk to Socialism 2014)

Encomium on Pat Robinson

The ancient philosopher, scientist, and humanist Aristotle once said "There is honor in being a dog." Given that Pat loved her dogs as children, this insight is important. But more importantly, Aristotle defined real friendship in his Nicomachean Ethics (named for his son and father). True friends aren’t friends because you are useful to each other,… Continue reading Encomium on Pat Robinson

“No angel”: A disturbing, dehumanizing pattern

Let these facts be entered into evidence: 1. George Zimmerman was acquitted July 14 after chasing down and murdering Trayvon Martin, an unarmed teen. Zimmerman's assumption was that because Trayvon was Black and wearing a hoodie, he was an "f***ing punk." He was, after all, "no angel." 2. Marissa Alexander, a Black woman in Florida,… Continue reading “No angel”: A disturbing, dehumanizing pattern

I just got asked by a journalist whether Juliet, Daisy Buchanan, or Bella Swan should be regarded as “good” or “bad” role models for girls. Here is how I responded:

First, it is important to say that the matter is not as simple as "good" and "bad" role models. For mainstream feminists, entry into the world of work and politics is the hallmark of a "good" model; for some radical feminists, the capacity to nurture is what makes a character "good." In my field, rhetorical… Continue reading I just got asked by a journalist whether Juliet, Daisy Buchanan, or Bella Swan should be regarded as “good” or “bad” role models for girls. Here is how I responded: