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Interstates have destroyed thriving Black neighborhoods. (Photo by Brendan Beale on Unsplash)

Many of us drive on a few miles of our interstate system each day. Whether to work, to shop, or to entertainment venues, we use the interstate highways around our cities as primary arteries for getting many miles in a short period of time.

Rarely does it occur to any of us that the development and construction of the interstate highways have done at least as much damage to Black workers, their families, and their neighborhoods as any policy that came out of the Jim Crow era. …

Biden is working to give liberals everything we asked for. So why are we saying he’s a failure?

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Take a moment to imagine what the country is like today if Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensburger finds Trump’s 11,000 votes.

There are no discussions about why a Democratic Senate can’t pass an infrastructure or a voting rights bill.

There are no efforts to get the Senate Parliamentarian to include an immigration policy in the budget bill.

There are no executive orders to freeze collections of student debt, extend the moratorium on evictions and foreclosures, stop the Keystone pipeline, abolish the “Muslim ban”, prohibit job discrimination of LGTBQ citizens, or to stop the building of the wall.

The Cabinet…

Media, pundits, the GOP, and liberals ignored the war. Now they want to criticize its ending.

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After all but ignoring the war in Afghanistan, the media, the GOP, and too many liberals are suddenly clutching their pearls and sobbing over the withdrawal from that country. Suddenly, the withdrawal from the war no one cared about or paid attention to is a “very dark period”. The worst hypocrisies are on the part of the GOP, who had little to say when the Trump administration’s betrayal of Kurd allies led to a humiliating Russian takeover of US bases in North Syria two years ago. Even some benighted liberals are piling on this time.

Sadly, the circumstances prior to…

What a game in which virtual wolves chase virtual sheep can teach us about organizational culture

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One of the better articles I’ve read in the past few years on the topic of motivation didn’t have much to do with motivating people. I recommend that you read the article (and, of course, give it some applause and good feedback) but I’ll summarize its main points here. It reports on a computer program that a couple of Chinese students wrote as an artificial intelligence project. The students developed a “sheep and wolves” game, in which they set up some rules for the wolves to chase and catch the sheep and the sheep to avoid capture. …

A review of court decisions important to progressives

The Supreme Court…and the future

Since Mitch McConnell successfully stacked the Supreme Court, we liberals act like our pets during July 4th fireworks; cowering under the bed, waiting for the next blast, which, we’re certain, will bring all of our rights, freedoms, and protections crashing down around our heads.

Every progressive in the nation is certain that the Court’s 6–3 majority of Tea Party extremists represents the end of democracy as we’ve known it. …

An overview of the GOP assault on voting

Voters will have less access to the ballot if GOP state legislation is passed.
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Republicans have decided that the party has no future if it must rely on developing policies that attract new voters. At the moment, its base consists primarily of older white evangelical men without a college education. Groups who vote Democratic are growing while the GOP base is getting smaller. What’s a political party that has no message and no policy proposals (at least none that resonate with most Americans) and is shedding voters to do? The GOP has concluded that it can only retain the reins of power by rigging elections. It is doing so in an energetic way.


The Eight Culture Levers

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A great deal has been written about organizational culture over the years and the topic seems especially popular now. That said, I’m not sure managers are any more able to define “culture” than they ever were.

Too often, organizational culture is heard as a synonym for “employee morale” or “employee satisfaction”. We see this in articles that refer to the coffee bars and ping pong tables in some firms. This view holds that culture is anything that makes employees happy…or unhappy. While organizational culture and morale are related they aren’t the same thing at all. Morale is an outcome of…

Here’s What We Can Do About It

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I have an acquaintance who owns a small manufacturing company; he’s the President and CEO. He is one of those hard-working CEOs who is trying to match up purchase orders with invoices in the morning and working with lawyers and commercial realtors to negotiate a long-term lease in the afternoon. He recently told me that his company has purchased a very large machine that he needs to remove from its present location, transport here to Northeast Ohio, install at his operation, rebuild, and put it into operation. …

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Like death and taxes, liberals shooting themselves in the foot the moment they make any headway is a given. It seems we just can’t help ourselves; if our candidates aren’t perfect, they’re godawful. If our liberal representatives aren’t advocating for exactly the policies we prefer, they’re simps and toadies for the opposition. Mo Udall, the Senator from Arizona, put it well: “When Democrats organize a firing squad, they form a circle.”

We saw this dynamic on full display during the 2016 campaign. It’s a tough call as to whether candidate Clinton was more virulently castigated by the right or the…

“Rednecks” fought for coal miners' rights.

Yesterday, I had a discussion (actually, something of a debate) with a liberal activist friend of mine. We’re both active in an Indivisible group and were discussing plans for the upcoming months. In that discussion, she referred to the “rednecks” who voted for Donald Trump.

A week or so ago, my wife and I watched “Hillbilly Elegy”. Early in the story, the protagonist is seen lunching with white shoe lawyers whom he hopes to persuade to let him intern at their firm. …

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