Howard Zinn died Wednesday at the age of 87. He is best known for writing A People’s History of the United States (1980), a Marxist tract that describes America as a predatory and repressive capitalist state — sexist, racist, imperialist — that is run by a corporate ruling class for the benefit of the rich. A People’s History has […]
Okay, maybe not a fancier “You lie,” but more refined, shall we say. I wonder if Maureen Dowd will hear an “unspoken ‘boy’ in the air” at the end of this one, due to the “history of racism” in Alito’s home state of — New Jersey.
POLITICO’s Kasie Hunt, who’s in the House chamber, reports that [...]
Chris Matthews, host of MSNBC’s Hardball can get a little too excited over President Obama sometimes. Tonight’s State of the Union was obviously one of those times.
“…I was trying to think about who he was tonight. And, it’s interesting he is post-racial, by all appearances. You know I forgot he was black tonight for an [...]
Welcome to a News Real Blog exclusive pre-oration analysis of President Obama’s State of the Union Address. Having obtained excerpts of the actual speech, we turn for perspective to one of history’s most experienced and consulted statesmen, Niccolo Machiavelli. Mr. Machiavelli has graciously agreed to comment on the highlights of Mr. Obama’s dissertation. We [...]
Floating Ice in the Delaware during the Little Ice Age
Most of us never noticed anything unusual in the famous painting of George Washington Crossing the Delaware when we first saw it in our American history textbooks. The floating chunks of ice in the scene, are only one of the many surviving reminders of the Little Ice Age. [...]
More than sixty years after World War II, a small group of German men and women are coming to grips with the crimes of their fathers, uncles, and grandfathers. Israeli director Chanoch Zeevi engages us with the descendants of the most powerful figures in the Nazi regime, who were left a legacy that permanently associates […]
Last week the director Oliver Stone caused quite a stir when, in describing his new Showtime mini-series, “A Secret History of America,” he declared that Adolf Hitler was an “easy scapegoat throughout history… [who]‘s been used cheaply.” “We can’t judge people as only ‘bad’ or ‘good,’” Stone continued. Even Hitler was “the product of a […]