Concerning spines, or the lack thereof

I’m not surprised, but I am nevertheless dismayed by the really pathetic recapitulation of “pwogwessives” to the logic that they must somehow reinvigorate, or reclaim, or reinvent, or ???, the Democratic Party. I know a lot of people who are lost in different types of fear and loathing. I’m slightly amazed, but again not surprised, at how many people feel completely isolated in the face of the fake majority manufactured by omission and commission on election day.

I’ve been out doing various book parties for The Political Edge and the theme I’ve emphasized, one of the main things I tried to do with this book, is underscore the political currents and threads that remain completely invisible in what passes as “normal” political life in the U.S.

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November 2004

I saw this in a discarded Sunday newspaper, one of the best Oliphant cartoons I’ve seen in a long, long time. I knew right away that it was paying homage, too, which made it that much sweeter. See the entry below, July 1916.

July 1916

The Masses, an amazing political journal of art, poetry, prose, biting satire and gripping reportage, was shut down by the U.S. government of Woodrow Wilson after the U.S. entered WWI. Prior to that sorry occurrence, it was one of the edgiest, most brilliant, poignant and funny publications ever to be published in this country. There are two collections in print, Echoes of Revolt: The Masses 1911-1917 (Elephant Paperbacks, Ivan R. Dee, Chicago: 1989) and Art for the Masses (Temple University Press: 1988). You’ll be delighted at how timely it still is, nearly nine decades later.