Tag Archives: Rag Bloggers

Harry Targ :
BOOKS | The threat to democracy continues

Revisiting Nancy MacLean’s groundbreaking 2017 book, ‘Democracy in Chains.’ By Harry Targ | The Rag Blog | July 15, 2021 Nancy MacLean, in her groundbreaking 2017 book, Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for … Continue reading

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JONAH RASKIN :
BOOKS | ‘By the Light of Burning Dreams’: Everybody
is a star

The book honors ‘the triumphs of the Sixties,’ though it does not neglect ‘the tragedies.’ By Jonah Raskin | The Rag Blog | July 8, 2021 Near the end of his days as a cultural revolutionary, Abbie Hoffman explained, facetiously, … Continue reading

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ALLEN YOUNG :
BOOKS | Ethel Rosenberg’s life story told in new book

I found the book to be painfully sad due to the injustice and the cruelty of the execution. By Allen Young | The Rag Blog | June 13, 2021 COLD SPRING, N.Y. — On June 19, 1953, the government of … Continue reading

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THORNE DREYER :
REMEMBRANCE | Texas film and theater icon Gary Chason passes at 78

Events celebrating Gary’s life are planned for Austin and Houston. By Thorne Dreyer | The Rag Blog | June 11, 2021 Listen to Thorne Dreyer’s August 17, 2010 Rag Radio interview with Gary Chason, here. Gary Chason, an iconic figure … Continue reading

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JONAH RASKIN :
BOOKS | Hilton Obenzinger bears witness to the times that have tried our souls

His new book of poems is ‘Witness 2017-2020.’ By Jonah Raskin | The Rag Blog | May 28, 2021 Ezra Pound, the twentieth-century American poet, once said, “Make it new,” and “Literature is news that stays news.” He would probably … Continue reading

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Lamar W. Hankins :
WAR | My military ambivalence

I thought it was wrong to fight in the Vietnam War, and there has not been one since that I found compelling. By Lamar W. Hankins | The Rag Blog | April 22, 2021 Ambivalence is the most accurate word … Continue reading

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Alice Embree :
THE VOTE | Voter suppression in Texas

It’s all wrapped in a thin white sheet called ‘voter integrity,’ but you can call it Jim Crow Revisited. By Alice Embree | The Rag Blog | March 25, 2021 AUSTIN — Texas is one of the hardest states to … Continue reading

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Roger Baker :
POVERTY | We need a federal solution to homelessness

Austin Mayor Steve Adler has been ordered by Gov. Abbott to make the homeless camps under the Austin freeways go away. By Roger Baker | The Rag Blog | March 25, 2021 AUSTIN — The following is from an article … Continue reading

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Harry Targ :
RACE | On anti-Asian racism: The historical record abroad and at home

With the election of Joe Biden, the shift in the direction of escalating tensions with China has continued. By Harry Targ | The Rag Blog | March 25, 2021 WEST LAFAYETTE, Indiana — Why is the United States returning to … Continue reading

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Lamar W. Hankins :
RED SCARE | The Communists are everywhere: Reflections from childhood

I don’t recall ever discussing the incoming Communist hordes with my parents. By Lamar W. Hankins | The Rag Blog | March 11, 2021 SAN MARCOS — When I was about 10 years old in the mid-1950s, I had a … Continue reading

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JONAH RASKIN :
POETS | Tongo Eisen-Martin: A poet with genocide
on his mind

A story for National Poetry Month. By Jonah Raskin | The Rag Blog | March 11, 2021 SONOMA COUNTY, Calif. — English Department purists might complain that Tongo Eisen-Martin doesn’t write “real” poems, that is poems about birds and flowers, … Continue reading

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Lamar W. Hankins :
JUSTICE | Saudi murder and American murder: An
ethical equivalence

While Khashoggi may have had no legal rights under Saudi law, Anwar al-Aulaki was a U.S. citizen and entitled to due process. By Lamar W. Hankins | The Rag Blog | March 4, 2021 SAN MARCOS — I am as … Continue reading

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