Author Archives: Thorne Dreyer

BILL OAKEY : ENVIRONMENT | Austin Energy’s rate case debacle: A stunning management failure

By Bill Oakey | The Rag Blog | August 12, 2022 This article first appeared in Austin Affordability and was cross-posted to The Rag Blog. It applies especially to the citizens of Austin but it might just strike home wherever … Continue reading

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Larry Piltz : VERSE | my god is godzilla

my god is godzilla my god is godzilla he too is a killa gets some kind of thrilla and makes a big dilla of the whole magilla by getting his filla keeping it rilla like an Attila or rabid gorilla … Continue reading

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BILL MEACHAM, PhD : PHILOSOPHY | Moral confusion about abortion

One of my teachers has said that you can’t talk somebody into changing their mind, but sometimes you can listen them into it. By Bill Meacham, PhD | The Rag Blog | July 7, 2022 The controversy about abortion–whether it … Continue reading

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ALICE EMBREE : ABORTION RIGHTS | Austin and Roe v. Wade’s backstory

This fight didn’t start in a courtroom and it will not end there. By Alice Embree | The Rag Blog | June 25, 2022 AUSTIN — The Supreme Court decision was telegraphed on May 1st and moved across the weeks … Continue reading

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ALICE EMBREE : LEFT HISTORY | The Rag v. Regents

The Board of Regents did not love ‘The Rag’ and Austin’s underground newspaper did not love the Board of Regents. By Alice Embree | The Rag Blog |June 17, 2022 In 2016, former staffers held a reunion to commemorate the … Continue reading

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ROBERT C. COTTRELL : BOOKS | Thorne Dreyer’s ‘Making Waves: The Rag Radio Interviews’

‘Making Waves’ is a significant work, displaying dexterity through penetrating discussions. By Robert C. Cottrell | The Rag Blog | June 1, 2022 Followers of The Rag Blog should be thoroughly delighted with the release of a vital new volume, … Continue reading

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LAMAR W. HANKINS : SUPREME COURT | Of rights and liberties in the U.S.

How Alito gets the facts wrong about abortion history. By Lamar W. Hankins | The Rag Blog | May 18, 2022 The Ninth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, part of the original Bill of Rights, reads: The enumeration in the … Continue reading

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ALLEN YOUNG : NEWS COMMENTARY | Federal anti-lynching law passed,
at last

From a young age, I knew that racism was wrong, as my parents helped me learn that important lesson. By Allen Young | The Rag Blog | May 6, 2022 When I was a child, I saw a photograph of … Continue reading

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JOSHUA BROWN : POLITICAL CARTOON | Majority rule

Previous installments are archived athttp://www.joshbrownnyc.com/ldw.htm

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JAMES RETHERFORD: BOOKS | Judy Gumbo’s ‘Yippie Girl’

Combating authoritarian repression with absurdist political theatre. By James Retherford | The Rag Blog |April 29, 2022 Listen to Thorne Dreyer‘s interview with ‘Yippie Girl’ Judy Gumbo on Rag Radio, here. As Kris Kristofferson sorta said, “[S]he’s a walkin’ contradiction, … Continue reading

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ALICE EMBREE : DOCUMENTARY FILM | The Wobblies are coming to town

The Industrial Workers of the World, also known as the Wobblies, are coming to Austin. By Alice Embree | The Rag Blog |April 28, 2022 Listen to Thorne Dreyer and Alice Embree‘s Rag Radio interview with labor historian Jane Little … Continue reading

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JONAH RASKIN : MEMOIR | One organizer, two cities: Jon Melrod’s ‘Fighting Times,’ from Madison to Racine

Jon Melrod recalls those heady days in his new memoir. By Jonah Raskin | The Rag Blog | April 7, 2022 The Port Huron Statement (PHS), which was written by Tom Hayden — with help from Al Haber and others … Continue reading

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