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Page Quarterly Journal of The American Institute for Progressive Democracy: Issue #39

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Quarterly Journal of The American Institute for Progressive Democracy


September 2019 - November 2019 Issue 39

By Lewis Wickes Hine

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From the Editor

After an unannounced summer break, Progressive Democracy returns to the fray with a substantial issue (#38 to be exact).

The topics written about in this issue are very various. Most of them are matters of concern, seen from a progressive perspective, that are rarely discussed in the usual journals of progressive thought. That leads me, as editor, to believe that readers of Progressive Democracy are likely to have their political outlook importantly extended by what they read in the journal

The Gerecke Files: Pithy Polemics Over the Summer

Bob Gerecke, a master of the Pithy Polemic, has produced a crop of them for this issue of Progressive Democracy.

The Gerecke Files: Is the Market Free or Rigged? (Not a Pithy Polemic)

Bob Gerecke

Just to prove that he is capable of writing at greater length, Bob wrote this powerful piece.

America's Failing Democracy

Merrill Ring

This was a 4th of July (2019) speech given at the city's Speakers' Corner.

Those Terrible Regulations

Charles Bayer

Regulations have been hated by capitalists since the beginning of that kind of economy: they want complete freedom to do what they will do in order to increase their profits. We now have an administration willing to sacrifice everyone's health and safety so that corporations and such have a free hand.

From the Archives

As a follow up to Charles Bayer's essay Those Terrible Regulations, there are two excellent pieces on what progressives should do and think about regulations in general. Both are by Ivan Light. They are reprinted below.

Slavery and Capitalism in the U.S.

Andy Winnick

In August of 1619, the first slave ship bearing slaves arrived Jamestown. That was the beginning of slavery in an English colony in what became the United States (slavery already existed in areas that became part of the U.S. but that were under Spanish control.) The New York Times created Project 1619 in order to (perhaps) begin a thorough discussion of American slavery after 400 years. One of the pieces in the original publication traced the effects of slavery on the form of capitalism that developed in this country. Andy Winnick examines how slavery shaped our capitalism.

Is Trump a Bad President? (MR)

I have long maintained that Trump is the worst President in our history. I no longer will say that. To talk about him being the worst and showing a list of bottom feeders (Buchanan, W., A. Johnson, etc) with Trump at the bottom is wrong. Let me explain.

The Trump and Pressley Families (MR)

Trump’s telling 4 Congresswomen to go back to where they came from is humorous in the case of Ayanna Pressley. For her people almost certainly were in the U.S. prior to Trump’s.

Quarterly Journal of The American Institute for Progressive Democracy: Issue #38

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Quarterly Journal of The American Institute for Progressive Democracy


April 2019 - June 2019 Issue 38

By Lewis Wickes Hine

Barbara Aswad: Mother, Social Justice Advocate, Professor

Barbara Aswad, professor emeritus of anthropology at Wayne State University and tireless advocate for immigrants and low-income Americans, died on November 30, 2017 after a brief illness. She was 80 years old.

Submission Guidelines

Having developed far enough to expand our ‘stable’ of writers to those not on the TAIPD board or connected thereto and so to ask others to submit appropriate material for publication here, it is important to develop and explain guidelines.

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