CLASS PREJUDICE: Which whites will support Barack Obama if he runs against John McCain? In my article in the American Prospect this week, I look at America’s racial divide in terms of both voting trends and control of key institutions that foster racial discrimination and stereotypes: banks, corporations, the real estate industry, the media, etc. It turns out that, with exceptions, upper class whites are more racist than the working class whites that so many political pundits smugly call racist. Obama confronted this reality in his inspiring speech in Philadelphia on Tuesday.
THE STATE OF THE ANTI-WAR MOVEMENT: The media is filled this week with assessments of the state of the anti-war movement, on the 5th anniversary of the US invasion. Even there aren’t millions of folks in the streets, the anti-war movement has been a success. American public opinion is overwhelmingly against the war. In the Huffington Post, Tom Hayden looks at the anti-war movement. Here’s a good article on the topic in the Pasadena Star-News and another broadcast on NPR affiliate KPCC.
WHY WALL STREET IS GLAD TO SEE SPITZER GO: In the Nation, Robert Scheer writes about why Wall Street is happy to see Gov. Eliot Spitzer go away. Spitzer took the lead in criticizing the predatory and greedy practices of banks and investors that led to the current foreclosure crisis — a crisis that could have been prevented if the federal bank regulators had done their job.
WHO IS THE REAL JOHN MCCAIN?: In the New Yorker, Hendrik Hertzberg looks at the different sides of McCain.