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Don’t Sleep: Critics Wake Up and Discover Political Hip Hop

December 20, 2013


In one of my favorite speeches from the Civil Rights Era, Martin Luther King, Jr. implored his listeners to remain awake through the series of technological and political revolutions of the 1960s. This piece is not as serious, but, apparently, some music critics have done their best Rip Van Winkle impression. A couple of mainstream […]

We Need a Robin Hood Tax for Welfare Relief

September 24, 2013


*Originally Posted at Nursing Clio on September 24, 2013. I wish I found the idea of cutting $39 billion from the federal government’s food stamp program  (Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, or SNAP) during a recession unbelievable. But, as usual, House Republicans continue to thwart all belief and reason. Some Republicans like Paul Ryan (R-WI) are concerned […]

Emancipating Intimate Labor in the Home Care Economy

April 27, 2013


On December 15, 2011, the White House announced “administration action” to protect the nation’s 1.7 million home care workers. President Obama called for the establishment of minimum wage and overtime standards that all workers recognized in the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) received. These new reforms would virtually eliminate the “elder companion exemption” in the FLSA that […]

Eradicating Rape Culture

March 22, 2013


The Steubenville rape case and CNN’s disturbing response to the conviction of the two football players illustrate the pervasiveness of rape culture in American society. As Blogger Lauren Nelson highlighted in her piece, “So you’re tired of hearing about rape culture,” politicians, news pundits, athletes, teenagers, men, and women have displayed some or all the characteristics of rape culture recently—victim-blaming, shaming, […]

“Words I Never Said”: My Reaction to the White House’s Announcement on Drones and Some Post-election Thoughts on US Foreign Policy

February 7, 2013


Reaction: Some may remember when I announced that I would publish a series of thoughts about particular issues after the 2012 election. Well, I did write a few notes on several issues such as Obama’s electoral coalition, the role of the industrial Midwest, and a discussion of the two bailouts of Chrysler in 1979 and […]

Ed Koch and the Planned Shrinkage of the US Economy: Two Tales of Austerity, Part 1

February 2, 2013


Two seemingly unrelated events of note happened Friday—former New York City Mayor Ed Koch passed away and the U.S. Department of Commerce announced that the U.S. economy shrank for the first time since 2009. The contraction may have come as a surprise due to the economic growth (3.1%) in the previous quarter. As you can […]

“Seneca Falls, and Selma, and Stonewall”: The Enduring Legacy of Leftist Social Movements

January 22, 2013


“We, the people, declare today that the most evident of truths—that all of us are created equal—is the start that guides us still; just as it guided our forebears through Seneca Falls, and Selma, and Stonewall; just as it guided all those men and women, sung and unsung, who left footprints along this great Mall, […]

MLK Day Remarks: Where We Go From Here

January 21, 2013


Dr. King Remarks: Austin C. McCoy 1/21/2013 Today I will address two questions that the organizers prepared for us—one addressing “progress” since the March on Washington, and then I will address what we could do to help President Obama in his second term, or, where we go from here. I want to start with a […]

Every Day Must Be Martin Luther King Day*

January 21, 2013


Originally published on MLK Day in 2010. I will publish my latest remarks later on today.  I thought I would repost my latest MLK Day piece with this robust conversation about King’s legacy and Glenn Beck’s demonstration occurring. More thoughts about all of this are possibly forthcoming… There is little doubt that Martin Luther King […]

The Rolling Crisis

January 1, 2013


Reports of a deal between Democrats and Republicans to avert the so-called fiscal cliff  surfaced a few hours before they all turned to pumpkins at midnight. I am sure that I am not the only one who grew tired of hearing about the fiscal cliff, curb, or whatever metaphor one decided to call the crisis. […]