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

February 2, 2013

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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 […]

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

January 22, 2013

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“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, […]

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MLK Day Remarks: Where We Go From Here

January 21, 2013

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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 […]

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Every Day Must Be Martin Luther King Day*

January 21, 2013

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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 […]

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The Task Ahead: Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Remaining Awake through a Great Revolution”

January 15, 2013

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From January 16, 2012: Yesterday President Obama and his family celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday at the historic Zion Baptist Church in Washington, DC. While there, the Obamas listened to the Deacon read passages from Dr. King’s seminal “Letter from a Birmingham Jail.”[1] Yet, I wonder if the President was aware of the […]

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The Rolling Crisis

January 1, 2013

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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. […]

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The Miseducation of Marco Rubio

November 29, 2012

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GQ’s interview with Florida Senator Marco Rubio created a lot of buzz last week. Most in the media pounced on his admission:  “I’m not a scientist, man.”  Being the hip hop fanatic that I am, I was struck by the title of the piece, “All Eyez on Him” (a play on one of Tupac Shakur’s […]

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