Beyond the Politics of Protest, Beyond the Lesser of Evils

Michael Goldstein

Michael Goldstein
October 07
Michael Goldstein is the author of the book, Return of the Light: A Political Fable in Which the American People Retake Their Country, which sets out a detailed scenario for how we might reverse our course. He blogs occasionally here and in the Huffington Post and works as a mediator and death-penalty appeals lawyer in Northern California. Write Michael at or

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No matter what side we are on, we can get pretty excited about gun control. The debate rages again in the wake of Elliott Rodger's killings in Santa Barbara last month, followed by shootings in Las Vegas and Oregon. A New York Times op-ed arguing that it/… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 11, 2013 8:44PM

It's 9/11! Let's Make More People Hate Us!

Let's join the Obama Administration in amnesia.
AUGUST 27, 2013 10:45AM

What Martin Luther King Dreams of Today

Fifty years ago I told you I had a dream. Many of you have been taught to remember me only for the ideas I voiced then, as a civil rights leader. Yet even then, our march was for jobs and freedom. Some of you recall more, such as my talk… Read full post »

JULY 23, 2013 9:29PM

Just Between Us White Folks

Okay, not really.  But I'm in the camp that says we whites need to be holding our own conversations, our own investigations of our thoughts, beliefs, and attitudes about race.

White Guilt Doesn't Help

Yet I don't even know what language to use.  A lot of ways of bringing… Read full post »


In his Alternet piece The 4 Plagues: Getting a Handle on the Coming Apocalypse, Don Hazen shows that the momentum in every area of public policy is in a harmful direction, and he does so with thoroughness, eloquence, and clarity.  He concludes, “The number of people and books that b… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 30, 2012 12:58PM

"He Shot Me"

Three years and four hours ago, my then-girlfriend Susan and I were taking a walk in her neighborhood, the prosperous Elmwood District in Berkeley, California. Like now, it was the time of year where it was already dark before dinner time, though we hadn't gotten used to it yet. We could… Read full post »

(Ending Police Shootings — Part III) 

Since I wrote about the prevalence of police shootings of unarmed black people and other minorities, Anaheim, California, has erupted in protest over two killings of Mexican-Americans in two days.  Also,&nbsRead full post »
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JULY 6, 2012 2:00PM

Why Police Shootings of Unarmed Civilians Persist

On Monday the family of Kenneth Chamberlain sued White Plains police for killing the 68-year-old African American after he refused them entry to his home.  They were responding to a medical alert call, which by then they knew had been activated by mistake.  Part I on this subject, provokedRead full post »

Last November 68-year-old Kenneth Chamberlain accidentally activated his medical-aid alarm.  The alarm company notified White Plains, New York police, but while they were pounding on the African-American man's door, both the company and Mr. Chamberlain told them he needed no help.  He shoutRead full post »

MAY 17, 2012 9:22PM

#3: A Party Needs a Program

Those now known as "the 1 %" — though they are even fewer than that — have enough political power to consistently shape public policy to serve what they see as their interests, while seriously harming the rest of us and the planet. To maintain legitimacy they need to make greater or… Read full post »

MAY 3, 2012 9:02PM


                    Photo courtesy of Ryan Phillips, Oakland North

                     Photo courtesy of Ryan Phillips, Oakland North. 


Sometimes it's painful to watch good-hearted, enthusiastic people take action agaRead full post »

 Second in a Series 

My last post analyzed the sources of power of both "the 1%" and also of those of us who want a society that is peaceful, just, sustainable, and meets our needs. It concluded that the majority has enough potential power to get what we want and need. However,… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 3, 2012 2:53PM

#1: What We Need Now

December 13 — Former Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson announces he is running for President as candidate of the yet-to-be-formed Justice Party "because the entire system is so corrupt."

January 21 — A San Francisco-area conference of Occupy activists on "Five Ideas for the SpRead full post »

NOVEMBER 1, 2008 1:29AM

Lipstick on a Mainstream Democrat

Where there is despair, let me sow hope. —Attributed to Saint Francis

Hope without clarity derails effective action as surely as any drug.                            —Anonymous

Of the many harms caused by year… Read full post »

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