How Much Do You Care?

In politics, it all comes down to salience. 

We often hear about survey research confirming that most Americans believe X or Y (usually, a relatively liberal policy), and then wonder why we can’t get lawmakers to pass X or Y. The usual cynical answer is money–the folks bankrolling the lawmakers–and there is certainly truth to that.

But the most accurate explanation is salience–or more accurately, the lack thereof. How much do the people expressing their approval of policy X or Y actually care about the issue?

Lift the Siege of Gaza

For the past 15 years, since June 2007, 2 million Palestinians have lived under a strict siege in a narrow strip along the Mediterranean Sea, 20 miles long and 3 to 5 miles wide. Israel withdrew its 7000 settlers from that strip in 2005 but then surrounded it with walls, fences, and guns. No person or goods can enter or leave the Strip without Israel’s approval. Egypt also controls the one remaining opening in the South, but it does so in coordination with Israel and according to its wishes.

Controversial Texas GOP platform would ‘prohibit’ Palestinian state

Republican Sen. John Cornyn is booed at a Texas GOP conference in Houston, June 19, 2022. (KHOU-11/YouTube)

In outright suggesting a “prohibition” on a Palestinian state, the platform goes farther than the 2016 national GOP platform, which withdrew Republican support for a two-state outcome.

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Texas Republican Party approved a platform that supports the “prohibition” of a Palestinian state in lands that Israel now controls.

A Bigotry-Laced 2024 GOP Primary Is Already Breathing Down Our Necks

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis listens as his wife Casey DeSantis speaks during a press conference at the University of Miami Health System's Don Soffer Clinical Research Center on May 17, 2022, in Miami, Florida. JOE RAEDLE / GETTY IMAGES

With the unexpected lull in the January 6 hearings, I find myself mulling over the state of electoral play here in the good ol’ U.S.A., where everything always makes sense because there’s an algorithm or a conspiracy theory to light the way.

Let me see if I have this right.

Adjunct and Tenured Faculty Must Unite to Resist Pandemic Opportunism on Campus

When COVID-19 descended upon the United States, college and university administrators used the disruption caused by the pandemic to slash the jobs of adjunct faculty. Now, two years into the pandemic, these same administrators are continuing to use the conditions of the pandemic to rapidly accelerate the same neoliberal transformations they had been pushing for pre-pandemic, such as replacing “expensive” tenure-line faculty with a cheaper and more exploitable adjunct workforce.

We Need Elected Leaders Who Will Ban the Sale of Assault Weapons

Let’s start with the obvious. President Biden is right. America has to ban the legal sale of rapid-firing military assault weapons capable of murdering hundreds of human beings within minutes. Mass murderers use those weapons every year in our country to kill hundreds of people including precious little children. 

We’re the only civilized nation on earth that allows military weapons with high-capacity magazines to be openly sold to civilians. That’s why we lead the world in mass murders and school shootings.

Australia's 1996 gun law reforms: faster falls in firearm deaths, firearm suicides, and a decade without mass shootings


Background: After a 1996 firearm massacre in Tasmania in which 35 people died, Australian governments united to remove semi-automatic and pump-action shotguns and rifles from civilian possession, as a key component of gun law reforms.

Purdue and Duke Energy to explore potential for clean, nuclear power source for campus


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue University and Duke Energy announced today (April 27) that they plan to jointly explore the feasibility of using advanced nuclear energy to meet the campus community’s long-term energy needs.

With interest rising worldwide in new technologies that are reliable and carbon-free, Purdue and Duke Energy intend to study power produced through Small Modular Reactors (SMRs), a move that may be unprecedented for a college campus and a potential fit for Purdue’s energy needs.

Fulfilling the Constitution's Promotion of the General Welfare

Certainly at least 99.9% of Americans do not want school children gunned down in school—or at any other location or time. Not even the most avid of gun collectors or hunters want school kids massacred by guns—or by any other means. Nor for guns to be the death of any child, anytime, for any reason. Nor does any caring person want this most powerful of nations to be unable to keep schoolchildren safe at their desks. Guns are now the leading cause of death for kids. And U.S.


It's a hard sell to call the US the greatest country in the world when politicians are allowing children to be murdered by 18 yr olds with assault weapons!

Palestinian reporters injured in Jerusalem, 21 media outlets destroyed in Gaza

Amid continuing violent clashes in Jerusalem with Palestinian reporters among the victims and Israeli airforce attacks on media outlets in Gaza City, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns Israel’s disproportionate use of force against journalists, who should under no circumstances be treated as parties to the armed conflict.

Urgent: Largest Expulsion of Palestinians: Please Protest

[Editor's Note: Our peace partners in Israel are asking us to ask you to write to your elected Congressional representatives to call upon them to insist that their government take strong actions to challenge what Israel is doing directly to the Israeli prime ministers, defense ministers, and the international, national, and local media, which has largely ignored this outrage. - Rabbi Michael Lerner, editor Tikkun]

The Janes is a call to action

Courtesy of HBO Films

A new documentary about the underground abortion collective prefigures current events.

We Chicagoans are a proud bunch, and usually with good reason. For many, we’re especially appreciative of our city’s radical history, from the echoing impact of the storied Haymarket Affair to things happening now which will undoubtedly become part of our oppidan tapestry. The aptly named Windy City nevertheless endures as a weathered barometer of this country’s leftist politics.