Steve Cotler

Steve Cotler

Category Archives: Politics

Clarence Darrow and Hawaii’s Massie Affair

A letter I wrote to The New Yorker about Hawaii’s infamous Massie Affair, a sordid episode in American race relations, was printed in the June 27, 2011, issue and is at the bottom of this page. I wrote the letter because: (a) I had recently read three thought-provoking books about racism in America during the […]

Death of Bin Laden

Osama Bin Laden is dead, but this is not a time for exultation. Crowds of mostly young people outside the White House are celebrating. Surely there is justification for bringing justice down upon terrorists. His death will undoubtedly change the nature of the world conflict for which 9/11 remains the signature event. But the hooting […]

What Would MLK Do?

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s "I’ve been to the mountaintop" speech, Memphis, April 3, 1968 Just a few days ago, Jeh C. Johnson, general counsel for the Department of Defense, gave a speech at the Pentagon in recognition of Martin Luther King Day. Toward the end of his talk, Johnson mused about what the non-violent […]

“Muslim” March Madness

Ali Farokhmanesh Omar Samhan What is the overlap between the set of all rabid NCAA Basketball Tournament fans and the set of all knee-jerk despisers of anything Islamic? I suspect the intersection is large. If so, then the first two rounds of March Madness may promote more US-Islamic tolerance than all the State Department visits […]

Census Suspicions

I received an email this week with the subject line: Census violating our privacy rights? It included this comment: Personal questions are asked by the census taker, [but] I answer only “2 persons live here”. That is all. I consider that anything more is invasive…In past years we have had census takers in our face, […]

Calling the Massachsetts Senate Race

“I consider it completely unimportant who in the party will vote, or how; but what is extraordinarily important is this — who will count the votes, and how.” —attributed to Josef Stalin in Boris Bazhanov’s Memoirs of Stalin’s Former Secretary, publ. 1992 *     *     *     *     * Bev Harris is one of democracy’s watchdogs. She […]

Obama on Blagojevich Relationship–A Bogus Quote

In a recent post, I exposed a quote attributed to John Maynard Keynes as a fraud. Such villainy, which is an unfortunate artifact of a free society and a free internet, demands a squinty eye and a Missourian’s “show me” attitude. Today, an email that has been circulating for several months came to me. It […]

“Keynesian” Capitalism Bumper Sticker De-Attributed

During the research for my previous post, I came across a bumper sticker that attributed the quotation in question to John Maynard Keynes. When I informed the purveyor that the quotation was not from Keynes’s oeuvre, they replied: Well, that is sad. It seems that making things up has been a major accomplishment of the […]

John Maynard Keynes: Capitalism and the “Nastiest/Wickedest of Men”

Of course you know that not everything on the web is accurate, but what if you find thousands of hits for a quotation, including citations in Wikiquote,  the Washington Post, and the Howard Law Journal (which, in its Vol 48 Issue 1 Fall 2004 issue, blithely quoted the Washington Post article referenced at the end of […]

Lieberman and Specter: Whom Do You Love?

Can your personal political morality stand the fairness test? Compare Joe Lieberman and Arlen Specter. Each abandoned his party in order to assure or improve his chance of winning re-election. Pragmatic?  Egomaniacal? Fighting the neverending battle for truth, justice, and the American Way? Whom do you love? Lieberman, 67, lifted high by the Democratic party […]