Approval voting. It works just as it sounds: you vote for everyone you “approve” of. Your ballot looks exactly the same as it does in familiar first-past-the-post. A bunch of circles with names by them — but now, you can fill in more than one circle. That’s the only difference. We get rid of the rule of only voting for one. Continue reading Approval Voting: What Is It and How Does It Work?
US cultural memory seems to embrace the defeat of the South in the US Civil War as an exoneration of the North. But the North has racism baked into its core. The contemporary and historical experiences of Black Americans in the North – especially in the Great Lakes region – show how true this is. Continue reading It’s Not Just the South: Anti-Black Racism in the Great Lakes
A public health professional talks about the understaffed, underfunded system on the front lines of Wisconsin’s COVID-19 emergency as well as the kinds of policies that might have made a difference. Continue reading Understaffed, Underfunded: Wisconsin Public Health and COVID-19
Nada Elmikashfi’s bid for State Senate exposed the conflicts in our local political landscape, including the class conflicts that usually get papered over in Madison’s tepid electoral scene. Elmikashfi made politics political again. Continue reading The Serious Politics of the ‘People’s Candidate’ for State Senate
The difference is clear: the Madison School Board has a relationship of respect with the union, Madison Teachers Inc. and those it represents. The University of Wisconsin disdains those who work at the University and disrespects their organizations. The anti-union bias of the University places all of us in jeopardy. Continue reading The Union Difference: How Their Power and Influence Affects Everyone’s Safety
This is just another example of how the response to COVID-19 is shaped to fit the logic of capitalism. Activities that generate profits – labor, purchasing goods and services – are approved, but people must limit the non commodified social interactions that would actually enrich their lives and sustain their mental health in order to keep conditions favorable for the profitable activities to continue. Continue reading Blaming Students for Systemic Stupidity
Why won’t the Democratic Party get on board with Medicare for All? Will they go to hell for this? Continue reading Why are Democrats so resistant to Medicare for all?
The slogan “Free Kyle” is being raised on social media, and reportedly among BLM counter-demonstrators. It is conceivable that Rittenhouse’s example will be considered or adopted by others in light of his construction as a hapless patriot only eager to restore peace to Kenosha. This is especially plausible because defences for Rittenhouse are not fringe on the right. Continue reading Killing in Kenosha: ‘Blue Lives Terror Comes of Age’
When the Milwaukee Bucks refused to take the court in light of the Kenosha police shooting of Jacob Blake, they weren’t “boycotting” anything. Continue reading No, NBA players did not just boycott playoff games. What they did is even more important.
As the school year looms on the horizon, the decision within each school district of whether to physically open buildings has become a political argument. Teachers in Wisconsin are unfortunately used to their jobs being at the center of political scrutiny, but framing the debate through the lens of a global pandemic is new. Continue reading Dangerous School Reopening Plans Anger Teachers, Hurt Students in Wisconsin