An Idea to Reform the Media

Feb. 13, 2004

I have become convinced that progressives cannot win without reforming the media, no matter how much time or money we put into grassroots organizing or policy analysis. So what should we do?

Ultimately, of course, we’re going to need governmental solutions and leadership. We’re going to need to break up the media monopolies, open up opportunities for smaller companies, and provide free air time for political campaigns. We’ll have to place new caps on media ownership read more

You Backed Kucinich or Sharpton or Dean: Now What?

So, you backed Dennis Kucinich or Al Sharpton because of their progressive platforms, or you backed Howard Dean because he stood up to Bush – Now what?

President John Kerry? We have to hope so, given the alternative, but how can we get excited about a Democratic nominee who has so much in common with the Republican incumbent? One way would be to recognize the strength we have and force John Kerry to get excited about us and our demands.

Some say that progressives will be taken for granted read more

Letter to a Non-Wealthy Republican

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I have often heard Democrats accuse Republicans of being selfish. That’s nonsense. The economic policies of the Bush Administration have dramatically benefited only the wealthiest two percent of Americans. There are a lot of Republicans nowhere near that level of wealth. To my mind, most people who have voted Republican have not been selfish enough. I encourage everyone to vote their economic self-interest.

By voting Republican, you are voting for read more

If Ifs and Buts Were Candy and Nuts

People all over this country over the past several months have told me “Dennis Kucinich is my first choice but I’m voting for someone electable.” The largest group of such overly wise disciples of their televisions have always chosen to back Howard Dean as the “electable” next best thing. Yet Dean has now almost proven to be unelectable.
The same compromise (judging by these unions’ long-standing concerns and how those compare to the platforms of Kucinich read more

What Unions Mean to the American Dream

Jan. 18, 2004

America has become something more of a dream of late. The images that the mass media feed us of America fit more with a fictional portrait of a country than with the nation we actually live in. I can’t recall the last news story I saw on working homeless families. I haven’t yet seen a funeral of a soldier killed in Iraq. When will we be flooded with stories on the immorality of paying for HMO executives’ stock options but not the health care of sick people? Oprah read more

Why I Quit Kucinich to Search for a Job

By David Swanson
Jan. 31, 2004

Back in September I quit the only steady job I’d ever loved to work as press secretary for the Dennis Kucinich for President campaign. In November I published a column explaining why I would do such a thing: or

Last week I quit the Kucinich campaign in order to search for a job. I now speak only for myself, not the campaign. I did not quit because I had finally been read more

Why I Quit My Job to Work for Dennis Kucinich

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I’ve always been an activist. I’ve always seen the purpose of a life as changing the world for the better, not observing it or recording it or drifting through it or playing it for my own gain, but altering it so it’s a better place with less hardship, destruction, humiliation, and hunger. I used to be a reporter, and I found that I was able to do some good, but that too often I had to write about things I didn’t read more

Presidential Candidates Comparison Chart

Bush’s policy positions are well known and have been put into action. Each of the nine Democrats vying to be the one to send Bush packing has created a campaign website with a section laying out the candidate’s positions on the issues he or she deems important. Below is a chart showing what these 10 people’s positions are on many of the issues. A blank indicates that no information was found on their website. In a few cases, information was used from other reliable sources.

While read more

Kucinich Letters

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Below is a sampling of letters. Some are responses to media bias or meginalization. Others are creative uses of newspapers’ letters pages. Some small newspapers are open to readers expressing their views without responding to specific articles. The letters page is the most read page of many newspapers, large and small.

Young voter apathy
(Published in the Contra Costa Times 9/14/03)

This past week I spoke with three young men who told read more

Letter to a Non-Voter

Also published on

June 14, 2003

Dear Non-Voter,

I vote and you don’t, and that either makes me too gullible or you too cynical. It’s probably some of each. In a lot of general elections, you’re probably right to stay home. Any way you look at it you lose. And if some candidate offering you something you can really use is running in a third party, why bother voting for them, right?

But I want to talk to you about primaries. What do you say when someone prepared read more