How free-market capitalism and racism wrecked St. Louis
Feb20

How free-market capitalism and racism wrecked St. Louis

The Municipal League of Metro St. Louis isn’t necessarily racist. But they represent a lot of people who are. One person who’s part of the League told me “A lot of people here hate the City.” To be fair, not all of the County towns that make up the Muni League are full of white flight refugees. But many are. “Refugees” here is correct, since that’s how many white people in the County see their families. Tales are told over Budweisers...

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The SouthSider endorses…
Feb19

The SouthSider endorses…

On Tuesday, March 5, voters in St. Louis City will have an opportunity to select the candidates who will represent their party in the April general election. Since every member of the Board of Aldermen is a Democrat and that is not likely to change this year, the winner of the March primary election will almost certainly be a member of the next Board of Aldermen. In our democracy people are free to vote (or not vote) for any...

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St. Louis Cop Culture and the Real National Emergency
Feb18

St. Louis Cop Culture and the Real National Emergency

The real national emergency is 1,038 miles northeast of the Mexican border, near the corner of Oriole and Thekla, where 22 shell casings glinted on the pavement and a nine-year old boy lay in the back seat of a black Dodge Charger, bleeding but still alive after a barrage of gunfire from a silver SUV. It’s at Hodiamont and Julian, where a Kenyan immigrant was shot in the head by a 14 and a 16-year old in an attempted carjacking. It’s...

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Trump’s Hallelujah Caucus Scam
Feb15

Trump’s Hallelujah Caucus Scam

When Karl Marx said “Religion is the opiate of the masses,” he had the right idea and the wrong drug. Opiates tend to make you nod off, quietly. Since religion tends to make you gallop around like your hair’s on fire, a more accurate quote would be “Religion is the meth of the masses.” Take, for example, a chain of suburban St. Louis mega-churches pastored by a man with a name straight out of Charles Dickens—David Crank. Crank posted...

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When a racist symbol takes your paycheck
Feb13

When a racist symbol takes your paycheck

American conservatism since Reagan has been built on the Three R’s (well, four, if you count the Russians)—the rich, the religious, the racist. The rich are waiting for more money, the religious are waiting for Jesus to come again to they can finally kick those pesky Jews out of Jerusalem right before the Rapture, and the racists are waiting for the day they can line up the firing squad for Barack Obama, and all of them are waiting...

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The Guns of St. Louis
Feb11

The Guns of St. Louis

The middle-aged guy riddled with bullets in an alley just off Wabada. The 58-year-old man slumped in a puddle of blood inside an apartment on Wren. The 32-year-old who had been watching a street fight on Minnesota shot in the face at point-blank range. The 57-year-old man crumpled in the middle of St, Ferdinand, shot repeatedly. The “John Doe” shot dead in an alley parallel to North Broadway. The nameless dead in St. Louis...

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