by D. Lamont Callier

Illustration from Artist Adam Liam Rose’s (he, him/they, them) series “Stages of Fallout.” (2020).

January 7, 2021

The world woke today to headlines covering the “United States in chaos,” Biden’s electoral victory certification amidst “insurrection,” and questions about the instability and violence directed towards the seat of the federal government’s legislative branch, some written as questions as plain as “Has the US Capitol Hill Been Attacked Before?”

Former US President Barack Obama, joined both by his predecessor and former rival for the 2012 presidential election, Senator Mitt Romney, in decrying the “baseless lie about the outcome of a lawful election, as a moment of great dishonour and shame for our…

Vaccines have propelled an important shift in global momentum in the fight against the coronavirus (though, they still need to be distributed in a far more equal pattern).

I don’t need to tell you that the world has changed because of the coronavirus pandemic. We’ve all experienced the global disruptions to our daily lives, societal fabrics, economies, and also all have been witnesses to a tremendous period of loss.

And now, again, the virus is on the rise nearly everywhere — fueled by a variant that has made itself more transmissible (itself a show of the evolutionary threat that a still-uncontrolled spread poses).

Today the still-unvaccinated face a threat that is many degrees less evitable (i.e. an ability to be evaded or to escape) as public health measures…

This moment in United States history asks us to take seriously everything we know and witness in order to guard against what could come still.

This week the United States experienced an attempt at mob rule — itself an extension of a nearly complete term of mob rule.

For those of you interested in the value of understanding recent events, I will ask you to think seriously about how, with less than two weeks remaining in this presidential term, the incoming leaders of both Houses of Congress as well as members across both parties want the President of the United…

FUNDRAISER LAUNCH: Marathon Book Project

First time Author, Darius Callier, writes an urgent clarion call to Americans on the coming crises of democracy and climate change

“For reasons I can’t quite locate or explain, my awakening on the climate crisis occurred slowly and relatively late in my political awakening.

I am indeed part and parcel of the mainstream of generations since the US civil rights movement, whose political concerns encompassed deep awareness of social injustice. And I share Gen X, millennial, and Z generations’ regard for the environment and concerns about a changing climate. …

New York City had seen its net unemployment since May of 2019 reach nearly one million residents, and seen its unemployment rate increase from 18.3% in May to 20.4% in June 2020. The whole state is approaching net job losses of 1.5 million.

REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

New York City’s current unemployment rate is so staggering in its dimensions that if it were any other time, then the eye-popping figures might command immediate headlines of warnings of economic collapse, and perhaps its own immediate and extraordinary policy intervention from national institutions like the country’s central bank, the Federal Reserve, and the Congress. …

I have many opinions, of course, and at times offer them, but I also frequently revise them, so I am typically slow to share how I specifically care to evaluate an argument or reasoning. Accordingly, I typically find a quote or passage to highlight that seems to get to the heart of the article, or seems compelling, whether or not it comports with my own thinking.

Though, I am politically progressive, I read across the center-right, center, center-left, and left, and I post perspectives from the US and from abroad. …

But, Kamala Harris still has a lot of promising options.

U.S. Senator Kamala Harris of California, former candidate for the 2020 Democratic Presidential Nomination

Senator Kamala Harris started her campaign for the presidency with a promising path to the Democratic nomination, a compelling mix of stature and energy, and missteps in campaigning.

She quickly found herself on an uneasy middle ground between the warring health insurance expansion bases at the party.

Without ever having to commit to a side, she released a Medicare-For-All-like policy that became hard to explain the stump. On paper, however, her goal to recreate the Obama coalition of black voters and white liberals looked perfect. …

I wondered what my friend, Carol, would have thought of it.

“We have time for one more question that we would like all of you to weigh in on. Last week, Ellen DeGeneres was criticized after she and former President George W. Bush were seen laughing together at a football game. Ellen defended their friendship saying ‘We’re all different and I think that we’ve forgotten that that’s okay that we’re all different.’ So in that spirit we’d like you to tell us about a friendship you’ve had that would surprise us, what impacts it’s had on you and your beliefs.”

“This is where we can turn it off, lol,” I texted…


Essayist & Researcher: International Political Economy, Comparative Politics, and Cultural Analysis and Theory

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