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The Musings of Mike Spindell

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August 2016

John Oliver Offers Donald Trump A Way Out Which Is A Modest Proposal Indeed

John Oliver, who as an Englishman is probably one of America's greatest comic satirists, has offered Donald Trump a way to salvage his reputation for winning, which can be destroyed by  Trump's losing this election.  Perhaps literary history's greatest satirist... Continue Reading →

Citizens United and the First Amendment: The Catch 22 of Defending Freedom of Speech

One of the major themes supported by progressives in this years election cycle has been the overturning of the Citizens United decision by the Supreme Court (SCOTUS). Those on the Left, like me, discuss this unprecedented ruling by decrying how... Continue Reading →

Manhattan: That Magic Island is Only For the Rich These Days

Manhattan Island,  the  most famous of New York City's five boroughs,  has been eulogized in movies,  novels and song.  From 1969 until 1975 I lived in a rent controlled building in Manhattan, in the heart of its tony Gramercy Park.... Continue Reading →

Bail: Another American Criminal Justice Fail

The system of paying money to be released from incarceration on "bail" pending trial, is yet another example what I see as America's use of criminal justice as a means of continued dis-empowerment of those of little wealth and of... Continue Reading →

The Tea Party Brought Us Trump, What Brought the Tea Party?

In this election many in the mainstream media have expressed shock that someone like Donald Trump could be the candidate of the Republican Party.  In my opinion this "shock" represents either self-deception,  or outright avoidance of the obvious.  Trump is... Continue Reading →

Football and the American Oligarchy

We are about to begin another season of American football,  which is the most popular and the most wealth creating sport in our country.  One can say that the professional football Super Bowl game,  watched by 100 million people has... Continue Reading →

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