Here is the edited and written-up version of the presentation I gave at Traditions Cafe at the Economics for Everyone Event in Olympia Washington on January 31st, 2018. It appears in the March 2018 issue of Works in Progress. Thanks to Keely Miller for her editing of my talk.Analysis of Trump’s 2017 Tax Bill and 2018 Budget Proposal
My Reflections on the Syrian Nerve Gas Bombing of April 4th, 2017, the April 7th U.S. Bombing of the Syrian Airbase, and Possibilities for the Future! by Peter Bohmer, April 17, 2017.
“The evidence has continued to mount that the Syrian air force dropped Sarin gas on Khan Shaykhun in Idlib province in Syria on April 4th, 2017 killing at least 80 people and seriously wounding hundreds. Evidence includes eyewitness accounts, statements by doctors and other medical personnel in Turkey who treated the wounded, statements by various scientific organizations that it was Sarin gas dropped from the air, the past use of Sarin by the Assad regime in 2013 gas and the implausibility and obvious falsehoods of the Russians and Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad about the attack. It is disheartening that so many on the left deny that Syria did these horrific killings or say we have no idea who did it. Although there is close to but not 100% proof of the Syrian government carrying out this horrendous attack, I fear that those who deny or cast doubt on Syrian government responsibility would not accept any evidence that challenges their preconceived notions and ideology”…Syria Reflection, April 17, 2017, Reflection on Syria.
Format of talk 1) US Political Economy and why the Trump victory; 2) Trump agenda and what has happened; 3) Possibilities
Detailed Notes from my talk at Micropolis Social Center in Thessaloniki, Greece February, 20, 2017, The Political Economy of Trumpism revised
Here is a six minute interview of me by Luvva J Profresha. In this video interview, I discuss the Caravan Against Repression in Mexico of activists involved in many movements against oppression and repression. This caravan is on a national tour and I spoke to Luvva J, immediately after the visit of these inspiring activists from Mexico to the Evergreen State College in Olympia on Thursday October 27, 2016
by Peter Bohmer, October 20, 2016
I have watched the three presidential debates this year. Trump’s contempt for women, his anti-choice, anti-Mexican and anti-Muslim immigrant stance, his stereotyping of Black and Latinos, his proposed tax cuts for the wealthy and the corporations was disgusting. His toxic machismo and not so coded racism and white nationalism were on full display. Clinton, although not as bad never mentioned poor people, and called for and bragged about continued U.S. militarism. To Trump’s racist claims about electoral rigging and fraud in Black communities, his mentioning of Philadelphia, St. Louis and Chicago; Hillary Clinton could have but didn’t respond with the past and present actual racist voter suppression, especially by Republicans but also many Democrats in limiting voting by people with felonies, requiring multiple ID’s, making registration and voting difficult, especially in low income communities. Also these three debates were limited by no questions about one of the central issues of the day, climate change, and the excluding of the Green Party Presidential candidate, Jill Stein and the Libertarian Party candidate, Gary Johnson. … (see link above)
by Peter Bohmer, faculty in Political Economy, The Evergreen State College
September 29, 2016
Slightly revised version of my article in the Fall, 2016 Disorientation Manual
Students have played a major role as have student movements in struggles for reform and revolution in the United States and globally. Let me give a few examples, mainly from the 1960’s in the United States before I turn to Evergreen. I will also share a few conclusions based on many years of activism with student movements. …