Why 21st century civil disobedience isn’t the same as 1960s civil disobedience

By John Ruberry Whether it's Occupy Wall Street, Black Lives Matter or a teachers union, leftist protesters who block streets and disrupt private businesses claim they are the spiritual descendants of Martin Luther King and the 1960s Civil Rights movement. Many of the members of these groups--and there is some overlap--wish they had been a … Continue reading Why 21st century civil disobedience isn’t the same as 1960s civil disobedience

Review: Once in a Great City–A Detroit Story

By John Ruberry Two months after I returned from my urban exploration trip to Detroit David Maraniss' Once in a Great City: A Detroit Story was published. For me the timing couldn't have been better, As I drove west to my home in the Chicago area I mused, "What in the hell went wrong with Detroit?" … Continue reading Review: Once in a Great City–A Detroit Story

The latest battle in the long leftist war: The anti-police protests

By John Ruberry In David Horowitz' pamphlet Barack Obama's Rules for Revolution, the onetime leftist remarked, "An SDS radical once wrote, 'the issue is never the issue. The issue is always the revolution.'  In other words, the cause-whether inner city blacks or women–is never the real cause, but only an occasion to advance the real cause, … Continue reading The latest battle in the long leftist war: The anti-police protests

The reality of the 60’s

There is a lot of talk about how the 60's was the summer of love and all the great stuff that came from it. Virginia Ironside had a different memory: To be honest, I mainly remember the 60s as an endless round of miserable promiscuity, a time when often it seemed easier and, believe it … Continue reading The reality of the 60’s