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Stephen Squibb

6 February 2012

The thing about losing the Super Bowl is that it’s as much of an event, almost, as winning one. The number of articles written is similar; there is the same amount of anticipatory chatter, the same level of plans made with friends. The difference is just that the season is, if not a failure, exactly, then even more uniquely unsuccessful. Like a bad novel. More…

22 November 2011

Following the eviction of Zuccotti Park in the early morning of November 15, I came with several friends from Occupy Boston to support the mass day of action on November 17. The earliest, riskiest mass action planned that day was to prevent the New York Stock Exchange from opening on time by blocking the surrounding streets. Protesters were meeting at 7 AM to march from several locations to the Exchange. More…

1 August 2011

Almost all the added debt since 2000 can be traced to policies enacted under the cover of post-September 11th nationalism; these policies cemented the transition from neoliberalism to full-blown neoconservatism. While preaching the beauty of small government, neoliberals and conservatives redistributed wealth upwards by expanding the government’s reach. More…

23 May 2011

Americans have always been suspicious of our cities. Before the Civil War, writers competed to denounce them in the strongest possible terms, culminating in the twin Transcendentalist broadsides of Emerson’s Nature and Thoreau’s Walden. The latter prompted Henry James, himself no fan of the city, to describe its author as an “essentially sylvan personage.” More…

22 March 2011

Solidarity is a hard case to make when so many high-profile players make so much money. It becomes easier, however, when we remember that the average career for an NFL player is three-and-a-half years, and that most will be dealing with the effects for a lifetime. It’s easier still when we consider the many billion dollar supplementary economy of working men and women. More…