Did you enjoy a blast to the past (circa 2010), reliving the thrill and excitement healthcare debate all over again? If not, what are you waiting for, it’s a click away! Today’s Cubcast from yesteryear is on Gay Rights, a topic that is just as pertinent today as it was two years ago.
By Bailey’s Original, April 2009
As an undergrad, Paco Del Martin Campo was a prominent member of the student activists group Lucha. He also played a role in the 2007 hunger strike, and worked with a Student Coalition on Expansion and Gentrification. After Paco penned an article in the Spectator on the importance of activism, the Cub Pub approached him for an interview on campus activism.
Paco rapidly immersed himself in student activism in his freshman year at Columbia. In an interview, he described himself as an “energetic freshman who was providing a lot of passion and energy” to the 2007 hunger strike. This experience served as a primer for his activist career. “I’ve been active since then, collaborating with the Student Coalition on Expansion and Gentrification … and Lucha [the activist Latin students group]”, said Paco. As we spoke, the two groups were preparing for a May 2nd rally intended to pressure Columbia to be “just” as it expands into Manhanttanville. (The rally’s Facebook event page urges “No displacement, no eminent domain”.) It’s clear that Paco has remained involved and committed to student activism.
The Old Cub Pub occasionally recorded a podcast, believe it or not. What, you don’t believe it? When did I ever lie to you? That was years ago, and it’s not like you were eating them. Christ, they’re only french fries, have some perspective on life. Look, I can tell you’re flustered. Why not calm yourself down by listening to some intriguing discussion on Healthcare Reform from 2010!
By Strawberry Daiquiri, October 2009
The 2016 Olympic location has just been announced to be in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) beating out Chicago, Madrid, and Tokyo. Adding on to the fervor, in 2014 the World Cup will be held in Brazil.What does this mean for the country? A faster and more effective improvement both politically and economically in the next couple of years for the country.
From an economic standpoint, many improvements in the country will cause Brazil’s market to do well, greatly benefiting those who are strongly invested in the country; the tourism, construction, electric, airline, iron ore miner, cement, etc. are all expected to boost the economy. Politically, President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, “Lula,” has been very supportive of the games, effectively planning Brazil’s next steps of the planning process and the role it will take in the global economy.
by Black Russian, February 2010
The death of Howard Zinn should give us all a moment to pause and reflect on a remarkable life, one that was spent almost entirely in service of people. What he served for and for whom he served are, of course, the most important questions. The mainstream media, as well as people who do not have the intellectual curiosity to investigate a great hero of working people, have tried to pigeon-hole him as an icon of The Left, but such a reduction is a terrible disservice to his name. Zinn was, in the opinion of this undergraduate, a champion for all decent human beings.
Zinn’s first great service in the name of humanity was his enlistment in the Armed Forces, eager to fight the onslaught of fascism in Europe. In the aftermath of the Cold War, it is difficult to remember that during World War II capitalists and communists united (with exceptions in both cases) against the common enemy of Nazism. Herein lay one of the most important misconstructions regarding Howard Zinn. I remember reading the New York Times obituary, which implied that the brutality of World War II engendered his anti-war attitudes, but the truth is Zinn’s anti-war activism stemmed from his orders from higher military personnel to bomb soldiers and civilians even after victory was clearly won. Zinn asserted that the decision was not one in the name of victory but of ambitious military officials seeking to rise in the chain of command. Zinn’s anti-war organizing stemmed not from hatred of America but rather from distaste of militarism and what it does to people.
By Tequila Sunrise, January 2010
In the lore of Old Pub, contributor Tequila Sunrise was a legend among mortal men and women. T.S. wrote from a conservative’s perspective on a wide range of issues, including today’s feature on the healthcare debate.
A few months ago, Scott Brown was perhaps best known outside of Massachusetts as the senator-wannabe who once posed naked for Cosmo. But after last Tuesday, few politically aware Americans do not recognize the name Scott Brown. He’s the man who allowed insurance companies and many taxpayers to breathe a sigh of relief (for now). He’s the man who could become the GOP’s new poster boy (after all, he does have modeling experience). And he’s the man that plunged the Democrats into a frenzy of fretting, finger pointing and panic (and perhaps increased the number of Nancy Pelosi’s wrinkles).
But before the Republicans pop the champagne and start celebrating the demise of the health care bill and the likely gains in this year’s elections, they must, well, do something productive.
It’s no secret that the Cub Pub has changed over the years. In fact, this version is a redesigned, remixed, and relaunched version of our old blog, now affectionately referred to as Old Pub. It was a simpler time, a time when the country was lead by a hot shot youngster from Chicago and everyone wasn’t really sure if this Twitter thing would catch on. Relive those glory days with the Best of Old Pub.
Today we examine Old Pub’s reactions to articles published elsewhere.
Liberals Worry Over Obama
by Bailey’s Original, December 2008
The New York Times has a report on liberal dissatisfaction with Obama’s picks so far. The complaints aired in this article are very similar to the issues raised in a post on the site Open Left: Obama has made picks for his economic and national security teams that tack hard toward the center. Many liberals wonder if and when Obama will have progressives advising him, and are worried that the progressive sea change they originally envisioned will take place. Only time will tell, but many liberal pundits are cautioning a wait and see approach. After all, the only way we can know whether or not Obama will govern as a progressive is to see his policies. What do you guys think? Will Obama be as progressive as we all thought? Is it even advisable for him to govern from the left in this political and financial climate, when the fate of the nation will rest in cooperation on both sides of the isle?