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April 3, 1994 | TODD GITLIN, Todd Gitlin, a professor of sociology at UC Berkeley, is the author of several books on politics, society and culture, and most recently of a novel, "The Murder of Albert Einstein" (Bantam)
When he ran for his second term in the Statehouse, the governor refused to disclose his financial assets. To do such a thing, he said, would constitute "an invasion of privacy." "I have no conflict of interest whatsoever," he declared. That year, he paid not a penny in state income tax. Yet, when the governor moved to the White House more than a decade later, the press declined to rake him over the coals for his secretiveness.
Steven Weinberg, a liberal eighth-grade history teacher in Oakland, was surprised at the silence among conservative parents in 1991 when his school district considered adopting a progressive, K-8 textbook series that talked about "'Eurocentrism" and "ruthless" conquistadors, that devoted more pages to African and Native American cultures than George Washington and the Wright brothers. "I said to myself, 'Be happy for small favors,' " Weinberg told Todd Gitlin two years later . . .
March 22, 1987 | Neil Postman, Postman is professor of media ecology at New York University. His latest book is "Amusing Ourselves to Death," published by Viking.
The most significant thing about these two books is that they appear to be the initial offerings of a projected series devoted to inquiries into popular culture. We may, for example, look forward to similar critical studies of movies, radio, computers and other technologies of ubiquitous influence. Pantheon is to be congratulated. Such a project will lend both dignity and coherence to the study of modern media, especially if the books that follow are as rich and provocative as these two.
January 15, 2006
Re "The right divide," Opinion, Jan. 11 Todd Gitlin's questioning spirit can only do conservatives good. Among the questions they might consider are: Does the "word of God" trump the Constitution? Is faith more reliable than reason? Should abortion be a crime? Are presidents free to violate statutory law, in wartime or otherwise; and if so, are presidents also free to determine when we are, or are no longer, at war? To what extent do we have the right to inflict casualties on other peoples to enhance our security?
October 12, 2011 | Michael Hiltzik
How do you know when a protest movement is starting to scare the pants off the establishment? One clue is when the protesters are casually dismissed as hippies or rabble, or their principles redefined as class envy or as (that all-purpose insult) "un-American. " Nothing shows that as powerfully as the reaction to the Occupy Wall Street protests that have spread from the financial district in lower Manhattan to cities nationwide, including Los Angeles. Conservative politicians have condemned the Occupy Wall Street protesters as "mobs" supporting the "pitting of Americans against Americans" (Rep.
September 15, 2012 | By Andrew Tangel, Los Angeles Times
NEW YORK - They linked arms, sat and waited for arrest at Zuccotti Park. As police - well, activists playing the role - yanked them into custody one by one, they began chanting: "The whole world is watching!" Occupy Wall Street's dress rehearsal this week came ahead of demonstrations in Manhattan and around the country Monday, when organizers hope to again draw attention to economic woes facing "the 99%. " On Monday, a year will have passed since activists took over the park near the symbolic heart of American capitalism, sparking a movement with offshoots in Los Angeles, Chicago and elsewhere around the world.
July 27, 2007
Re "Raider without a cause," Opinion, July 22 In his premature political obituary for Ralph Nader, Todd Gitlin claims that Democrats enlarged their tent to include leftist activists. That comes as news to many of us in that category. The touchstone for Gitlin's thesis would have to be the war in Iraq, the No. 1 issue on the minds of the American people. Democrats were elected to Congress in 2006 on the expectation that they would end the war in Iraq. They have not. MoveOn.
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