Category Personal Diary

Bernie Sanders: The American Léon Blum

Folks it’s — Eli Valley (@elivalley) February 22, 2020 In 1936, after he formed the leftist “Popular Front” in France, Léon Blum became the first Jewish leader of a major western European power. Benjamin Disraeli, who served as Prime Minster of the United Kingdom in the 1870s, was an ethnic Jew, but had been […]

A spectre is haunting the Democratic Party — the spectre of democracy.

All the powers of the Democratic Party estabilishment have entered into a holy alliance to exorcise this spectre: Warren and Buttigieg, Klobuchar and Biden, elite white feminists and liberal media pundits. Where is any working class political activist that has not been decried as a bro or a Russian troll by Wall Street, neoliberal Democrats? […]

Michael Bloomberg is Didius Julianus

n 193 AD, after the death of Commodus, a wealthy oligarch named Didius Julianus bought the throne of the Roman Empire. With Sulpicianus on the inside and Didius Julianus without the two men began to make offers to the soldiers for their support. Monetary offers were waged against one another until ultimately Didius Julianus purchased […]

Happy Lincoln’s Birthday (And I refuse to call it “President’s Day”)

Abraham Lincoln, 1809-1865, the second greatest American President after Franklin Roosevelt. He destroyed slavery, and he could dunk a basketball.

A Thousand-Mile Walk to the Gulf (1916)

In 1867, a 29-year-old Scottish immigrant and University of Wisconsin at Madison dropout named John Muir, an employee at a wagon wheel factory in Indianapolis, had an accident that almost blinded him. Struck in the eye by a tool that slipped out of his hand and nicked his cornea, he was confined to a dark […]

Bernie Sanders versus Occupy Wall Street

Eight years later, in 2019, Occupy Wall Street is long forgotten, ancient history. Yet last Saturday at the Bernie Sanders rally in Queens, I couldn’t stop thinking about it, not only because Sanders kept using the term “one percent” to describe the ruling class, but because of the stark contrast in the way the two […]

There were so many hipsters at the Bernie rally that even black people had Bromptons

Always great to see a fellow folding bike lover. As for the heavily debated question of Bernie’s demographics, I have to admit that the rally in Queens was mostly white NYC hipsters in their 20s and 30s, pretty much what you’d expect. The 9 or 10 pro-Trump counter protesters protected by a wall of NYPD […]

Bernie Sanders in Queens

Even with a bad cold and a toothache, I wasn’t about to miss Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez endorse Bernie Sanders across the street from the public housing project she saved from Jeff Bezos and Amazon back in 2018. So I got on New Jersey Transit in Westfield, New Jersey, then the 7-Train at Times Square, and road […]

Sarah, Lady Innes

You were older than I was when we first met, twenty seven, a lady, a merchant’s daughter married into the British aristocracy. I was sixteen, a high school kid from New Jersey, brought to Henry Clay Frick’s grand mansion on 5th Avenue by my English teacher Mrs. Bradley (nee Polanski), who not only wanted us […]

The Immense Nothingness of Central New Jersey

Until you’ve seen it from a bike, you haven’t really seen it. Take my home state of New Jersey. If you drive through the very sizeable towns of Edison, Woodbridge, and Piscataway sealed up in a metal death box — otherwise known as a car — you are not observing the landscape. You are part […]