Ted Rall from Creators Syndicate https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Wed, 04 Aug 2021 20:57:02 -0700 https://www.creators.com/ http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss Ted Rall from Creators Syndicate https://cdn.creators.com/features/ted-rall-thumb.jpg https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall ca371f843f6d7ae9cb0b5cf6c7a16726 How To Stop the Next Stupid War Before it Starts for 07/30/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/07/21/how-to-stop-the-next-stupid-war-before-it-starts Fri, 30 Jul 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Americans are politically fractured, but they agree that our longest war was a mistake. <span class="column--highlighted-text">Seventy-seven percent of Americans, including many Republicans, told a recent CBS News poll that they agree with President Joe Biden's decision to withdraw from Afghanistan. </span>That's a reversal from the conflict's early days, when between 85% and 90% of Americans supported the invasion.</p> <p>What changed? We were lied to; now we know it. The Taliban were characterized by the news media as primitive religious fanatics, a fringe group that ruled by fear in a power vacuum created by our abandonment of the anti-Soviet mujahedeen in the late 1980s. In fact, they were a popular, homegrown phenomenon perfectly situated to frame themselves as a nationalist resistance organization. To whatever extent that Afghans felt "abandoned," they wanted cash and infrastructure with no strings attached. Instead, we imposed a corrupt puppet regime that they viewed as a humiliation.<p>Updated: Fri Jul 30, 2021</p> 9610f28b36a64b6fa8c214626391559f The Worst Countries for Women (Afghanistan Isn't on the List) for 07/23/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/07/21/the-worst-countries-for-women-afghanistan-isnt-on-the-list Fri, 23 Jul 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Concern-trolling over the dismal plight of women in Afghanistan is powerfully appealing to liberals who look for reasons for the United States to maintain a military presence there. If and when the Taliban return to power, the warmongers argue, the bad, old days of stonings, burqas and girls banned from school will come back &#8212; and it'll be our fault because we didn't stick around.</p> <p>Outrage over women's inequality is often only ginned up in the service of some other aim, such as invading Afghanistan or banning transgender women from high school girls' sports teams. <span class="column--highlighted-text">Scratch the thin veneer of phony feminism, and the true agenda, which has nothing to do with women or girls, is quickly exposed.</span><p>Updated: Fri Jul 23, 2021</p> 69320a3b49b8635ffa455fe106cacc51 The Taliban's Dramatic Military Victory for 07/17/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/07/21/the-talibans-dramatic-military-victory Sat, 17 Jul 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Now that President Joe Biden has pulled the U.S. military out of Afghanistan, it's clear that we have little to show for more than $2 trillion and thousands of soldiers killed over two decades of occupation. We will soon be back where we were on Sept. 10, 2001, when the Taliban governed Afghanistan.</p> <p>Afghan government troops have neither the will nor the training to protect their corrupt leaders in Kabul. The defeat of an Afghan government sinking in passivity and denial will occur within weeks or months.<p>Updated: Sat Jul 17, 2021</p> 4b6f320800d91204d65cc4ad19b79729 Abandon Afghanistan and Don't Look Back for 07/09/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/07/21/abandon-afghanistan-and-dont-look-back Fri, 09 Jul 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>President Joe Biden deserves nothing but praise and support for his decision to honor America's commitment, which was negotiated between the Trump administration and the Taliban, to finally withdraw from Afghanistan. After more than 20 years of wasted lives, endless property damage and the squandering of billions of U.S. tax dollars that would have been better spent on just about anything else, it's incredible that corporate media is still giving airtime to the idiots and warmongers who want to keep troops over there. "I have heard general after general, as you have, say, just give us a little more time," ABC's Martha Raddatz said on July 4.</p> <p>It's been two decades. There was no legal or moral justification for the war to begin with. They've had too much time as it is.<p>Updated: Fri Jul 09, 2021</p> 347514b6b26de89c7443adde1468a981 When Will Politicians Start Caring About People's Actual Problems? for 07/02/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/07/21/when-will-politicians-start-caring-about-peoples-actual-problems Fri, 02 Jul 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>When you crank out five editorial cartoons and a couple of opinion essays a week, not to mention opining on the radio about this issue and that, it is easy to forget about the basics.</p> <p>The big issues.<p>Updated: Fri Jul 02, 2021</p> de4b44d0fd881752012773376ec27fb0 NYC Exposes the Flaws in Ranked Choice Voting for 06/25/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/06/21/nyc-exposes-the-flaws-in-ranked-choice-voting Fri, 25 Jun 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Progressive Democrats have long been among the most fervent advocates of ranked choice voting. Many believed, though scientific data has yet to be proffered in support of their thesis, that it would have been harder for corporate Democrats in the Democratic National Committee to cheat Bernie Sanders in 2016 had the party's primaries been conducted using ranked choice. Now we have a strong case study: the race for the Democratic nomination for mayor of New York City. </p> <p>The winner may not be announced until July, but the big result is already in: Ranked choice voting sucks.<p>Updated: Fri Jun 25, 2021</p> 3f1639ce3b6a66eb8b0e2e290e878c5d What I'd Do as NYC Mayor for 06/18/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/06/21/what-id-do-as-nyc-mayor Fri, 18 Jun 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>New Yorkers go to the polls June 22 to choose their next mayor. They're primaries, but whoever wins the Democratic nomination will almost certainly move into Gracie Mansion.</p> <p>Media coverage has focused on the fading fortunes of former presidential candidate and tech entrepreneur Andrew Yang, the dearth of progressives in a wide field and the new, confusing ranked-choice voting scheme. (I have a lot of doubts about ranked-choice voting, which I will enumerate in this space at another time.)</p> <p>A New Yorker by choice most of my life and, unlike Yang, a guy who moved <i> back </i> to the city during the COVID-19 pandemic while others were running for the exurbs, I've been thinking a lot about what the next mayor should prioritize and what I would do if I were in charge of the city. Most of my readers don't live in New York. But most do live in urban areas. Many who live in rural regions work and shop in cities. So, New York's problems are your problems, too.<p>Updated: Fri Jun 18, 2021</p> 6106d5b995428cfbd8f2ea404568b40b What You Do After Work Shouldn't Cost You Your Job for 06/11/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/06/21/what-you-do-after-work-shouldnt-cost-you-your-job Fri, 11 Jun 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>The "Central Park Karen" is suing her former employer for firing her. </p> <p>I hope she wins. Karening is gross. But it's not your boss's business.</p> <p>Amy Cooper became the object of an internet "two minutes hate" last year when she called 911 on a Black bird-watcher who asked her to leash her dog, per the rules, and told the police he was threatening her and her dog. Unfortunately for her, the guy's cellphone video showed no such thing.<p>Updated: Fri Jun 11, 2021</p> 2bc3fe7004ca4abfe7f8b4347c744c23 Liberals' Bizarre Fear of an Unmasked Nation for 06/04/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/06/21/liberals-bizarre-fear-of-an-unmasked-nation Fri, 04 Jun 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>During last year's campaign, Joe Biden promised to "listen to the scientists." He repeatedly said his coronavirus-response policy would be "informed by science and by experts." </p> <p>On issues from the environment to teaching evolution in public schools to the public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic, liberals often accuse conservatives of putting emotions ahead of facts. While recognizing that the scientific process of acquiring knowledge and putting hypotheses to an empirical test can and often does lead to shifts in consensus, we on the left claim to trust scientists such as Dr. Anthony Fauci, the infectious disease expert and unlikely media icon. <p>Updated: Fri Jun 04, 2021</p> 35d47bd2fae82347d905fc280757dc61 Your Opinion Doesn't Matter. Protests Matter for 05/28/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/05/21/your-opinion-doesnt-matter-protests-matter Fri, 28 May 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Your opinion doesn't matter &#8212; not by itself. No matter how heartfelt or important to you personally, your thoughts about Gaza or legal weed or the war on skinny jeans don't mean anything merely because they reside inside your brain.</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">Your opinion matters only if you express it. </span>Expression of an opinion doesn't change anything unless it's done effectively. Opinions expressed en masse, alongside others who share your views, are more likely to effect change &#8212; but that's not enough to move the needle. What changes policy, what improves lives for the foreseeable future, what makes history on a radical scale is a sustained mass movement that expresses an opinion so aggressively that the ruling classes are forced to change course or risk losing their power and privilege to revolutionary overthrow.<p>Updated: Fri May 28, 2021</p> 82f0b490321216bb087e7cee13172b0b No More False Equivalence: Israel Chooses War Over Peace for 05/21/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/05/21/no-more-false-equivalence-israel-chooses-war-over-peace Fri, 21 May 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>No one is blameless in the ongoing violent conflict between Israel and stateless Palestinians. Both sides target and kill civilian noncombatants. But let's put an end to false equivalence. "A pox on both houses" is not a morally or politically sound response to the one-sided war between Israel and Hamas.</p> <p>Israel wants war. If it wanted peace, it would have it.<p>Updated: Fri May 21, 2021</p> f3dc7c89d6416b375392155319f9081d End Military Aid to Israel for 05/14/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/05/21/end-military-aid-to-israel Fri, 14 May 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Riding in the back of a truck into Afghanistan during the 2001 U.S. invasion, a journalist colleague from Russia who served in the Red Army during the 1980s asseverated that he was happy to be back in country. "Because this time," he said, swinging his hands to indicate the swarms of refugees, bombed-out villages and nearby artillery fire, "all this s&#8212;- belongs to <i> you </i>." He pointed at me, the American. I looked around and immediately drew the obvious conclusion: We should get the hell out of Afghanistan.</p> <p>That was 20 years ago. We were just getting in. But us being us &#8212; trying to win hearts and minds with corrupt proxies &#8212; and the Afghans being the Afghans &#8212; only able to agree on one thing, their intolerance of foreign domination &#8212; humiliating defeat and withdrawal were inevitable from the start.<p>Updated: Fri May 14, 2021</p> dcc9d758e1e5c469a10947c6dc742ac1 Burning a Police Station Led to Justice for 05/07/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/05/21/burning-a-police-station-led-to-justice Fri, 07 May 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>As people of good will celebrate or merely breathe a sigh of relief in response to the conviction of Minneapolis former police officer Derek Chauvin for the videotaped murder of George Floyd, <span class="column--highlighted-text">it is worth noting that this victory likely would never have occurred had it not been for a spectacular act of property destruction.</span></p> <p>Yes, there was that damning video. True, the police chief testified for the prosecution. Those factors caused Chauvin's rare conviction. But you can't convict unless you indict first &#8212; and there was no move to indict Chauvin before city officials were scared into filing charges.<p>Updated: Fri May 07, 2021</p> a92ee14893a0aa01fd9cc1a659ddf421 Biden's Left Feint for 04/30/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/04/21/bidens-left-feint Fri, 30 Apr 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>If you don't dig deep, Joe Biden appears to be governing as the most liberal president since Lyndon Johnson. But conservatives needn't worry. Biden is no progressive in centrist's clothing. True, the president's legislative agenda &#8212; after the coronavirus relief bill, which was undeniably progressive &#8212; would expand the social safety net, increase direct aid to citizens in trouble and pay for this expansion of the federal government with tax hikes the way we leftists like them (on corporations and rich individuals). That is, if passed. </p> <p>Which it won't. No one, Biden least of all, expects Congress to approve his big infrastructure or education packages. Recalcitrant Republicans and reluctant red-state Democrats like Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia will probably water the proposed $2.3 trillion infrastructure bill down to virtual under-$1 trillion insignificance. The $1.8 trillion education proposal, which would be funded by a capital-gains tax increase the GOP hates, is an even more desperate Hail Mary pass. <p>Updated: Fri Apr 30, 2021</p> a4b5796bc8e4a9aee0a00d06d7f0fe34 Afghanistan Under the Taliban: It Won't Be Like Last Time for 04/23/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/04/21/afghanistan-under-the-taliban-it-wont-be-like-last-time Fri, 23 Apr 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>We've been in Afghanistan 20 years, Joe Biden's generals told him. All we need is a little more time. The president overruled them, ordering a complete withdrawal of American troops by Sept. 11.</p> <p>Madiha Afzal and Michael O'Hanlon of the Brookings Institution articulate the opposition to Biden's decision to call it quits. Remove the U.S. occupation forces that have maintained stability, they worry, and civil war will soon follow, culminating in the overthrow of the U.S.-backed government in Kabul and the return of the Taliban. They think it will be the late 1990s all over again: women back under burqas, stonings, 14th-century Islam providing a safe haven for anti-Western terrorist groups like al-Qaida.<p>Updated: Fri Apr 23, 2021</p> 5143794ee7c3d825b89f8b3aaa552864 Destroy the Police in Order to Rebuild It for 04/16/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/04/21/destroy-the-police-in-order-to-rebuild-it Fri, 16 Apr 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The killing of 20-year-old Daunte Wright by a Minnesota police officer during a traffic stop is the latest in a long line of high-profile shootings to have sparked widespread protests. As often occurs after these terrible incidents, politicians and editorial boards are floating ways to turn Robocop into Officer Friendly.</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">The trouble with mainstream proposals is that they would nip at the edges of a systemic problem, assuming that the cabal of powerful police unions were to allow their implementation.</span> Nothing short of completely destroying existing police departments and their methods will fix policing that is authoritarian, predatory and violent to its core. We must radically reinvent the purpose, personnel and posture of police officers if Americans seriously want to free people of color (and everyone else) of the abject terror they feel each time flashing lights appear in their rearview mirror. <p>Updated: Mon Apr 19, 2021</p> 179750ce3f9e345207d8797143fddc82 My Predictions for Biden's Probably Truncated Presidency for 04/09/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/04/21/my-predictions-for-bidens-probably-truncated-presidency Fri, 09 Apr 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Beginning in March 2016, I repeatedly and almost famously warned overconfident Democrats &#8212; who ridiculed me for saying so &#8212; that Donald Trump would probably win the 2016 election. Days after Trump's "softly sensuous" inauguration, I accurately predicted the next four years: "Three scenarios show us what everyday life in Trumpian America will probably feel like: Third World dictatorships, prison and having an alcoholic parent."</p> <p>"In a dictatorship," I noted, "particularly where the despot is a megalomaniac in the vein of a Saddam Hussein or a Muammar Gaddafi, citizens obsess over the Great Leader's every move." Never have the American people obsessed for four exhausting years over a president as we did over Trump and his autocratic style.<p>Updated: Fri Apr 09, 2021</p> 89585303eb14550bf31ce51ff99094c9 Demented Thinking About Joe Biden for 04/02/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/04/21/demented-thinking-about-joe-biden Fri, 02 Apr 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The president has dementia.</p> <p>I'm a cartoonist and a writer, and I am most assuredly not a gerontologist. I did not go to medical school. If I am not an expert in aging and cognitive decline, how do I know President Biden has dementia? The same way you and I and everyone else know things to be true despite our lack of credentials: experience and pattern recognition.<p>Updated: Fri Apr 02, 2021</p> 7f26c087ad2e7aa68e703aacf08d97c3 I Am a Victim of Republican Cancel Culture for 03/26/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/03/21/i-am-a-victim-of-republican-cancel-culture Fri, 26 Mar 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>The debate over cancel culture centers around how the Democratic Party, "woke" activists and politically correct "social justice warriors" expel people from social acceptability or force them into joblessness because something they said or did provoked an online mob. </p> <p>But Republicans have been canceling people for much longer.</p> <p>I am living proof.<p>Updated: Fri Mar 26, 2021</p> 27c8260fade98066d5637aa8c4186099 There Are More Socialists Than Democrats or Republicans. We Should Act Like It for 03/19/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/03/21/there-are-more-socialists-than-democrats-or-republicans-we-should-act-like-it Fri, 19 Mar 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>American leftists find themselves at a tactical crossroad. Will the 39% of Americans (and more than half of those under 30) who steadily oppose capitalism stand up for themselves? Will socialists, progressives, communists, leftist anarchists and leftist libertarians boldly fight to build a movement, thus inspiring other allies of the working class to join the struggle to abolish the vicious and vacuous capitalist system? </p> <p>Or will leftists continue to tolerate and support a corporate Democratic Party that exploits them for their votes, financial contributions and labor while it contemptuously promotes everything they deplore?<p>Updated: Fri Mar 19, 2021</p>