Monthly Archives: January 2015

A brief lesson in American economic history from W.E.B. Du Bois

“Again in August 1949, 25 prominent Americans were asked to attend an all-Soviet peace conference in Moscow. For reasons which arose directly from the violent reception given the [American] peace congress in March, I was the only one who accepted the invitation. I addressed the 1,000 persons present: ‘The two great advantages of the United […]

On the Kapyong Barracks

I enjoyed reading Mary Agnes Welch’s recent article on the Kapyong Barracks, a vacant federal-owned land plot in South Central Winnipeg. That should tell you something about me, from the get-go. It wasn’t until I hit the comments section – where the highest upvoted comments include both subtle and less-than-subtle racist rejoinders – that I […]

Loving the NBA’s Western Conference

I’ll be brief here, but I want to celebrate Jason Concepcion’s outstanding article¬†from the end of 2014. Rarely have I seen someone write about basketball with such imagination, hyperbole and encyclopedic reference.