Hold Fast

A Blog by Matt Browner Hamlin

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Robbery, social media & a lesson in brand loyalty to customers

March 20th, 2013 · 1 Comment

[View the story “Robbery, social media & a lesson in brand loyalty to customers” on Storify] Bonus links to these companies: Huckberry Hudson Sutler GORUCK Avund Goods

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Jim Himes: Pro-Austerity Wanker

September 26th, 2012 · Comments Off

This ad from Wall St Democrat and CT-04 incumbent Jim Himes is worth flagging. In it, he compares his desire for “bipartisan” budget cuts to social spending alongside the raising of the US flag at Iwo Jima, walking on the moon and Martin Luther King Jr. He then approvingly cites the Pete Peterson funded Concord […]

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Michael Hudson on #OccupyWallStreet

October 7th, 2011 · Comments Off

Michael Hudson, posted at New Economic Perspectives: The situation is much like that from Iceland to Greece: Governments no longer represent the people. They represent predatory financial interests that are impoverishing the economy. This is not democracy. It is financial oligarchy. And oligarchies do not give their victims a voice. So the great question is, […]

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Press reaction: Rick Perry, shallow thinker

September 8th, 2011 · Comments Off

Reading some of the reviews of last night’s Republican presidential primary debate, I can’t help but praise the Washington press corps for the various, creative ways they say Rick Perry makes George W. Bush look like a strong candidate for the Fields Medal. Here’s a sampling: Jonathan Chait, The New Republic: Perry treats questions as […]

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Gore

June 23rd, 2011 · Comments Off

Al Gore has an impressively argued 7,000 word essay in Rolling Stone this week about climate change. He touches on other issues as well, namely the systemic problem we have in America of confronting lies and distinguishing them from fact. He writes: In the same way, because the banks had their way with Congress when […]

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Cornel West & Obama

May 18th, 2011 · Comments Off

I was a supporter of Bill Bradley in the 2000 Democratic primary, largely because of a speech I saw him give in the spring of 1999 on race relations and the broken criminal justice system. Bradley was moralistic, clear-minded, and willing to talk about racism in a way that I’d never seen a white politician […]

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The Cost of Our Choices

February 28th, 2011 · Comments Off

I read Matt Taibbi’s Griftopia last year and one comparison stood out about the scale of the bailout money given to Wall Street banks vis a vis the US housing market. It turns out this comes from Nomi Prin’s, It Takes a Pillage. Taibbi gives the full quote in his latest mailbag post at Rolling […]

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Polarization

January 10th, 2011 · Comments Off

Matt Yglesias seems a bit surprised to find that polarization doesn’t always break on partisan lines but on ideological ones, looking at the example of Martin Luther King Jr. and George Wallace, who were both Democrats. But polarization isn’t limited to Red Team/Blue Team parameters, as set out by the DC press corps. King was […]

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Finally, Google.cn Is Shut Down

March 23rd, 2010 · Comments Off

This should have been done four years ago, but it’s still great to see Google finally get to the right place and shut down Google.cn. The search engine was built to spec for the Chinese government, enabling their to be both censorship of search results and rigged returns for results that favored the Chinese government […]

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Schrei vs Grunfeld

February 27th, 2010 · Comments Off

Josh Schrei takes on comments of China apologist Tom Grunfeld and really lays the smackdown. Schrei’s writing is a phenomenally clear rebuttal to the pro-colonialist arguments that because Tibet wasn’t, in fact, a Shangri La prior to China’s invasion in 1950, that Tibetans shouldn’t be able to ask for freedom and self-determination. Here’s an excerpt: […]

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