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Bruce A. Jacobs
I write books and poems and play music.
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11/1/2020: Hi. Thank you for coming. Since 2016 I've placeholdered this site until now. I'll update it in the coming days and weeks as the results of this epochal 2020 election affect how we all need to speak and fight for actual democracy in our long-broken country as it teeters... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2020 at Poemmentary
Instead of offering yet another bewildered eulogy to the lost civic conscience of the more than half of Americans who don’t vote, the Post story let nonvoters from across the country explain, in their own words and in detail, why they chose to refuse their ostensible civic duty in one of the most momentous elections in the nation’s history. Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2018 at alias Bruce.
The Democrats win the House, the Republicans win the Senate, and progressives win what? That depends on what we do next. Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2018 at alias Bruce.
On September 27, we got an historic, internationally-televised display of how the avaricious white males who momentarily rule the Western world are dooming themselves to eventual irrelevance. Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, a survivor of sexual assault who didn’t even want... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2018 at alias Bruce.
August 12, 2018 was not the first time white supremacists have tried to carry the day in Washington, DC's Lafayette Park. Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2018 at alias Bruce.
Fears were that we as counter-protestors in DC today were putting ourselves in harm’s way a year after white supremacy killed Heather Heyer and injured 34 others. We did run a risk. But this year it didn’t go the way... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2018 at alias Bruce.
This is not partisan fiction. It isn’t the routine fake outrage of Fox News or yet another algorithmically-designed online whopper. It is the demonstrated factual truth: President Donald Trump, known racist, misogynist encourager of murderous white supremacists, banner of Muslims,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2018 at alias Bruce.
Image: Getty - Foreign Policy “Don’t panic. Organize,” are the final words of Joe Scarborough’s July 2 Washington Post missive to Democratic voters horrified by the Trump presidency’s actions to date and its autocratic potential. Scarborough’s well-intentioned message is true... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2018 at alias Bruce.
The Trump base, in its immoral embrace or tolerance of racist outrages in Trump's policies and rhetoric, connects in a direct line to the 400-year legacy of white American voters enabling lynchings and white supremacist atrocities of all kinds. Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2018 at alias Bruce.
Trump gun action checklist as of 2018's 22nd school shooting, 5-18-2018: ✓ Send thoughts and prayers ✓ Support the NRA and accept its money _ Ban military-style assault weapons that make mass killings easy _ Close the gun show background... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2018 at alias Bruce.
Der Spiegel, a globally-respected mainstream German publication, has now gone public with what others of America’s European partners have so far not wanted to declare out loud to the United States: You Americans elected this monster, and we in our... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2018 at alias Bruce.
"It is rare indeed that people give. Most people guard and keep; they suppose that it is they themselves and what they identify with themselves that they are guarding and keeping, whereas what they are actually guarding and keeping is... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2018 at alias Bruce.
Since the 24-7 information feed from Western civilization’s fast-disintegrating way of life is disheartening beyond description, here, for you and me, are two facts about Trump of which we can remind ourselves in our daily struggles to both guard our... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2018 at alias Bruce.
You may have heard: 18 Republican politicians have nominated President Donald Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize for his interplay with North Korea. To quote a Twitter reply to journalist Andrea Mitchell’s call for Michelle Wolf to apologize for having... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2018 at alias Bruce.
Smart people keep saying this but that’s because reality keeps shouting it: Trump is part of nature’s answer to the temporary global authority of white males who have massive treasuries and armies but tiny appendages of social perception. There Trump... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2018 at alias Bruce.
You may have already heard – see Melissa DePino’s Twitter feed – about two innocent black patrons being forcibly hauled away from a Starbucks by Philadelphia’s finest. Bulldozer-through-the-drywall ambushes like this, day after routine day, decade after lived decade, are... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2018 at alias Bruce.
Short of some single-minded soul’s borrowing one of Trump’s insinuations and giving him the Second Amendment treatment – which would place the United States at the mercy of the smarter and more efficiently hateful monster Mike Pence – what will... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2018 at alias Bruce.
This is the mistake we make: We think that the troops and the tanks and the ovens appear all at once, a firestorm of evil that we can track from a distance and wall out of our towns and our... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2018 at alias Bruce.
If you believe in democracy, Facebook is increasingly incompatible with that desire. As you’ve likely seen in the revelations that continue to unfold, Facebook has created a model where very smart people use very smart machine intelligence to selectively filter... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2018 at alias Bruce.
Sometimes we reach the point where we just have to start hearing and speaking what is real in spite of the insistent stories we are told. So: Forget the underlying narrative of nearly every important story you’re told by The... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2018 at alias Bruce.
This is tortuously obvious unless you live in a bubble of white male obliviousness, in which case this message, like much of today’s American reality, will escape you. But despite its having been repeatedly shrieked by gobsmacked commentators of color... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2018 at alias Bruce.
So now the Democratic Party learns, once again, in an awful but necessary series of exposures, that it has near-zero credibility in pretending to stand up for women. This time the Designated Kinder Money Party went for the kill against... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2017 at alias Bruce.
I mean, really. Can we please ditch the perplexity about Donald Trump? There is little mystery here, despite the prolonged “Wha…?” from journalists and politicians who don’t want to believe that American moral authority is this broken. Look, it started... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2017 at alias Bruce.
Enough already of this ceaseless business of shock, horror, and “can he last?” gibbering among America’s gobsmacked journalists and politicians. I get it that many in the news and electoral industries are bursting their brains trying to make sense of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2017 at alias Bruce.
For a nation so accustomed to congratulating itself as exceptional, it is bitter poetic justice for we as Americans to officially join the ranks of ridiculed autocracies ruled by cartoon dictators. We now fit all the criteria: An elite whose... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2017 at alias Bruce.