Danny Duncan Collum, author of the novel White Boy, teaches writing at Kentucky State University in Frankfort. 

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Meet the New Boss

by Danny Duncan Collum 04-01-2012

Piano-playing cats or union organizing drives—Google and Facebook don’t care. They just keep a sieve in the flow to collect information that can be sold to advertisers.

Sharia Hysteria

by Danny Duncan Collum 03-01-2012

Muslim cops and football coaches (oh my!) -- the next step in the right wing's efforts to keep Americans in fear.

The End of Rock As We Know It

by Danny Duncan Collum 02-01-2012

Thirty-four years later, nearly two decades into the Internet age, the September 2011 break-up of the rock band R.E.M. reminded me just how right Bangs was. R.E.M. was one of the last traditional rock bands still doing relevant work.

Too Much Talk?

by Danny Duncan Collum 01-01-2012

Consensus decision-making can make an old-style Senate filibuster seem purposeful and engaging.

The Good of Manufacturing

by Danny Duncan Collum 12-01-2011

How blind commitment to 'free trade' throws working people under the bus.

Food for Life

by Danny Duncan Collum 11-01-2011

Why are we still sinking in health-care induced debt?

The Vision of E Street

by Danny Duncan Collum 09-01-2011

Springsteen has always understood that the rock-and-roll story is about freedom.

The Roswell Legacy

by Danny Duncan Collum 08-01-2011

How strange sightings, the Cold War, and the national security state add up to a truth we'll never know.

The Ayn Rand Makeover

by Danny Duncan Collum 07-01-2011

The mainstreaming of Rand is, in large part, the work of one man (and his money).

Solidarity Forever

by Danny Duncan Collum 06-15-2011

In 1886, members of America's fledgling labor movement called a general strike for May 1 to demand an eight-hour work day.

The Civil War's Real Legacy

by Danny Duncan Collum 06-03-2011

"A white man's country" became the multiracial, multicultural democracy we now inhabit.

The Best of Tools, and the Worst

by Danny Duncan Collum 05-01-2011

THE EGYPTIAN revolution started on Facebook. True. The Iranians who took to the streets last year to try to overturn a fraudulent election used Twitter to coordinate their actions and to communicate with the outside world. Also true.

In the Line of Fire

by Danny Duncan Collum 03-01-2011

American alienation is the real killer that stalks our past, and our present.

Palin's Paradoxical Power

by Danny Duncan Collum 02-01-2011

In the past two years, the culture wars have been complicated on the Right by the rise of the "tea party." In a time of grave economic crisis and massive government action, the traditional right-wi

Wanted: Presidential Backbone

by Danny Duncan Collum 01-01-2011
Corporations don't have to breathe the air or drink the water—so why are they "people" too?

Here's some 2010 midterm election commentary ripped straight from the headlines—of 1886.

As we all know by now, the story of the 2010 campaign season was the torrent of secret, unaccountable corporate cash used to saturate the airwaves with false, or nearly false, pro-Republican advertising. I live in an upper South border region, prime natural habitat for Blue Dog Dems, and here the commercials aimed at southern Indiana's Baron Hill and central Kentucky's Ben Chandler rendered even the World Series almost unwatchable.

Overall campaign spending made 2010 the third most expensive election ever, behind 2004 and 2008. Fred Wertheimer, president of the nonprofit Democracy 21, told Politico that about $200 million was being spent by outside groups that did not disclose the sources of their money.

It is generally acknowledged that the deluge of midterm campaign cash was unleashed by a conveniently timed January 2010 Supreme Court ruling, in the Citizens United case, which enshrined corporations' right to spend money in political campaigns as an essential First Amendment protection. Adding his voice to the majority in that case, Justice Antonin Scalia gushed, "To exclude or impede corporate speech is to muzzle the principal agents of the modern free economy. We should celebrate rather than condemn the addition of this speech to the public debate."

Slate magazine's legal correspondent, Dalia Lithwick, cleverly dubbed Citizens United "The Pinocchio Project" because it sought to turn an artificial corporation into a real boy. But the Pinocchio Project has been going on for a long time. In fact it goes back to—you guessed it—1886.

What's Wrong with Privatizing the Internet?

by Danny Duncan Collum 12-01-2010

For a while it looked like the battle for "Net neutrality" was won when President Obama appointed his own chair of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

McCarthyite Mashup

by Danny Duncan Collum 11-01-2010

It happens every summer. Newsmakers go on vacation, real news gets slow, and novelty stories rush in to fill the vacuum. One summer it's child abductions; the next it's shark attacks.

Gaming the Curriculum

by Danny Duncan Collum 09-01-2010
A school claims video games help students learn to "manage complexity." But will they understand culture?

Why Does Glenn Beck Hate Community Organizers?

by Danny Duncan Collum 09-01-2010

The Main Reason: They upend the power structure to give people at the bottom a better chance.

Corporate Country's Sell-Out

by Danny Duncan Collum 08-01-2010
Let's just call the Music City deluge a naturally occurring metaphor.