Blake Fleetwood was formerly on the staff of The New York Times and has written for The New York Times Magazine, New York Magazine, The New York Daily News, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, the Village Voice, Atlantic and the Washington Monthly on a number of issues.
He was born in Santiago, Chile and moved to New York City at the age of three. He graduated from Bard College and did graduate work in political science and comparative politics at Columbia University. He has also taught politics at New York University.
He can be reached at email@example.com.
It happens to me 10 times every year when I rent a car. I am not unique. It happens to everyone. It happens with small companies, and big companies. All car rental companies try to cheat and swindle you out of more money than you bargained for, or than you … Continue reading →
Yesterday Homeland Security blinked and balked. Instead of banning cabin laptops on flights coming from Europe altogether, as it had been threatening for months, DHS came out with vague regulations which nobody yet understands. In March, DHS completely banned laptops and tablets from ten airports, on all flights entering the … Continue reading →
05/30/2017 03:55 pm ET | Updated 1 day ago The incredibly stupid laptop ban on flights coming from Europe was put “on hold,” Politico reported on Tuesday afternoon. The article quoted a European official as saying, “Both sides have agreed to intensify technical talks and try and find a common … Continue reading →
Hillary is running out the clock this election. She is leading slightly in the polls, and conventional wisdom was that if she avoided making any more mistakes, she would coast to an easy victory. Right? Although this might have been a winning strategy a few months ago, Trump’s recent gains … Continue reading →
Donald Trump’s recent outrageous comments about excluding Muslims certainly cross the boundary of traditional political discourse in America. Trump fits the classic definition of a demagogue: a rabble-rouser who appeals to the emotions, fears, prejudices and ignorance of the lower socioeconomic classes in order to gain power. Demagogues oppose deliberation … Continue reading →
One-hundred-seventy-six civilians were killed by police in January and February, according to news clippings collected by killedbypolice.net. Of course, the greatest outrage of all is that no one really knows how many people are killed by police annually. FBI Director James B. Comey said last month, “You could tell me … Continue reading →
An extensive analysis of police homicides found wide discrepancies in the rate of police killings among major metropolitan police departments, when measured against population figures. Contrary to popular belief, New York City—-with a police homicide rate of 1 in 123,529 citizens—-ranks near the top (best, least people killed) of large … Continue reading →
Time was when the U.S. was really truly exceptional in many areas — in the 1950’s and 1960’s —- after the rest of the world’s manufacturing was destroyed in World War II. But in those years, there wasn’t much talk of American Exceptionalism. It was so obvious, especially in the … Continue reading →
NPR’s Miami affiliate back-tracked yesterday after canceling an interview with author Stephen Kimber because the subject was “too incendiary and fears of a negative reaction from certain segments of the community.” (See original emails below) Yesterday, after repeated calls to the station from this author, Joseph Labonia, general manager of the station, … Continue reading →
“I was going to do it, really I was.” This is the essence of President Obama’s remarks last week when he announced an overhaul of NSA procedures and the secret courts and secret opinions. “I called for a thorough review of our surveillance operations before Mr. Snowden made these leaks… … Continue reading →
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