About Blake Fleetwood

Blake Fleetwood 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 jfleetwood@aol.com.

Hillary Needs To Be The Hero She Once Was

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

Can a Demagogue, Donald Trump, Be Elected President?

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

Police Killings Continue: 176 Civilians Killed By Police So Far in 2015

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

Miami Police 3 Times More Likely to Kill Than New York City Police

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

Taking on the Great God of Exceptionalism

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 — WLRN Backs Down on Banned Book and Author Interview

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

Is The President a Little Jealous of Edward Snowden?

“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

Whistleblowers Necessary for a Free Press

In a well-orchestrated effort to get ahead of the story, this week the Obama administration released a trove of secret information about domestic spying and the rules of how the domestic phone records may be accessed and used by intelligence analysts. And yesterday, the president met with congressional leaders to … Continue reading

Is Edward Snowden the Only American Who Remembers the Words of the 4th Amendment?

This week an unusual bipartisan effort from 94 Republicans and 111 Democrats almost succeeded in an attempt to cut off funding for the NSA’s collection of phone data by 205 “yes” to 217 “no” votes. But the movement to curb the NSA’s secret power over American citizens has now spread … Continue reading

“Perhaps, in such times, loving one’s country means being hated by its government.”

Edward Snowden is a loyal American. Perhaps the most loyal American of us all. How many of us are brave enough to do what he did? How many of us would choose to give up family, a home in paradise, a high paying job, to help his country. How many … Continue reading