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.

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

Squandering the American Dream with Wasteful Spending

Do we really need 234 military golf courses around the world, an $80 million military ski resort in the Bavarian Alps and a parade of unnecessary weapons, ships, and planes?It is increasingly obvious that our enormous untouchable “military” budget is not always being used for our national defense.Likewise, our massive … Continue reading

Kerry Should Stay in Senate, Romney for Secretary of State

President Obama had lunch yesterday with Mitt Romney and one of the topics they discussed was Romney’s plan for making “government more efficient.” Obama has praised Romney for his work in running the Olympics and for his skills that could lend themselves to making the government work better, said Jay … Continue reading

“The Rich Boy” and the Debate — F. Scott Fitzgerald

“Let me tell you about the very rich. They are different from you and me. They possess and enjoy early, and it does something to them, makes them soft where we are hard, and cynical where we are trustful… They think, deep in their hearts, that they are better than … Continue reading

The Teachers Strike May Be Over But The Crisis Continues

The Chicago strike is at the epicenter of many the critical problems in American society — profound issues aggravated by the recession — and the increasing threat of global competition.

These are:
•The deteriorating prospects and stability of the middle class and civil servants
•The long term stagnation of the underclass,
•Issues of income inequality,
•The unfairness of the tax system,
•The decreasing power of labor unions,
•And the quality of education of all children that is necessary for a nation to compete.
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The Cowboy Social Darwinism of Rick Perry

   “Perrycare” vs. “RomneyCare”  Rick Perry promises  to bring his “Personal Responsibility ” health reform to the rest of the country. He also vows to dismantle President Obama’s health care reform. One of his main tactics is to fiercely attack Mitt Romney for putting through a 2006 health care reform in Massachusetts, which … Continue reading