Update w/POLL: Support Progressive Author and Historian- Paul Street!

(4 pm. – promoted by ek hornbeck)


Well, my first diary here, so please humor me, I will make errors!  This is a brief request to support a writer and historian who may be close to our own hearts in terms of real Progressive and Liberal politics. Some say he might be the next Howard Zinn.

The title of the book we’d be supporting is The Empire’s New Clothes: Barack Obama and the Real World of Power.

Paul has written many articles his most recent dealing with Wikileaks and whistle blowers: Revealing Moments: Obama, WikiLeaks, the “Good War” Myth, and Silly Liberal Faith in the Emperor  

Take a look at his website where you can view his articles and audio/video:

Paul Street.org  

From his Bio:


Paul Street

Paul Street is an independent radical-democratic policy researcher, journalist, historian, and speaker based in Iowa City, Iowa, and Chicago, Illinois.  He is the author of four books to date: Empire and Inequality: America and the World Since 9/11 (Boulder, CO: Paradigm, 2004); Segregated Schools: Educational Apartheid in the Post-Civil Rights Era(New York: Routledge, 2005); Racial Oppression in the Global Metropolis: a Living Black Chicago History (New York: Rowman & Littlefield, 2007); and (most recently) Barack Obama and the Future of American Politics.

Street’s essays, articles, reviews, and commentaries have appeared in numerous outlets, including the Chicago Tribune, Capital City Times, In These Times, Chicago History, Journal of American Ethnic History, Social History, Review of Educational, Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies, Dissent, Black Agenda Report, Dissident Voice, Black Commentator, Monthly Review, History News Network, Tom’sDispatch, AlterNet., and (above all) ZNet and Z Magazine. From the base of ZNet, Z Magazine, and Black Agenda Report, his essays are picked up and reproduced (often in numerous languages) across the planet/World Wide Web in venues too numerous to track and mention.

Pauls’s articles etc., on Z Space:

Paul on Z-space

Schedule of what cities Paul will be in on Facebook:

Kick ass book tour  

Follow on Twitter:

Paul on Twitter  

and of course on my blog:

Valadon’s Posterous

We usually help candidates, this time let’s help a great guy who helps to write history! TY!

Kickstart contribution site:


Book Tour Event: Busboys and Poets

Location: Busboys and Poets

Start: 06:30 PM Duration: 1:30

Repeats: once

PAUL STREET TALK AND BOOK SIGNING “The Empire’s New Clothes: Barack Obama and the Real World of Power” Monday, August 16th 6:30 to 8 PM Busboys and Poets 5th and K 1025 5th St. NW, WDC 20001 In the Cullen Room

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Address: 1025 5th street NW DC 20001 United States



Also look for events in NYC, NJ and MA as Paul extends his tour!

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    • valadon on 08/09/2010 at 04:43

    otherwise known as tips. Seriously I hope many of you will visit his site and listen to or watch some of his interviews/lectures as well as look at some of his most recent articles! I don’t often advocate for anyone, so this is a first for me!

    • valadon on 08/09/2010 at 23:19

    C’mon folks you can donate as little as $1–$5 will get you a mention and $25 a paperback copy of Paul’s book!

    If you can’t contribute can you tweet, share or otherwise mention this to your friends?

    REPOST! SHARE! TWEET! BLOG! EMAIL! This is the complete northeast schedule for Paul Street’s book tour of “The Empire’s New Clothes: Barack Obama and the Real World of Power”http://tinyurl.com/23dd5pl

    Change comes in many directions and sometimes the best change comes from us and from the people we support. Help me to support a great writer, journalist and historian–He’s one of us.


    • valadon on 08/09/2010 at 23:42

    You guys are awesome!

    • valadon on 08/12/2010 at 01:31

    We crossed the contribution line!  With help from you guys!  TY!!!!

    The contributions are ongoing until Aug 15th, so the more we help the more we get the word out. No pressure, I really appreciate the support here!

    Check out my poll!  😉 Eat your heart out Gibbs!

    • valadon on 08/13/2010 at 01:37

    I’m sure thnx to you guys Paul’s campaign has exceeded expectations!!  TY so much! Look at the Kickstarter amount!

    Kickstarter went way over the top! The project just raised $4,018 of a $1,500 goal. Thanks to all who helped in various ways!



    • valadon on 08/13/2010 at 01:38


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