Message to Blog Readers

13 Nov

Message to Blog Readers:


Despite the petulance of this stretch of world history, I will be silent in coming days, giving ground to knee replacement surgery.


I expect that these will be days of morbid apprehension in America as the realities ofthe forthcoming Trump presidency begin to assume tangible form through a combination of clarity about those who will be the responsible policymakers of Trump’s inner circle and the policies he and they begin proposing.


Two frontiers of hope: a crash program in infrastructure development that includes a large stimulus package and a broad geopolitical accommodation with Russia that includes a sustainable ceasefire in Syria. The first of these frontiers may involve a revival of Keynesian approaches to economic development, and the unacknowledged abandonment of neoliberal trust in the market dynamics associated with ‘capital first, people last.’ The second frontier could calm the region, and allow more constructive forces to exert an influence.


There are reasons also to be fearful, especially if Trump follows through on a variety of outlandish positions taken during the electoral campaign: prosecuting Hillary Clinton; repudiating the Iran Nuclear Agreement and the Paris Climate Agreement; reviving torture; instituting mass deportation; raising unconditional immigration bars, and many more.


Hope is not enough. It is a time for maximizing citizen engagement and the mobilization of progressive political energies. We look to Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and others for leadership, and place trust and ground hopes in the activism of youth!



10 Responses to “Message to Blog Readers”

  1. anisioluiz2008 November 13, 2016 at 10:27 am #

    Reblogged this on O LADO ESCURO DA LUA.

  2. Kata Fisher November 13, 2016 at 2:46 pm #

    Dear Professor Falk,

    I hope your knee will be healed soon, and the stress to your legs due to the surgical procedure of your knee will be faster gone, as well.

    I am not one of the folks that likes to pray for miraculous thing – so I just hope that you will feel better soon.

  3. Ghassan November 13, 2016 at 9:20 pm #

    My thoughts with you. Quick and full recovery.

  4. Laurie Knightly November 13, 2016 at 9:22 pm #

    Whatever lies ahead, a man requires knees that stand or bend at his own command. One doubts, however, that Falk is being silent as he briefly yields one type of articulation for the mending of another.

  5. Amahoro Youth Club November 14, 2016 at 1:16 am #

    Oh dear friend Greetings from Belgrade where I am teaching a couple of days at Radmila’s peace course. Wonderful to be here and visiting also a friend in Timisoara, Romania. I share your concerns about our time – but wanted merely to wish you speedy recovery after the knee surgery. Warmest and best to you both – and once again, Happy Happy birthday and all good in your new year JAN

  6. Sirin Tekeli November 14, 2016 at 2:36 am #

    I wish you a successful operation. Friendly yours, Sirin Tekeli

    2016-11-13 19:43 GMT+02:00 Global Justice in the 21st Century :

    > Richard Falk posted: “Message to Blog Readers: Despite the petulance of > this stretch of world history, I will be silent in coming days, giving > ground to knee replacement surgery. I expect that these will be days of > morbid apprehension in America as th” >

  7. Claudia Damon November 14, 2016 at 9:26 pm #

    Best of luck with your knee surgery! May you be happy with the result sooner than later!

  8. Claudia Damon November 14, 2016 at 9:32 pm #

    Best wishes for a perfect recovery!

  9. Rabbi Ira Youdovin November 17, 2016 at 11:01 am #


    Please pardon the tardiness of this note. I’ve been in New York recuperating from the election by enjoying family, friends, theater, good food and wine while ignoring my laptop. So it’s only just now that I learned of your surgery.

    Evely joins in wishing you a complete and speedy recovery.

    Ira Youdovin

    • Richard Falk November 18, 2016 at 8:20 am #


      Thanks for these good wishes. So far, so good.


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