Opinion columns by Alton Miller writing for TheCommonGood.org
Additional resources are linked at the bottom of this page.

    Vol I no. 2 November 12, 2002
    An Appetite for the Real Thing
      Today's conservatives are willing to offend with bold actions, often insupportable by logic or ethics. Their strategy speaks to a public appetite, whetted in an age of virtual values, for the Real Thing.     more...

    Vol I no. 3 November 27, 2002
    Ten Things I Learned from Harold Washington
      I was Harold Washington's press secretary for three years and was sitting with him when he died. Avoiding nostalgia on the fifteenth anniversary of his death, I prefer to recall these lessons.     more...

    Vol I no. 5 December 24, 2002
    A Defining Moment for Liberals
      You don't have to be a conspiracy theorist to know that what is unfolding is not simply a response to crisis but a long-planned agenda for war. There is only one topic for liberals now and that is Iraq.     more...

    Vol II no. 1 January 7, 2003
    Liberal Values and Public Opinion
      The stereotype: liberals are compassionate, conservatives are competent. In a world of us against them, every man for himself, who would you rather have in charge? Liberals need to replace right-wing hucksterism with meaningful communication.     more...

    Vol II no. 2 January 21, 2003
    101 Reasons Not to Go to War with Iraq
      It's not moral, it's not legal, it's not urgent, it's not going to do what they think it will do, it is going to do what they think it won't do, and it will create a disastrous legacy that we'll all have to live with for the rest of our lives.     more...

    Vol II no. 3, February 4, 2003
    To Save The World
      Public relations began as a tool for citizenship, and it is still the best alternative to brute force as the method of liberal democracy. Discovering, or uncovering, our "central idea" is the task at hand. PR, properly understood, will save the world.     more...

    Vol II no. 4, February 18, 2003
    Could It Happen Here?
      It couldn't happen here, could it? To paraphrase a president, the answer depends on what your definition of "it" is. Does reading this sentence increase your chances of being hassled at the airport metal detector?     more...

    Vol II no. 5, March 4, 2003
    The Alternative to Bush's War
      War. Too many of us are using the word without thinking. Especially the chorus of American TV reporters and pundits who are practically salivating at the prospect of easy ratings.     more...

    Vol II no. 6, March 18, 2003
    The Best of Times, the Worst of Times
      Americans don't want to wake up each morning worrying. A president whose policies depend on keeping us afraid will soon arrive at a point of diminishing returns. This worst of times is also the best of times, a time to gather our resources and provide alternatives to the Bush agenda for America.     more...

    Vol II no. 7, April 1, 2003
    When Worse Comes to Worst
      While the fortunes of war continue to unfold in the deserts and devastated cities of Iraq, we have an opportunity to be heard in quarters that have been closed to us. The arrogance, dressed in cliches and euphemisms that mock genuine concern for democratic process, is as overreaching on the domestic front as it is in foreign affairs. People notice these things, and are becoming ready for alternatives.     more...

    Vol II no. 8, April 15, 2003
    Working Against the Grain
      Rumsfeld, Cheney and Bush are attempting to hijack the American spirit. We can prevent it only by reviving the authentic American spirit and giving it voice. But we must be clear that we are working against the grain.     more...

    Vol II no. 9, April 29, 2003
    Needed: A New Vision for America
      Where there is no vision, the people perish; but he that keepeth the law, happy is he. We are confronting a bleak vision of America's destiny at home and abroad, and only a stronger vision can lead us out of the depths and into the light.     more...

    Vol II no. 10, May 13, 2003
    The Book on Richard Perle
      There are two subjects that can be raised only with trepidation. In a climate where right-wing media figures are questioning the patriotism, even the loyalty, of administration critics, they border on thinking the unthinkable. But think we must.     more...

    Vol II no. 11, May 27, 2003
    Weapons of Mass Distraction
      Bush's Rasputin, Karl Rove, is irrepressible. Some of the same propaganda techniques that worked in war are being put to use on the domestic front as well. Theatrics trump issues, and whatís a poor Democrat to do?     more...

    Vol II no. 12, June 10, 2003
    Nuking Iraq
      Let's give credit where credit is due. The coalition forces didnít nuke Iraq. At the Pentagon they thought about it, and they talked about it, and they edged toward it. But they didnít do it. Well, not exactly.     more...


    Resource files for these opinion articles.

    Resource File: The American Empire
    The Ideology of the Warmakers
      Richard Perle, an architect of administration strategy in the Mid-East, recently (3/27) resigned as chairman of the Defense Policy Board, a key advisory arm for Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, amid charges that he stands to profit financially from the administration's war policies. The controversy has sparked fresh attention to the role of the brain trust behind the war.     more...

    Resource File: War News Updates
    Alternative Views of the War on Iraq
      This is a selective review of stories you might have missed during the generally triumphalist media coverage of the war on Iraq. While several are from alternative media sources, most are taken from mainstream media, in the U.S. and abroad. Despite the generally deplorable performance of the U.S. media in covering this war, the American public will never be able to ask "How could we know what was going on?" Ignorance of this war, where it exists, is willful.     more...