The Left Coast

James R Smith
Exploring world affairs, national affairs, culture, protests, racism, pandemics and the human comedy from the left of the continent. This is not meant to draw you here, but to urge you to make your community better, no matter where you live.
Created 06 Apr 2020
  • Is this the End of Consumerism?
    16 Nov 2021 • 4 min read
    The Door is Open Even before Covid, the majority of workers told pollsters that they hated their jobs. Of course, workers doing unskilled work hated their jobs the most. Many skilled workers loved the...
  • Forever Viet Nam
    11 Nov 2021 • 4 min read • 1 0
    Forever Viet Nam During a recent, week-long visit in Seattle, I walked downtown from my sister’s ungentrified-as-of-yet Capitol Hill apartment to the Pike Place Market. I caught up with an old friend ...
  • Is the media telling us the whole story about the Virginia election?
    06 Nov 2021 • 2 min read • 1 0
    The Three Musketeers: Hillary, Bill, Terry Joe Biden isn’t the president I would have picked. Even so, the rich and powerful among the Eastern Establishment that runs this country have many conflictin...
  • Picket lines and picket signs – What's Going On?
    21 Oct 2021 • 2 min read
    Worcester Mass Nurses on Strike Most of those walking the picket line are probably going through their first strike. Decades ago, strikes were a common part of having a job. Everyone knew that a strik...
  • Can Humans Avoid Going Extinct?
    18 Oct 2021 • 5 min read • 1 0
    Much more time went by until we learned to think of anything besides staying alive, and sex. Art came first, at least to a few prehistoric Michelangelos who painted and etched caves and glyphs around ...
  • 20 Years into a Dark Future
    12 Sep 2021 • 5 min read • 1 0
    The Aftermath - photo by Jim Smith “No,” she said, “it really happened.” As I was to find out, much more was minutes away from happening. More than 3,000 people died when the chickens came home to roo...
  • Local Reaction to Afghanistan Invasion Wasn't All Positive
    05 Sep 2021 • 4 min read • 1 0
    Here’s how one left coast community showed its disgust with this needless war. The Taliban, who were in charge of Afghanistan when 9/11 struck, had nothing to do with the attack (and neither did Iraq,...
  • Deja Vu in Kabul
    24 Aug 2021 • 4 min read • 3 0
    Say, is that a 2021 electric Humvee? A Tale of Two Anti-Taliban Governments Mohammad Najibullah, also known as Dr. Najib, was the progressive president of Afghanistan from 1987 until April 1992. His p...
  • Surviving Covid, Evictions, Fires, & Heat
    14 Aug 2021 • < 1 min read • 3 2
    I haven’t been at my desk for a while due to being too sick to get out of bed, and too addled in the mind to put a coherent sentence together. I thought it might be Covid, since the Delta variant was ...
  • Leaving AfghaniNam
    23 Jul 2021 • 8 min read
    The Afghan Army Supported the Leftist Government The US Quagmire in Afghanistan was meant to stop a Homegrown Leftist Revolution Like Viet Nam, the fiasco in Afghanistan is ending in a bitter retreat....
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