It’s a crummy name for a blog I’ll admit, but “all things political” and my other choices were taken. So Pollak’s Politics it is, but who cares about the name of blogs anyway. What counts is what’s inside, what it’s about, what is said.
My intent is to comment from time to on things political, mainly when I have something to say that is not already being said based on my unique experience and insights.
After a life that included participation in the student movement of the 1960s, a decade in academia, a short time working for two lobbying groups, and 20 plus years as a business executive, I have accumulated a certain amount of experience, which I believe enables me to provide insights into complex political, social and human situations.
That rough outline doesn’t testify to the fact that I’ve studied and read a great deal–from Plato, Socrates and Aristotle to the fathers of the enlightenment, to Marx and the neo-Marxists, and to the critics of Marxism. I’ve taught American Political Theory to undergraduates, I’ve earned a Ph.D. in the history of American higher education, I’ve participated in the legislative process as an employee of two lobbying groups, and I’ve been a journalist––the editor of The Albany Liberator (a black community newspaper although I’m not of African descent), the editor of The New Citizen (a leftist community newspaper), and from 2000 to 2013 the editor of The Empire Page (a news aggregation website).
You may find my views controversial, but you’ll also find that I’m not so arrogant to think I’ve figured it all out or that I won’t admit when I’m wrong.
So I hope you’ll read my posts, comment when so moved and let others know if you like what I have to say.