Category Florida History

David Frum’s brilliant “Trumpocalypse” an essential 2020 read

If I had one wish this election year it would be to provide every American with <a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="http://<a target="_blank" href="">Trumpocalypse: Restoring American Democracy</a>a copy of David Frum’s, Trumpocalypse. In this work, Frum, arguably the most intellectually-gifted conservative writer of the last 30 years lays out the case for why Donald Trump is not […]

The Condo Commandos of south Florida – political difference makers

In this week’s edition of The Florida History Podcast we talk about the “Condo Commandos”, some of the most influential figures in Florida politics from the late 1970’s until the early 2000’s. You can listen to the Florida History Podcast on Anchor (which hosts our show), Spotify, Google, Apple Podcasts, Radio Public, Breaker, Overcast, Castro or Pocket Casts. Overcast, Castro, Spotify, Radio Public and Breaker have […]

#Blacklivesmatter: LBJ and MLK Jr., Civil Rights passage, reading and viewing

With civil disobedience and protests at an apex the last week after the murder of George Floyd and the killing is several other African-Americans, it is important to think about a time when a southern President who prior to 1957, had opposed Civil; Rights effectively partnered with Martin Luther King Jr. The amount of scholarship […]

#COVID-19: Five reasons Florida leaders appear determined to sacrifice public health for political purposes

Florida’s seven-day average of new COVID-19 cases is at its highest point since mid-April. Yet Florida has just gone to “Phase 2” reopening in 64 of 67 counties including especially hard hit ones like Collier, Lee, Orange and Hillsborough. Enough pulling punches on this website expressing misunderstandings or differing political philosophies in the continued rise […]

#BlackLivesMatter – St Augustine, MLK Jr. and the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act

With civil disobedience and protests at an apex the last week after the murder of George Floyd, it is timely to recall the critical role Florida played in the passage of Civil Rights legislation- specifically St Augustine which the epicenter of MLK Jr. and SLC activity during the Senate filibuster of the historic Civil Rights […]

Florida’s #COVID-19 first wave never really ended – The ideology of individualism could be leading us to a new peak

A campaign orchestrated by multiple elected officials and activists to reopen Florida in May, ending COVID-19 lockdown restrictions dominated our political conversations in April and early May. Our state begin its reopening in early May, in phases. Governor Ron DeSantis adopted a data-based approach to the phased reopening, which on the surface appeared deliberative and […]

TFS suspending Facebook posting – #QuitFacebook

Following a week where Facebook has failed to take proper action against posts that incite violence and racial hatred nor fact check President Trump’s false claims about mail-in ballots, COVID-19 or the WHO, we are suspending posts on Facebook. If you use Facebook to keep up with our latest posts and commentary please follow us […]

Florida’s history of urban racial riots and MLK Jr. 1964 St Augustine movement

In this special episode of The Florida History podcast, released early this week due to the civil disobedience and protesting going on nationally in the wake of George Floyd’s murder, we look back at Florida’s history with urban racial strife in the 1980’s and 1990’s. The 1980 Miami riots were the worst urban riots in […]

The Floridazation of the American right: #COVID-19, urban protests, WHO and China: Trump’s week, every possible thing he could do wrong, he did wrong.

Protests engulfed urban areas this week as protests over police brutality became the largest civil unrest we’ve seen in this country since 1968. I know many of our readers and supporters were in the streets and those of you who made the effort I salute your patriotism. A week that started with us honoring our […]

Going Ballistic for Profit: Privatizing Major Tom

One of the stellar American achievements of the last half-century has been privatized. It is the latest chapter in the neoliberal transformation that has changed a county with a market economy into a market society. Few things in recent American history captured the imagination and interest of pubic the way the space race did. At […]