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  • Sep 3-9, 2014
  • Vol. 34, No. 47

News & Views

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  • Detroit as a verb, courtesy the Conservative War Chest Super PAC

    A new ad running in Arkansas, funded by the Conservative War Chest Super PAC, uses Detroit as a verb to express the idea of killing a place through taxes and debt and lack of jobs. It's actually a very brief cameo by our fair city, visible at 1:42 for those who want to skip the right-wing scaremongering. Our immediate reaction is typical of editors: an objection to verbing a noun. Especially a proper noun. That's just illiterate. What's next? Will we be New Yorking stuff? Or Houstoning something? Perhaps we'll be struck with the urge to Baton Rouge something? Is there no end to ugly coinages emanating from marketing professionals and their focus groups?
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  • How We Once Feared Being 'Detroited' by a Communist Takeover

    This whole idea of a place being "Detroited" — of Detroit being synonymous with a place trashed by liberals and Democratic party members — is sort of silly. It's a uniquely American kind of verbal scaremongering — that if those guys get control of government, factories will go idle, taxes will skyrocket, and the government will sink into a mire of debt. It's so pat that it takes just an ounce of critical thinking to see it for what it is: propaganda.
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  • The Life and Times of Grace Lee Boggs

    Just 20 years ago, Grace Lee Boggs was a rather obscure local figure, a feminist, scholar, and author who carried on the campaign she waged with her late husband Jimmy. Then, in 1994, she co-founded Detroit Summer, “a multi-racial, inter-generational collective” that serves as a training ground for activists, attracting young people from around the country each year.
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