Paul Street

Paul Street is an independent radical-democratic policy researcher, journalist, historian, author and speaker based in Iowa City, Iowa, and Chicago, Illinois. He is the author of seven books to date: Empire and Inequality: America and the World Since 9/11 (Boulder, CO: Paradigm, 2004); Segregated Schools: Educational Apartheid in the Post-Civil Rights Era(New York: Routledge, 2005); Racial Oppression in the Global Metropolis: a Living Black Chicago History (New York: Rowman & Littlefield, 2007); Barack Obama and the Future of American Politics (Boulder, CO: Paradigm, 2008); The Empire’s New Clothes: Barack Obama in the Real World of Power (Paradigm, 2010); (with Anthony DiMaggio) Crashing the Tea Party: Mass Media and the Campaign to Remake American Politics (Paradigm, 2011); They Rule: The 1% v. Democracy (Paradigm, September 2014). Street’s essays, articles, reviews, interviews, and commentaries have appeared in numerous outlets, including CounterPunch, Truthout, the Chicago Tribune, Capital City Times, In These Times, Chicago History, Critical Sociology, Journal of American Ethnic History, Social History, Review of Educational, Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies, Dissent, Black Agenda Report, Economic & Political Weekly (India), Tinanbantu (South Africa), New Left Project (United Kingdom), Press TV (Iran), The Times of India (India), Morning Star (England), Al-Alkhbar (The News in Beirut, Lebanon), Dissident Voice, Black Commentator, Monthly Review, History News Network, Tom’sDispatch, AlterNet., the Capital City Times (Madison, WI), and the Iowa City Press Citizen, and (above all) ZNet and Z Magazine. Street’s essays are picked up and reproduced in numerous languages across the planet/World Wide Web in venues too numerous to track and mention. Street’s writings, research findings, and commentary have been featured in a large number and wide variety of media venues, including The New York Times, CNN, Al Jazeera, the Chicago Tribune, WGN (Chicago/national), WLS (ABC-Chicago), Fox News, and the Chicago Sun Times. Street has appeared in more than 100 radio and television interviews/broadcasts and on the popular live Web book-chat at “Firedog Lake." Street has taught various aspects of U.S. history at a large number of Chicago-area colleges and universities and was the Director of Research at The Chicago Urban League (from 2000 through 2005), where he published two major grant-funded studies: The Vicious Circle: Race, Prison, Jobs and Community in Chicago, Illinois, and the Nation (October 2002) and Still Separate, Unequal: Race, Place, Policy and the State of Black Chicago (2005).

Paul Street's

ZNet Articles

Seven Things

Obama’s Whitewashed World War II

Bowe Bergdahl, Barack Obama, and the Horror of America

The Pretender

Toward a New Cold War?

Climate of Corporate-Orwellian Absurdity

The Sterling Affair and White Self-Congratulation

The Age of Obama and the Vindication of Ralph Nader

Z Commentary

The White United States’ Real Founding Father: Lord Dunmore

Giving Away the Game

Citizen Koch and the So-Called Public Broadcasting System

Beyond the Carbon Death Knell

Without Even a Side Glance

“People Forget,” the Earth Does Not

No Debate, Fake Debate

Weather Report: Normalizing the Unthinkable at the Petroleum Broadcasting System

Z Magazine

Democracy Incapacitated

Those Who Have Put Out The People’s Eyes

Beyond the Deep State

Uncle Sam: Top Menace to Peace on/and Earth

Capitalism’s Ironic Defenders

Unreported Resistance

Budget Slavery, Budget Freedom Past and Present

No Functioning Democracy


Why I’m an Eco-Socialist

Elections 2012 and the Prospects for a Decent Future: A Left Perspective

Z Blogs

Let F-16s Ring

Three Speaking Events at Left Forum

The Election Question- Broken Record

“The Choice”

Fight the Rich, Not Their Wars

Book Tour for Crashing the Tea Party

C-M-C (Us) vs. M-C-M’ (Them)

Freedom Restored: A Tea Party Satire


The Empire’s New Clothes: Barack Obama in the Real World of Power

The Empire’s New Clothes

The Empire’s New Clothes


Tea Party & Democrats



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