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Gary Shapiro Does Not Approve of Your Sloth

Fractured Atlas has campaigned tirelessly to make benefits like health insurance available to artists and other creative entrepreneurs. So we couldn’t help but notice this blog post by Gary Shapiro, President of the Consumer Electronics Association, attacking House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi for promoting the idea that artists should have access to affordable health insurance.
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Make Your Voice Heard: How Artists Can Influence Policy and the Political Process

Last Wednesday, Fractured Atlas hosted a conversation with NYC 26th District Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer, who is also Chair of the NYC Cultural Affairs Committee, at Topaz Arts in Queens NYC.
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The event had a surprisingly fantastic turnout, and Van Bramer stayed an hour late just to answer every question from the overflowing audience of artists.  [...]

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Is Obamacare Unconstitutional?

There’s been some heated debate lately on whether the new healthcare law is unconstitutional.  The controversy is focused on a single component of the law: the individual mandate (i.e. the requirement for everyone to buy health insurance).
This is controversial not because it is a mandate, per se.  After all, plenty of uncontroversial legal mandates already [...]

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You, Too, Can be a Powerful Special Interest Group!

Take a minute and think about the most powerful, influential special interest groups in American politics.
On the one hand, you have groups like the National Rifle Association or the National Right to Life Committee. Their power derives from their ability to mobilize passionate, single-issue voters. A hard core gun nut will vote against his own [...]

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Testifying in the name of public art

Last Thursday I had the opportunity to testify before a committee oversight hearing of the New York City Council; we were discussing the value of public art, and the New York City “Percent for Art” program in particular.  Since my testimony is a matter of public record in any case, we thought it would be [...]

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What Egypt Tells Us About Social Media

I usually leave the marketing reflections to blogger extraordinaire Ciara Pressler, but I’m going steal her topic for once. The American media has rightfully been giving a lot of attention to the demonstrations  in Tunisia, Egypt, and Yemen taking place over the past week. As a past resident of Egypt, I’m really heartened to see [...]

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What’s Going on with Health Reform?

Healthcare is back in the news as Republicans and Democrats fight over what reform will actually look like.
But a fair amount of the law has already come into effect; the rest will be phased in gradually over the next several years with the majority implemented in 2014.  Here’s some of what you already have:

No lifetime limits [...]

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Interviewed on Barry’s Blog

Barry Hessenius has posted an interview with me on his eponymous blog. For the record, I’ve never been a particularly tactful person, so it’s not like this is anything new or deliberate.

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Exposing a Growing Crisis: Jason Glaser and “The Affected”

This Featured Member profile focuses on director Jason Glaser’s film series “The Affected”, an exploration of the historical and present-day nightmare that is global agribusiness. The first film of the series, Banana Land: Blood, Bullets and Poison, exposes some of the devastating practices that have become business-as-usual in the production of the most consumed fruit in the United States.

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The NEA, Everyone’s Favorite Scapegoat

Didn’t we already do this once before? Do we really need another huge NEA controversy over something that shouldn’t be controversial at all? Apparently Congressman John Kline thinks so:

Rep. John Kline (R-MN), the top Republican on the U.S. House Education and Labor Committee, is calling for a congressional oversight hearing into allegations that officials with [...]

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