Speaker Paul Street


Here is a bio on one of our speakers, Paul Street. Paul will be talking about the ‘People’s Economic Stimulus Plan’.

Paul Street is an independent radical-democratic policy researcher, journalist, historian, and speaker based in Iowa City, Iowa, and Chicago, Illinois.  He is the author of four 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); and (most recently) Barack Obama and the Future of American Politics

Street’s essays, articles, reviews, and commentaries have appeared in numerous outlets, including the Chicago Tribune, Capital City Times, In These Times, Chicago History, Journal of American Ethnic History, Social History, Review of Educational, Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies, Dissent, Black Agenda Report, Dissident Voice, Black Commentator, Monthly Review, History News Network, Tom’sDispatch, AlterNet., and (above all) ZNet and Z Magazine. From the base of ZNet, Z Magazine, and Black Agenda Report, his essays are picked up and reproduced (often 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 and presented in a large number and wide variety of media venues, including The New York Times, CNN, Al Jazeera, the Chicago Tribune, The Times of India, Morning Star (England), Al-Alkhbar (The News in Beirut, Lebanon), WGN (Chicago/national), WLS (ABC-Chicago), Fox News, the Chicago Sun Times, the Capital City Times (Madison, WI), and the Iowa City Press Citizen.

Street has appeared in more than 60 radio and television interviews/broadcasts and on the popular live Web book-chat at “Firedog.” Lake

Street possesses a doctorate in modern U.S. History (with an emphasis on the history of industrial and class relations) – a degree that he will soon be marketing on E-Bay – and once hit a 25-foot jump shot over the outstretched arm of Michigan Wolverine basketball great and future NBA veteran Ricky Green.

Street has taught various aspects of U.S. history at a large number of Chicago-area colleges and universities.  He has been strongly attached to Left political and intellectual culture since he read Volume 1 of Das Kapital and Leon Trotsky’s History of the Russian Revolution (the first at a snail’s pace) in the basement of a house in DeKalb, Illinois in the spring of 1978.   He was the Director of Research at The Chicago Urban League from 2000 through 2005.

Street is a (sixth-grade) graduate of (the original John Dewey) Laboratory School at the University of Chicago but it was all public schools after that. Teenage delinquency may have saved him from ruling-class indoctrination/socialization at one of the nation’s elite universities or liberal arts colleges and put him on a fateful path to the once-exciting “little red schoolhouse on the prairie” – the formerly Marxist History Department of Northern Illinois University.  The best childhood education he received came from the social movements of the 1960s – a pedagogical engagement that begin with hearing Martin Luther King, Jr, speak at Chicago’s Soldier Field during the long hot summer of 1966. Much of Street’s writing revolves around criticism and exposure of what King called “the triple evils that are interrelated”: racism, economic exploitation (capitalism), and militarism-imperialism. He thinks that other and related evils, including sexism and ecocidalism (and authoritarianism more generally) deserve equal consideration



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