Nick Licata

Nick Licata, was a 5 term Seattle City Councilmember, named progressive municipal official of the year by The Nation, and is founding board chair of Local Progress, a national network of 1,000 progressive municipal officials. Author of Becoming a Citizen Activist. Subscribe to Licata’s newsletter Urban Politics

Joe Biden’s War? He’s Falling into a Trap Over Israel

Experience shows American presidents can support a secure Israel rather than an aggressive one. That is a lesson that Biden must learn from former presidents.

How Trump Would Exterminate the Deep State

It probably was not by coincidence that he held his rally on the 30th anniversary of a deadly fight between federal agents and inhabitants of a compound headed by the anti-government cult leader David Koresh.

Grandiosity: What Trump 2.0 Would Mean for America

The nation will begin a constitutional crisis during Trump’s first week in the Oval Office. The institutional chaos that he provokes will either splinter the Republican Party, or it will continue to transform into the MAGA Party led by Trump. 

Kshama Sawant and the Marxists (They’ve Disappeared)

The ultimate weakness of an organization's tightly closed leadership system is that it limits beliefs and information outside its control. Hence, leaders quickly discount input from others as invalid or unworthy of evaluation.

Immigration Fuels the International Rise of Populist Right-Wing Parties

It will take pragmatic and bold leadership to halt this slide into a society that will not be seen as a land of the free. 

Why Israel Should Declare a Unilateral Ceasefire

Hamas may be prepared to have all its combatants killed in this Holy War against Israel because their ultimate victory is the elimination of Israel. That will only occur if the Muslim, Arab, and Persian world is united in that goal. The humanitarian tragedy resulting from Israel bombarding and invading Gaza invites and reinforces that unity. 

Seeds of World War III in the Israel-Hamas Crisis

As with the start of WW I, the world is again observing a struggle between ethnic groups to create an independent nation-state from land that another ethnic group occupies.

Escalation: Danger Everywhere in the Middle East

Hamas had no realistic chance of defeating Israel’s army, but they did prompt Israel to attack Gaza.

Can the Ukraine War be Won?

Among the worries: A flood of additional Ukrainian refugees is of significant national concern for many European countries should Russia take over Ukraine.

The Liberal Media? Seriously?

We can consider national media as being divided into four conduits. Television and social media are solely digital, which receive the most attention from the political parties. The primarily non-digital ones are radio and print media, which have not received the attention or the wrath from either party for being biased. However, both mediums have experienced an increase in the concentration of ownership. Has that development moved public opinion to support "small government?"