Paul Street (journalist)

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Paul Louis Street (born May 23, 1958) is an American journalist, author, historian, and political commentator. He is a member of the International Organization for a Participatory Society[1] and holds a doctorate in U.S. History from Binghamton University.

Life and career[edit]

Street served as both the Director of Research and Vice President for Research and Planning at the Chicago Urban League from 2000 to 2005.

Street's articles, essays, reviews, and editorials have been published in numerous outlets, including the Chicago Tribune, Journal of American Ethnic History, Journal of Social History, Mid-America, Chicago History, Review of Education, Pedagogy and Cultural Studies, Studies in History and Politics, History of Education Quarterly, In These Times, the International Social Review, The Greanville Post, Cyrano's Journal Today, Dissent, Capital City Times, Z Magazine, Black Commentator, Black Agenda Report, ZNet, AlterNet, Tom’s Dispatch, History News Network, and Monthly Review. Street has also published a large number of book chapters and project studies, including the widely read reports "The Vicious Circle: Race, Prison, Jobs and Community in Chicago, Illinois and the Nation" (Chicago Urban League, 2002) and "Still Separate, Unequal, Race, Place and Policy in Chicago" (Chicago Urban League, 2005).

Street’s writings, research findings, reviews, and commentaries have been featured and presented in a large number and wide variety of media venues, including The New York Times, CNN, The Huffington Post, Al Jazeera, the Chicago Tribune, The Times of India, Morning Star, Al-Alkhbar (The News in Beirut, Lebanon), Canal da Imprensa (Brazil), Real Clear Politics, WNBC (New York City), WGN (Chicago/national), WLS (ABC-Chicago), Fox News Channel, the Chicago Sun-Times, Illinois Issues, the Capital City Times (Madison, WI), and the Iowa City Press-Citizen. Street has been featured in more than 70 radio and television interviews and broadcasts, ten television interviews, and on the popular live Web book-chat at “Firedoglake.”

He is a regular contributor to the ZNet website, and according to his ZSpace author's profile he "once hit a 25-foot jump shot over the outstretched arm of Michigan Wolverine basketball great and future NBA veteran Ricky Green."

Street cites Martin Luther King's philosophy against the "triple evils" of "racism, economic exploitation (capitalism), and militarism-imperialism" as a primary influence on his life and works.[2]

Political views[edit]

Street is a Marxist whose leading influences beyond Marx include Gerrard Winstanley, Edward Palmer Thompson, Eric Hobsbawm, Rosa Luxembourg, Noam Chomsky, and John Pilger. Street is an outspoken critic of pseudo-populism, which is usually engineered with the help of mass media, especially as it perpetuates corporatism and imperialism. Street is also an expert analyst and commentator on contemporary racism in the "post Civil Rights era."

In an October 2008 interview with Little Village magazine, Street said: "We either transcend the corporate-managed profits system or we descend ever further into barbarism, totalitarianism, and ecological ruin over the long haul."[3]

His book Barack Obama and the Future of American Politics (2008) concerns Barack Obama's political and personal history, candidacy, campaign strategy, and political philosophy, as it relates to modern American political culture.


  • Empire and Inequality: America and the World since 9/11 (Boulder: Paradigm 2004; ISBN 978-1-59451-059-5);
  • Segregated Schools: Educational Apartheid in the Post–Civil Rights Era (New York: Routledge 2005; ISBN 978-0-415-95116-6);
  • Racial Oppression in the Global Metropolis: A Living Black Chicago History (New York: Rowman & Littlefield, 2007; ISBN 978-0-7425-4081-1);
  • Barack Obama and the Future of American Politics (Boulder: Paradigm, 2008; ISBN 978-1-59451-631-3);
  • The Empire's New Clothes: Barack Obama in the Real World of Power (Boulder: Paradigm, August 2010; ISBN 978-1-59451-845-4);
  • They Rule: The 1% v. Democracy (Paradigm, September 2014; ISBN 978-1-61205-327-1).

Street is co-author of:

  • Crashing the Tea Party: Mass Media and the Campaign to Remake American Politics (Paradigm, Spring 2011; ISBN 978-1-59451-945-1).

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "International Organization for a Participatory Society: Consultative Committee". International Organization for a Participatory Society. Retrieved 23 April 2012. 
  2. ^ "Z Space". 2011-08-05. Retrieved 2012-08-15. 
  3. ^ [1][dead link]