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Michael Albert: Albert Rejoins

  For purposes of exploration and debate with ISO’s Alan Maass. The whole debate can be found here. Alan, I hope you won’t mind that I am going to write this like a letter, and directly to you, conversationally. I think will be a bit less formal and more congenial than referring to Maass, throughout, as Read more…

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Howard Zinn: Seattle

Howard Zinn In the year 1919, when the city of Seattle was brought to a halt by a general strike – beginning with 35,000 shipyard workers demanding a wage increase – the mayor reflected on its significance: "True there were no flashing guns, no bombs, no killings. Revolution…doesn’t need violence. The general strike, as practiced Read more…

Dorothy Guellec: Patient Rights vs. Distributive Justice

Dorothy Guellec The right of the patient to direct his or her medical care and health outcome, known as patient autonomy, and the right of society to control and allocate "limited resources", known as distributive justice will certainly collide. In an ideal world, or in an egalitarian society all individuals would have access to healthcare. Read more…

Alan Maass: First Reply To Albert’s Opening Essay

    For purposes of exploration and debate with Michael Albert. The whole debate can be found here. I’ll oblige Michael Albert and focus on the points that he says he wants to discuss in this debate–the nature of what he calls the "coordinator class," and his claim that Marxism advocates a "coordinator mode of production." Read more…

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Michael Albert: Marxism: Virtues & Problems

For purposes of exploration and debate with Alan Maass of the International Socialist Organization. The whole debate can be found here. How do we decide whether to employ Marxism? Do its concepts highlight what’s most important and leave out what’s peripheral? Do they reveal the roots of oppression? Do they conceive liberating relationships? Do they Read more…

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Manning Marable: A Dialogue Between Generations

Manning Marable Several weeks ago I attended and spoke at a conference on race which was organized at Stanford University. After delivering my lecture, I walked down the steps from the stage. Clustered around the steps were several male and female graduate students. One young black man, about 25 years old, handsome and confident, began Read more…

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Michael Albert: Different Strokes for Different Folks!?

Michael Albert How do we evaluate movement tactics and particularly property-damaging or truly aggressive or violent tactics? Pacifism comes from a religious, philosophical stance and says violence or even property damage is a bad personal choice that brooks no exceptions. Many pacifists-for example, Dave Dellinger–argue publicly on behalf of political nonviolence using evidence, values, and Read more…

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Edward Herman: THEY BROUGHT IT ON THEMSELVES

Edward S. Herman One of the tricks of imperialism is to pretend that a targeted enemy has been offered a negotiating option, quickly claim that that option has been rejected, and then ruthlessly attack or continue sanctions that may be taking a heavy human toll. The beauty of this system is that no matter how Read more…

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Cynthia Peters: Neither Heroes Nor Fools

Cynthia Peters "They forced us all out of the house and one of them held a gun to my head. `I am going to kill you. You are a child of FALINTIL.’ `No,’ I told the soldier, `I am a child.’" – an 11-year old East Timorese girl Visiting East Timor after the August 30 Read more…

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Michael Albert: Reply to Staudenmaier

  For purposes of exploration and debate with Libertarian Municipalism’s Peter Staudenmaier. See whole debate here.   Peter, you begin by saying we must turn our attention to the social structures that can make a free society more likely. I agree.   You say social ecology favors "people managing their own lives, consciously and collectively, for Read more…

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Tim Wise: “Springing the Diversity Trap”

Tim Wise You know you’re in trouble when Ronald Reagan starts to sound progressive. And you really know you’re in trouble when so-called progressives make him sound that way, thanks to their own pathetic gesticulations on one or another issue. But unfortunately, such is the case with regard to affirmative action. The old saying, "with Read more…

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Saul Landau: Two from Saul Landau…China/Cuba

  After declining to sign a "better deal" last April, the Clinton Administration has signed off on conditions for permitting China to enter the World Trade Organization (WTO). Even though China’s premier was in Washington last April begging for Clinton’s signature to lock in a victory for his faction of economic liberalizers over their internal Read more…

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Saul Landau: Two from Saul LandauÉChina/Cuba

Robin Hahnel After declining to sign a "better deal" last April, the Clinton Administration has signed off on conditions for permitting China to enter the World Trade Organization (WTO). Even though China’s premier was in Washington last April begging for Clinton’s signature to lock in a victory for his faction of economic liberalizers over their Read more…

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Judy Rebick: First Mourn, Then Work for Change

violent men. At first there was a ferocious debate. He was just a madman, they said. It had nothing to do with violence against women, they said. But we knew better. Why did we even have to argue the point? His suicide letter had a hit list of prominent feminists he wanted to kill. He Read more…

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Danny Schechter: MY GLOBAL(IZED) NEIGHBORHOOD: TODAY SEATTLE,TOMORROW TIMES SQUARE?

manifestation of globalization. They rallied to confront the until then omnipotent WTO with its power to set the terms of international trade without accountability. There, in the land of Boeing and Microsoft, with Starbucks the caffeine of choice, they were in turn contained by the armed might of a state which usually prefers to keep Read more…

Dan Georgakas: East Timor, Phillips Petroleum, & Norman, Oklahoma

Dan Georgakas During the height of the massacres in East Timor, Phillips Petroleum paid the Indonesian government $2.9 million in royalties for oil that had been taken out of East Timor. That scandal was not uncovered by any "investigative" reporter in mass media, but by Todd Walker, a student at the U of Oklahoma (OU). Read more…

Peter Staudenmaier: The World We Envision

For purposes of exploration and debate with Parecon’s Michael Albert. See whole debate here.   The world we envision is one of adventure and possibility, of radically new relationships and potential forms of social and individual life that are difficult to imagine, much less describe, from the perspective of the present. Most of what will happen in a Read more…

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Manning Marable: The Politics of Inequality

Manning Marable The fundamental issue that will define U.S. politics in the first decade of the twenty-first century is the spiraling growth of inequality in American life. One might respond that "inequality" is not new in U.S. society, and has always existed. What is "new" is the degree of income stratification and class polarization we Read more…

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Site Administrator: Tha Battle for Seattle

Elaine Bernard CAMBRIDGE, Mass.-In spite of what you may have read or heard about the anti-WTO protests last week, the people on the streets of Seattle weren’t opposed to globalization. Their cause is an example of globalization, with protests in solidarity with the Seattle actions taking place in many cities around the world. Theirs is Read more…

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Michael Bronski: Playing the Media

Michael Bronski The first wave of the attack came swift and strong. Jonah Goldberg, in his column titled "When the Show is on the Other Foot" in the National Review wrote on October 25: "Who is Jesse Dirkhising? Well, you wouldn’t know it from the press, but he was a thirteen-year-old Arkansas boy who was Read more…

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Brian Dominick: Anarchy, NonViolence, and the Seattle Demonstrations

Brian Dominick One of the most contentious points likely to arise out of the past week’s actions is older than the concept of world trade itself: the question of tactics in demonstration and direct action – in particular, violent vs. nonviolent. The apparent duality presented by this question, as most people seem to look at Read more…

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Michael Albert: Replying to Social Ecology Forum Post 1

  For purposes of exploration and debate of Libertarian Municipalism. See whole debate here. Hello… I received a post from Michael Caplan, who is engineering/moderating this debate…I’m not sure who it is from, but hi. I will try to answer below, including content from the original that I am addressing… —- The commenter says "One disagreement to Read more…

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Marta Russell: Government Example Setting Not Enough

Marta Russell Despite a growing economy and a 29-year low official unemployment rate, potential workers with disabilities remain chronically unemployed. Nine years after the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), national employment surveys show no real statistical gain in employment for people with disabilities, rather, the unemployment rate remains at 70 percent, with Read more…

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Vijay Prashad: IMF: Advance Guard of the WTO

Vijay Prashad In 1997, Bangkok’s Rafabhat Institute Suan Dusit took a poll of 1,648 Thai children under the age of 15. The survey asked the children to identify the IMF, the International Monetary Fund. A quarter knew what the IMF was. About 30% believed that the IMF was an Unidentified Flying Object, a UFO. All Read more…

Peter Staudenmaier: Replying to Albert

For purposes of exploration and debate with Parecon’s Michael Albert. See whole debate here.   Hi again Michael, I think we’re getting into more detail in this thread, so I’ll try to use this rejoinder as an opportunity to explore some of the themes I’ve neglected so far and go a little deeper into those we’ve already broached. Read more…

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Michael Albert: Replying to Staudenmaier

For purposes of exploration and debate with Libertarian Municipalism’s Peter Staudenmaier. See whole debate here.   Hi, Peter. What have we embarked on–keeping up is hard to do. And I’ve even got another debate going on, with a prominent member of ISO, about Marxism. So, apologies. I should take longer with this, to make it more Read more…

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Norman Solomon: Free Trade’s Happy Face Peels Off

Norman Solomon SEATTLE — After enjoying a free ride in American news media for many years, the World Trade Organization just hit a brick wall. The credit should go to a vast array of civic activists — represented by tens of thousands of protesters from every continent who took to the streets here with determined Read more…

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Betsy Hartmann: Women’s Health Advocates Win a Victory in the Fight Against Chemical Sterilization

Betsy Hartmann On November 13, the Board of Directors of Planned Parenthood of America (PPFA) turned down a motion from its own Medical Committee which have put the organization in the position of supporting unethical human experimentation. The drug in question was quinacrine chemical sterilization. The Medical Committee was prepared to involve PPFA affiliates in Read more…

Peter Staudenmaier: Rejoining Albert 1

For purposes of exploration and debate with Parecon’s Michael Albert. See whole debate here.   I’m pleased to see the degree of compatibility and overlap between the economic vision outlined by Michael Albert and the proposals for a liberated society put forward by social ecologists. Both of our theories point toward emancipatory and directly democratic alternatives to the Read more…

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Michael Albert: Rejoining Staudenmaier

  For purposes of exploration and debate with Libertarian Municipalism’s Peter Staudenmaier. See whole debate here.   Peter,   I am happy to hear many social ecologists agree with balanced job complexes. I’ll follow the debate topics you raise in the order you propose, but do so as I would write a private letter, to make Read more…

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Michael Albert: On Trashing and Movement Building

This is a response to a post-Seattle debate troubling many folks regarding movement tactics. As a preface, it goes without saying, I hope, that we all understand that as far as violence is concerned, the violent parties in Seattle were first and foremost the President of the U.S., his entourage, the other major heads of Read more…

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David Bacon: Dried Garlic And A Busted Union

David Bacon & Bill Berkowitz King City, California is a tough agricultural town about an hour south of Salinas. In King City, vegetables are king—people mostly work in the fields picking them, or in the huge Basic Vegetable Products plant, drying garlic and onions for shipment all over the world. It’s been the height of Read more…

Shahid Bolsen: The Pakistan Coup

Shahid Bolsen Pakistan has the bomb. It also has an antagonizing enemy, which also has the bomb. It has a passionately disputed territory which it dearly wants to see liberated from its enemy. Now, Pakistan has a new military leader who has proven his willingness to actively engage the enemy for the sake of that Read more…

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Michael Bronski: Deliver Us From Reverends

Michael Bronski Across the country the headlines made everything look great. The Raleigh News and Observer blared "Falwell Apologizes to Gays" while the San Jose Mercury News trumpeted "Falwell Welcomes Gays." The Washington Post posited a beltway-spin deal with "Mutual Apology for Hateful Speech: Christian Leader Falwell, Gay Rights Activist Talk Tolerance" and Time magazine Read more…

Sandy Carter: Bruce Springsteen’s Land Of Hope And Dreams

Carter As we come to the end of the 20th century, it’s increasingly difficult to believe in the power of rock and roll to change lives. But with the current reunion tour of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, the tradition rediscovers a glorious, life-affirming eloquence. In the final concert of a three-day late Read more…

Stephen Duncombe: DIY Nike Style

Stephen Duncombe Think! Think! It ain’t illegal, yet!!" reads the first page of U Don’t Stop, a zine I picked up the other day. It’s not an unusual request. Zines (short for fanzines, derived from magazines) are homemade pamphlets with a rebellious mission: to create an independent voice outside the mainstream. Though one could trace Read more…

Anders Corr: none

South End Press, Cambridge, MA 1999 Review by Alexander Dwinell There’s a verse of Woody Guthrie’s popular anthem "This Land is Your Land" neglected by most school assemblies. It goes: Was a big high wall there that tried to stop me A sign was painted said: Private Property But on the back side it didn’t Read more…

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Steve Ellner: President Hugo Chavez Of Venezuela

Ellner Venezuela’s president Lt. Col. Hugo Chávez frequently makes public appearances in military fatigues and tells his audience that he is "dressed for battle." He adds that his words are ammunition and his targets are those adversaries who act at the behest of the discredited political parties of the establishment. Chávez has scored a string Read more…

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Eduardo Galeano: Dreams And Another Look At The Year 2000

Eduardo Galeano The new millennium is upon us. It’s not something to be taken all that seriously considering the fact that the year 2001 of the Christian era is the year 1379 of the Muslims, the year 5114 of the Mayans and the year 5762 of the Jews. The new millennium will begin on January Read more…

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Henry A. Giroux: Youth Panic and the Politics of Schooling

A. Giroux In the post-Littleton climate, moral panic and fear replace critical understanding and allow the dominant media to proclaim, as seen in a recent issue of Newsweek, that white suburban youth have a dark side and that youth culture in general represents "Lord of the Flies on a vast scale." Films such as Varsity Read more…

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Edward Herman: Clinton Is The World’s Leading Active War Criminal

S. Herman I use war crimes to encompass the commission of all acts declared illegal under international rules of war as enumerated in the various Hague and Geneva agreements and conventions and pronounced in the Nuremberg and Tokyo tribunals. Among these acts are the carrying out of wars of aggression, the use of poison gases Read more…

Nikolas Kozloff: Miami South Com

Nikolas Kozloff Slowly but surely, the U.S. presence is escalating in Colombia’s counterinsurgency war against left wing rebels. Currently there are 1,000 U.S. marines stationed at a military base on the Colombian Pacific coast at Bahia Malaga, dispatched in support of the army. Patience seems to be wearing out in Washington for a peaceful settlement, Read more…

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Site Administrator: Zapatista Report

Mercedes Osun, translated by Irlandesa The causes that led to the Zapatista uprising—poverty, hunger, diseases, a lack of services, injustice and racism against the indigenous communities—have not, in any way, been resolved. The economic, political, and social conditions have been made worse by the government’s failure to carry out the accords signed between the EZLN Read more…

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Lydia Sargent: 37.7 Seconds, Part I

Lydia Sargent What is the significance of my title, 37.7? I got it from Has Feminism Changed Science? by Londa Schiebinger who writes: "A study in 1971 reported that fathers spent an average of only 37.7 seconds each day communicating with their babies during the first three months of life." Hmm, I thought, that’s amazing, Read more…

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Site Administrator: Brother, Can You Spare a Billion?

Sklar Being a billionaire used to be a really big deal. When Forbes magazine started its roll call of the 400 richest Americans in 1982, there were just 13 billionaires and 5 of them were oilman H. L. Hunt’s children. Now more than half the Forbes 400 are billionaires. The United States has 268 billionaires Read more…

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Norman Solomon: Online Trading

Norman Solomon If you’re watching much television these days, you’ve probably seen a lot of commercials for online investing. Many large brokerage firms are now urging people to play the stock market via the Internet. So, in routine fashion, TV spots dramatize cyber-trading as an activity that brings excitement, independence, financial security, and even self-realization. Read more…

Michael Steinberg: Genocide in East Timor

Michael Steinberg The U.S. role in the recent catalog of horrors in East Timor is deep and far reaching, the culmination of over three decades of nurturing the Indonesian fascist regime. Just as the U.S. mainstream media has attempted to suppress the clear connection between the Indonesian military and its militias in carrying out genocide Read more…

Keith Wright: Summit on Race at Ole Miss

Keith Wright In Oxford, Mississippi once again, racial stereotypes hurtled through the October air, and people were talking about James Meredith, the first black student to attend the University of Mississippi in 1962. He arrived at Ole Miss only after President Kennedy ordered Federal Marshals to escort him to campus. Angry segregationist whites rioted and Read more…

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Michael Albert: Summarizing Participatory Economics

For purposes of exploration and debate with Libertarian Municipalism’s Peter Staudenmaier. See whole debate here.   Since we have already had some exchange on Parecon and Libertarian Municipalism (see http://www.zcomm.org/znet/viewArticle/18571) I will keep these opening comments brief. The task of developing a vision for any sphere of social life is to set out the functions the Read more…

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Edward Herman: Questioning Henwood on Globalization

Richard Du Boff  and Edward Herman For some reason Doug Henwood feels called upon to play down globalization. Others on the left, some associated with MONTHLY REVIEW, have done the same, warning that any acceptance of the globalization thesis will discourage leftists and breed "defeatism." Henwood expresses no such fears; but his treatment of globalization, Read more…

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