About Z Blogs

Hello,

Blogs are a familiar feature on the internet - where users post content in an accumulating manner, with comments beneath and search options, etc. Blogs facilitate expression and exploration, and via attached comments, also debate and synthesis.

 

Creating Blog Posts

You can click here to create a new post.

Or, here is the whole procedure...

  1. Log into ZNet. Use your email and password. The system can send you a new password if you need one. If you haven't logged in at all, as yet, to start you need to request a new password.
  2. After loging in, on the left side of the admin bar at the very top of the page, you will see a plus symbol with the word New next to it, that looks like "+ New". Role your mouse over the symbol and click "ZBlog". This will take you to the admin page to upload a new blog. This is the most convenient access, as you can do it from anywhere on the site, anytime. You can also click this link: add a blog post.
  3. Add a blog title, fill the body content area (you can edit the source code/html by clicking the Text option on the Visual/Text tab in the editor). You can choose from among many formatting options, and embedding media.
  4. Once done editing your blog, in the top right "Publish" box, you can choose to save your blog as a draft or you can publish it immediately.
  5. After saving your blog as either Published or Draft, you can choose to view your post by selecting the "View post" link above the title or "Preview Changes" in the "Publish" box.
  6. You can edit your published blog either from your admin dashboard by clicking "ZBlogs" in the left side menu, or by viewing your blog and clicking the "Edit ZBlog" from the top admin bar.

Navigating and Using Blogs

Each Z author can post. Z Sustainers can also post. All Blogs appear in the blog system, and sometimes also in content boxes the top page of ZNet and can be found via searches, etc.

Comments on blogs follow the blogs, attached at the bottom, and blog comments, like all others, are also visible in many places that show comments. In addition, the entire blog system gathers content from everyone - but one can look at the accumulating content in many ways.

For example one can look at one writer's efforts - so one is seeing what is effectively a blog system for that one writer, or Sustainer.

One can also look at the content by topic, seeing blogs that are tagged as being about a certain topic - or place. When doing that, it is a blog system about a topic, or a place, with many contributors.

One can look at only writer blogs, or only sustainer blogs, as well.

Searches allow even more variables and refinements.

Recent Blogs

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Noam Chomsky: Turkey in the World

Turkey’s human rights record has been awful, though it has been improving, as commentators routinely point out. But that overlooks a rather important fact: Turkey’s crimes against its own population, particularly Kurds, rely crucially on (1) massive US military support and (2) the cowardice and dishonesty of the intellectual classes (including the media) which refuse Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: The SU and the Arms Race

Questioner: Given that the arms race was a disaster for the Soviet Union economically and of little advantage militarily, why did the USSR engage in it? What it did to them economically is exactly what Khrushchev predicted, and presumably what JFK and his advisers had in mind when they turned down Khrushchev’s call for sharp Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Iraq and Vietnam

Personally, I don’t see much useful analogy between Iraq and Vietnam. Vietnam was in a remote corner of the world that no one cared about very much, so the US could pound away at it, devastating four countries, with little international protest, and that little mostly about the bombing of the regions in the northern Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Saudi Puppet

It’s often pointed out in the international relations literature that the notion “puppet” is not a simple one. Puppets can often influence the dominant power significantly. The Soviet satellites were certainly “puppets,” if the term has any meaning. But unlike Western powers, Russia subsidized its satellites massively, to the extent that they were mostly richer Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: The Reagan Phenomena

I believe this is the first such extravaganza in the US. … There was something similar after the JFK assassination, but of course the assassination of a living president is quite different. I don’t recall anything else remotely similar, perhaps since FDR, in the midst of a war, and of course he really was a Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Defeating Nazi…

Questioner: The U.S. opposed and defeated the Nazis and the Communists. Doesn’t this evidence U.S. humanitarianism for the rest of the world? The “history” assumed in this argument is so radically and uncontroversially false that it is hard even to comment. Take Nazism. I was a child at the time, but even so I was Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Oil Prices

Regarding the rising price of oil, the first point to remember is that the price of oil is not high by historical standards. I haven’t seen an exact calculation, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the real price per barrel is maybe half of what it was during the 1970s peak — which itself brought Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Trade?

Questioner: In a debate I had with a capitalist once, he asserted that most US investment occurs in European and developed Asian countries, saying that that means that free trade is beneficial. Your reaction? He’s right that most Foreign Direct Investment (not only US) is in developed countries, and the rest is mostly in a Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Rising Boats?

Questioner: Frequently, when conservatives respond to allegations of inequality in capitalism, they say that “The boats are all rising, who cares if the tide carries some higher?” That is, if growth is occurring at some rate, capitalism’s good. What is your reaction to this… It’s a fine argument for Stalinism and Nazism. Russia had quite Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Bush Lying?

Did Bush lie on the reasons for 9-11 (“they hate our freedoms,” etc.)? I think one has to be a bit cautious. Lying requires a certain competence: at least, it requires an understanding of the difference between truth and falsehood. When a 3-year old tells you an obvious falsehood, it isn’t really fair to call Read more…

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Michael Albert: Tortured Minds

Doesn’t sufficient evidence of deceit and destruction now exist for everyone to see it? Can the average American – much less the average citizen of England given their far better media — be unaware of the vile nature of our government’s pursuits, other than by adopting an ostrich approach that actively denies reality? There is Read more…

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Michael Albert: New pages comparing Capitalism and Parecon

I am busy creating a "site" within ZNet and the Parecon site that is about comparing capitalism and participatory economics. It means to be succinct, aesthetically appealing, and provocative to further investigation. I could use help. As a work in process the new site is not really yet public. The link is Comparison Site If Read more…

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Michael Albert: Q/A More Personally…

I recently put a Q/A on the site and in the mail about the Parecon paperback edition, the recent mailings re parecon, etc. I thought I would answer the same questions here, a bit less formally — a bit more personally — in accord with blog expectations. There is certainly some overlap, but some new Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Humanitarian Interventions?

I won’t run through the details regarding Somalia since you can find a lot in print, right at the time and later. Steve Shalom had a fine article about it at the time in Z; I wrote about it right away in Z too. More later, after other facts dribbled out. In brief, there had Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: South Africa Style Sanctions Against Israel?

I think there are many reasons why the South African analogy does not apply to this case. One, commonly overlooked, is that sanctions against South Africa did not become a really significant issue with a major impact until after years of education and organization had aroused enormous opposition to Apartheid, even in the corporate sector Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Transfer Real Sovereignty

Occupying armies have responsibilities, not rights. Their primary responsibility is to withdraw as quickly and expeditiously as possible, in a manner determined by the occupied population. It follows that the orders issued by Proconsul Bremer are illegitimate and should be rescinded, including those designed to place the economy effectively in the hands of western (mostly Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Rwanda and Abu Ghraib

The past month was the 10th anniversary of the massacres in Rwanda, and there was much soul-searching about our failure to do anything about them. So headlines read “To Say `Never Again’ and Mean it; the 1994 Rwandan genocide should have taught us about the consequences of doing nothing” (Richard Holbrooke, Washington Post); “Learn from Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: The Occupation

The occupation of Iraq has been an astonishing failure. It should have been one of the easiest in history. The more serious correspondents there are well aware of that. Patrick Cockburn recently wrote that “It has been one of the most extraordinary failures in history.” He’s quite right. Why? The best explanation I’ve heard was Read more…

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Michael Albert: Left Academics

This weekend I had the unusual and rather mixed pleasure of speaking at an academic gathering. I actually thought it was going to be my usual type of audience — students, activists, interested folks, etc. But instead, much to my surprise, it was about 140 academics. The event was a meeting of what hopes to Read more…

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Michael Albert: My Shoes…and Dylan

Bob Dylan meant and means a lot to me — so you can perhaps imagine my mood on seeing him advertising Victoria’s Secret. I don’t know which is sadder. That he did it. Or that reports indicate there is a huge sales bump as a result. In any event, I can assure you, it wasn’t Read more…

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Michael Albert: Ehrenreich Interviews Albert, Last

Ehrenreich: In the book Parecon, you make no mention, that I can find anyway, of remuneration for the work of “caring” in the home – child raising, caring for the elderly, etc. This is a big issue with feminists: how do you address it? Albert: I talk about this in various places, but perhaps at Read more…

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Michael Albert: Ehrenreich Interviews Albert Q/A 11

Ehrenreich: Why don’t you call yourself a socialist? It seems to me Parecon is well within the socialist tradition. Are you uncomfortable with being associated with that tradition? Is the socialist tradition about fighting against domination and hierarchy in pursuit of classlessness and self management? Or is the socialist tradition about crushing grassroots direct involvement Read more…

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Michael Albert: Ehrenreich Interviews Albert Q/A 10

Ehrenreich: You say your notion of parecon was influenced by your experiences with real “alternative” organizations like South End Press. Can you tell us something about these experiences and how they shaped your thinking? Parecon emerged conceptually from examining the experiences of many post capitalist economies and efforts, of course. And very central to that Read more…

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Michael Albert: Ehrenreich Interviews Albert Q/A 9

Ehrenreich: Singer also asked, what do you do when changed conditions, say a natural disaster, require instant decision-making? How do you answer this question? Albert: The question about responding to changes in people’s preferences or in material conditions, whether modest or major, is very important, of course. Any economy needs to be flexible or it Read more…

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Michael Albert: Ehrenreich Interviews Albert Q/A 8

Ehrenreich: OK, let’s forget about the slackers v. the nerds and approach the time issue in a more socially serious way. On a panel you organized at the 2003 World Social Forum, a former mayor of Porto Alegre described a real-life experiment in something like parecon — the city’s “participatory budget,” introduced by the Workers’ Read more…

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Michael Albert: Ehrenreich Interviews Albert Q/A 7

Ehrenreich: That response raises all kinds of questions and sets off some alarm bells in my mind. To start with one of them, which may seem trivial, but is actually very central to our differing visions of a utopian arrangement: When you say “let’s say someone, really values time a whole lot,” I cringe. Is Read more…

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Michael Albert: Ehrenreich Interviews Albert Q/A 6

Ehrenreich: Have you ever tried to calculate the human labor costs of all the planning involved in parecon? Or maybe I should say “time” not dollar “costs.” Yes, in the various books the issue of time allotment is certainly addressed. And the discussions not only look at the time it takes to plan, which is Read more…

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Michael Albert: Ehrenreich Interviews Albert Q/A 5

Ehrenreich: Before proceeding to other matters, my big reason for wanting some things to remain marketized is that it would reduce the burden of planning. As you know, some have complained that parecon condemns us to endless meetings, so why not leave “non-essentials” to the market? Albert: Opting for some markets in order to reduce Read more…

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Michael Albert: Ehrenreich Interviews Albert Q/A 4

Ehrenreich: I don’t want to prolong the skirt discussion (I hardly ever wear them myself), but I am confused about the way you conflate markets with capitalist exploitation. There were markets of one kind or another for thousands of years before capitalism, so they can’t be the same thing. Do you totally reject all attempts Read more…

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Michael Albert: Ehrenreich Interviews Albert Q/A 3

Ehrenreich: An eloquent answer, and I fully agree on the importance of keeping our vision in sight even while battling in the trenches. But there are alternatives to the present global power arrangements other than — you might say “short of” — the participatory economics you map out. Bill Greider, for example, has a book Read more…

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Michael Albert: Ehrenreich Interviews Albert, Q/A 2

Ehrenreich: The book is incredibly optimistic, some would say utopian. At a time when most on the US left are fighting constant erosions of rights and services — all of which were limited enough in the first place — what do you think the role of a book like Parecon can be? Albert: Of course Read more…

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Michael Albert: Ehrenreich Interviews Albert

Here is the first question and answer from a long recently completed but as yet unpublished interview of Michael Albert by Barbara Ehrenreich. The rest will follow, day by day… Ehrenreich: I have heard that there’s been a lot of interest around the world in your new book, Parecon: Life After Capitalism, about a new Read more…

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Michael Albert: Gloves off, Clarified

The point isn’t that everyone should cease analyzing existing relations and only develop vision and strategy. To propose that would take us from one imbalance to another. The point is that our overall attention to these different tasks needs to shift significantly. Suppose no one was paying attention to the occupation of Iraq. I might Read more…

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Michael Albert: Interview

In the same spirit as the last message — this is an interview done for a major Pakistani periodical and for translation to Urdu, as well…again on parecon, and other matters too… 1. What has been the attitude and role of American civil society towards President Bush’s counter terrorism policies at home and abroad since Read more…

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Michael Albert: Article for Polish Periodical

I was recently asked for an article on parecon for a prominent Polish periodical of the left, and sent what follows. It is a bit long, an adaptation of earlier essays. I thought I would put it here though — this kind of thing is happening quite a lot nowadays… Parecon and our Future By Read more…

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Michael Albert: Parecon and Visionary Practice

(An excerpt from the introduction to Parecon: Life After Capitalism…In today’s world large movements espousing similar aspirations struggle worldwide to better the lives of disenfranchised and abused populations around the globe. Some undertakings pressure elites to beneficially alter existing institutions. Other efforts seek to create new institutions to “live the future in the present.” Some Read more…

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Michael Albert: Gloves Off

I guess I am all out of patience and running dry on civility as well. Is it unreasonable to want to know where the left stands regarding capitalism and “other worlds”? Are various movements, institutions, media outlets, and constituencies anti-capitalist, or are they only eager that we get the best brand of capitalism imaginable? “Another Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: The Iraq Occupation

Typically, military occupations are quite successful, even by the most horrendous conquerors. Take, say, Hitler’s occupation of Western Europe and Russia’s postwar occupation of Eastern Europe. In both cases, the countries were run by collaborators, security forces and civilian, with the troops of the conqueror in the background. There was courageous partisan resistance under Hitler, Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Iraq Controversy in Perspective

The whole front-page controversy is, in my opinion, not only diversionary but a real tribute to the success of indoctrination. There is a simple point that seems obvious to Iraqis, but is unmentionable here in the mainstream: the conquest of Iraq, if successful, is a tremendous achievement for US power. As pretext after pretext for Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Understanding March 29

I spoke at a demo of about 20,000 people in Vancouver, very enthusiastic and engaged, and as far as I could tell, inspired to go on. Also to audiences of several thousands, which seemed the same. The pre-war demonstrations were without historical precedent, and surely important. The anniversary demos were also without precedent, and again Read more…

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Michael Albert: Organizing an Organization

Back in early 2003 ZNet hosted a call called the We Stand for Peace and Justice statement and site. In a period of just a few weeks, a little over 100,000 people signed the statement. At the time, it was a protest against on-coming war. I have been wondering recently whether it wouldn’t be possible Read more…

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Michael Albert: Lightweight Library

What political/social readings – not so well known – would I recommend for someone with a small carrying case? I get asked that pretty often. Here are a few: Wilhelm Reich had a very productive and insightful period, followed by devolution into insanity. His political essays are little known. I highly recommend an essay titled Read more…

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Michael Albert: The Election

Many people seem to think that what candidates say bears dramatically on what they will do. That is only superficially the case unless they make public promises to constituencies that remain powerful during the ensuing administration and to which the candidate/office holder remains beholden. Kerry is a political agent of the ruling sectors of our Read more…

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Michael Albert: Routes To Economic Vision: Efficiency

When you hear the word “efficiency” do you get aggressive, expecting a conservative onslaught that you will have to battle against? I do. By this time it is a reflex, even if not always warranted. The reason isn’t because efficiency is a bad thing per se. It is because what people mean when they use Read more…

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Michael Albert: Promoting Parecon, the Paperback

In a couple of weeks the paperback edition of Parecon: Life After Capitalism, will come off the press in England (Verso being the publisher). I imagine books will be available there and in the U.S. two or three weeks later. Verso has no real means of promotion that I have discerned, at any rate, so Read more…

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Michael Albert: Canadian Parecon Advocacy Group

I recently received the following message to the ZNet forum system from Matt Grinder who is a physics student at, I think, the University of British Colombia in Canada. He writes: “A presentation on Participatory Economics we (the vancouver paercon collective (http://vanparecon.resist.ca/) did at UBC (local university) will be broadcast this Saturday (April 3rd) on Read more…

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Michael Albert: Routes To Economic Vision: Sustainability

What is sustainability? This is a bit tricky, I think. Presumably it means operating in a fashion that is not self destructive. Regarding ecology, in other words, it means operating so that one isn’t precluding continued operations in a similar manner in the future. We shouldn’t use up things critical to our operations without replacements Read more…

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Michael Albert: Routes To Economic Vision: Classism

Historically, a frequent route to trying to describe a better society is to demand classlessness. Classes are groups who share sufficient conditions and circumstances due to their economic position that they have broadly similar interests and motives, which usually also engender similar overall cultural and social attachments. Marxist analysis, and that of virtually all other Read more…

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Michael Albert: Korean Parecon

Yesterday I received in the mail the Korean edition of the book Parecon: Life After Capitalism. It is very elegant looking, but of course I couldn’t read a word. If there is anyone out there from Korea who gets a copy of the book and reads through it, I would love to hear your assessment. Read more…

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Michael Albert: Routes to Economic Vision: Criminality

Economies can have theft, fraud, etc. What would it mean to say we would like to have an economy that minimizes the likelihood of such occurrences? Well, the first possible meaning might be that we want an economy that has the death penalty for theft, and has a huge police state for uncovering all instances. Read more…

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