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 lick 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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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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Michael Albert: Advocating Parecon: An Organization

What about creating an organization of pareconists, so to speak? I don’t know whether this would be positive if it were it to grow to considerable size, nor even whether it would grow at all, for that matter. So this is an idea that pounds away in my mind…not escaping those borders into actual practice. Read more…

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Michael Albert: Introducing Parecon

It has quickly become clear that this blog needs some introduction to participatory economics…as well as including an accumulating array of posts that more or less presume at least modest familiarity. The following essay was written as the first piece in an exchange with the British journalist George Monbiot (the debate is online at http://www.zmag.org/monbiotalbertdebate.htm). Read more…

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Michael Albert: Advocating Parecon: Promotion

One possible topic for a parecon blog is how to best advocate participatory economics and what experiences we have and lessons we learn in doing so. My own efforts at advocating parecon have been only modestly successful. They involve … My own efforts at advocating parecon have been only modestly successful. They involve writing essays Read more…

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Michael Albert: Routes to Economic Vision: Alienation

Decades ago I came across a compelling definition of alienation, a concept not so easy to pin down even for those who use the word a lot. After all, how do you simultaneously capture psychological, sociological, economic, and other connotations? I think the author of the definition that I liked and still use was Bertell Read more…

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Michael Albert: Routes to Economic Vision: Exploitation

By being exploitative we generally mean a condition in which some person or agency gets from our labors more than they ought to which in turn leaves us less than we deserve. Some own many mansions. Others live in cardboard shelters under bridges. Some earn so much per hour that they have millions of dollars Read more…

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Michael Albert: Routes To Economic Vision: Introduction

In advocating participatory economics, I invariably follow a particular and for me familiar logic that moves from preferred values to desirable institutions. This blog is for exploring, so here I’d like to try to come at economic vision from different angles than those I usually follow. I can think of a few to investigate. Perhaps Read more…

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Michael Albert: Welcome to Goodbye Maggie

This blog is for discussing economic vision, and particularly participatory economics. In deciding to set up some blogs within the rubric of ZNet, a little research suggested that titles should be creative. However, it is hard to do a creative title for a blog on economic vision. Tomorrow’s Economy? Not too creative. Parecon? Very explicit, Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Mahajan’s Addition

In his blog, linked from the ZNet blogs, Rahul Mahajan of Empire Notes writes: In Chomsky’s latest post, he’s responding to someone advancing the standard humanitarian/liberation argument for the war on Iraq. At one point, he says The invasion of Iraq brought two murderous regimes to an end: the sanctions regime, and the rule of Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Mideast Solutions

[This is the first question and answer in a lengthy interview conducted by Justin Podur and Stephen Shalom -- it will appear in the May issue of Z] 1. What do you see as the best solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict? It depends what time frame we have in mind. In the short term, the Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: The Invasion of Iraq

All opponents of the invasion of Iraq — at least, all those who bothered to think the matter through — took for granted that there would be beneficial effects, as is often the case with military interventions: the bombing of Pearl Harbor, for example, which led to the expulsion of Western imperial powers from Asia, Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Monbiot’s Concerns

Monbiot radically misinterprets the Hippocratic principle, “First, do no harm.” According to Monbiot’s interpretation, a doctor violates the Hippocratic oath by giving someone an injection, because the puncture harms the skin. No one has ever interpreted the Hippocratic oath that way. What the principle has always been understood to mean is that the doctor’s entire Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Electoral Realities

About half the population doesn’t bother to vote. The voters are heavily skewed towards the wealthy and privileged, who tend to vote for the more reactionary of the two factions of the business party. That’s of course not enough for the Republicans to obtain the statistical tie they achieved in 2000. They did get a Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Modalities of Withdrawal

On the modality of withdrawal, we should seek as best we can to determine the wishes of the Iraqi people. It’s not easy to determine the opinions of people under military occupation, and though there are many western-run polls, they tend to evade the crucial questions. Nonetheless, we do have some information. In the most Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Structural Adjustment

What can we do about it? Just about everything. The IMF is hardly more than a branch of the Treasury Department. Economist Jagdish Bhagwati, no radical, refers to the IMF- Treasury-Wall St complex that is a core part of de facto world government. The Treasury Department is part of the US government. If we had Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Bush’s Economics

Whether Bush believes, or even understands, the economic policies of his administration I have no idea, and it really doesn’t matter much. What’s important are the policies, not whether Bush understands what his handlers instruct him to say. The current policies are an extreme version of what has been going on since the late Carter Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Welcome

This blog will include brief comments on diverse topics of concern in our time. They will sometimes come from the ZNet Sustainer Forum System where Noam interacts through a forum of his own, sometimes from direct submissions, sometimes culled from mail and other outlets — always from Noam Chomsky.

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Noam Chomsky: Welcome

This blog will include brief comments on diverse topics of concern in our time. They will sometimes come from the ZNet Sustainer Forum System where Noam interacts through a forum of his own, sometimes from direct submissions, sometimes culled from mail and other outlets — always from Noam Chomsky.

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Revolution Mayka: People Over Profit – A Radical Proposal for Our Economic Crisis

    People Over Profit A Proposal for How to Deal with the Economic Crisis This is a summary (with a few additions) of an essay called “Demand, Don’t Succumb” by Michael Albert, creator of “the 3rd economic system” Participatory Economics, or Parecon, which rejects capitalism or markets as well as communism or central planning. Read more…

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Tal Ariel: Good Morning Boss!

Good Morning Boss! The Elite Homeless Class by Tal Ariel January 8, 2007 Shuddering from the wind and blinded by the brilliant colorless sky, I left my house this wintry morning heading towards the train station on my way to work.  I began my morning commute mental Q&A exerices. What shall I have for lunch? Read more…

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Justin Geo: I updated my ZSpace

I’ve added some new photos and a list of things Im reading, watching and listening to  

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Brian Small: National Railworkers’ 20 Year Battle

Japanese Labor History, JR FuSaiYo Mondai I’ve found these National Railworker struggle group(Tosodan) guys to be approachable and fun on a personal level. Whenever they’re not overwhelmed with their own court cases and union democracy issues they’re always ready to jump in and support peace and environmental issues. I stumbled upon them by chance thanks Read more…

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Roger Bybee: Labor must exert heat

Dems Need to Feel Real Heat From Labor Tuesday July 21 2:15 pm   Before the Wagner Act of 1935 establishing the right to form unions, labor activists like my paternal grandfather could be fired for pro-union or socialist activity—as he was three times in the 1920s and 1930s in my hometown of Racine, Wis. Read more…

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Revolution Mayka: Atlanta IOPS Meeting Notes from March

Atlanta IOPS (International Organization for a Participatory Society) start up group meeting notes *note: to better understand the notes, it helps for one to be familiar with 1) the models offered in participatory society (some ATL IOPS members’ attempt at simplification with comprehensiveness available at myspace.com/parsoc – which is the book we speak of); 2) Read more…

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Colin Stuart: Robert Fisk in Ottawa

Last week between 200 and 300 people in Ottawa had the priviledge of hearing Robert Fisk say what none of our local press has the guts to say: "get out" and "go home".  Now. An additional seventeen thousand troops is madness.  He was talking about both the Israelis in occupied Palestine, about Canada in Afghanistan Read more…

Michael M'Gehee: Joe Stacks: A Modern Day John Brown?

The press is calling Joe Stacks, the man who flew his airplane into an IRS building last week, “deranged.” Maybe he was. But that’s not what disturbs me. What bothers me is the media does not call our political leaders “deranged” considering they are responsible for considerably more violence and for nefarious reasons. Why are Read more…

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