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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Michael Albert: Parecon and Society: Journalism

Here is another draft chapter for the book in progress about parecon and the rest of society. This is about media and jouralism. Parecon: Journalism [Draft — not for attribution, use, or display outside of this blog, please. But comments here are welcome.] The idea of journalism is not overly complex. Societies involve huge ranges Read more…

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Michael Albert: Parecon and Society — Crime

Here is a draft of a proposed chapter for the new book I am now working on… The proposed book title, by the way, is Bread and Life with the subtitle Participatory Economics and Society. Here is the draft of the crime chapter titled Parecon: Crime and Punishment Parecon: Crime and Punishment [This is a Read more…

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Michael Albert: Parecon and Society Book Project

I am working on a new book and thought I would use the blog to try out first drafts, etc. I mentioned this before the blog snafus, and repeat now. The book will be about the implications of participatory economics for other parts of life and vice versa. It will therefore have chapter on polity, Read more…

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Brian Dominick: Allawi Unaware Marines Ravaging Najaf (Tell me another…)

If you believe Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi, US Marines are operating outside Najaf and haven’t entered the city. If you believe photography, video, countless eyewitnesses and US military commanders and troops, it seems Marines, soldiers and their arty and air support are all very much laying waste to Najaf’s city center. NewStandard “Iraq in Read more…

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David Peterson: Najaf and the Art of War

FYA ("For your archives"): Am depositing here several wire service reports on the dangerous situation within the militarily-besieged city of Najaf. (See below.) "A senior US military official said Monday [Aug. 9] that marines had been given permission by the Najaf governor to enter the shrine to launch an attack," one of the Agence France Read more…

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David Peterson: Call to Action—-Voices in the Wilderness

Chicago-based Voices in the Wilderness has issued a powerful statement calling upon "all US government officials—elected or appointed—to publicly declare their opposition to any attack by US military forces against the Shrine of Ali," and, further, calling upon "US military forces to withdraw from the holy city of Najaf and to cease all military operations Read more…

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Justin Podur: The Referendum Will Not Be Televised — or, hello from Venezuela

Greetings from Venezuela. I am not sure how much blogging I will be able to do, or what I will be blogging about. But I am in Venezuela, and I am here to cover the referendum for ZNet, and so I am glad that blogging can be a part of that. More later, I promise. Read more…

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Justin Podur: The Referendum Will Not Be Televised — or, hello from Venezuela

Greetings from Venezuela. I am not sure how much blogging I will be able to do, or what I will be blogging about. But I am in Venezuela, and I am here to cover the referendum for ZNet, and so I am glad that blogging can be a part of that. More later, I promise. Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Refuting Horowitz and Collier

To refute the criticisms[…] is trivial, and worth doing for only one reason. It teaches us something important: by even bothering to refute the criticisms, we are granting the critics a great gift, exactly what they want, and are falling into a trap that they would understand, and avoid. The best way to evaluate the Read more…

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David Peterson: War-Era Mass Grave Found Near Sarajevo

Okay. Last Saturday’s Chicago Tribune (Aug. 7) published a Getty/AFP photo by Elvis Barukcic on the upper-lefthand corner of Sect. 1, p. 3, along with the following caption: War-era mass grave found near Sarajevo A forensic expert collects human remains Friday from a mass grave southeast of Sarajevo. The grave is thought to contain about Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Moral Truisms

There is no doubt that people have moral intuitions, and research — serious research is in very early stages — reveals that they are quite uniform without experience in complex situations, and in many ways surprising. There is little reason to doubt David Hume’s observation that they are grounded in our nature — as we Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Controlling the Middle East

Controlling the region means being in a position to have a significant effect of decisions that are taken there, particularly with regard to production levels, price range (not to high, not too low), distribution (e.g., where pipelines go), etc. Nothing subtle about that. If the invasion of Iraq proves successful, and the US obtains secure Read more…

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Brian Dominick: The Old Blogs are Dead — Long Live the New ZNet Blog!

I don’t even want to begin explaining the nightmare I went to trying to fix the blog system, and then when that failed, trying to configure this new system to handle our special needs. But, alas, here it is — an all new ZNet Blog powered by the brand new Expression Engine 1.0 software. This Read more…

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Michael Albert: DNC Speech

I got an email asking if I could write up a on eminute speech for the DNC — what I would say on prime time. The request is very odd, but here is what I jotted off…probably would take a bit more than a minute though, to deliver… Given that the United States is the Read more…

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Michael Albert: Thought Dreams — The Book…

Arbeiter Ring Pre4ss has just released (and I just received through the mail) Thought Dreams: Radical Theory for the Twenty First Century, a new book of mine. Thought Dreams, the book, is my best effort to take an audience, starting from scratch, to a broad political conceptual framework suitable for understanding modern social relations, developing Read more…

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Michael Albert: Worrying About Terror

I actually think there is some reason to worry that there will be a terrorist attack between now and the election. Not because the government says so, of course. They haven’t got a clue. But because from the perspective of bin Laden and co., it makes sense. I actually think there is some reason to Read more…

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Michael Albert: Inquiries

Recently many people are asking why did the U.S. government ignore various indicators leading up to 9/11 that perhaps something horrible would happen if there weren’t changes in U.S. policies. Okay…I suppose it isn’t an entirely unreasonable question. And similarly for wondering how come the media was so obtuse to the events. But to put Read more…

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Michael Albert: Beyond Capitalism

I have been asked for a short essay for a book that will appear at the ESF, this October. I have to rush it…and here is a draft. Anyone who wants to send me any suggestions, please feel free. But the commenting system is down. Beyond Capitalism To build and take an anti capitalist movement Read more…

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Michael Albert: Soc Student…Last

> I can’t help but wonder whether any system can survive if it is too complex for the general public to understand. Is this serous? Parecon has a few key institutions and concepts, which a junior high school student could easily understand. To understand even its most intricate logic – high school students would have Read more…

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Michael Albert: Soc student…Sixth

> In his model, Albert argues for balanced job complexes instead of a labor market. Balanced job complexes replace corporate division of labor – not labor markets. Hiring and also firing of workers is not a market exchange because the terms are not governed by competitive bidding…it is planned, but they do exist in a Read more…

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Michael Albert: Soc Student…fifth

> 1. Ease of Communicating the Parecon Model to Others – Personally, I find that a major obstacle to many reforms is the inability to plainly summarize the proposed reform and the rationale for implementing it (i.e. as if one is organizing behind the proposal and has to persuade others of its’ importance, since most Read more…

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Michael Albert: Soc – Fourth Student

The fourth student likes the ideas that, First, “participatory consumers must weigh the benefits of consumption requests against the sacrifices required to produce them.” Second, “participatory consumers must distinguish reasonable consumption requests from ones that are excessive or overly modest” (Albert 123). The first is what really caught my attention, so given that preferences are Read more…

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Michael Albert: Soc 292 – The Third Student

Hmmmmm…these student comments are a bit longer than I anticipated…also a bit less in touch with the actual characteristics of parecon…but I started so I guess I will continue, though a bit more summarily than I had hoped, given these attributes. The Third Student writes… > The two aspects of Albert’s Parecon system which I Read more…

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Michael Albert: Soc 292 – The Second Student

The second student worries about parecon’s method of allocation. > For the purposes of making decision about allocation, Albert advocates ‘decentralized participatory planning’ (p. 122), in which members of a parecon, in their respective capacities as producers and consumers, come to determine what will be consumed and produced through a series of proposals, which end Read more…

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Michael Albert: Soc 292: Parecon Comments

In perusing the internet I found a pdf of comments by students, I think, of a sociology course (292) that used parecon for a reading. I thought I might briefly react to its contents in a few blog posts. The first student, after indicating his broad support, wonders if parecon isn’t “an economist’s fable, a Read more…

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Michael Albert: The World and the US

Recently on a number of occasions I have told people asking about how parecon the book and of course the model was doing, that it was an odd situation In the U.S., I have replied, while there is a lot of progress being made, especially as compared to the past, it is still slow and 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: An Independent Iraq

For what it’s worth, polls in Iraq reveal very considerable and apparently growing support for withdrawal of the US occupying army, apart from the Kurdish regions. That doesn’t mean withdrawal tomorrow. No one is talking about that, and it isn’t even technically feasible. But expeditious withdrawal, with a clear deadline, and an authentic rather than Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Peak Oil Theory

The basic theory is incontrovertible. The only questions have to do with timing and cost. … The date can be pushed back much farther if more costly (or maybe some to-be-discovered improved) technology is used. As for the estimates of cost, by reasonable standards one could argue that oil is far under-priced. In real terms, Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Iran’s Threat

The sharp increase in focus on Iran’s alleged threat (nuclear weapons, connections to terror, etc.) is very clear. … The same has been true with regard to Syria (including last December’s “Syria Accountability Act” passed almost unanimously in Congress, and Bush’s implementation of parts of it in May). Not reported but quite important is the Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Invading Cuba

Cuba was officially regarded as a security threat to the US until 1998, and when the Pentagon decided that maybe the US could survive a Cuban assault, the Clinton administration insisted that the threat must be defined as “negligible,” but still real. Back 40 years ago when Kennedy tried to get Latin American governments to Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: The Wall and Israel’s Aims

If the goal were security, Israel would have built the fence a few km inside its borders. It could then be a mile high, patrolled on both sides by the IDF, mined with nuclear weapons, utterly impenetrable. Perfect security. The problem would be that it would not take valuable Palestinian land and resources (including control Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Classified Documents

The scheduled release of declassified documents in the official State Department history is 30 years. In practice it is a bit longer, about 35 years or so usually. Of course, not everything is declassified. Sometimes it turns out on independent investigation by serious historians that the record has been seriously falsified by omission. Occasionally there Read more…

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Michael Albert: The Reagan Phenomena

What the hell? Reagan, one of the least popular presidents, one of the dumbest presidents, and one of the most morally vile preseidents in American history (which is saying a whole lot) is celebrated in death like no other president since Kennedy was assassinated, or maybe even since Roosevelt. What does this mean. Would anyone Read more…

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Michael Albert: Interview for Polish Outlet

I was recently interviewed for Polish publication about matters of media manipulation, etc. 1) Recently I’ve realised that very important thing in Poland is special kind of censorship. Its dangerous because most people are not aware of this. Before 1989 when the ‘communism’ has collapsed censorship was rather simple and easy to identify. Now it’s Read more…

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Michael Albert: New Organization?

Assuming we all fight for social change in the expectation that we will, at some point, win — and assuming that we fight for a whole new social system, again, in the expectation that at some point we will win — it follows that at some point there will be organizations formed in our respective Read more…

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Michael Albert: Parecon and Society — chapters

This is a list of possible chapters for a book on p[arecon and society. What others topics might be of interest? Supposing you could read anyone writing on any of these or other topics, whose views would you be interested in? Parecon and Polity Parecon and International Relations Parecon and Journalism Parecon and Racial, Ethnic, Read more…

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Michael Albert: Parecon and Society: Education

This is a draft of a possible chapter, giving a broad idea of what they might be like…again, only a draft. Parecon and Education Part of education is intrinsic and oriented to the individual. To think about education starting with the student, we examine the process of conveying information and skills and developing talents in Read more…

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Michael Albert: Parecon and Society: Parecon Overview

This would be an opening chapter of this possible new book, summarizing parecon itself. Remember, these are merely drafts I am sharing in the blog…looking for some reactions. Parecon: An Overview Participatory economics, or parecon for short, is a proposal for the defining features of a post capitalist economy. Economies incorporate an almost infinite array Read more…

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Michael Albert: Parecon and Society: Possible Intro

I am thinking about the possibility of a new book perhaps entitled Parecon and Society. It would be about what having a parecon would mean for the rest of society, beyond the economy. I am curious if people think such a book would be useful. I am also curious who might best write its various Read more…

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Michael Albert: Replying to a Review

Recently I got an email telling me about a review of a book of mine, Looking Forward (SEP 1991) linked on the theory page of Anarcho-Syndicalist Review (http://www.syndicalist.org/theory/parecon1.shtml) I read it and was rather surprised by some of the content, and so I thought I would write some reactions here, even though I think it Read more…

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Michael Albert: Economics and Parecon

A second interview for Polish publication… 1) Many economists, for example L. Mises and other austrian economists, think that private ownership of means of production is a necessity. They argue that without private ownership of means of production economic calculation is impossible because means of production (like machines and others) don’t have prices so it’s Read more…

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Michael Albert: Market Madness

I was asked to do an email interview by a friend from Poland, for publication there, dealing with a rising tide of market ideology among Polish economists. Since it bears on issues of parecon, I thought I might as well convey it here, as well… 1) In Poland a growing number of economists are in Read more…

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Michael Albert: Answering a Comment

In general, I cannot pledge I will relate to all comments, even all questions, posted to the blogs. There is only so much time available. However…. One of the comments I found said I “seem to start with a basic split between Producers and Consumers which requires an economic system to relate the two.” Actually, Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: India Today

It’s important to bear in mind that there are two quite different Indias. There is the high tech India in Hyderabad, which Thomas Friedman raves about in his odes to “globalization” — meaning, the neoliberal version of investor-rights-based international economic integration.. I’ve been there in the scientific research centers too, and what he says is Read more…

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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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