Recent Z Commentaries
Around 3000 protesters from the new United Front party recently marched to parliament against new economic plans
A conversation with Vanessa Satoris from The Malvinas Assembly in Argentina
Review of The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Rise of American Capitalism, by Edward E. Baptist
Imagine if we had one Congress member who would say, “I’m skipping the speech because I’m opposed to killing Iranians”
The uncompromising stance of European creditors is rapidly shattering Greek trust in the Eurozone. Is it time to start preparing for Grexit?
I believe Syriza is sincere, and I’m rooting for them, but they may have overestimated their own strength, while forgetting how the Mafia came to occupy its position
Dependency on advertising is inherent in the very model of a so-called “free press” owned by profit-hungry media conglomerates
The rest of the world is now consuming media at the same pace, and in the same forms, as those living in the United States
Negotiations over the Greek debt in Europe in recent weeks reveal noteworthy parallels with labor-management contract negotiations
Our need to sell our labor, the resulting reduction of human beings’ labor power to a commodity, and the endless competitive pressures on capitalists to boost profits underlie the present economic difficulties
Participants reflect that the self organized nature of the schools is directly connected to the horizontal and assembly based movements that came out of the popular rebellion of December 2001
After an explosive start to his State of the Nation Address last week, South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma turned to nuclear, coal, fracking and offshore drilling projects – but what about the country’s free sunshine, wind and tides?
Venezuela has sought a libertarian, non violent, and even participatory path more so then any other large scale project in the world
I think the more people write about what needs to be done, and how to do it, the more we can get people involved with movements seeking to end U.S. Empire.
Will the elephant that is U.S. authoritarian power win the day, week, month, year? Or will a fledgling path to better outcomes persist, grow still more, and spread still farther?
In the UK, while the rich escaped to Switzerland and the Caymens, the benefits of the poor were cut “to balance the budget”
I’m encountering less and less people who wish to defend the status-quo, but few who are willing or ready to organize
The students do not then have to practice medicine in Cuba or do anything for Cuba, but rather are expected to return to their own countries and practice medicine where it is most needed
Will anyone stop 1984 on steroids before it becomes 2015 commonplace?
From recuperated workplaces to defense of the land
Trillions of dollars has been poured into programs that do little more than produce stock-market bubbles; more trillions have been poured directly into banks and other financial institutions for bailouts
Until students control the universities, workers control corporations and the state is managed by working-class and poor citizens, regular folks will have little to say about why, how in what ways these technologies are implemented
What better place to make blue-green alliance building more real than rhetorical, among labor and community partners long pitted against each other by companies like Chevron and Shell?
Imperial America has been calling those who dare to resist its murderous expansions “savages” since the colonial and early revolutionary eras
Here is, a possible estimate of what the Empire could do to protect its “property”
Honest criticism of these countries is obviously required as well, but people should be aware that HRW is not the organization to provide it
Before the 19th century, there were no police forces that we would recognize as such anywhere in the world
After the square occupations of the past years, the Augusta Park actions in São Paulo, Brazil, open a new phase based on a vision of the commons
What QE has done is stimulate financial asset inflation and bubbles, accelerate capital income growth, and worsen global income inequality
Another reality of Argentina is one of social movements that are creating alternatives from below with a horizontalist model of organizing
Four decades after a newspaper brought down an American president, political journalism is joined at the hip with an administration that doesn’t just secretly brief journalists but sucks up their ideas for how to sell a war to the public
Why this unsettling contrast, reflecting remarkable public indifference of most of the US white populace to the regular heinous police murder of Black Americans?
Were the AFL-CIO to join the fight for $15, the movement could experience an explosion in growth
What the U.S. government does openly is many times worse than anything it can be doing secretly, and yet the secrets fascinate us
In the wake of the recent release of the powerful movie “Selma,” an intra-Democratic debate of sorts has emerged
I feel like shouting from the rooftops, “Do you see what’s going on inside these gates?”
The ancient Greeks with the expression “ee pollee” referred to the ordinary people in contrast to those that were considered as the intellectual elites
The CIA is on a quest for more respect — from news media, from lawmakers, from potential recruits — from anyone willing to defer to its authority
As Republicans in Congress successfully change the rules, Obama and Democrats will try to change their stripes
In their speeches and commentary, the administration, corporate interests and GOP leadership disregard the real, detrimental impacts that previous fast tracked trade deals…have had on America’s middle class
Surveillance Is Just First Phase
The world-system is in serious trouble and it is causing pain to the vast majority of the world’s population
What are you going to do?
In an area where vast partnerships between intelligence agencies and private contractors saturate everyday life, the jury pool was bound to please the prosecution
This massive Western moral indifference regarding the deaths of others is no small part of why terrible events like the Charlie Hebdo killings come to seem inevitable
The hospital, which serves an area of 400,000 people, is in danger of closing, and cannot pay its 500 employees
Turning the usual rivalries upside down, “virtual teachers” in an online charter school system in California are pushing to unionize
It’s not about more versus less; it’s about better versus worse
The IMF, the European Commission, and the USA have been intensifying their demands that Ukraine’s Poroshenko government expand and accelerate the IMF’s April 2014 plan to ‘restructure’ the Ukrainian economy
Activists must develop alternatives to society’s dominant ideologies, institutions and cultural practices