On September 28, 1864, the International Working Men’s Association was founded in London. It became the prototype of all organizations of the Labor movement, which both reformists and revolutionaries subsequently took to be their point of reference.
Upon arrival, the sheer magnitude of gold, which was readily available, set into motion a relentless wave of murder, rape, pillaging, and slavery that would forever alter the course of human history.
“The corporate/political influence on Bense’s PSAC is blatant and unapologetic,” say members of the FSU Progress Coalition, a bloc of students, faculty, and campus organizations opposed to Thrasher’s candidacy and the current search process
American hysteria is a wondrous thing to behold. Our hysteria is usually obvious in retrospect, whether the freak-out is over witches, labor unions, or communists. Hysteria is not always so easy to perceive as it happens or, in this case, as it is happening right now with ISIS-centric Islamophobia running rampant
The noted peace activist Fred Branfman passed away on September 24 after suffering the effects of ALS (Lou Gherig’s disease). In 2002, while researching the history of the Vietnam War, I came across Fred’s Voices from the Plain of Jars…
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The United States government routinely tells its subject citizenry and the world of America’s grand commitment to freedom and democracy. Putting aside the inconvenient problem of its own domestic oligarchy and plutocracy, let’s have a look at some of Washington’s “democracy”-loving key allies
Taylan Tosun interviews Rasmus about his forthcoming book, Transitions to Global Depression.
In all, Schneider hits her target of expanding a national discussion on public school reformers. Hers is a fact-based counter-narrative for Americans upset over the corporatist assault on public education.
The U.S. is very much involved in fighting this dirty war on Gaza that has killed over 1,050, injured thousands more, and destroyed much of an already poor, dilapidated space that was barely inhabitable to begin with.
Teachers are morally conflicted by the utter mindlessness and the coarsening effect of what they are forced to put children through. They cannot even imagine the kind of mentality of an Education Secretary of a modern civilized nation who could inflict such untold damage on a generation of children
Katrina killed no one in this town. But it was a homicide, with nearly 2,000 dead victims. If not Katrina, who done it? It wasn’t an Act of God. It was an Act of Chevron. An Act of Exxon. An Act of Big Oil.
One of the group’s earliest activities had little to do with supporting the troops. Move America Forward tried to prevent theater owners from showing Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11.
The first and possibly most shocking fallacy in Krugman’s argument is its failure to distinguish between the interests of the elite, on the one hand, and ordinary citizens and society as a whole, on the other
The killing of Michael Brown by a Ferguson, Missouri police officer and the aftermath in which nonviolent protesters and reporters were met with a violent and militarized police force, have exposed something that has been building for years. Many have written about the militarization of the police and the disproportionate impact they have on people Read more…
Corporate strategies aimed at undermining union membership ranks have succeeded in not only wiping out more than 5 million actual union members since 1980, but have prevented the unionization of another potential 15 million.
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One of the great American self-trained painters of the 20th century. Ralph Fasanella was a consummate New Yorker and self-taught artist who represented the very best of American ideals
Judging from the New York Times editorial that appeared hours after Obama’s pivotal speech, the newspaper’s editorial board has ditched the concept that the state of perpetual war is unsustainable for democracy
Kirsch is uniquely qualified to examine the relationship between mining corporations and their critics—he spent two decades as an anthropologist doing ethnographic research and participating in an indigenous political movement opposed to the Ok Tedi copper and gold mine in Papua New Guinea.
By the mid-1970s a reign of terror was sweeping through Uruguay. Parliament was closed and the country was being ruled by a brutal military dictatorship that held the most political prisoners per capita in the world
The culture wars returned to the Supreme Court in May-June 2014, as the Justices closed out their term with rulings that upheld the rights of religious conservatives to further impose their values on everyone else.
The rage of the citizens in Ferguson, Missouri is the product of a life full of experiences that have tried to beat them down; that have attempted to “keep them in their place. Like most Black Americans, their collective rage is conscious, justified, and long overdue.
The partisan polarization narrative is fundamentally incorrect and deceptive in three basic ways. The first problem is that U.S. citizens are nowhere nearly as divided along “Red” and “Blue” lines as media and political elites tell us.
A memorial to a historian, author, and socialist who pulled the rug out from under the origin tale of American liberalism. His book, The Triumph of Conservatism was not only a “book of history but of heresy.”
Netanyahu’s war on Gaza means to distract from the slowly building collective sentiment among Palestinians throughout Palestine, and among Palestinian citizens in Israel
“The U.S. media treatment of the destruction of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 follows a long-established pattern of rapid and indignant acceptance of politically serviceable official claims…”
Embolden by influencing the appalling anti-gay laws in Uganda, U.S. religious right-wing leaders appear to have set their sights on Ukraine’s gay laws
Disregard for Palestinian life in the West helps explain not only why Palestinians resort to violence, but also Israel’s latest assault.
“It has become fashionable among some U.S. ‘progressives’ to attribute contemporary social problems to the misbehavior of ‘sociopaths’–people who have no conscience
Why fossil fuels can’t solve the problems created by fossil fuels
According to the Prison Policy Institute, there are 330,000 people in state or federal prison for drug offenses. The U.S. bail bonds industry does $2 billion annually.
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Elbit Systems has made millions exporting surveillance and defense material worldwide
What’s happening at Market Basket’s 71 stores in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine is nothing short of remarkable. Thousands of workers supported by hundreds of thousands of consumers standing against corporate greed
An interview with David Wagner on poverty, homelessness, activism, and social welfare
Harry Truman spoke in the U.S. Senate on June 23, 1941: “If we see that Germany is winning,” he said, “we ought to help Russia, and if Russia is winning we ought to help Germany, and that way let them kill as many as possible.” Did Truman value Japanese lives above Russian and German? There Read more…
Throughout her career, writer and activist, Maya Angelou, published over 30 books, including 6 autobiographies, 6 children’s books, 2 cookbooks, nearly 10 volumes of poetry and at least 5 books of essays. Libraries, schools, and other public institutions bear her name
Five organizations—RootsAction.org, the Nation, the Center for Media and Democracy, the Progressive, Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting (FAIR), and the Freedom of the Press Foundation—have joined together to start a campaign for protecting the confidentiality of journalists’ sources
State power has regularly sought to create the misimpression that it is terrorists we are fighting; throughout, the basic principle remains; power must not be exposed to the sunight
U.S. dealings with the Ukraine crisis
Marshall Island citizens file lawsuit to force action for climate change and total nuclear disarmament
War has taken 200 million lives in the past 100 years and cost the world $2 trillion a year–and the U.S. half of that.
Sinquefield “is one of the top right-wing political funders in the country, and the single top political spender in Missouri, where he has spent at least $31.5 million seeking to reshape Missouri laws, legislators, and policies
Once again, justifying U.S. intervention
There seems to be an insurrection under foot
The cumulative effects of years of inequality
The predictable perils of turning education into a poorly regulated business
A memoir focusing on what influences led to becoming active. Part of the Being Left Series published in Z Magazine in 1998
Daniel Burton-Rose interviews Staughton and Alice Lynd