An interview with Barbara Ehrenreich by South End Press on “Being Left”: …”you don’t know what you are doing all the time, you don’t know what kind of effect your actions are having, but you know that if you keep flipping marbles at a big crowd of marbles, eventually, bit by bit, they all might start moving.”
An interview with Manning Marable on “Being Left.” Socialism lost its way largely when it became decoupled from the processes of democracy. My vision of a just society is one that is democratic, that allows people’s voices to be heard, where the people actually govern.”
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David Barsamian interviews Winona La Duke on “Being Left”: “They talk about the fact that what occurred in the Great Plains in terms of the whole rise and fall of the farming culture there is the result of the largest economic and ecological miscalculation in American history. What America has done to the Great Plains is what America has done to the continent.”
Review by Stephen Roblin. Podur’s insightful and concise overview of Haiti’s recent history is an important work of revisionist scholarship that contains valuable lessons, particularly for outsiders who want to contribute constructively to the ongoing struggle for freedom and dignity in Haiti.
The United States was largely pre-capitalist at the time that the U.S. Constitution was set up—something that ought to remind us in its own way that the barriers to genuine popular governance/sovereignty cannot be reduced simply to capitalism, however centrally the profits system stands as a barrier to democracy at home and abroad.
Surveillance and Comcast
Companies will be allowed to pay Internet service providers for special, faster lanes to send video and other content to their customers…
What reveals the superficiality of the outrage about racism in sports is the dissociation between this outrage against black people and the ongoing assault in sports on indigenous people.
U.S. media made much noise about fighting terror, restoring democracies, and heralding freedoms, the neo-cons highlighted redrawing the map of the Middle East to slow the rise of China
A tale of the success of support and solidarity
The Cowboy and Indian Alliance to stop Keystone
In the Boston suburb of Brookline, Massachusetts, people decided they didn’t trust a license plate reader system that would share data outside of their community.
The use of oppositional defiant disorder
The McCutcheon Case
The overall share of incomes from Capital is rising at the expense of workers
An interview with Abdulla al-Arian
This volume should be seen as a history of transnational radicals and visionaries, who saw the need to unite the entire international working-class to dismantle both capitalism and imperialism
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It is no accident that many United States citizens seem bewildered when it comes to current events. It’s hard to make sense of a complex world when huge swaths of reality are denied serious and honest coverage and commentary in the nation’s reigning corporate “mainstream media” (“MSM”).
The effects of global warming. The Biloxi-Chitimacha stand on the frontlines of this ecological transformation.
The Cecily McMillan Trial
The title of The New Mole is taken from Marx to refer to the revolutionary impulse, which burrows quietly underground until it comes to the surface of history.
While the danger of Al-Aqsa Mosque collapsing is real, it is a representation of the mentality that rules Israel: one of annexation and military occupation…
The worse our situation gets—economically, politically, ecologically—the more we yearn for a vast movement to erupt and transform the landscape.
Ukraine now has the first European government in decades in which outright fascist parties have gained a significant role…
…popular governance is a myth in the United States. There are, Lofgren writes, two U.S. governments in and around Washington DC…
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The fool is John Kerry, rushing around between Washington and Tel Aviv, assailing Nicholas Maduro of Venezuela, and, of course, denouncing the Russians for “aggression”…
Since “Our Dilemma” appeared in the March issue, things have improved and we can take more time with our decision. Meanwhile, we would like to assure you that we have never asked ourselves, “Why Bother?”
Up to now, I have remained speechless in the face of what appears to me to be utter madness.
An institutional analysis of the mainstream media, including some excerpts on the “propaganda model” from Manufacturing Consent by Noam Chomsky and Edward S. Herman
The changing face of law enforcement is indicative of this process as forces that are traditionally advertised to “protect and serve” have become noticeably militaristic…
In Latin America, where media control often rests in few elite hands, a group of political advisers have mastered the use of rumorology and legal processes to influence elections and lay the groundwork for future coups…
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As more details of federal surveillance come to light, revelations of the domestic use of similar tools and systems of surveillance by police are surfacing as well
… kids are getting test prep for test prep. And the more time that is devoted to testing and preparing for tests, the less time is devoted to actual instruction. u
Despite the cuts to traditional aspects of the military, the DoD has no plans to shrink or limit programs that would undermine America’s ever-growing hegemonic objectives
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It is in these once-liberal states where the Republicans have advanced astonishingly anti-working class measures and pro-corporate subsidies—to the delight of their donors—and enacted major cuts in education and environmental protections.
Journalist-scholar Gareth Porter has published another fine book on U.S. aggression, Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare, which follows in the footsteps of his 2005 study, The Perils of Dominance.
Any discussion involving American militarism must include the underpinnings of white supremacy
Those at the top of the U.S. economic pyramid continue to benefit from the economic and social exclusion of disabled people.
They call President Yanukovych a dictator but, curiously, there was no outcry against the governor of Michigan when he engineered the passage of an anti-democratic piece of legislation.
If Ukraine is on the brink of a catastrophe, it is mainly because the present regime in Kiev and its supporters, backed by certain Western powers, had violated a fundamental principle of democratic governance.
Unfortunately, during the last five years, no world leader has done more to undermine international law than Barack Obama.
The role played by former Federal Reserve Chair Alan Greenspan in creating the conditions that led to the 2008 global financial meltdown is known to many. What is less known is that Greenspan is a former member of the Group of Thirty.
After World War II, the U.S. military hired 1,600 former Nazi scientists and doctors, including some of Adolf Hitler’s closest collaborators.
Although a majority of U.S. citizens believe in the scientific evidence of climate change, a number of powerful individuals and corporations are determined to undermine public faith in the scientific evidence for climate change.
While post-U.S. invasion Iraq was not a heaven for democracy and human rights, the “new Iraq” has solidified a culture of impunity that holds nothing sacred.