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Burkely Hermann: A new American political order?

Recently, pollsters found out, via ‘We Need Smith,’ which is a self-declared “movement of Americans who believe we need new leaders because our country is badly headed in the wrong direction” and not relying on the “usual politics,” what they called the “battlelines of a new political order.” I’m not sure how I feel about Read more…

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Tapani Lausti: Towards a new political model

Towards a new political model By Tapani Lausti Heather Marsh, Binding Chaos: Systems of Mass Collaboration. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform 2013. Squares, parks and plazas may be currenly empty of demonstrators. Yet in many societies something has moved. Contours of another kind of social life have come briefly in view. The experience has had a Read more…

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Ira Woodwa: The Unification of Want and Need

I’m becoming quite certain that all of our problems arise from the fact that we are deeply confused. What do I mean by this? Good question. Hesitation, doubt, consideration (of the evidence), plans, or anyway taking time to make them– these are the hallmarks of our unwieldy, bipedally-locomoted, erectly-postured skull-contents. Other animals, I’ve noticed, when Read more…

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Don Fitz: Green Time TV: Acting and Building Green

Green Time TV Acting and Building Green by Don Fitz Acting green includes opposing environmental racism, which condemns people of color to higher rates of environmental pollutants. And building green actually begins with retrofitting homes before even thinking about new green construction. But August episodes of Green Time TV kicks off with a show on Read more…

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Alavari Jeevathol: Response to Tom Suarez’s article entitled “Chomsky and BDS”

This article is a slightly modified version of a Facebook comment previously made by me[1] in response to a Facebook post from the journalist and blogger Jonathan Cook.[2] In that Facebook post, Cook offers an article by Tom Suarez in Mondoweiss[3] as being, in Cook’s eyes, a good starting point for criticisms of Chomsky’s position Read more…

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Burkely Hermann: VT socialist party comments on ‘democratic socialist’ Bernie Sanders

Article after article in ‘left’ publications have advocated for US Senator Bernie Sanders to run. Even Socialist Alternative which helped Kshama Sawant, the first Socialist member of the Seattle City Council, get into office, had a recent article describing Senator Sanders as “a genuine progressive and champion of ordinary people” and said he should run Read more…

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Brad Wilson: Family Farmers & Rural “Sweatshops” Subsidizing US/World Food

This is a response to:  Brad Plumer, “Map:  Here’s How Much Each Country Spends on Food,” [http://www.vox.com/2014/7/6/5874499/map-heres-how-much-every-country-spends-on-food?utm_medium=social&utm_source=email&utm_name=share-button&utm_campaign=vox&utm_content=article-share-top]  The points made in this article and it’s charts about poverty and the struggle to be able to afford food are extremely important.  Nevertheless, on that point and others, I find the chart project to be seriously inadequate, Read more…

Fred Bourgault-Christie: Freedom, Options, and the “Teen Bubble”: Why We Need to Solve the Skill Mismatch

Aristotle taught that anything, no matter how good, can be problematic if it’s out of balance. (Like the inequalities of his own society). We face a situation where freedom is out of balance with other goods. Let me be clear. I am not saying that Americans are too free. We still need more freedom. But Read more…

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Vicki Nikolaidis: Vicki Chats – Stay Calm Stay Positive

. . . And the last item to leave Pandora’s Box was Hope. Love those who are desperately waiting for RAPTURE. “What would Lewin do?’ I have been wondering about it quite a bit lately. One reason is my effort to communicate with a rapture group on Google named ‘Peace for Israel.’ Perhaps naivete led me Read more…

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Alavari Jeevathol: Response to Ravi Kiran’s blog post entitled “There is no poverty except thought poverty”

This will most likely be the first of many articles addressing the political views expressed in a WordPress blog called “Ravithinks”.[1] This blog was brought to my attention by certain friends who noticed that the views espoused therein, belonging to a blogger called Ravi Kiran,[2] are quite different to my own sociopolitical views. In presenting Read more…

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