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The Polemicist: Vexed by Vaxxed

Go to source   “Ideology, after all, is more influential than laws.….[N]o one…would dream of making legislation to force people to read certain books and prevent them from reading others.”1 –Literary critic H. Bruce Franklin The treatment of the movie Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe is an astounding example of ideological discipline performed by the American Read more…

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Nasir Khan: Modernity and Old Illusions

Nasir Khan, May 6, 2016 “The point of modernity is to live a life without illusions while not becoming disillusioned.” ― Italian thinker and politician Antonio Gramsci (1891-1937) Modernity means many things to different people. But in learned discourse, it refers to the collective body of particular socio-cultural norms and attitudes that emerged when the Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: Getting the Story Wrong: The Distortion of American Politics by the Press

Ever since the foundation of the American Republic, there has been both praise for and suspicion of the role the press plays in U.S. political life.  Thomas Jefferson famously remarked that, if it were left to him “to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers or newspapers without a government, I would not Read more…

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Huzaifa Zoomkawala: A visualization of Eqbal Ahmad’s paper, “Postcolonial Systems of Power”

I have posted a visualization of Eqbal Ahmad‘s paper from 1980, “Postcolonial Systems of Power“, as part of my “History from Below” visualizations (earlier I did one on Mubarak Ali‘s English books broken down and catalogued by chapter). This particular paper with its lists of systems, countries and regimes is a natural candidate for a Read more…

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Corporate Watch: Democratic Confederalism in Kurdistan

First published: Mon, 18/04/2016 – 16:05 Lead photo caption: A commune meeting in Amude in Rojava’s Cizîrê canton, November 2015   The Kurdish region is currently undergoing a transformation. People are organising themselves in grassroots people’s assemblies and co-operatives, declaring their autonomy from the state and their wish for real democracy. Feminist and anti-capitalist ideas Read more…

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Mark Evans: Addressing the Root Causes of Classism – much easier than you thought?

What About Classism? is a new UK based pressure group geared towards making rigged economics a human rights issue. Perhaps you think that this is a good idea but feel that it is a very difficult, if not impossible, task. Here I would like to try to convince you that, at least in theory, it Read more…

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Don Fitz: Green Time TV: Young Environmental Activists and Ideas

Green Time TV Young Environmental Activists and Ideas by Don Fitz Protection of the environment requires experienced activists forging young ideas and training youth to take over their roles. May Green Time episodes look at developing actions and people, both in St. Louis and around the world. What experiences did young people have at the Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Review of “The Silence and the Scorpion”, a book beloved by apologists of the April 2002 coup in Venezuela

I had this review posted years ago on Amazon but I no longer post content there since Amazon pulled Wikileaks from their site. *** Review of Brian Nelson’s “The Silence and the Scorpion” Nelson’s thesis is that the Chavez government “repressed a peaceful march with gunfire” on April 11, 2002. (p. 255). He acknowledges that Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Macri Tilts Argentina’s Media Landscape in his Favor

But don’t expect outrage from big “press freedom” advocates By Joe Emersberger (originally for Telesur ) Even before Mauricio Macri’s recent efforts to get Telesur off Argentina’s airwaves, the newly elected president had been tilting Argentina’s media landscape in his favor.  What will Reporters without Borders (RSF), Human Rights Watch (HRW), and the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) Read more…

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Huzaifa Zoomkawala: Sisyphus’ heel

the infinitesimal is utopian; it falls behind the curve that slopes ever so slightly, tends to lie lest it fall behind further, at which point there is no real point, is there? “Utopia lies at the horizon. When I draw nearer by two steps, it retreats two steps. If I proceed ten steps forward, it Read more…

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