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Justin Podur: Voting Day in Venezuela!

Thought I should check in, even though there are no results yet obviously. Indeed, there has been an announcement that the polls are closing 4 hours later than planned — 10pm, that is, instead of 6pm. It is going to be a long night. The private network Globovision is covering it as “REFERENDO REVOCATORIO” (recall Read more…

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Justin Podur: Voting Day in Venezuela!

Thought I should check in, even though there are no results yet obviously. Indeed, there has been an announcement that the polls are closing 4 hours later than planned — 10pm, that is, instead of 6pm. It is going to be a long night. The private network Globovision is covering it as “REFERENDO REVOCATORIO” (recall Read more…

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Michael Albert: Parecon and Society: Athletics

By this point, talking about parecon’s implications for athletics and athletes ought to be relatively easy. It is barely different than the case in other domains such as science, art, etc. There is, however, one interesting new angle to address, the issue of competition per se. First, similarly to other realms of human endeavor, parecon Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Globalization

Used neutrally, the term “globalization” just refers to international integration. Virtually no one is opposed to that, certainly not the left or the workers movements, which from their modern origins have been committed to international solidarity. The phrase “workers of the world unite” is a call for globalization. That’s why every union is called an Read more…

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Justin Podur: The calm before the?

Today is the day before the referendum. Not only is campaigning formally closed, but there is also a law in effect, quite common in Latin America, that no alcohol is to be sold or consumed until well after the referendum. And with good reason, given that both the NO and the SI forces want their Read more…

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Justin Podur: The calm before the?

Today is the day before the referendum. Not only is campaigning formally closed, but there is also a law in effect, quite common in Latin America, that no alcohol is to be sold or consumed until well after the referendum. And with good reason, given that both the NO and the SI forces want their Read more…

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Michael Albert: Reply to Brian Dominick’s Reaction About Artists and Parecon

Brian, I am not entirely sure I am understanding your points. I am pretty sure that I haven’t heard anyone else say quite what you are saying, and that it is not a set of concerns that are going to arise often. Still, I want to try to reply, if not for the broader social Read more…

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Brian Dominick: Artists in Parecon — a Response

This is the aspect of parecon theory where I diverge 180 degrees. I cannot fathom why, or really even how, the work of artists (and I’ll include “commentators” and social critics in that realm, just to make sure I’m dragged in as well), are to be considered in the same way as industrial workers and Read more…

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David Peterson: The Captive American Mind

Associated Press has been reporting for the past 24 hours that an unnamed “White House official” said yesterday that the “Bush administration has discovered no evidence of imminent plans by terrorists to attack U.S. financial buildings, nearly two weeks after the government issued startling warnings about such possible threats….” (Ted Bridis, “Official: No Evidence Attack Read more…

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Justin Podur: Florentino, the Devil, and the opposition

Last night was the closing of the referendum campaign. It closed with huge marches of the opposition and the chavistas. They say the opposition march was the biggest ever — one estimate I heard, from a journalist who was at the Madrid demonstrations around March 11, is over 500,000 people. More, he said, than any Read more…

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