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Mitchell S: On the death of Milton Friedman

I was broadcasting my radio show in Chicago this afternoon when I heard that neoliberal economist Milton Friedman died this afternoon at age 94. Indeed, my show airs on the University of Chicago’s own radio station, on the very campus where Friedman taught for many decades and where the decadence of what’s now neoliberalism first Read more…

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Mitchell S: I made calls for Moveon.org…

Okay, I feel a little dirty (being an anti-war Chomsky reading parecon supporter and all that) but today I joined Moveon.org’s big calling machine and called about twelve numbers, reading a script in support of a democratic candidate I know nothing about, who for all I know has been written about negatively on Znet or Read more…

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Mitchell S: New York Indymedia videographer slain in Mexico

I thought I was going to blog about Death of a President, a faux documentary about the assassination of George W. Bush — which I saw tonight, which is set in Chicago, which boasts video footage of protesters I know personally, and with footage recorded by videographers I now work with. (If you want to Read more…

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Mitchell S: Victory: An update of media and internet activism in the U.S.

Earlier in 2006, I blogged about the efforts to stop the wretched rewrite of the Telecommunications Act, the main law in America involving the media and the internet, and its likely negative ramifications as to the future of the internet and current community access television. I got involved in this, with the goal of stopping Read more…

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Mitchell S: A brief word about the Mark Foley matter

I don’t want to spend too much time about the Mark Foley scandal in the United States House of Representatives, involving a resigned representative and his electronic communications of an explicit sexual nature with Congressional male pages. The scandal has been moving with great speed, and its aftermath is still unfolding, all of which could Read more…

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Mitchell S: Help The NewStandard in its emergency fundraising campaign

Many ZNet and Z Magazine readers are familiar with The NewStandard, the excellent progressive-minded online journalism website, built on the model of participatory economics, funded without advertising or nonprofit grants, operating on a very frugal but effective budget. For me personally, one TNS story will always resonate with me: Here in Chicago, TNS helped break Read more…

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Mitchell S: Katrina, Chernobyl, and the Yes Men

One year has passed since Hurricane Katrina and a staggering level of follow-up ineptitude rendered the effective destruction of New Orleans. I can’t help but think that the effect of that hurricane and what followed may ultimately be to American history what Chernobyl was to the Soviet Union — a domestic disaster whose effects added Read more…

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Mitchell S: Casinos in Spirit: The World Trade Organization and The World Series of Poker

In this post, I’d like to draw some comparisons between contemporary political economy and competitive poker. I think it’s useful to see political economy through the lens of poker, since (as I’ll explain further) I think there’s an extraordinary explanatory power in doing so. It also has the (hopeful) advantage of getting more people interested Read more…

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Mitchell S: Why is there a ZNet blog post about twenty-year-old comic books?

When I was growing up, I was interested in comic books. One series of comics which I read was the New Universe, a line of comic books produced by Marvel Comics to commemorate Marvel’s 25th anniversary — in 1986. I read and owned all the books — if for nothing but the potential of being Read more…

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Mitchell S: Zidane’s Cheap Shot Heard ‘Round the World?

French soccer superstar Zinedine Zidane gave an amazing performance in the 1998 FIFA Men’s World Cup championship game to win France’s first ever FIFA Men’s World Cup. It even inspired the Chicago Tribune to call him "the best thing to happen to France since fermentation". Now in 2006, with France and Zidane returning to the Read more…

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