Category: Anarchy

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David Barsamian: The Future of History, Part I

Howard Zinn, professor emeritus at Boston University, is one of this country’s most distinguished historians. He was an active figure in the civil rights and anti-Vietnam War movements. His seminal book, A People’s History of the United States, is widely used in college and university classrooms. He is also the author of Declarations of Independence Read more…

Sandy Carter: Citizen Wayne Kramer Does The Work

  During the late 1960s, Detroit’s legendary MC5 played loud, raging rock and roll laced with bold, incendiary rants against the established order. Although far too abrasive for mainstream success, the band’s frenzied energy and raw, feedback-drenched guitar sound laid out an influential blueprint for punk and hard rock of the future. Driven by a Read more…

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David Barsamian: Navigating the Media

Ben Bagdikian is a respected critic of the media. He is winner of almost every top prize in American journalism, including the Pulitzer. His career as a reporter and editor spans more than 50 years. He is former Dean of the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California at Berkeley. His memoir is Read more…

Kate Duncan: Microbroadcasting

  The movement for low-power community radio was relatively low-key until Stephen Dunifer founded Free Radio Berkeley with the intent not just to operate a small radio station, but to go to court in its defense. While the case lingered in the 9th Federal District Court, Dunifer used the protection of microbroadcasting’s legal limbo to Read more…

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Lydia Sargent: One Minute You’re Changing Diapers, The Next Minute You’re Committing Civil Disobedience

  For our tenth birthday, Z will begin an ongoing series of articles called "Being Left." Activists will talk personally about what made them political, what keeps them going, and their hopes for the future. As the designated lead off writer, I immediately wanted to satirize my personal story, then felt that would not be Read more…

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Michael Albert: Media & Democracy

Michael Albert   The Second Media and Democracy Congress was held this past October 16–18. It was an auspicious affair, bringing together nearly 1,000 folks from all manner of media operations and projects around the country. The aim was to develop insights and connections to help force mainstream media to do a better job, to Read more…

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Michael Albert: title(“Society’s Pliers”)

  The Second Media and Democracy Congress was held this past October 16–18. It was an auspicious affair, bringing together nearly 1,000 folks from all manner of media operations and projects around the country. The aim was to develop insights and connections to help force mainstream media to do a better job, to better utilize Read more…

Jenna e. Ziman: Criminalizing the Charitable

Jenna E. Ziman   In cities throughout the world, a silent "war against the poor" is brewing, and control over food distribution is one of its most effective weapons. Food Not Bombs, a non-violent activist organization, is fighting this war by providing free food to homeless people in over 130 cities around the world, and Read more…

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Michael Albert: Autonomy Within Solidarity

One of the pervasive problems of the U.S. left is fragmentation. One of the abiding strengths of the U.S. left is diversity. How do we overcome the former without losing the latter?   People do not automatically develop multi-focused political priorities. We have different life experiences which sensitize us to some sides of social life Read more…

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