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    Philip Ganchev
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    My friend wants to do graduate study in public affairs or public policy (Masters or PhD) at a university in the US. She is a Cuban-American, politically progressive but not radical despite my efforts, especially in relation to economic class. She is considering applying to Princeton and other universities, but will consider other schools that I recommend. I would expect that most schools, especially prestigious schools, indoctrinate in the status quo, “market solutions”, “freedom of enterprise”, conservative narratives and fiddling with trivia.

    From my memory, I checked out the New School, but most of its programs seem to be Masters (not PhD) and not very radical.

    I know of the Political Economy Research Institute at University of Massachusetts Amherst, but it does not seem to have a graduate program.

    Can anyone recommend any graduate programs with a radical, revolutionary perspective?

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    Philip Ganchev
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    Thanks Michael. I know about participatory planning. It still seems to me that conserving the environment requires that be held as a value by the society practicing participatory planning. Parecon provides a mechanism for reflecting societal values in the economy, and it builds in solidarity. But it does not *guarantee* conserving the environment to any arbitrary standard. Not that it should, or that other models do. If I’m wrong about the guarantees, what parts of participatory planning make that guarantee?

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    Philip Ganchev
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    An argument often given for localizing production is the environmental cost of transporting raw materials and products. Market incentives externalize these costs, not including them in prices. Similarly, central planning *can* externalize costs. Does a parecon structure ensure that (known) environmental costs are internalized? Or does this depend on societal values or any other factors? And why is it more likely than with central planning?

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    Philip Ganchev
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    Michael,

    Thank you for all your work over the years! I’m a big fan and proponent of parecon and Znet.

    Balanced job complexes are made up of tasks within one workplace, as I understand; I agree that this would be practical. Should a parecon equalize empowerment between different workplaces, and could it? Extreme examples are a trash collection firm vs a software technology firm, and plumbing vs law.

    in reply to: Future of zmag #966617
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    Philip Ganchev
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    What is the difference between ZMag and ZNet? Both are edited and both include articles by a variety of writers.

    in reply to: Bug Reports #966563
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    Philip Ganchev
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    The article http://zcomm.org/znetarticle/the-case-for-revolutionary-socialism-by-alex-callinicos/

    displays some characters incorrectly:

    – where there should be a dash,
    ’ where there should be quotes.

    in reply to: Bug Reports #966562
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    Philip Ganchev
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    Links in https://zcomm.org/debates-marxism/ are broken:

    The first reply of Albert to Maass is missing — the link “Albert: Reply 1″ instead leads to the opening statement by Maass.

    Also, the link to Albert’s Reply 2 is dangling.

    in reply to: Bug Reports #966560
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    Philip Ganchev
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    Top menu -> Debates -> War & Piece

    should be

    Top menu -> Debates -> War & Peace

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    Philip Ganchev
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    Many Znet pages have formatting issues such as unreadable characters, spelling errors and incorrect Web links. I would like to somehow help to clean up such pages I come across. We can discuss the technicalities if this is interesting to the site editors.

    More generally, it would be good to open up the editing process more widely, perhaps some or all subscribers, somewhat like Wikipedia. This would give subscribers a greater sense of participation and ownership. I can suggest details of the criteria and safeguards against destructive editing.

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    Philip Ganchev
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    Could you post a link to the original in Portuguese?

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    Philip Ganchev
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    They’re building a wall,
    a wall between friends,
    a wall that justifies,
    any means for their ends.
    A wall between Semites,
    between rich and poor,
    brothers and sisters,
    from not so long before.
    Many feet thick
    and 20 feet high.
    Noone can look through it
    and into the eye
    of a person you might now
    to whom you might confide
    now just a stranger
    on the other side.

    They’re building a wall
    between water and land,
    so we can eat fruid
    and they can eat sand.
    A wall that makes sure
    That our orchards will grow
    And our kids can get fat
    And not need to know
    Of the cities in ruins
    And the children in fear
    That your fathers and brothers
    In tanks migfht be near.
    A wall to keep quiet
    that which you fear most
    so you don’t have to listen
    to your granfather’s ghost.

    They’re building a wall
    between future and past
    a wall to keep distant
    the chambers of gas
    from the buldozers, gunships
    and the tears of a child.
    Dignity, love
    and all honor defiled
    To remove reality
    from your "facts on the ground".
    A wall to keep distant
    the terrible sound
    of the houses that crumble
    and the children that die.
    A wall to keep separate
    the truth from the lie.

    They’re building a wall
    and at such a cost
    land, money and safety
    and all the lives lost!
    A wall made of brick.
    But bricks can be broken
    when the people of Zion
    Have finally awoken.
    And said "No more walls!
    No more refugees!
    No more keeping people
    opon their knees!"
    And then the histoy books
    will someday recall
    before apartheid was ended
    they were building a wall.

    in reply to: Jail for justice #250945
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    Philip Ganchev
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    Was it Cesar Chavez
    Maybe it was Dorothy Day?
    Some say Dr King or Ghandi
    Set them on their way

    But no matter who your mentors are,
    It’s pretty plain to see:
    If you’ve been to jail for justice,
    You’re in good company.

    Chorus:

      Have you been to jail for justice?
      I wanna shake your hand!
      Sitting in and laying down
      Are ways to make a stand.

      Have you sung a song for freedom
      or marched that picket line?
      Have you been to jail for justice?
      Oh you’re a friend of mine!
     
    You law-abiding citizens
    Listen to this song.
    Laws were made by people;
    People can be wrong.

    Once unions were against the law,
    But slavery was fine;
    Women were denied the vote
    and children worked the mine.

    The more you study history
    The less you can deny it:
    Rotten law stays on the books
    Till folks like us defy it!
    (Till folks with guts defy it!)

    (Chorus)

    Now the law’s supposed to serve us
    And so are the police.
    When that system fails,
    It’s up to us to speak our piece.

    It takes eternal vigilence
    For justice to prevail.
    So take courage from your convictions:
    let’em haul you off to jail!

    (Chorus)

    in reply to: The Internationale #250943
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    Philip Ganchev
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    Stand up, all victims of oppression,
    For the tyrants fear your might!
    Don’t cling so hard to your possessions,
    For you have nothing if you have no rights!
    Let racist ignorance be ended,
    For respect makes the empires fall!
    Freedom is merely privilege extended,
    Unless enjoyed by one and all.

    Chorus:
      So come brothers and sisters,
      For the struggle carries on.
      The Internationale,
      Unites the world in song.
      So comrades, come rally,
      For this is the time and place!
      The international ideal,
      Unites the human race.

    Let no one build walls to divide us,
    Walls of hatred nor walls of stone.
    Come greet the dawn and stand beside us,
    We’ll live together or we’ll die alone.
    In our world poisoned by exploitation,
    Those who have taken, now they must give!
    And end the vanity of nations,
    We’ve but one Earth on which to live.

    (Chorus)

    And so begins the final drama,
    In the streets and in the fields.
    We stand unbowed before their armour,
    We defy their guns and shields!
    When we fight, provoked by their aggression,
    Let us be inspired by life and love.
    For though they offer us concessions,
    Change will not come from above!

    (Chorus)

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    Philip Ganchev
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    Una mattina mi son svegliato,
    o bella, ciao! bella, ciao! bella, ciao, ciao, ciao!
    Una mattina mi son svegliato,
    e ho trovato l’invasor.
    O partigiano, portami via,
    o bella, ciao! bella, ciao! bella, ciao, ciao, ciao!
    O partigiano, portami via,
    ché mi sento di morir.
    E se io muoio da partigiano,
    (E se io muoio sulla montagna)
    o bella, ciao! bella, ciao! bella, ciao, ciao, ciao!
    E se io muoio da partigiano,
    (E se io muoio sulla montagna)
    tu mi devi seppellir.
    E seppellire lassù in montagna,
    (E tu mi devi seppellire)
    o bella, ciao! bella, ciao! bella, ciao, ciao, ciao!
    E seppellire lassù in montagna,
    (E tu mi devi seppellire)
    sotto l’ombra di un bel fior.
    Tutte le genti che passeranno,
    (E tutti quelli che passeranno)
    o bella, ciao! bella, ciao! bella, ciao, ciao, ciao!
    Tutte le genti che passeranno,
    (E tutti quelli che passeranno)
    Mi diranno «Che bel fior!»
    (E poi diranno «Che bel fior!»)
    «È questo il fiore del partigiano»,
    (E questo è il fiore del partigiano)
    o bella, ciao! bella, ciao! bella, ciao, ciao, ciao!
    «È questo il fiore del partigiano,
    (E questo è il fiore del partigiano)
    morto per la libertà!»
    (che e’ morto per la liberta’)
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