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Michael Albert: Yawning Emptiness

Just after the Washington Demos, the NY Times, Washington Post, and many other mainstream media outlets did “evaluative” pieces on the events. The Seattle and DC demonstrators don’t know what they want. The activists offer nothing beyond capitalism. The pundits sought to de-legitimate dissent, of course, but unfortunately that doesn’t falsify their observation.   A Read more…

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Michael Albert: Canadian Dimension Interview

This Fall Michael Albert went to Canada for some talks and did an interview with the excellent Canadian Magazine, Canadian Dimension. Here is an essentially verbatim transcript they prepared for publication in Canada.   CD: How is Z Magazine doing? Where does it stand in terms of reaching an audience — have you reached a Read more…

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Michael Albert: Cuba Sí?

In a 1962 speech titled "The Duty of the Revolutionary." Fidel Castro said, The summary of the nightmare which torments America from one end to the other is that on this continent … about four persons per minute die of hunger, of curable illness, or premature old age. Fifty-five hundred per day, two million per Read more…

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Michael Albert: Reply to Horowitz 4

  [This essay is part of an extended debate with David Horowitz found here.]   David,   I can understand being busy, I have that problem too… When you want to stop our exchange, however, you will have to stop writing content. As long as you reply with new points, I will reply in turn. Read more…

David Horowitz: Horowitz Responds

  [This essay is part of an extended debate with David Horowitz found here.]   I didn’t suggest that you were “for” Soviet socialism. My point was that you dismissed the relevance of its failure to your argument for any kind of socialism, including what you call “socialism 3” or “coordinatorism.”   Here’s my argument: Socialism Read more…

David Horowitz: Horowitz Responds…

  [This essay is part of an extended debate with David Horowitz found here.]   Michael,   Your response overwhelms me, literally. There’s no way I can respond to this very long letter of yours. There are not hours enough in the day for me to do this and get my work done. Which is the Read more…

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Michael Albert: Albert Replies Anew

  [This essay is part of an extended debate with David Horowitz found here.]   David,   Let’s assume all your assertions about the Soviet economy circa 1980 are precisely correct. To have bearing on what I argued about centrally planned socialism’s capacity to accomplish material development despite its other drawbacks, you would have had to Read more…

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Michael Albert: Reply to Horowitz 3

[This essay is part of an extended debate with David Horowitz found here.] David, You say “Socialism doesn’t work first because you can’t substitute politics (plans) for the market and get anything like a rational allocation of resources…” The problems with this are that (1) socialism does not require planning at all, in fact, most Read more…

David Horowitz: Horowitz Replies

  [This essay is part of an extended debate with David Horowitz found here.]   Dear Michael,   Allow me to quote my book The Politics of Bad Faith. “After sixty years of socialist industrialization, the Soviet Union’s per capital output of nonmilitary goods and services placed it somewhere between fiftieth and sixtieth among the nations Read more…

David Horowitz: Why is Socialism Still on the Agenda?

[This essay is part of an extended debate with David Horowitz found here.]   Z MAGAZINE is the Chomsky left the left you see tearing up Genoa and  Seattle over the mythical monster “globalization,” the left you see at  Mumia rallies, and at events like the Inauguration attacking a president  who has appointed a more diverse Read more…

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Roger Bybee: Impartial justice needs impartial funding

Impartial state supreme courts need impartial funding Impartial state supreme courts need impartial funding By Roger Bybee August 1, 2001 Special-interest money is tainting the judicial system. Although we like to think of our courts as fair and impartial, we can’t ignore the fact that it now costs $1 million or more to win a Read more…

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Michael Albert: Albert Replies to Horowitz

[This essay is part of an extended debate with David Horowitz found here.] The essay Horowitz is referring to is titled “Is Socialism Still on the Agenda?” It was written on request for the magazine New Politics and is available online here. As part of a larger argument, the essay addresses the old Soviet economic system, calling Read more…

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Roger Bybee: NY Times Unmasks Protesterrs

Times Unmasks Protesters   July 2001 By Roger Bybee printer friendly versionBybee’s ZSpace page Roger Bybee The new global economy is a battleground between those who idealistically seek higher living standards and more democracy, and those fighting to keep Third World people confined to lives of misery and submission to tyranny, we are informed by Read more…

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Roger Bybee: REVIEW: ‘Pinochet and Me’

BOOK REVIEW/Roger Bybee ‘Pinochet and Me: An Anti-Memoir’ Sept. 11, 1973: a day that the empire struck back, with a vengeance. If there is a single image representing the end of the post-WWII rebellions for sweeping social justice, perhaps it is the photo of a helmeted Chilean President Salvador Allende staring upward at his own Read more…

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Roger Bybee: Will City Council stand with those who poisoneed children?

Parents’ ‘blood, sweat, and tears’ battle ‘army of crickets’ on lead-paint lawsuit   by Roger Bybee   “They’re doing it by blood, sweat and tears, ” Ald. Jeff Pawlinski admitted in grudging praise of the efforts of  Wisconsin Citizen Action and Parents Against Lead to persuade Milwaukee Common Council to sue the lead-paint industry.   Read more…

Ravi Malhotra: The Politics Of The Disability Rights Movement

Over the course of the last few decades,the socialist left throughout the industrialized West has been challenged to become more inclusive by an array of activist social movements including the women’s movement, the Civil Rights and anti-racist movement, and the gay and lesbian liberation movement. In each case, fundamental questions have been posited as to Read more…

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Roger Bybee: Review of Slanting the Story: by Trudy Lieberman

Review of Slanting the Story: by Trudy Lieberman

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Michael Albert: Reply to Critics of Anarchism Essay

Albert Replies to Critics of His Anarchism Essay We have attempted to incorporate all the materials that have come our way, and to organize it in a flow more or less from origin to conclusion. Some of the critics are more substantive than others. We have not included the names of participant critics, of which Read more…

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Michael Albert: Anarchism = Zerzan?

In a number of mainstream media outlets, anarchism has recently been associated with John Zerzan. In my last ZNet commentary (Anarchism), I instead suggested that anarchism ought to be associated with identifying structures of authority, hierarchy, and domination throughout life and with challenging them as conditions and the pursuit of justice permit. Anarchism would seek Read more…

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Paul Burrows: Is there an alternative to capitalism?

Rough transcript of a talk given by Paul Burrows (of Mondragón Bookstore & Coffee House) as part of the SMAC forum on “Alternatives to Capitalism” (Wednesday, April 11th, 2001) “Is there an alternative to capitalism?” The short answer to the question is “yes.” (Can we call it a night and hit the pub?!?) In fact, Read more…

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Adam Weiss: Colombia’s Paramilitary

  The paramilitaries of Colombia are among the most brutal human rights violators in the world today.  They are waging a war against the civilian population of Colombia, taking on the "dirty war" aspects of a counterinsurgency campaign that the Colombian military would rather not have as part of its public image.  It is well-known Read more…

Earl ofari Hutchinson: Ten Reasons Why Considering Reparations is a Good Idea for Americans, and Horowitz Too

Conservative muckraker David Horowitz has been verbally mugged for peddling an ad to college newspapers giving ten reasons why reparations is racist. But the name callers have done little more than canonize Horowitz as a martyr for truth and free speech. Even worse, they’ve failed miserably to tell why reparations merits a serious look. There Read more…

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Mike Gould: Pax Americana

Pax Americana   By Mike Gould, a communication consultant based in the Netherlands   We live in a time of simplistic polarized views, whereas global politics may never have been more complex. Of particular difficulty for the West since the end of the Cold War has been the transition from a bipolar to a unipolar Read more…

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Denis Vericel: The East Timorese of Western Sahara

The East Timorese of Western Sahara The East Timorese of Western Sahara March 02, 2001By Scott Burchill  Scott Burchill’s ZSpace Page    1975 was an extraordinary year for revolutionary upheavals in the Third World. The Khmer Rouge marched into Phnom Penh in April just two weeks before the US puppet regime in Saigon collapsed. The Pathet Read more…

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Scott Burchill: The East Timorese of Western Sahara

1975 was an extraordinary year for revolutionary upheavals in the Third World. The Khmer Rouge marched into Phnom Penh in April just two weeks before the US puppet regime in Saigon collapsed. The Pathet Lao took control of Laos the following month and later in the year Mozambique, Cape Verde, São Tome and Angola achieved Read more…

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Brian Dominick: From Here to ParEcon

The method by which we develop and understanding of society, and of social change is, basic; but that doesn’t mean the process is simple. We do it in steps, but each step is rather complicated. Let’s look at this method as it applies to economic change — and here we are assuming some affinity for Read more…

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Roger Bybee: Wis. activists rip Kohl’s sweatshop ties

Union Labor News / 2000 / December / Article Wis. Activists Attack Kohls Sweatshop Ties By Roger Bybee Kohl’s Corp. continues to wear a poker face, claiming that it still holds a strong hand in the face of anti-sweatshop protests over the Chentex factory where its products are made in Nicaragua. After workers at the Read more…

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Roger Bybee: REVIEW: The Selling of Free Trade

REVIEW: The Selling of Free Trade By John MacArthur printer friendly version MacArthur’s ZSpace page Hill and Wang Publishing, 2000; 388 pages. Review by Roger Bybee When Master Lock officials announced in 1999 that they were shifting nearly 800 jobs to Nogales, Mexico from their plant in inner-city Milwaukee, they were brutally frank about the Read more…

Gabriel Garcia Marquez: The Enigma of Chavez

[Translated by Mark McHarry] On December 6, 1998, Hugo Chávez won the presidency of Venezuela, his sixth consecutive election victory. Who really is this man who has awakened as many hopes as fears? With his characteristic style, the author of One Hundred Years of Solitude narrates the fateful political biography of Hugo Chávez. He concludes Read more…

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Roger Bybee: Now It Can Be Told on China PNTR

Now It Can Be Told Belated barking on China trade deal   By Roger Bybee I A  watchdog that barks only after a major   plundering  will   under­standably have  its  competence questioned—as well as its loyalty. Major  media’s  performance   around Permanent Normalization   of Trade Relations (PNTR) with China inspires similar challenge to their pretensions as watchdogs Read more…

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Tim Wise: Exchange With David Horowitz on Racism

In September, 2000, Tim Wise, ZNet commentator, wrote an article called ‘Gore-Vey’, about Lieberman’s Vice-Presidential candidacy with Al Gore and the Democratic Party. David Horowitz, a prominent conservative, called Wise a ‘self-hating Jew’, and a debate ensued on an email listserve. The following is the exchange: HOROWITZ: You’re a patronizing racist who thinks American blacks Read more…

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Brian Dominick: Extensive Forum Thread on Consensus Decision Making

The primary participants are Brian Dominick and Michael Albert (also known as sysop). Brian Dominick gets the ball rolling… In another thread within this forum, I recently wrote: >>I do think consensus is most consistent with anarchist aims, when possible. I don’t think huge organizations can or should employ it. However, I do believe small Read more…

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Roger Bybee: Scam on a Global Scale

Scam on a Global Scale

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David Peterson: CNN: Selling NATO’s War Globally

( * Note: This document originally was published as Chapter 10 in Philip Hammond and Edward S. Herman, Eds., Degraded Capability: The Media and the Kosovo Crisis (Sterling, VA: Pluto Press, 2000), pp. 111-122.)       CNN: SELLING NATO’S WAR GLOBALLY   By Edward S. Herman and David Peterson     The Cable News Read more…

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Michael Albert: Exploring Libertarian Municipalism and Parecon…

[ZNet Editor’s Note: In early November, 1999, ZNet posted an article by Michael Albert entitled Assessing Libertarian Municipalism. This page is devoted to discussion of that article. It includes messages received and rejoinders and explorations that ensued, as best we have been able to assemble them. Older at the top, newer as you go down. Read more…

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Michael Albert: Reply to Staudenmaier 3

For purposes of exploration and debate with Libertarian Municipalism’s Peter Staudenmaier. See whole debate here.   Hi Peter,   We have to stop meeting like this — someone may get ideas…and I may get carpel tunnel… I guess we had a confusion about our assignments. I thought one thread (this one) was to discuss social ecology’s Read more…

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Alan Maass: Conclusion

  For purposes of exploration and debate with Michael Albert. The whole debate can be found here. It’s not hard to convince most people that there’s something wrong with society. That much stares us in the face from the newspaper–the horrifying drive toward war and violence; the corruption of an economic system organized around corporate greed; Read more…

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Alan Maass: Reply to Albert

  For purposes of exploration and debate with Michael Albert. The whole debate can be found here.   This reply will focus on Michael Albert’s criticism that Marxism is "economistic." The argument is formulated in a number of ways over the course of his initial essay and his reply to mine, but the crux is that Read more…

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Michael Albert: Reply to Maass 2

For purposes of exploration and debate with ISO’s Alan Maass. The whole debate can be found here. Maass has written a rejoinder focusing on focus — that is, focusing on whether Marxism takes into account other realms than the economy effectively. This is a topic I didn’t want to pursue and which I barely raised at Read more…

Peter Staudenmaier: Rejoining Albert 2

  For purposes of exploration and debate with Parecon’s Michael Albert. See whole debate here. Hi Michael, I’m not sure what to make of your complaint that I have skipped some central matters. I can’t possibly reply to every point in your posts, of course, but I thought I had covered the main ones. In several cases you Read more…

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Alan Maass: Is Marxism Relevant Today?

“Marx is definitely dead for humankind.”   Quotations like this come up all the time when questions of radical political and social change are discussed. They can be found in the corporate media, especially the blowhard punditocracy. They can be found in textbooks and academic journals. And they can be found—actually, more often and with Read more…

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Michael Albert: First Reply To Maass’s Opening Essay

  For purposes of exploration and debate with ISO’s Alan Maass. The whole debate can be found here.   Maass opens his essay by defending Marxism against criticisms "that Karl Marx and Frederick Engels predicted that capitalism would collapse, and it hasn’t; that the fall of the Berlin Wall exposed the failure of Marxism; that class Read more…

Peter Staudenmaier: Rejoining Albert

For purposes of exploration and debate with Parecon’s Michael Albert. See whole debate here. Hi Michael, Thanks for your two thorough responses. I’m going to try to reply to each of them individually, despite the thematic overlap, though I’m sure I’ll miss some important issues. You asked: In reply to: “Are you saying there is no place in Read more…

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Michael Albert: Reply to Staudenmaier 2

For purposes of exploration and debate with Libertarian Municipalism’s Peter Staudenmaier. See whole debate here. Peter, you begin by saying you may have missed some important issues. I hope you won’t mind my saying that I think perhaps you did skip some central matters…and that you also won’t mind my returning to some points raised before, Read more…

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Michael Albert: Albert Conclusion

  For purposes of exploration and debate with ISO’s Alan Maass. The whole debate can be found here.   Our topic in this debate (see the whole exchange here) has been the relevance of Marxism for seeking social change today. My view has been that while Marxism of course contains many powerful and important insights, adhering Read more…

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Alan Maass: Reply to Albert

For purposes of exploration and debate with Michael Albert. The whole debate can be found here.       Up until a decade ago, many discussions and debates on the left inevitably dealt with what was called the "Russia question"–what to say about the society that existed in the ex-USSR, as well as other countries that Read more…

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Michael Albert: Albert Rejoins

  For purposes of exploration and debate with ISO’s Alan Maass. The whole debate can be found here. Alan, I hope you won’t mind that I am going to write this like a letter, and directly to you, conversationally. I think will be a bit less formal and more congenial than referring to Maass, throughout, as Read more…

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Alan Maass: First Reply To Albert’s Opening Essay

    For purposes of exploration and debate with Michael Albert. The whole debate can be found here. I’ll oblige Michael Albert and focus on the points that he says he wants to discuss in this debate–the nature of what he calls the "coordinator class," and his claim that Marxism advocates a "coordinator mode of production." Read more…

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Michael Albert: Marxism: Virtues & Problems

For purposes of exploration and debate with Alan Maass of the International Socialist Organization. The whole debate can be found here. How do we decide whether to employ Marxism? Do its concepts highlight what’s most important and leave out what’s peripheral? Do they reveal the roots of oppression? Do they conceive liberating relationships? Do they Read more…

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Michael Albert: Reply to Staudenmaier

  For purposes of exploration and debate with Libertarian Municipalism’s Peter Staudenmaier. See whole debate here.   Peter, you begin by saying we must turn our attention to the social structures that can make a free society more likely. I agree.   You say social ecology favors "people managing their own lives, consciously and collectively, for Read more…

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