About Z Blogs

Hello,

Blogs are a familiar feature on the internet - where users post content in an accumulating manner, with comments beneath and search options, etc. Blogs facilitate expression and exploration, and via attached comments, also debate and synthesis.

 

Creating Blog Posts

You can click here to create a new post.

Or, here is the whole procedure...

  1. Log into ZNet. Use your email and password. The system can send you a new password if you need one. If you haven't logged in at all, as yet, to start you need to request a new password.
  2. After loging in, on the left side of the admin bar at the very top of the page, you will see a plus symbol with the word New next to it, that looks like "+ New". Role your mouse over the symbol and click "ZBlog". This will take you to the admin page to upload a new blog. This is the most convenient access, as you can do it from anywhere on the site, anytime. You can also click this link: add a blog post.
  3. Add a blog title, fill the body content area (you can edit the source code/html by clicking the Text option on the Visual/Text tab in the editor). You can choose from among many formatting options, and embedding media.
  4. Once done editing your blog, in the top right "Publish" box, you can choose to save your blog as a draft or you can publish it immediately.
  5. After saving your blog as either Published or Draft, you can choose to view your post by selecting the "View post" link above the title or "Preview Changes" in the "Publish" box.
  6. You can edit your published blog either from your admin dashboard by clicking "ZBlogs" in the left side menu, or by viewing your blog and clicking the "Edit ZBlog" from the top admin bar.

Navigating and Using Blogs

Each Z author can post. Z Sustainers can also post. All Blogs appear in the blog system, and sometimes also in content boxes the top page of ZNet and can be found via searches, etc.

Comments on blogs follow the blogs, attached at the bottom, and blog comments, like all others, are also visible in many places that show comments. In addition, the entire blog system gathers content from everyone - but one can look at the accumulating content in many ways.

For example one can look at one writer's efforts - so one is seeing what is effectively a blog system for that one writer, or Sustainer.

One can also look at the content by topic, seeing blogs that are tagged as being about a certain topic - or place. When doing that, it is a blog system about a topic, or a place, with many contributors.

One can look at only writer blogs, or only sustainer blogs, as well.

Searches allow even more variables and refinements.

Recent Blogs

Anil Eklavya: The Impossibility Conjecture of Humanoid Artificial Intelligence and the Non-Benign Singularity

Abstract [A Rough Draft of a Work-in-progress.] The idea of machines which are almost identical to human beings has been so seductive that it has captured the imaginations of the best minds as well as laypeople for at least a century and half, perhaps more. Right after Artificial Intelligence (AI) came into being, it was Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: Trump’s Broken Promises to U.S. Factory Workers

Back in 2016, while campaigning for president, Donald Trump discovered a useful tactic for drawing the votes of disgruntled blue-collar workers: denouncing the loss of U.S. manufacturing jobs and promising to restore them.  At a rally in hard-hit Ohio, he assailed the Democrats and assured his listeners that he would turn the state into a Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Latest UN report on Venezuela is not remotely honest (Part 2)

On September 15, UN investigators ( the so called “Mission”) published a 411 page report  about the human rights situation in Venezuela.[1]  Part 1 of my analysis of the report focused on its gross dishonesty about opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez. The Mission reviewed his career since 2000 but never mentioned his proud participation in coup Read more…

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Gerry Mohan: Most Germans Want US Military to Leave the Country

Unlike their elected riulers, most Germans don’t want to be part of the nuclear ‘theater’ Trump, once again doing the right thing for the wrong reasons, wants to pull US troops out of Germany because Germany doesn’t spend enough on “defence”. The German population tend to like it but don’t like his reasons. And, as Read more…

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Gerry Mohan: Difference, Free Speech and Universal Values

The proposed hate crime clauses of the Scottish Crime Bill are being redrawn because of claims they will criminalize ‘legitimate acts of expression’. Climbdown on the Scottish Hate Crime Bill: a small setback for those who believe that attacking freedom of speech is the way to deal with prejudice and hatred of minorities. Without free Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: Memories of Voter Suppression

Back in July 1962, when, according to Donald Trump, America was “great,” I was in the Deep South, working to register Black voters.  It was a near-hopeless project, given the mass disenfranchisement of the region’s Black population that was enforced by Southern law and an occasional dose of white terrorism. It all started in the Read more…

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Radha Surya: This Tyrant Feeds Peacocks

India is burning. In the months from March to May the news and social media were flooded with heart rending stories and images of the trauma of out-of state workers who lost their livelihood overnight when the coronavirus lock down was imposed without adequate notice. With all modes of transportation brought to a halt they Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: Where Does the Democratic Party Stand on War, Peace, and International Relations?

After nearly four years of the Trump administration, U.S. voters have a pretty good idea of the policies that the President and his Republican allies champion when it comes to America’s dealings with other nations.  These policies include massive increases in military spending, lengthy wars abroad, threats of nuclear war, withdrawal from climate and nuclear Read more…

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Antonio Carty: “Cheap, frequent COVID tests could be ‘akin to vaccine,” professor says

I’m surprised there is not more interest in a logical solution that definitely works and is ready to produce now, far easier than an unproven vaccine that may or may not work. Great if it did, but even if it eventually does it will take years to have an effect, that is waves and waves Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Latest UN report on Venezuela is not remotely honest (Part 1)—UPDATED 10/2/2020

UPDATE: I revised the second paragraph to be more fair to Bachelet whose position on US sanction has improved (most recently on September 25) – albeit from a terrible starting point).  *** On September 15, UN investigators published a 411 page report  about the human rights situation in Venezuela. They were not granted access to Read more…

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Antonio Carty: Free “Daily rapid ‘Contagious’ tests have enormous potential to sever transmission chains”, making possible a truly safe and unrestricted society again. They are ready to mass produce now.

Free daily home testing for the contagious form of the virus, by mass producing these simple, cheap, self administered, non invasive and quick test strips, this is a ready to go solution, that will save lives and restore society and all we can produce, by shining an inescapable light on this virus at root, in Read more…

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Antonio Carty: Free daily home testing for the contagious form of the virus, by mass producing these simple, cheap, self administered, non invasive and quick test strips, this is a ready to go solution, that will save lives and restore society and all we can produce, by shining an inescapable light on this virus at root, in every home each day.

The company ‘e25bio‘ has made a simple paper strip test, which only identifies Covid-19’s infamous spike protein that allows it to hook onto, spread and infect others so well, its the best cheapest test which does not require doctor or a machine and is just like pregnancy test, a simple paper strip, can be mass Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Reuters articles that mention Steven Donziger since November 2013

1) Court-appointed attorney for Donziger says thanks but no thanks, citing ‘irreconcilable conflict’ … Donziger, the American lawyer who spent more than two decades suing… legal saga, Donziger’s ex-lawyer Frisch told the court in filings that he… SEPTEMBER 02, 2020 04:48PM EDT 2) Judge drags Donziger’s ex-atty back in to court to represent him at conduct trial …By Sebastien Read more…

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Antonio Carty: ‘e25bio’s’ Cheap Paper strip, Covid test, can be self administered by anyone at home, materials this test requires are not in anyway limited, its mass production can be unlimited, provided Free for Daily Use by All for effective common good of humanity End the Pandemic & Allow Society to Return without Restriction and Cocooning. Spread the Word!

https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2020/08/how-to-test-every-american-for-covid-19-every-day/615217/ Scroll down this linked article to read about a company ‘e25bio‘ who have successfully made a simple paper strip test, which only identifies Covid-19’s infamous spike protein that allows it to hook onto, spread and infect others so well, its the best cheapest test which does not require doctor or a machine and is Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: American Workers Have Been Given a Raw Deal Throughout the Trump Era

Although Donald Trump has repeatedly claimed that American workers are “thriving” during his presidency, this contention rings hollow.  The mishandled coronavirus pandemic, of course, has created levels of unemployment, hunger, and misery in the United States not seen since the Great Depression.  But even in the years before the pandemic, when Trump claimed he had Read more…

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Antonio Carty: Free Daily Home Testing, is a practical solution to end this pandemic and also end the need for social disintegration and restrictions

I give the solution’s basis right here at the start, in case you only have time or patience to read a bit. The practical way, to shut this pandemic down permanently and allow the full re-opening of society, removing the need for all the social limits and restrictions, is for the state to mass produce Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Reuters Ecuador Headlines since “Auditor General” Pablo Celi demands elimination of party allied with Rafael Correa

Here are 26 articles (in English) on Reuters website about Ecuador since the country’s super shady “auditor genera” Pablo Celi began demanding (on June 19) that various political parties be banned from participating in the 2021 elections. One of the four parties Celi targeted was Fuerza Compromiso Social which Correa and his allies have joined Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: China and the United States Could Avoid an Unnecessary War

Although few Americans seem to have noticed, China and the United States are currently on a collision course—one that could easily lead to war. Their dispute, which has reached the level of military confrontation, concerns control of the South China Sea.  For many years, China has claimed sovereignty over 90 percent of this vast, island-studded Read more…

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Gerry Mohan: Trump Says He Doesn’t Understand Why US Should Defend Germany from Russia

Ignorance is often Trump’s saving grace. He doesn’t get why anti-Russsian propaganda has to be kept at full volume. One of the greatest threats to UK and US world hegemony has been the possibility of a completely natural alliance between geographical neighbours, Germany and Russia, or now the EU and Russia. That such an alliance Read more…

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Martha Rosenberg: Eid Slaughter Sacrifice Is Sad Day for Animals

Eid observors buy animals to slaughter   The lamb having its throat slit didn’t want to die. “The animal tried to stand up but couldn’t as the ground was slippery,” said Christine Hafner of the International Fund For Animals on the Today’s Zaman website. Hafner was monitoring the 2008 Eid animal sacrifices in Turkey, a Read more…

Terry Everton: Burger Chef And Dan Died On The Same Day

If you’re like most 16 year old males, there’s a better than average chance that the suit inventory in your wardrobe consists of a total of one. And by suit I mean the matching sport coat and pants that was purchased on clearance from a discount warehouse that has as much chance of staying in Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: Making America Feared Again: The Trump Administration Considers Resuming Nuclear Weapons Testing

Americans who grew up with nightmares of nuclear weapons explosions should get ready for some terrifying flashbacks, for the Trump administration appears to be preparing to resume U.S. nuclear weapons tests. The U.S. government stopped its atmospheric testing of nuclear weapons in 1962, shortly before signing the Partial Test Ban Treaty of 1963.  And it Read more…

Terry Everton: Stuck In A Drive-Thru Going Nowhere Fast

Working in the service industry is a little like being stuck in a drive-thru going nowhere fast. It seems like a good idea at the time, but the longer you’re there the more you begin to look at yourself in the rear view mirror and question your own intelligence. The assholes in front of you Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: Humanity is an Endangered Species

Have you noticed recently that things are collapsing? Sure, the rightwing, nationalist rulers of many countries never stop telling us that they have made their nations “great” again. But we would have to be dislocated from reality not to notice that something is wrong―very wrong.  After all, the world is currently engulfed in a coronavirus Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Remembering the Venezuelan National Assembly vote lost by Guaidó in January 2019

The view of the US government and the pro-Guaidó faction of the opposition was summed up by a New York Times headline and subhead that on January 5 that said Venezuela’s Maduro Claims Control of National Assembly, Tightening Grip on Power It was the last political institution in opposition hands. Now President Nicolás Maduro’s has Read more…

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Gerry Mohan: Touré Reed: The Pitfalls of Liberal Antiracism and Woke Neoliberalism

“Tonight we’re speaking with Professor of history at Illinois State University, Touré Reed, about the political implications of seeing racial identities, separated from material relationships, as the engine of American history. Instead, he spells out why the road to a more just society for African Americans broadly is inextricably linked to that of poor and Read more…

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Gerry Mohan: James Baldwin: What White People Have to Do

“What white people have to do is to find out, in their hearts, why it was necessary to have a n… in the first place…If you think I’m a n.. it means you need him. You invented him, and you’ve go to find out why.” James Baldwin and embracing the “stranger”

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Gerry Mohan: On ‘White Fragility’

Matt Taibbi on ‘white fragility’ “DiAngelo isn’t the first person to make a buck pushing tricked-up pseudo-intellectual horseshit as corporate wisdom, but she might be the first to do it selling Hitlerian race theory. White Fragility has a simple message: there is no such thing as a universal human experience, and we are defined not Read more…

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Gerry Mohan: ‘Have You Heard the Good News Ladies? You Too Can Bomb the Middle East’

FAIR Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting: “Many of the reports gave background about Emily Thompson’s life, the cost of the F-35 and other military matters. But none questioned whether this was really a victory for equality, nor the ethics of nearly two decades of continuous US warfare and occupation in the region. The effect was Read more…

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Dave Markland: Podur’s “The Path of the Unarmed”

Frequent Z writer Justin Podur is in the midst of writing what appears to be a young adult-aimed book of fiction (sci-fi perhaps) that seeks to relate what a “leftist,” revolutionary point of view is. Entitled “The Path of the Unarmed,” the story describes the political education of a youth named Unarmed Warrior who receives Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Don’t forget that Human Rights Watch, not only OAS Chief Luis Almagro, helped a US-backed military coup in Bolivia

On November 10 of 2019, Bolivian President Evo Morales was overthrown and barely escaped the country alive. The military publicly ”suggested” that he resign. The military and police also made it clear that they would not protect him from vigilantes who wanted to lynch him. His house was ransacked by opposition supporters the night he Read more…

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Brad Wilson: Smashing the Illusion ‘Farmer Clout:’ Part II

This is Part II Part I is here:  https://zcomm.org/zblogs/smashing-the-illusion-farmer-clout-a-white-paper-by-brad-wilson/  (Continuing from Part I.) Specific Farm State Data I’ve also started crunching the commodity crop numbers for various “farm states,” such as states where House and Senate Agriculture Committee members are based. For example, Iowa (Tom Harkin, Charles Grassley & Steve King, Leonard Boswell) and Kansas Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: Let Them Eat Weapons: Trump’s Bizarre Arms Race

In late May of this year, President Donald Trump’s special envoy for arms control bragged before a Washington think tank that the U.S. government was prepared to outspend Russia and China to win a new nuclear arms race.  “The president has made clear that we have a tried and true practice here,” he remarked.  “We Read more…

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Gerry Mohan: Arundhati Roy: We Need a Reckoning

“If we are being born, then our rage must turn insurrectionary, revolutionary. Charity won’t cut it. Charity’s nice, but charity douses anger with pity. Charity reduces the receiver and bestows upon the giver a power and a self-righteousness that they oughtn’t really to have. Charity keeps the structure in place. There is no one to Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: When did Venezuela’s Economic Crisis begin?

The starting point for Venezuela’s current depression has been the subject of some debate. It can get a bit technical, so I’ll weigh in on it here. Looking at Real GDP Inflation adjusted (i.e. real) Gross Domestic Product (GDP ) is essentially a country’s aggregate income. I say “essentially” because there is an adjustment that Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: In 2007, acclaimed US physician Paul Farmer pushed for Cuban Medical Brigades to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize

Today Code Pink is making a push for that. It would be a lock in a civilized world. Click below to here to read Farmer’s letter. In it, he glowingly sums up his decades of working closely with Cuban doctors in Haiti.

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Joe Emersberger: Cuba has maintained a lower infant morality rate than Canada since 2009

According to UNICEF’s latest figures which can be downloaded here. I should add that UN agencies like UNICEF are not biased in favor of states like Cuba that the US  has been trying to destroy for decades.  

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Joe Emersberger: Disgraceful yet illuminating reactions to the 2002 coup that briefly ousted Hugo Chavez: IACHR, CPJ and RSF

The Inter American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) The IACHR claimed in 2009 report on Venezuela that its reaction to the “the attempted coup d’état [of 2002] was immediate and decisive” and that it “warned that these acts constituted an interruption of the constitutional order as defined in the Democratic Charter.” The evidence it offered Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Attempts to whitewash the military coup of April 2002 in Venezuela

Given the overwhelming support opposition voices have been given in western media since Hugo Chavez was first elected in 1998, it is unsurprising that some would have had the audacity to attempt at least a partial whitewash of what the opposition and its foreign allies did in April of 2002. I’ll address some of those Read more…

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Zoran Andelkovic: Do you make more per month than a Roman slave?

What began as a casual lunchtime conversation in the office, turned out to be a very interesting question with surprising answers: do you make more money per month than a slave in ancient Rome? Although at first glance it sounds like an oxymoron, the question is indeed valid, since a slave has a cost, not Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic, America’s Billionaires Thrive and Prosper

Although most Americans currently face hard times, with unemployment surging to the levels of the Great Depression and enormous numbers of people sick or dying from the coronavirus pandemic, the nation’s super-rich remain a notable exception. Financially, they are doing remarkably well.  According to the Institute for Policy Studies, between March 18 and April 28, Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Remembering Henri Falcon’s May 2018 Presidential campaign in Venezuela

Henri Falcon was a viable candidate – attacked by his own side  Venezuela’s opposition had a viable candidate in Henri Falcon, a two-time governor of the state of Lara. He was first elected governor of the state of Lara in 2008 as a pro-Chavez candidate.[1] He broke with Chavez in 2010 and was then re-elected Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: If Farmworkers Are “Essential,” Why Are They Treated So Badly?

On March 19, 2020, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, spurred to action by the coronavirus pandemic, issued a memorandum that identified the nation’s 2.5 million farmworkers as “essential” workers.  Soon thereafter, agribusinesses began distributing formal letters to their farm laborers, also declaring that that they were “essential.” Of course, it shouldn’t have required a Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: Will the Coronavirus Pandemic Help Curb War and Militarism?

Decades ago, when I began teaching international history, I used to ask students if they thought it was possible for nations to end their fighting of wars against one another.  Their responses varied.  But the more pessimistic conclusions were sometimes tempered by the contention that, if the world’s nations faced a common foe, such as Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: The Coronavirus Pandemic, Like Other Global Catastrophes, Reveals the Limitations of Nationalism

We live with a profound paradox.  Our lives are powerfully affected by worldwide economic, communications, transportation, food supply, and entertainment systems.  Yet we continue an outdated faith in the nation-state, with all the divisiveness, competition, and helplessness that faith produces when dealing with planetary problems. As we have seen in recent weeks, the coronavirus, like Read more…

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Gerry Mohan: The Mob Against Julian Assange

It seems when it’s about Julian Assange no evidence is required to find him guilty of rape or other sexual offences, and no evidence of any lawbreaking whatsoever to hold him in jail before trying to extradite him on trumped-up spying charges. All that’s needed is a mob led by the intellectual classes armed with Read more…

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fernando_santamaria: Infected or sick? Infected or ill?

In Spain  around 80.000 people are infected, or sick, and around 7000  have been cured. Deads are approximately 8000. There is a big gap between the number of ill people (80,000) and the rest.  I don’t understand why these 80.000 (infected/sick/ill) ) citizens have barely presence in the media. In my opinion,  there should  be Read more…

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fernando_santamaria: Bob Dylan’s new song

Don’t quite understand the attitude nor the point of view of Dylan’s last song. Elitism, anti-capitalism? I can’t see Kennedy’s murder as such a turning point, either. “Play darkness and death will come when it comes.” Would throwing in the towel, knowing it is what it is, be  “Murder Most Foul”? Of course, his encyclopedic Read more…

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Tapani Lausti: Journalism and “Western Values”

Diana Johnstone, Circle in the Darkness: Memoir of a World Watcher. Clarity Press, Inc. 2020. Diana Johnstone’s book opens up in an excellent way how the world’s current intellectual atmosphere has corrupted much of the media world. A few decades ago there was still some openness in the way journalists were reporting world affairs. Recently, Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: The World’s Major Military and Economic Powers Find Happiness Elusive

Long before the advent of the coronavirus pandemic left people around the world desperate for survival, a popular assumption emerged that national governments are also supposed to promote the happiness and well-being of their citizens.  This idea was expressed in the U.S. Declaration of Independence, which proclaimed that governments are instituted to secure humanity’s “unalienable Read more…

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