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

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Joe Emersberger: The Kings of Fake News: Over 60 years of the New York Times hyping “reform” in Saudi Arabia

It would be hard to surpass this use of social media (by a historian named Abdullah Al-Arian) to debunk imperial propaganda. Some highlights below. Al-Arian’s Twitter thread has so much more. The ones picked out of his compilation start over 60 years ago and progress to the present day. I thought it would be useful Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: El Nacional, anti-government newspaper, has 11th ranked website in Venezuela; Alexa

I’ve written a lot about how much fierce opposition to the government is regularly expressed in Venezuela’s largest TV networks and newspapers. Western media and big NGOs have been relentlessly pushing the opposite view for almost two decades. Freedom of expression in Venezuela is constantly dying a rapid death according to them. Wouldn’t it be totally Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Luisa Ortega Diaz and the Selectively Curious Corporate Media

A flurry of reports by corporate media today (see below) about Venezuela’s long time former prosecutor, Luisa Ortega Diaz, saying she is working to have President Maduro tried by the ICC. Ousted Venezuelan prosecutor seeks ICC probe into Maduro Venezuela’s ex-chief prosecutor asks international court to try Maduro Venezuela’s president accused of crimes against humanity Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: When Girish Gupta of Reuters goes digging for dirt, guess who always ends up looking clean?

A Caracas-based journalist has expressed frustration to me that people on the Chavista side of the political divide, even those independent of the government, don’t answer his calls, don’t want to talk to him – basically don’t trust him. This piece by Girish Gupta of Reuters, depicting a Venezuelan supreme court judge as corrupt, is a nice illustration Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: With Ed Herman in mind, consider some articles about Venezuela’s “default” today

The death of Ed Herman, co-author with Chomsky of the classic “Manufacturing Consent”, is a tremendous loss but he left behind a body a work to help us carry on his struggle. With Ed Herman’s words (above) in mind, consider some headlines today about Venezuela. Surprisingly one of the least dishonest was provided by Bloomberg News:   A Reuters headline Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Campaign Against the Arms Trade is completely out to lunch on Venezuela

CAAT calls Venezuela a “hybrid regime” by relying on the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Democracy Index which also labels the UK a “full democracy” – along with a few others like Canada and Spain. What a joke. In all of those “full democracies”, most of Venezuela’s opposition leaders would have been locked up and never seen or Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: NBC calls Hugo Chavez a dictator. The Guardian cheers an actual dictatorship in Saudi Arabia

An NBC news article on Venezuela stated Thanks to the “free press” how many people would know any better? Even Bernie Sanders’ campaign was ignorant (or dishonest) enough to call the late Hugo Chavez a dictator. Hugo Chavez and current president Nicolas Maduro were both democratically elected, but when Washington (and its accomplices in Ottawa Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: The Day I First Picketed the White House

  The reckless threats of nuclear war flung back and forth between the North Korean and U.S. governments remind me of an event in which I participated back in the fall of 1961, when I was a senior at Columbia College. At the end of August 1961, the Soviet government had announced that it was Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Reuters on Venezuela: “Socialist bluster”, looming default, and other loose ends

There is useful information in this Reuters article but some comments are worth making: The headline is “Venezuela to restructure foreign debt, default looms as possibility” Reuters reports President Nicolas Maduro vowed to make a $1.1 billion payment on a bond maturing on Thursday, but also created a commission to study “restructuring of all future Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Trudeau Covers for Trump on Venezuela – and the CBC covers for Trudeau

A CBC news article reports that Trudeua’s foreign affairs minister, Chrystia Freeland “steps up diplomatic pressure on Venezuela, warns of refugee crisis” [1] Freeland makes a subtle appeal to xenophobia to justify Canada’s aping of Trump and other right wing governments in the region who want to see Venezuela’s government overthrown. Fortunately for Freeland, she Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: Problems of the Super-Rich

Based on recent economic developments, the super-rich don’t have much to complain about. A study just released by UBS, a major global financial services company, has revealed that, during 2016, the total wealth of the world’s billionaires rose by 17 percent―from $5.1 trillion to $6.0 trillion.  Furthermore, the number of billionaires grew by 10 percent Read more…

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Don Fitz: Wrapping Up Environmental TV

Green Time TV Wrapping Up Environmental TV by Don Fitz Green Time may be wrapping up it production by the end of the year, depending on the future of KNLC Channel 24. Email me at fitzdon@aol.com to confirm dates of the last three shows and those in December. Is Elston McCowan crazy to think that Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: On Venezuela’s Regional Elections: Some Elephants in the room

Venezuela’s opposition was supposed to receive 3 million more votes than the government in the regional elections of October 15 according to the international media and the main pollster they rely on. Over 18 million Venezuelans were eligible to vote. Instead, the opposition received 700,000 fewer votes than the government nationwide and took only 5 Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: How Reuters lost what little nerve it had on Venezuela – in five charts

Reuters used to occasionally push back – albeit timidly –  against what other corporate outlets reported about Venezuela. Now it appears to have given up making any effort at all to break from the corporate pack. This article “No visas, bad jobs: Venezuelan emigrants reluctantly return home” is an example. Consider this excerpt: For decades after Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: Should Limiting North Korea’s Nuclear Ambitions Be the Responsibility of the U.S. Government?

In recent months, advances in the North Korean government’s nuclear weapons program have led to a sharp confrontation between the government leaders of the United States and of North Korea.  This August, President Donald Trump declared that any more threats from North Korea “will be met with fire and fury like the world has never Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: The Guardian promotes Central Bank Independence – Corbyn should fiercely oppose

A weird Guardian editorial seems very much to worry that Central Bank independence “will not survive” It is 20 years since the Bank of England gained independence. It may not survive the nationalist pressures of leaving the EU Indeed, it should not survive.  It is very important that Corbyn’s Labour kill it. Note the toxic elite Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: BBC (Katy Watson) article – distortion and inaccuracy about Venezuela

This BBC article by Katy Watson states Official figures put the number of Venezuelans who have left their homeland for Colombia because of the crisis at 300,000. But the actual number is thought to be much higher. A study of the official figures at a Colombian university put the number at 348,321 over the past Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Emily Thornberry is very misinformed about Venezuela 

At the UK Labour party conference, Emily Thornberry, who I continue to like and believe to be well-intentioned, said the following:  “From Venezuela to The Philippines we see the rule of law ignored and originally democratic governments turning into increasingly autocratic regimes,”  If Venezuela were as “autocratic” as the UK then western media darlings like Leopoldo Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Reuters breaks from the corporate herd and questions the legality of Canada’s sanctions on Venezuela

Just kidding. Of course they didn’t. The question of legality does not even come up in these Reuters articles (here and here). Sanctions on Venezuela violate the charter of the Organization of American States (Chapter 4, Article 19) and other international treaties, but Canada is mimicking the world’s leading gangster state so nobody cares. You also Read more…

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Mark Evans: RPS/2044: Read it. Discuss it. Then organise!

I never identified myself with leftwing politics until, sometime in the 1990’s, I read Noam Chomsky, and a short time after that, his friend and long time collaborator, Michael Albert. Much of the left, it had seemed to me, was riddled with bad ideas and hypocrisy. What these two guys, and a small group of others engaged in similar Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: World Citizenship Is More Popular Than You Might Think

Has nationalism captured the hearts and minds of the world’s people? It certainly seems to have emerged as a powerful force in recent years.  Trumpeting their alleged national superiority and hatred of foreigners, political parties on the far right have made their biggest political advances since the 1930s.  After the far right’s startling success, in Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: A Negotiated Curbing of North Korea’s Nuclear Capabilities is Good, But Not Good Enough

The North Korean government’s progress toward developing a long-range nuclear weapons capability, accompanied by bellicose pronouncements, has been alarming enough to spark worldwide public dismay and new sanctions by a unanimous UN Security Council.  But even if, at the very best, sanctions (which, so far, have not worked) or diplomatic negotiations (which have yet to Read more…

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Don Fitz: Overcoming Irresponsibility

Green Time TV Overcoming Irresponsibility by Don Fitz What are environmentalists to do when confronting irresponsible people with power? October 2017 Green Time episodes explore how to respond to a congress that will not provide medical care for all, a president who wants to destroy energy assistance for low income families and an economic system Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Reuters laughs if Capriles laughs – not otherwise

The mocking headline to this Reuters article reads Venezuela’s new plan to beat hunger: Breed rabbits Mockery of the Maduro government in Venezuela routinely catches the approving and mirthful eyes of corporate journalists. The article states Maduro’s critics lampooned the idea. “Are you serious?” asked Henrique Capriles, a state governor and two-time opposition presidential candidate Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: About Lilian Tintori’s op-ed in New York Times

Lilian Tintori is the wife of Leopoldo Lopez – a Venezuelan politician whom the western establishment has quite absurdly hailed as a hero. In her NYT op-ed from the other day Tintori wrote “We have no freedom of speech”. Here is lengthy interview Tintori gave in July on Venevision, a large private TV network that anyone in Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Julio Borges, in one of Venezuela’s largest newspapers, brags abour rallying EU governments against Maduro

In this op-ed from today in El Universal, a newspaper the international corporate media and NGOs like the Committee to Protect Journalists have depicted as having been taken over by the government in 2014, Julio Borges talks about his trip to Europe which was aimed at ramping up international pressure and condemnation of Venezuela’s government. Borges Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Distortions and Whoppers in an Aljazeera (Lucia Newman) interview with the President of Venezuela’s ANC

Some whoppers were slipped into this transcript of an interview between Aljazeera’s Lucia Newman and the president of Venezuela’s Constituent Assembly (and former Foreign Minister) Delcy Rodriguez. Aljazeera says the “adapted” transcript has been “edited for clarity and brevity”. That’s an Orwellian way to put it. *** *** In the interview (the video) Rodriguez correctly Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Alleged Political Prisoner Yon Goicoechea makes a really wild claim in an NYT op-ed

Alleged Venezuelan political prisoner (more on that below), Yon Goicoechea, had an op-ed published in the New York Times that made the following claim: A health minister was fired for releasing his department’s annual report, revealing that infant mortality has returned to 1950 levels. In 1959, Venezuela’s infant mortality rate (IMR) was 61.9 deaths per Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Associated Press doesn’t even blink when Lilian Tintori says banks won’t deal with her

RE Venezuela bars opposition activist from traveling to Europe  An AP article reported the following today about the wife of jailed Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez. She is now part of a criminal investigation after 200 million Bolivares in cash were found in a car she owned. “Tintori said she kept such a large sum in Read more…

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Nasir Khan: The role of Mr Jinnah in a historical perspective

Nasir Khan, September 3, 2017 For many historians of the Indian subcontinent Mr Jinnah’s role both as a leader and a statesman in pre-partition India is controversial. Personally, I have never accepted even for a second his communalist perspective that led to the demand for Pakistan. Right from the start, the “Two Nation Theory” was Read more…

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Don Fitz: Missouri Green Party Convention Gets Weird

Missouri Green Party Convention Gets Weird by Don Fitz Happenings at the first Missouri Green Party (MOGP) convention since it obtained ballot status were unusual, to say the least. They issue warnings to state Green Parties across the US as well as for any group that seeks to empower members to make decisions collectively. While Read more…

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Nasir Khan: Some thoughts on killing and eating animals

— Nasir Khan, September 1, 2017 “A man can live and be healthy without killing animals for food; therefore, if he eats meat, he participates in taking animal life merely for the sake of his appetite.” — The great Russian writer Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910) In this saying, the greatest Russian writer of all time had Read more…

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Nasir Khan: Jesus sided with the oppressed and exploited people

Nasir Khan, The message of Jesus of Nazareth (c. 7-2 BC – c. 30-33 AD) was viewed as a challenge to the Roman Empire and a threat to the Jewish religious establishment. Jesus was a great teacher and revolutionary of those times. Even though our knowledge of this unique person is limited due to the Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: OHCHR’s Venezuela Report is Terrible and May Incite More Violence

The OHCHR put out a press release a few weeks ago about violent protests in Venezuela in which the following words leapt off the page to anybody who has been following the situation without blinders on: “security forces are allegedly responsible for at least 46 of those deaths, while pro-Government armed groups, referred to as ‘armed Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Venezuela is not even “authoritarian”, never mind a “dictatorship”

As I did near the end of May, I’ve taken detailed notes (see below) on an hour long newscast by Venevision – Venezuela’s most watched network for news – a network people in the country can watch for free. The biggest lie told over the past fifteen years about Venezuela is that its media is Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Vicente Fox makes a death threat against Venezuelan President Maduro. Did anyone notice or care?

Phoney “anti-Trump” hero Vicente Fox eagerly does Trump’s dirty work against Venezuela. In this video Fox says of President Maduro that “that dictator will either resign or leave feet first, in a box” Fifteen yeas of relentless propaganda against Venezuela have made any kind of despicable behaviour permissible. Will be interesting to see if any Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Caracas Chronicles and Madman Theory

The guy who wrote this blog post is a self-described “Fifth year medical student at ULA-Mérida. Dinosaur enthusiast.” He hopes that U.S. government military threats will scare the Venezuelan military into ousting President Nicolas Maduro. Dinosaur enthusiast indeed. As he sums it up his own piece  “So please, Mr. Trump, don’t send the Marines…just make Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: The UK Observer’s latest “news” article about Venezuela

RE: President Maduro strips Venezuela’s parliament of power Legislative powers taken from opposition-led parliament, as country’s fugitive attorney general alleges Maduro corruption links Dear Mr. Pritchard (Observer readers’ editor) First of all, article’s headline is false as even the article itself reveals. Venezuela’s constituent assembly (ANC), not President Maduro, took over various National Assembly functions. Nowhere does the article Read more…

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Don Fitz: Green Time TV: Shaping Up

Green Time TV Shaping Up by Don Fitz September 2017 Green Time episodes say it’s time to shape up on a personal level, shape up environmental problems, and shape up social systems so we can confront individual and environmental issues. Why would energy efficiency building codes be important? In the first September Green Time, host Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: The Spectator’s Latest Effort to Use Venezuela to Attack Corbyn

Excerpts below from a Spectator editorial entitled “Jeremy Corbyn still cannot bear to condemn his fallen idols in Venezuela “ with a few comments of mine interspersed.  Hysterical, dishonest and incompetent as you’d expect from this outlet, but also supported by the entire establishment media, corrupted NGOs etc…fifteen years into a vilification campaign against Venezuela. Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: Playing Nuclear “Chicken” With Our Lives

What kind of civilization have we developed when two mentally unstable national leaders, in an escalating confrontation with each other, threaten one another―and the world―with nuclear war? That question arises as a potentially violent showdown emerges between Kim Jong Un of North Korea and Donald Trump of the United States.  In recent years, the North Read more…

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Nasir Khan: American rulers, their wars and the god

Nasir Khan, August 9, 2017 We were told by the US president George W. Bush that god had assented to his invading Iraq in 2003, a war in which the American invaders killed hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqis and destroyed Iraq, plundered its wealth and its historical heritage. Now the preachers of the same Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: UN Human Rights Body Makes an Outlandish Statement on Venezuela

According to a UN statement that was widely reported by the media today, it is “unclear” if opposition rioters in Venezuela have killed a single person over the past four months. The OHCHR press release said it had “remote” investigators study the situation in Venezuela. The following is the key quote from the press release: Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Recalling how the Blairites backed a coup in Venezuela

With Blairites, among many others, pressuring Corbyn to try to get him to join the establishment herd in a one-sided position on Venezuela (and to drop the principled one he has taken condemning violence on “both sides”) it is worth recalling how the Blairites responded to the 2002 coup in Venezuela that briefly set up the only dictatorship Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Remarkable Deceit from Nicholas Casey of the New York Times on Venezuela: UPDATED with Casey’s response

UPDATE BELOW Nick Casey, who blocked me on twitter last year even though I barely interacted with him, wrote an article that ran with the headline “Venezuela’s New Leaders Begin Their March Toward Total Control” In a contentious election on Sunday, Mr. Maduro instructed Venezuelans to choose delegates from a list of allies in the Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Critique of a Greg Grandin piece on Venezuela

Overall Greg Grandin wrote a good piece about Venezuela but there are a few significant weak spots in it. His [Maduro’s] poll numbers are low, though not significantly worse than those of the presidents of Brazil and Colombia. Not “worse” at all actually. They are quite a lot better – actually remarkable given the enormous economic crisis. Maduro Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: The Guardian’s Latest Dishonesty about Venezuela

This Guardian article stated Security agents have since seized two opposition leaders from their homes after they called for protests against the vote. Umm no. Leopoldo Lopez – while already under house arrest -made a video in which he called for military coup. Don’t try this while under house arrest in the UK, where you Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: George Eaton believes over 100% of all infants die in Venezuela

George Eaton, who writes for the New Statesman in the UK, tweeted that there has been a 10,000% increase in Venezuela’s’ infant mortality because of its economic crisis. You have to question the sanity, not just the intelligence, of somebody willing to make this claim. Here are UNICEF figures for Venezuela’s infant mortality rate in Read more…

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Vincent Emanuele: Free-Range Chickens and Yoga Won’t Stop Climate Change

“Neoliberalism is in the first instance a theory of political economic practices that proposes that human well-being can best be advanced by liberating individual entrepreneurial freedoms and skills within an institutional framework characterized by strong private property rights, free markets, and free trade.” – David Harvey Hyper-individualism is the inevitable byproduct of neoliberal ideology. It is Read more…

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Sam Hitt: Ur-Fascism and Liberal Hope

  Fascism is not revealed by shining the light of history on its current motley manifestation. Looking backward only reveals the fears and expectations of today, not the hot furnace of resentment and rage, the enduring resistance to modernism that feeds fascism. What must be seen is invisible, a multitude of tiny formations that have Read more…

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