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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Michael Albert: Inquiries

Recently many people are asking why did the U.S. government ignore various indicators leading up to 9/11 that perhaps something horrible would happen if there weren’t changes in U.S. policies. Okay…I suppose it isn’t an entirely unreasonable question. And similarly for wondering how come the media was so obtuse to the events. But to put Read more…

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Michael Albert: Beyond Capitalism

I have been asked for a short essay for a book that will appear at the ESF, this October. I have to rush it…and here is a draft. Anyone who wants to send me any suggestions, please feel free. But the commenting system is down. Beyond Capitalism To build and take an anti capitalist movement Read more…

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Michael Albert: Soc Student…Last

> I can’t help but wonder whether any system can survive if it is too complex for the general public to understand. Is this serous? Parecon has a few key institutions and concepts, which a junior high school student could easily understand. To understand even its most intricate logic – high school students would have Read more…

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Michael Albert: Soc student…Sixth

> In his model, Albert argues for balanced job complexes instead of a labor market. Balanced job complexes replace corporate division of labor – not labor markets. Hiring and also firing of workers is not a market exchange because the terms are not governed by competitive bidding…it is planned, but they do exist in a Read more…

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Michael Albert: Soc Student…fifth

> 1. Ease of Communicating the Parecon Model to Others – Personally, I find that a major obstacle to many reforms is the inability to plainly summarize the proposed reform and the rationale for implementing it (i.e. as if one is organizing behind the proposal and has to persuade others of its’ importance, since most Read more…

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Michael Albert: Soc – Fourth Student

The fourth student likes the ideas that, First, “participatory consumers must weigh the benefits of consumption requests against the sacrifices required to produce them.” Second, “participatory consumers must distinguish reasonable consumption requests from ones that are excessive or overly modest” (Albert 123). The first is what really caught my attention, so given that preferences are Read more…

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Michael Albert: Soc 292 – The Third Student

Hmmmmm…these student comments are a bit longer than I anticipated…also a bit less in touch with the actual characteristics of parecon…but I started so I guess I will continue, though a bit more summarily than I had hoped, given these attributes. The Third Student writes… > The two aspects of Albert’s Parecon system which I Read more…

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Michael Albert: Soc 292 – The Second Student

The second student worries about parecon’s method of allocation. > For the purposes of making decision about allocation, Albert advocates ‘decentralized participatory planning’ (p. 122), in which members of a parecon, in their respective capacities as producers and consumers, come to determine what will be consumed and produced through a series of proposals, which end Read more…

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Michael Albert: Soc 292: Parecon Comments

In perusing the internet I found a pdf of comments by students, I think, of a sociology course (292) that used parecon for a reading. I thought I might briefly react to its contents in a few blog posts. The first student, after indicating his broad support, wonders if parecon isn’t “an economist’s fable, a Read more…

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Michael Albert: The World and the US

Recently on a number of occasions I have told people asking about how parecon the book and of course the model was doing, that it was an odd situation In the U.S., I have replied, while there is a lot of progress being made, especially as compared to the past, it is still slow and Read more…

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Michael Albert: Gloves Off

I guess I am all out of patience and running dry on civility as well. Is it unreasonable to want to know where the left stands regarding capitalism and “other worlds”? Are various movements, institutions, media outlets, and constituencies anti-capitalist, or are they only eager that we get the best brand of capitalism imaginable? “Another Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: An Independent Iraq

For what it’s worth, polls in Iraq reveal very considerable and apparently growing support for withdrawal of the US occupying army, apart from the Kurdish regions. That doesn’t mean withdrawal tomorrow. No one is talking about that, and it isn’t even technically feasible. But expeditious withdrawal, with a clear deadline, and an authentic rather than Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Peak Oil Theory

The basic theory is incontrovertible. The only questions have to do with timing and cost. … The date can be pushed back much farther if more costly (or maybe some to-be-discovered improved) technology is used. As for the estimates of cost, by reasonable standards one could argue that oil is far under-priced. In real terms, Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Iran’s Threat

The sharp increase in focus on Iran’s alleged threat (nuclear weapons, connections to terror, etc.) is very clear. … The same has been true with regard to Syria (including last December’s “Syria Accountability Act” passed almost unanimously in Congress, and Bush’s implementation of parts of it in May). Not reported but quite important is the Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Invading Cuba

Cuba was officially regarded as a security threat to the US until 1998, and when the Pentagon decided that maybe the US could survive a Cuban assault, the Clinton administration insisted that the threat must be defined as “negligible,” but still real. Back 40 years ago when Kennedy tried to get Latin American governments to Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: The Wall and Israel’s Aims

If the goal were security, Israel would have built the fence a few km inside its borders. It could then be a mile high, patrolled on both sides by the IDF, mined with nuclear weapons, utterly impenetrable. Perfect security. The problem would be that it would not take valuable Palestinian land and resources (including control Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Classified Documents

The scheduled release of declassified documents in the official State Department history is 30 years. In practice it is a bit longer, about 35 years or so usually. Of course, not everything is declassified. Sometimes it turns out on independent investigation by serious historians that the record has been seriously falsified by omission. Occasionally there Read more…

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Michael Albert: The Reagan Phenomena

What the hell? Reagan, one of the least popular presidents, one of the dumbest presidents, and one of the most morally vile preseidents in American history (which is saying a whole lot) is celebrated in death like no other president since Kennedy was assassinated, or maybe even since Roosevelt. What does this mean. Would anyone Read more…

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Michael Albert: Interview for Polish Outlet

I was recently interviewed for Polish publication about matters of media manipulation, etc. 1) Recently I’ve realised that very important thing in Poland is special kind of censorship. Its dangerous because most people are not aware of this. Before 1989 when the ‘communism’ has collapsed censorship was rather simple and easy to identify. Now it’s Read more…

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Michael Albert: New Organization?

Assuming we all fight for social change in the expectation that we will, at some point, win — and assuming that we fight for a whole new social system, again, in the expectation that at some point we will win — it follows that at some point there will be organizations formed in our respective Read more…

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Michael Albert: Parecon and Society — chapters

This is a list of possible chapters for a book on p[arecon and society. What others topics might be of interest? Supposing you could read anyone writing on any of these or other topics, whose views would you be interested in? Parecon and Polity Parecon and International Relations Parecon and Journalism Parecon and Racial, Ethnic, Read more…

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Michael Albert: Parecon and Society: Education

This is a draft of a possible chapter, giving a broad idea of what they might be like…again, only a draft. Parecon and Education Part of education is intrinsic and oriented to the individual. To think about education starting with the student, we examine the process of conveying information and skills and developing talents in Read more…

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Michael Albert: Parecon and Society: Parecon Overview

This would be an opening chapter of this possible new book, summarizing parecon itself. Remember, these are merely drafts I am sharing in the blog…looking for some reactions. Parecon: An Overview Participatory economics, or parecon for short, is a proposal for the defining features of a post capitalist economy. Economies incorporate an almost infinite array Read more…

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Michael Albert: Parecon and Society: Possible Intro

I am thinking about the possibility of a new book perhaps entitled Parecon and Society. It would be about what having a parecon would mean for the rest of society, beyond the economy. I am curious if people think such a book would be useful. I am also curious who might best write its various Read more…

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Michael Albert: Replying to a Review

Recently I got an email telling me about a review of a book of mine, Looking Forward (SEP 1991) linked on the theory page of Anarcho-Syndicalist Review (http://www.syndicalist.org/theory/parecon1.shtml) I read it and was rather surprised by some of the content, and so I thought I would write some reactions here, even though I think it Read more…

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Michael Albert: Economics and Parecon

A second interview for Polish publication… 1) Many economists, for example L. Mises and other austrian economists, think that private ownership of means of production is a necessity. They argue that without private ownership of means of production economic calculation is impossible because means of production (like machines and others) don’t have prices so it’s Read more…

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Michael Albert: Market Madness

I was asked to do an email interview by a friend from Poland, for publication there, dealing with a rising tide of market ideology among Polish economists. Since it bears on issues of parecon, I thought I might as well convey it here, as well… 1) In Poland a growing number of economists are in Read more…

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Michael Albert: Answering a Comment

In general, I cannot pledge I will relate to all comments, even all questions, posted to the blogs. There is only so much time available. However…. One of the comments I found said I “seem to start with a basic split between Producers and Consumers which requires an economic system to relate the two.” Actually, Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: India Today

It’s important to bear in mind that there are two quite different Indias. There is the high tech India in Hyderabad, which Thomas Friedman raves about in his odes to “globalization” — meaning, the neoliberal version of investor-rights-based international economic integration.. I’ve been there in the scientific research centers too, and what he says is Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Turkey in the World

Turkey’s human rights record has been awful, though it has been improving, as commentators routinely point out. But that overlooks a rather important fact: Turkey’s crimes against its own population, particularly Kurds, rely crucially on (1) massive US military support and (2) the cowardice and dishonesty of the intellectual classes (including the media) which refuse Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: The SU and the Arms Race

Questioner: Given that the arms race was a disaster for the Soviet Union economically and of little advantage militarily, why did the USSR engage in it? What it did to them economically is exactly what Khrushchev predicted, and presumably what JFK and his advisers had in mind when they turned down Khrushchev’s call for sharp Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Iraq and Vietnam

Personally, I don’t see much useful analogy between Iraq and Vietnam. Vietnam was in a remote corner of the world that no one cared about very much, so the US could pound away at it, devastating four countries, with little international protest, and that little mostly about the bombing of the regions in the northern Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Saudi Puppet

It’s often pointed out in the international relations literature that the notion “puppet” is not a simple one. Puppets can often influence the dominant power significantly. The Soviet satellites were certainly “puppets,” if the term has any meaning. But unlike Western powers, Russia subsidized its satellites massively, to the extent that they were mostly richer Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: The Reagan Phenomena

I believe this is the first such extravaganza in the US. … There was something similar after the JFK assassination, but of course the assassination of a living president is quite different. I don’t recall anything else remotely similar, perhaps since FDR, in the midst of a war, and of course he really was a Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Defeating Nazi…

Questioner: The U.S. opposed and defeated the Nazis and the Communists. Doesn’t this evidence U.S. humanitarianism for the rest of the world? The “history” assumed in this argument is so radically and uncontroversially false that it is hard even to comment. Take Nazism. I was a child at the time, but even so I was Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Oil Prices

Regarding the rising price of oil, the first point to remember is that the price of oil is not high by historical standards. I haven’t seen an exact calculation, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the real price per barrel is maybe half of what it was during the 1970s peak — which itself brought Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Trade?

Questioner: In a debate I had with a capitalist once, he asserted that most US investment occurs in European and developed Asian countries, saying that that means that free trade is beneficial. Your reaction? He’s right that most Foreign Direct Investment (not only US) is in developed countries, and the rest is mostly in a Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Rising Boats?

Questioner: Frequently, when conservatives respond to allegations of inequality in capitalism, they say that “The boats are all rising, who cares if the tide carries some higher?” That is, if growth is occurring at some rate, capitalism’s good. What is your reaction to this… It’s a fine argument for Stalinism and Nazism. Russia had quite Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Bush Lying?

Did Bush lie on the reasons for 9-11 (“they hate our freedoms,” etc.)? I think one has to be a bit cautious. Lying requires a certain competence: at least, it requires an understanding of the difference between truth and falsehood. When a 3-year old tells you an obvious falsehood, it isn’t really fair to call Read more…

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Michael Albert: Tortured Minds

Doesn’t sufficient evidence of deceit and destruction now exist for everyone to see it? Can the average American – much less the average citizen of England given their far better media — be unaware of the vile nature of our government’s pursuits, other than by adopting an ostrich approach that actively denies reality? There is Read more…

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Michael Albert: New pages comparing Capitalism and Parecon

I am busy creating a "site" within ZNet and the Parecon site that is about comparing capitalism and participatory economics. It means to be succinct, aesthetically appealing, and provocative to further investigation. I could use help. As a work in process the new site is not really yet public. The link is Comparison Site If Read more…

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Michael Albert: Q/A More Personally…

I recently put a Q/A on the site and in the mail about the Parecon paperback edition, the recent mailings re parecon, etc. I thought I would answer the same questions here, a bit less formally — a bit more personally — in accord with blog expectations. There is certainly some overlap, but some new Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Humanitarian Interventions?

I won’t run through the details regarding Somalia since you can find a lot in print, right at the time and later. Steve Shalom had a fine article about it at the time in Z; I wrote about it right away in Z too. More later, after other facts dribbled out. In brief, there had Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: South Africa Style Sanctions Against Israel?

I think there are many reasons why the South African analogy does not apply to this case. One, commonly overlooked, is that sanctions against South Africa did not become a really significant issue with a major impact until after years of education and organization had aroused enormous opposition to Apartheid, even in the corporate sector Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Transfer Real Sovereignty

Occupying armies have responsibilities, not rights. Their primary responsibility is to withdraw as quickly and expeditiously as possible, in a manner determined by the occupied population. It follows that the orders issued by Proconsul Bremer are illegitimate and should be rescinded, including those designed to place the economy effectively in the hands of western (mostly Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Rwanda and Abu Ghraib

The past month was the 10th anniversary of the massacres in Rwanda, and there was much soul-searching about our failure to do anything about them. So headlines read “To Say `Never Again’ and Mean it; the 1994 Rwandan genocide should have taught us about the consequences of doing nothing” (Richard Holbrooke, Washington Post); “Learn from Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: The Occupation

The occupation of Iraq has been an astonishing failure. It should have been one of the easiest in history. The more serious correspondents there are well aware of that. Patrick Cockburn recently wrote that “It has been one of the most extraordinary failures in history.” He’s quite right. Why? The best explanation I’ve heard was Read more…

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Michael Albert: Left Academics

This weekend I had the unusual and rather mixed pleasure of speaking at an academic gathering. I actually thought it was going to be my usual type of audience — students, activists, interested folks, etc. But instead, much to my surprise, it was about 140 academics. The event was a meeting of what hopes to Read more…

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Michael Albert: My Shoes…and Dylan

Bob Dylan meant and means a lot to me — so you can perhaps imagine my mood on seeing him advertising Victoria’s Secret. I don’t know which is sadder. That he did it. Or that reports indicate there is a huge sales bump as a result. In any event, I can assure you, it wasn’t Read more…

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Michael Albert: Ehrenreich Interviews Albert, Last

Ehrenreich: In the book Parecon, you make no mention, that I can find anyway, of remuneration for the work of “caring” in the home – child raising, caring for the elderly, etc. This is a big issue with feminists: how do you address it? Albert: I talk about this in various places, but perhaps at Read more…

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