About Z Blogs


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

Michael Albert: Advocating Parecon: An Organization

What about creating an organization of pareconists, so to speak? I don’t know whether this would be positive if it were it to grow to considerable size, nor even whether it would grow at all, for that matter. So this is an idea that pounds away in my mind…not escaping those borders into actual practice. Read more…

Michael Albert: Introducing Parecon

It has quickly become clear that this blog needs some introduction to participatory economics…as well as including an accumulating array of posts that more or less presume at least modest familiarity. The following essay was written as the first piece in an exchange with the British journalist George Monbiot (the debate is online at http://www.zmag.org/monbiotalbertdebate.htm). Read more…

Michael Albert: Advocating Parecon: Promotion

One possible topic for a parecon blog is how to best advocate participatory economics and what experiences we have and lessons we learn in doing so. My own efforts at advocating parecon have been only modestly successful. They involve … My own efforts at advocating parecon have been only modestly successful. They involve writing essays Read more…

Michael Albert: Routes to Economic Vision: Alienation

Decades ago I came across a compelling definition of alienation, a concept not so easy to pin down even for those who use the word a lot. After all, how do you simultaneously capture psychological, sociological, economic, and other connotations? I think the author of the definition that I liked and still use was Bertell Read more…

Michael Albert: Routes to Economic Vision: Exploitation

By being exploitative we generally mean a condition in which some person or agency gets from our labors more than they ought to which in turn leaves us less than we deserve. Some own many mansions. Others live in cardboard shelters under bridges. Some earn so much per hour that they have millions of dollars Read more…

Michael Albert: Routes To Economic Vision: Introduction

In advocating participatory economics, I invariably follow a particular and for me familiar logic that moves from preferred values to desirable institutions. This blog is for exploring, so here I’d like to try to come at economic vision from different angles than those I usually follow. I can think of a few to investigate. Perhaps Read more…

Michael Albert: Welcome to Goodbye Maggie

This blog is for discussing economic vision, and particularly participatory economics. In deciding to set up some blogs within the rubric of ZNet, a little research suggested that titles should be creative. However, it is hard to do a creative title for a blog on economic vision. Tomorrow’s Economy? Not too creative. Parecon? Very explicit, Read more…

Noam Chomsky: Mahajan’s Addition

In his blog, linked from the ZNet blogs, Rahul Mahajan of Empire Notes writes: In Chomsky’s latest post, he’s responding to someone advancing the standard humanitarian/liberation argument for the war on Iraq. At one point, he says The invasion of Iraq brought two murderous regimes to an end: the sanctions regime, and the rule of Read more…

Noam Chomsky: Mideast Solutions

[This is the first question and answer in a lengthy interview conducted by Justin Podur and Stephen Shalom — it will appear in the May issue of Z] 1. What do you see as the best solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict? It depends what time frame we have in mind. In the short term, the Read more…

Noam Chomsky: The Invasion of Iraq

All opponents of the invasion of Iraq — at least, all those who bothered to think the matter through — took for granted that there would be beneficial effects, as is often the case with military interventions: the bombing of Pearl Harbor, for example, which led to the expulsion of Western imperial powers from Asia, Read more…

Noam Chomsky: Monbiot’s Concerns

Monbiot radically misinterprets the Hippocratic principle, “First, do no harm.” According to Monbiot’s interpretation, a doctor violates the Hippocratic oath by giving someone an injection, because the puncture harms the skin. No one has ever interpreted the Hippocratic oath that way. What the principle has always been understood to mean is that the doctor’s entire Read more…

Noam Chomsky: Electoral Realities

About half the population doesn’t bother to vote. The voters are heavily skewed towards the wealthy and privileged, who tend to vote for the more reactionary of the two factions of the business party. That’s of course not enough for the Republicans to obtain the statistical tie they achieved in 2000. They did get a Read more…

Noam Chomsky: Modalities of Withdrawal

On the modality of withdrawal, we should seek as best we can to determine the wishes of the Iraqi people. It’s not easy to determine the opinions of people under military occupation, and though there are many western-run polls, they tend to evade the crucial questions. Nonetheless, we do have some information. In the most Read more…

Noam Chomsky: Structural Adjustment

What can we do about it? Just about everything. The IMF is hardly more than a branch of the Treasury Department. Economist Jagdish Bhagwati, no radical, refers to the IMF- Treasury-Wall St complex that is a core part of de facto world government. The Treasury Department is part of the US government. If we had Read more…

Noam Chomsky: Bush’s Economics

Whether Bush believes, or even understands, the economic policies of his administration I have no idea, and it really doesn’t matter much. What’s important are the policies, not whether Bush understands what his handlers instruct him to say. The current policies are an extreme version of what has been going on since the late Carter Read more…

Noam Chomsky: Welcome

This blog will include brief comments on diverse topics of concern in our time. They will sometimes come from the ZNet Sustainer Forum System where Noam interacts through a forum of his own, sometimes from direct submissions, sometimes culled from mail and other outlets — always from Noam Chomsky.

Noam Chomsky: Welcome

This blog will include brief comments on diverse topics of concern in our time. They will sometimes come from the ZNet Sustainer Forum System where Noam interacts through a forum of his own, sometimes from direct submissions, sometimes culled from mail and other outlets — always from Noam Chomsky.

Revolution Mayka: People Over Profit – A Radical Proposal for Our Economic Crisis

    People Over Profit A Proposal for How to Deal with the Economic Crisis This is a summary (with a few additions) of an essay called “Demand, Don’t Succumb” by Michael Albert, creator of “the 3rd economic system” Participatory Economics, or Parecon, which rejects capitalism or markets as well as communism or central planning. Read more…

Tal Ariel: Good Morning Boss!

Good Morning Boss! The Elite Homeless Class by Tal Ariel January 8, 2007 Shuddering from the wind and blinded by the brilliant colorless sky, I left my house this wintry morning heading towards the train station on my way to work.  I began my morning commute mental Q&A exerices. What shall I have for lunch? Read more…

Justin Geo: I updated my ZSpace

I’ve added some new photos and a list of things Im reading, watching and listening to  

Brian Small: National Railworkers’ 20 Year Battle

Japanese Labor History, JR FuSaiYo Mondai I’ve found these National Railworker struggle group(Tosodan) guys to be approachable and fun on a personal level. Whenever they’re not overwhelmed with their own court cases and union democracy issues they’re always ready to jump in and support peace and environmental issues. I stumbled upon them by chance thanks Read more…

Roger Bybee: Labor must exert heat

Dems Need to Feel Real Heat From Labor Tuesday July 21 2:15 pm   Before the Wagner Act of 1935 establishing the right to form unions, labor activists like my paternal grandfather could be fired for pro-union or socialist activity—as he was three times in the 1920s and 1930s in my hometown of Racine, Wis. Read more…

Revolution Mayka: Atlanta IOPS Meeting Notes from March

Atlanta IOPS (International Organization for a Participatory Society) start up group meeting notes *note: to better understand the notes, it helps for one to be familiar with 1) the models offered in participatory society (some ATL IOPS members’ attempt at simplification with comprehensiveness available at myspace.com/parsoc – which is the book we speak of); 2) Read more…

Colin Stuart: Robert Fisk in Ottawa

Last week between 200 and 300 people in Ottawa had the priviledge of hearing Robert Fisk say what none of our local press has the guts to say: "get out" and "go home".  Now. An additional seventeen thousand troops is madness.  He was talking about both the Israelis in occupied Palestine, about Canada in Afghanistan Read more…

Michael M'Gehee: Joe Stacks: A Modern Day John Brown?

The press is calling Joe Stacks, the man who flew his airplane into an IRS building last week, “deranged.” Maybe he was. But that’s not what disturbs me. What bothers me is the media does not call our political leaders “deranged” considering they are responsible for considerably more violence and for nefarious reasons. Why are Read more…

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