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Michael: Socialism: Markets, Central Plans, or what?
Economics is about production, producing what consumers and shapers of wants, desires. In capitalist systems, material ends, products, constitute…
James: Only rebellion will prevent an ecological apocalypse
“Researchers used to say that no government could survive if five percent of its population mobilized against it. But our…
James: Only rebellion will prevent an ecological apocalypse
Wouldn’t Erica Chenoweth have meant that as a minimum? Is it a typo from Monbiot?
Michael: From the Pentagon Papers to the Doomsday Machine
Father Blase Bonpane died earlier this month, If you don't know who he is, look it up. He…
Mark Evans: Only rebellion will prevent an ecological apocalypse
Great article! But what do people think about the following claim? “for a peaceful mass movement to succeed,…
Michael Albert: Socialism: Disputing Pie Slices
James... I very much appreciate the long very thoughtful comment, and hope others do too, but more,…
James: Socialism: Disputing Pie Slices
This uncoupling work from remuneration is an odd thing. Vague. In a capitalist economy it is clear the role money…
Michael: Venezuela and the setbacks of the Latin American Left
The immense undertaking of Hugo Chavez was remarkably successful in improving the lives of millions. The mindset of the…
Michael: Socialism: Who Does What?
Michael Albert says the key is "All workers do a mix of tasks..." Exactly!…
James: Socialism: Disputing Pie Slices
Two of the best replies to critics of Parecon’s remuneration norm, are here, http://libcom.org/files/Steven-Johns-Michael-Albert-debate.pdf…
Barry Wood: Assange’s indictment is Trump’s next step in war on press freedom
“During periods of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act” George Orwell.
Michael Albert: Socialism: The Property Problem
It is a step, of course, but not a first step, because many things, short of this, on the way…
gary: Socialism: The Property Problem
HI What about Richard Wolff's (Democracy at Work: A Cure for Capitalism) proposal and workers retaining and distributing surplus…
Antonio Carty: Confronting “Ultranationalist, Reactionary” Movements Across Globe
Thank you Noam Chomsky and Amy Goodman. Well put and vital as ever, Feliz Cuple Anos Noam!
Michael: The Assange arrest is a warning from history
From Hamlet comes this phrase, "Revenge should have no bounds," and this is the guiding idea of those powerful who…
Michael: Socialism: The Property Problem
And decent people wonder why there are violent revolutions.
Michael: The Man Who Saw Trump Coming A Century Ago
A genius of an article...and scary as hell because it is so accurate and Veblen was so right.
Michael Albert: Socialism: Disputing Pie Slices
There are many reasons why that (anarchist sentiment) turns out to be a very well motivated but counter productive way…
Elizabeth Marxsen: Socialism: Disputing Pie Slices
Now that I think more about it we probably need to uncouple work from remuneration. Just like we need…
Michael: Julian Assange Arrested in London After Ecuador Withdraws Asylum
A single sentence in Shakespeare's Hamlet pretty much sums up the saga of Chelsea Manning and Julian Assange on the…
Elizabeth Marxsen: Socialism: Disputing Pie Slices
Ooops - duh - meant its not so EASY to agree upon. Also, the percent of people capable of…
Michael Albert: Socialism: Disputing Pie Slices
Just to clarify - the issue is not how much a person doing a job likes it or not, or…
Elizabeth Marxsen: Socialism: Disputing Pie Slices
Also, one other difficulty, its not so hard to agree upon and articulate the output of a "good worker"…
Elizabeth Marxsen: Socialism: Disputing Pie Slices
One concern is that duration, onerousness and intensity of effort is easier to assess within one's group of same-job peers.…
owlishdog: The Green Party Electoral Strategy is a Failure
It's not just the Greens, is it? No third party ever gains traction in the US. One reason might be…
Zoran Andelkovic: Support Serbia’s “One In Five Million” movement, but for the right reasons
Thanks for the comments – I fully agree with them. The exact wording the “protests against nationalistic governments” is indeed…
Michael: Decriminalizing the Drug War?
What an incredibly insightful article. Dr. McCoy has done it again. I don't know how to say it…
Michael: Socialism: Dividing Society’s Pie
I came from a working class family and from the age of 13 to 22, until I graduated from college…
Michael: Rep. Barbara Lee’s Startling Vote to Boost Military Spending
What a disappointment that Rep. Lee voted as she did. Now we need to know why!
Paul D: Identity Rules: A Report from Reddening Chicago
Paul, Excellent critique of the intersection of identity with neoliberal capitalist politics. However, could you consider…
Saurabh Asthana: A Cure for Excessive Wealth Disorder
Once again I exhort people to not use the language of dollars when describing this stuff. It doesn't mean anything…
Elizabeth Marxsen: A Cure for Excessive Wealth Disorder
I sure as shit hope these proposals include closing existing loopholes. Without that they won't b nearly as effective.
Michael: Identity Rules: A Report from Reddening Chicago
Paul's statement ("On election night last Tuesday, Chicago corporate media television news was agog over the “historic” mayoral victory of…
James: Socialism: Ethically Judging Current Societies
There is strong vision out there and Parecon for instance, represents the only non-market, non-centrally planned side of the coin…
Elizabeth Marxsen: Socialism: Ethically Judging Current Societies
I think that first the "catch 22" which you so perceptively cited, is the thing to address first. In…
Michael: Socialism: Ethically Judging Current Societies
"...socially suicidal disposition" describes well what we are faced with in the US, and often elsewhere, but not always.…
Michael: The Origins of Venezuela’s Economic Crisis
As Greg makes clear, things are seldom what they seem in the mainstream media, and what drives this media now…
Matto Ferraro: Population Bomb or Bomb the Population?
This is an offensively simple, narrow, scientifically unsound, poorly informed and gross articles I've ever read on this site. The…
Russell Woodward: Rethinking the Normalization of Fascism in the Post-Truth Era
Namaste, Professor, I wish to say this essay is thrilling. It might become chilling as we see not ghosts of…
Michael Albert: Socialism: Ethical Foundations
Agree, but for the value to provide real guidance we are going to have to make it less vague...and will,…
Michael: Socialism: Ethical Foundations
"Fairness" is a hard word to define exactly, but we all have some intuitive sense of what it means.…
Barry Wood: Why Does the US Continue to Grovel to Israel?
"Why Does the US Continue to Grovel to Israel?" Because Israel & the Rothschild's rule the world!
Barry Wood: Why Does the US Continue to Grovel to Israel?
Israel and the Rothschilds rule the world!
Barry Wood: Let’s harness the power of political education
The World Transformed (Bristol) would be a better title. Having so many different "Left" factions is a reason why…
Michael: Russiagate
I'd try to add something if it were necessary, but Paul nailed it and there is nothing to add.…
Michael: Venezuela: Why the US coup is failing
This is a key commentary, especially in the midst of so much reporting that is obscuring what Venezuela is about.…
Ogden Monk: What Democratic Socialism Is and Is Not
The term for the political economies of Sweden, Norway, and Denmark is social democracy. Most of Sweden's industries…
Michael: Venezuela: Despite the crisis, Chavez’s legacy endures
Federico's statement, "When compared with the rest of the region, Venezuelans have the cheapest electricity, the greatest percentage of household…
matt farkas: World’s Production of CO2 Spiked again in 2018
Don't forget methane. It has been on the uptick and they are (last I checked, and…
matt farkas: America Is Exceptional—in All the Wrong Ways
As someone that was in high school in the 1980s, in a post industrial, race tensioned town (40 -- 50k…
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