About Z Commentaries

Z Commentaries are sent every night to all Z Sustainers, and have been for many years. They are a kind of thank you mailing, you might say, for those who are supporting our overall operations. 

Commentators are diverse and many. A few of the more prominent ones are listed in the top menu, to show just their work. In time we will add a left menu, up above this text area, and below the generic menu that now appears, with the same purpose, but for more people. 

Recent Z Commentaries

Miguel Guevara: Interviewing Bertrand Dellinger, Part Two

In the year 2042, an oral history of the then 25 year-old ongoing Revolutionary Participatory Society organization/project in the U.S. will be published. The book’s fifteen chapters will excerpt and arrange insights culled from eighteen interviews to present events and ideas in a sequential, encompassing way.  By unknown dynamics, the book’s introduction, its 18 source Read more…

Miguel Guevara: Interviewing Reverend Stephen Du Bois

In the year 2042, an oral history of the then 25 year-old ongoing Revolutionary Participatory Society organization/project in the U.S. will be published. The book’s fifteen chapters will excerpt and arrange insights culled from eighteen interviews to present events and ideas in a sequential, encompassing way. By unknown dynamics, the book’s introduction, its 18 source Read more…

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Marjorie Cohn: Donald Trump’s War Crimes

Just two and a half months into his presidency, Donald Trump has already distinguished himself as a war criminal. His administration is killing unusually large numbers of civilians, in violation of US and international law. Killing Civilians in Record Numbers The Trump administration began to kill civilians over inaugural weekend, with two drone strikes in Read more…

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Kathy Kelly: Angry, Desperate, Rejected

We cannot look the other way as military and economic warfare destroys lives, communities and cultures

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Patrick Bond: South Africa labeled ‘junk’

Will Cabinet shake-up and credit rating downgrade shift ruling-party ideology?

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Dean Baker: Talking About My Generation

So We Don’t Have to Talk About the Rich

Susan Williams: Organizing to Learn, Learning to Organize

  A young woman teaches a class on labor organizing at Highlander Folk School. Source: Wisconsin Historical Society. If you’ve ever attended a Labor Notes Conference or Troublemakers School or picked up one of our books, you know that everything we do draws on the organizing know-how and creativity of rank-and-file workers. This style of Read more…

Lane Windham: Working-Class Feminism and the Resistance

Today’s feminism has the power to change not just politics, but the nation’s economic landscape, too

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Federico Fuentes: World Without Walls

Bolivia to host global people’s summit on migrant and refugee rights

Miguel Guevara: Interviewing Bertrand Dellinger 1

In the year 2042, an oral history of the then 25 year-old ongoing Revolutionary Participatory Society organization/project in the U.S. will be published. The book’s fifteen chapters will excerpt and arrange insights culled from eighteen interviews to present events and ideas in a sequential, encompassing way.  By unknown dynamics, the book’s introduction, its 18 source Read more…

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Patrick Bond: BRICS Dashing Green-Developmental Hopes?

Will the Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa (BRICS) bloc ever really challenge the world financial order? The BRICS New Development Bank (NDB) leadership is meeting in New Delhi from 31 March to 2 April with a degree of fanfare unmatched by accomplishments. It is a good moment to assess progress since the BRICS Summit in 2013 when rumour Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Undermining Our Prospects for Survival

The first 100 days are considered to be a benchmark for presidential performance. This is part of the legacy of FDR, who managed to reshape the US government’s role in the economy within the first 100 days of his administration. However, the fact of the matter is that usually, a first-time president doesn’t have the Read more…

Miguel Guevara: Interviewing Lydia Luxemburg 2

In the year 2042, an oral history of the then 25 year-old ongoing Revolutionary Participatory Society organization/project in the U.S. will be published. The book’s fifteen chapters will excerpt and arrange insights culled from eighteen interviews to present events and ideas in a sequential, encompassing way.  By unknown dynamics, the book’s introduction, its 18 source Read more…

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Marjorie Cohn: Neil Gorsuch and the Deconstruction of the Administrative State

Gorsuch is a staunch, longtime conservative judge who, in spite of his refusal to tip his hand about his ideology, has taken positions that confirm his right-wing bona fides.

Miguel Guevara: Interviewing Lydia Luxemburg 1

In the year 2042, an oral history of the then 25 year-old ongoing Revolutionary Participatory Society organization/project in the U.S. will be published. The book’s fifteen chapters will excerpt and arrange insights culled from eighteen interviews to present events and ideas in a sequential, encompassing way.  By unknown dynamics, the book’s introduction, its 18 source Read more…

Miguel Guevara: Interviewing Senator Malcolm King, 2

In the year 2042, an oral history of the then 25 year-old ongoing Revolutionary Participatory Society organization/project in the U.S. will be published. The book’s fifteen chapters will excerpt and arrange insights culled from eighteen interviews to present events and ideas in a sequential, encompassing way.  By unknown dynamics, the book’s introduction, its 18 source Read more…

Miguel Guevara: Interviewing Senator Malcolm King, 1

In the year 2042, an oral history of the then 25 year-old ongoing Revolutionary Participatory Society organization/project in the U.S. will be published. The book’s fifteen chapters will excerpt and arrange insights culled from eighteen interviews to present events and ideas in a sequential, encompassing way.  By unknown dynamics, the book’s introduction, its 18 source Read more…

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Justin Podur: Women Rise Up Against Gender Violence

On March 11, survivors of violence against women and their allies and supporters held marches in six Caribbean countries

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Marjorie Cohn: Gorsuch Would Use “Originalism” to Affirm Right-Wing Agenda

Originalism is ultimately a way to reach a right-wing result under the guise of following the original intent of the authors of the Constitution

Miguel Guevara: Interviewing Cynthia Parks, Part Two

In the year 2042, an oral history of the then 25 year-old ongoing Revolutionary Participatory Society organization/project in the U.S. will be published. The book’s fifteen chapters will excerpt and arrange insights culled from eighteen interviews to present events and ideas in a sequential, encompassing way. By unknown dynamics, the book’s introduction, its 18 source Read more…

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Kathy Kelly: Reality and the U.S.-Made Famine in Yemen

We must ground ourselves in reality and in solidarity with the greater part of the world’s people

Miguel Guevara: Interviewing Anton Rocker

In the year 2042, an oral history of the then 25 year-old ongoing Revolutionary Participatory Society organization/project in the U.S. will be published. The book’s fifteen chapters will excerpt and arrange insights culled from eighteen interviews to present events and ideas in a sequential, encompassing way.  By unknown dynamics, the book’s introduction, its 18 source Read more…

Miguel Guevara: Interviewing Cynthia Parks, Part One

Different strokes for different folks, I guess. But over time, one thing is certain. If the trajectory hadn’t been toward the more participatory perspective, there would be no RPS,

Miguel Guevara: Interviewing Mark Feynman

I went to the founding convention as a working class nurse already hostile to profit seeking and corporate hierarchy.

Miguel Guevara: Interviewing Barbara Bethune

My medical school training pretty much ignored context, social causes, and prevention. Experiencing the anti social and anti health aspects of an internship at a major Chicago hospital sealed the deal. I was radicalized.

Miguel Guevara: Interviewing Andrej Goldman, 2

Lots of people wondered why is Trump President? How did it happen? My first reaction was to wonder, why ask why?

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Marjorie Cohn: Evaluate New Travel Ban in Light of International Law

After a federal district court judge and a unanimous three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Donald Trump’s Executive Order (EO) instituting a travel ban was likely illegal, the president suspended it and issued a new EO on March 6, 2017. On March 15, a federal judge granted a temporary restraining order in Hawaii v. Read more…

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Jack Rasmus: The Trump-Ryan Healthcare Act: Some Economic Consequences

The repeal is every dollar and cent that the Obamacare Act taxed the rich and their corporations

Miguel Guevara: Interviewing Harriet Lennon

I wondered if some broad national policy could increase affordable housing in ways equitable for families and exemplary regarding housing production.

Miguel Guevara: Interviewing Andrej Goldman Part One

When I was in college I got into economics as a major. My classmates eagerly did equations and recited pat answers about supply and demand. They argued about government spending and private investment, and I just got bored.

Miguel Guevara: Interviewing Mayor Bill Hampton

In the year 2042, an oral history of the then 25 year-old ongoing Revolutionary Participatory Society organization/project in the U.S. will be published. The book’s fifteen chapters will excerpt and arrange insights culled from eighteen interviews to present events and ideas in a sequential, encompassing way.  By unknown dynamics, the book’s introduction, its 18 source Read more…

Miguel Guevara: Interviewing Celia Curie

In the year 2041, Oscar winner, California Governor, Celia Curie discusses her revolutionary experiences…

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Jeremy Brecher: As Their Trials Begins, Climate Protecting “Valve Turners” Say “Shut It Down” Is “Necessity”

Is there anything people can do about climate change in the Trump era?

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Sonia Singh: Breaking the Silence on Sexual Harassment

When we think of the biggest issues at work, wages and benefits usually top the list. But in many industries, sexual harassment and assault are huge concerns—even if nobody’s talking about it. Workers who experience harassment on the job can file charges with the federal Equal Employment Opportunities Commission, but they face many hurdles to Read more…

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Norman Solomon: Let’s Give the CIA the Credit It Deserves

It’s about time that we give adequate credit to the forces perpetuating this country’s self-inflicted wounds to American democracy

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Zillah Eisenstein: The Many Ways to STRIKE on March 8: Rise, Resist, Organize, Dance, Dialogue, Refuse

The International Women’s Strike/US on March 8, 2017 hopes to be a catalyst for the liberation of all women, cis and trans—of every color, sex, gender, class, nation, and identity—from every kind of exploitation. “We” have an opportunity in this moment that we should not ignore. There is a long labor history to the celebration Read more…

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Rebekah Barber: As politicians target sanctuary cities, faith communities and campuses seek to become refuges

“To me you’re not a church if you say no. I mean, what does it mean to say that I’m Christian only up to my nation’s boundary?”

Michael Phoenix: One year after Berta Cáceres’ murder, environmental activists in Honduras refuse to submit

In Honduras, indigenous peoples are in revolt. They are fighting for their rights to exist in a system that has no part for them to play beyond subservience

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Sarah Lazare: Why Popular Assemblies Sweeping the Country Are Building Blocks of the Resistance

From Raleigh to Los Angeles, communities on the frontlines are building the movement infrastructure for a coordinated fightback

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Cal Winslow: Healthcare Workers Proclaim ‘Sanctuary Union’, push for Medicare for All in California

We believe we have a fundamental responsibility to empower workers

Sian Norris: Should domestic abuse have its own law?

In the UK, there is no specific offence for ‘domestic violence’. Is the law failing women seeking justice?

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Ted Glick: No New Permits for Fossil Fuel Infrastructure

How much is FERC a rubber stamp agency? In 30 years, it has turned down only one gas industry permit application, in 2016

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George Lakey: Inequality is the real backstory to Sweden’s riots

What’s changed is that Sweden has been retreating in recent decades from its earlier commitment to economic equality

Pete Dolack: The bait and switch of public-private partnerships

The ruthless logic of capitalism is that a commodity goes to those who can pay the most, regardless of whether it is something essential to human life

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Jeremy Brecher: “Climate Kids” v. Trump

Trial of the Century Pits Trump Climate Denialism against “Right to a Climate System Capable of Sustaining Human Life”

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Ron Daniels: Toward A Third Force in American Politics

An Inside Outside Strategy

César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández: Beyond Rhetoric: “Sanctuary” in Practice

Beyond pronouncements of “sanctuary,” cities and states can protect the immigrant community by guaranteeing legal representation to all—no matter their immigration status

Ni Una Menos Collective: How Was the March 8 International Women’s Strike Woven Together?

We are committed not only to virtual coordination, but also to patiently weaving a new fabric, body-to-body and in the streets

Danica Jorden: The Cold Heart of ICE

“We’re going to deal with DACA with heart”, President Donald Trump at a press conference on February 16, 2017 The future of a North Carolina nursing student rested in the hands of immigration officials on Valentine’s Day. It’s hard to believe anyone could turn away the gentle and sincere 25-year-old, who embraces each of his Read more…

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Immanuel Wallerstein: The Absolutely Unpredictable French Presidential Election

As the economic turmoil continues to spread, the idea that one can win as a leftist may again become legitimate

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