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September 2017
Volume 30
Number 9

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Z Magazine is an independent monthly magazine founded in 1988. Our mission is to publish in depth articles that critique society's political, economic, social life and institutions. We see the race, class, and gender dimensions of personal life as equally important in understanding current circumstances and as necessary for developing visions and strategies for progressive change.

 

 

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Adam Beitman: Top Five Things You Didn’t know about “Polluting” Scott Pruit

Pruitt is a tool of big oil who blatantly copied an industry letter and sent it to the White House and EPA.Pruitt made national headlines in 2014 when the New York Times reported on the secret alliance he formed with major oil and gas companies to attack environmental protections

Michael Winship: Protests Stopped the Predators, They Will Be Back

All indications are that our incoming president regards the White House as a pirate galleon built to increase his family’s trove of plunder many fold, and the notion seems to be rubbing off on Congress

Compiled by Joel Chaffee: Events of Interest to Activists

Events MUSIC – The Annual International Folk Alliance Conference & Winter Music Camp will be held February 15-19, in Kansas City, MO. Contact: 509 Delaware St. #101, Kansas City, MO 64105; 816-221-3655; fa@folk.org; http://www.folkalliance.org/. PROGRESSIVES – The annual Pennsylvania Progressive Summit will be held February 17-18, in Harrisburg. Hundreds of social justice advocates, labor organizers, Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: War Against Cuba

This article is an excerpt from Chomsky’s book: Hegemony or Survival

Vince Emanuele: Reflections From Standing Rock

On Monday, December 5, close to 1,000 veterans marched to the front lines of the barricades in a symbolic protest. Without question, the gesture was visually striking and significant, but it wasn’t why most of the veterans came to Standing Rock

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Arun Gupta: Protecting People

We should start organizing to make cities powerful bastions of noncooperation, resistance, and protection. Activists and organizations can start demanding in every city that city councils and mayors issue resolutions and statements

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Shamus Cooke: A Mass Movement?

There have been nationwide coordinated protests of high school and college students leaving class for the streets; on the 17th, 80 colleges participated in a walkout, using the anti-Trump hashtag #sanctuary campus as their slogan. Mayors across the country have urged calm but more protests are planned.

Cherise Charleswell: Gentrification is a Feminist Issue: A Discussion of the intersection of Class, Race, Gender, and Housing

In the most simplistic terms, the feminization of poverty refers to the fact that women represent a disproportionate share of the world’s poor. Further, the feminization of poverty is not only a consequence of lack of income, but is also the result of the deprivation of opportunities and gender biases

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Noam Chomsky: Trump in the White House

The Supreme Court will be in the hands of reactionaries for many years, with predictable consequences; there will be huge benefits for the very rich—estimated by the Tax Policy Center as a tax cut of over 14 percent for the top 0.1 percent and a substantial cut more generally at the upper end of the income scale, but with virtually no tax relief for others

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Jack Rasmus: Taming Trump

On one hand, Trump appears to moving closer to traditional Republican party elite positions on big reductions of taxes on corporate-investor elites and on delivering longstanding elite demands to deregulate business; at the same time he appears to be moderating his position with regard to that third top priority of the U.S. neoliberal elite

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Bill Fletcher: Rigged

The 2016 election was only the fourth time in U.S. history that a presidential candidate has lost the popular vote but won the Electoral College, and thus the presidency. And Clinton’s winning margin of more than two million votes is by far the largest of any “losing” candidate.

Mel Gurtov: The National Interest And the Trump Interest

Trump gives no sign of separating personal business dealings from his upcoming job as president. Far from it, he says “only the crooked media makes this a big deal.”

T.J. Coles: Trump and Brexit Will Bring More Globlization, Not Less

both Brexit and the Trump “victories” were financed and led by the elite: Brexit was bankrolled by hedge fund billionaires who wanted to free themselves from the regulatory shackles of Europe. Trump’s economic advisers include billionaires from Goldman Sachs and other financial institution

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Marjorie Cohn: Trump’s Secretary of Defense

In 2005, Mattis declared, “It’s fun to shoot some people.” That was one year after he oversaw the Battle of Fallujah in Iraq, which began in April 2004,

Laura Finley: The Rape Election

Although I generally applaud the notion of a national conversation about rape and rape culture, the repeated coverage of the accusations against Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, and the responses he has given as well as those of his supporters, are deeply troubling. I fear they are reinforcing dangerous misconceptions about sexual assault, so I Read more…

toni gilpin: Trump Carrier, and Corporate Welfare

In town halls and statehouses across the country, Democratic and Republican officials are doling out $80 billion worth of incentives to businesses every year. The federal government kicks in billions more.

Daphne Wysham: An Example for the World

On November 17, Portland’s city council voted on what is likely the strongest land use code language in the country prohibiting all new fossil fuel export infrastructure

Compiled by Joel Chaffee: Free Listings

Items of interest for progressives

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Z Staff: Gift Offer

       

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Michael Albert: What Now?

A misogynistic, racist, narcissistic, profit maximizing capitalist slug—but not a moron—is now President of the United States. The world’s biggest bully now possesses the world’s biggest bully pulpit.

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Bill Fletcher: Quick Reflections on the November 2016 Elections

Had it not been for the Electoral College, at this moment we would be discussing the plans for the incoming Hillary Clinton administration. That’s right. She actually won the popular vote. Thus, once again, that institution created by the founding slave owners has risen from the grave and prevented our exit from the cemetery

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Noam Chomsky: Syria’s Grim Alternatives

With the recent insertion of Russian military power into Syria and the continued use of American air power in the region, the situation in Syria has gotten tenser than ever

Winona La Duke: Public Servants or Corporate Security?

So you joined law enforcement or the National Guard because you wanted to uphold the law, protect innocent civilians against the bad guys, and help your community in times of need. Instead, they’re having you blockade unarmed people who are trying to hold a prayer vigil, chasing them with armored vehicles and ATVs, raiding their Read more…

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Edward S. Herman: Political and Moral Disarray

In short, in the 2016 presidential election the U.S. citizenry did not have an effective choice of a candidate who would turn away from the permanent war system and corporate welfare state; that is, one who had any chance of winning

Stephen R. Thornton: Telling Local People’s History

Sometimes it’s not about discovering new stories but reinterpreting the history people think they know

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Mark Weisbrot: Venezuela’s Economic Crisis

The whole experiment, it is said, was a failure from the beginning. Adherents say the downward spiral will continue until the chavistas are removed from power, either through elections or through a coup—most pundits don’t seem to care which. The reality is somewhat more complicated.

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Paul Street: Reflections on the Not-so Public Broadcasting System

the news and commentary one finds on PBS is in rich tune with the narrow capitalist parameters of acceptable coverage and debate that typify the more fully and explicitly for-profit and commercialized corporate media

Nicolas J.S. Davies: U.S. Impunity Erode’s World Justice

the United States that has played the leading role in preventing the ICC from fulfilling the universal mandate for which it was formed, to hold officials of all countries accountable for the worst crimes in the world: genocide; crimes against humanity; and war crimes

Stephen Bergstein: Because of Sex

It is fair to say that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 brought the United States into the 20th Century. That comprehensive law made it illegal to engage in racial, gender, and national origin discrimination in public accommodations–like hotels and restaurants–and employment. Yet, the law says very little about what exactly constitutes discrimination

Compiled by Joel Chaffee: Free Listings

Events and new releases of interest to progressives

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Jack Rasmus: Trump Won And What’s Next?

How could American voters come to elect Trump? How could they vote for a candidate that they simultaneously were giving a negative rating of 60 to 80 percent? That fundamental question will haunt this election.

Various Contributors: Reactions to the Election Results

While President-elect Donald Trump has won a majority in the Electoral College, Hillary Clinton has won the popular vote and millions of Americans have loudly rejected the corrosive and hate-fueled politics that have been on display.

Compiled by Joel Chaffee: Events of Interest to Progressives

Events, demonstrations, new book releases

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Michael Ansara: The Lousy Reason I Didn’t Vote in 1968 And Why Sanders’s Supporters Shouldn’t Fall For It

The only way Donald Trump does not become president of the United States is if Hillary Clinton does

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John Feffer: Syria As Metaphor

Much like the Balkans before it, Syria is emerging as a metaphor for the fragmentation and chaos that the modern world barely contains

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Vijay Prashad: A 50-Year Civil War

If the vote had gone the other way, Colombia might have shown the world that even intractable civil wars can come to an end. It would have been a message to Syria and the Congo, a message of the power of negotiation towards a new civil compact. But this did not come to pass.

Jeff Abbott: Mobilizing in Guatemala

Across Guatemala, indigenous communities are organizing to challenge logging in the country’s vast forests

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CJ Polychroniou: Global Warming and the Future of Humanity

There is good reason to believe that we have already entered the Sixth Extinction, a period of destruction of species on a massive scale

William Boardman: Law Is To Justice as Treaties Are to Native Americans

Judge Boasberg’s deference to law, to government agencies, to oil pipeline companies is all consistent with his membership in a ruling class club

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Paul Street: The Roots Are in the System: What they Police

Race riots have returned to the United States this election year, leading cable news talking heads to claim that urban violence provoked by police killings of Black men in places like Milwaukee and Charlotte, North Carolina has “discredited the cause” of racial justice

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Lawrence Wittner: Where is That Wasteful Government Spending?

In early September 2016, Donald Trump announced his plan for a vast expansion of the U.S. military, including 90,000 new soldiers for the Army, nearly 75 new ships for the Navy, and dozens of new fighter aircraft for the Air Force. Although the cost of this increase would be substantial—about $90 billion per year. it would be covered, the GOP presidential candidate said, by cutting wasteful government spending

William J. Barber II: Why We Are Protesting in Charlotte

Instead, let’s look again at the vast, diverse majority of the protesters. This is what democracy looks like. We cannot let politicians use the protests as an excuse to back reactionary “law and order” measures. Instead, we must march and vote together for policies that will lift up the whole and ensure the justice that makes true peace possible.

Adam Parsons: Humanity Without Borders

Before the summit convened, it was already clear that rich governments would not be placing the needs of refugees and migrants above their narrow national self-interest.

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Zoltan Grossman: Standing Rock Standoff

In recent years, powerful alliances of Native American nations and their rural white neighbors have stopped major resource corporations from carrying out their plans, in a common defense of the same land and water they have historically fought over. Last year, tribes and white ranchers and farmers, who had joined forces in the Cowboy Indian Alliance, blocked the northern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline

James A. Haught: The Long, Long Journey to Women’s Equality

Every year, violence in the home and the community devastates the lives of millions of women.” Even with the possibility of a female. president, the battle for full equality still isn’t over.

David Mabb: Reclaiming William Morris from Britain’s Nuclear Fleet

It seemed like an odd contrast, the work of a 19th-century socialist on a nuclear-powered submarine, and it led me to create “A Provisional Memorial to Nuclear Disarmament

Pete Dolack: The Limits of Remediation

The latest in a series of scientific reports detailing the disastrous course of global warming, “Explaining Ocean Warming: Causes, Effects and Consequences,” concludes that the mean global ocean temperature will increase by as much as 4 degrees Celsius by 2100

Libby Lunstrum: Marketing Wildlife

There are similarly devastating impacts of markets, including not only worsening economic meltdowns (e.g. 1998, 2000-01, 2008) but also the ideology now known as the financialization of nature, which is based on the view that a market problem, like the threat of extinction posed by poachers, can be treated best with a market solution

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Ron Daniels: In Defense of Kaepernick

The uproar continues over San Francisco 49er quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s decision to sit down, rather than stand, during the playing of the National Anthem. Kaepernick said his decision was intended to protest the continued injustices being inflicted on Black people, including police brutality and killings.  Though the negative tide has turned somewhat, his protest was Read more…

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Ann Jones: The War at Home

To force the VA to use its drugs, Big Pharma set up dummy foundations and turned to existing veterans’ organizations for support

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