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Lawrence Wittner: Why Are Americans So Confused About the Meaning of “Democratic Socialism”?

The meaning of democratic socialism―a mixture of political and economic democracy―should be no mystery to Americans.  After all, socialist programs have been adopted in most other democratic nations.  And, in fact, Americans appear happy enough with a wide range of democratic socialist institutions in the United States, including public schools, public parks, minimum wage laws, Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: The Two Internationalisms

In recent years, internationalism―cooperation among nations for promotion of the common good―has acquired a bad reputation. Of course, internationalism has long been anathema to the political Right, where a primitive tribalism and its successor, nationalism, have flourished for many years.  Focusing on their nation’s supposed superiority to others, a long line of rightwing demagogues, including Read more…

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Dave Markland: Burt Neuborne, holocaust huckster

Z Net recently ran a valuable review of Burt Neuborne’s recent book, When at Times the Mob is Swayed. In it Steven Rosenfeld summarizes a lot of the book’s key points and arguments, especially as regards Trump’s Hitlerian parallels. While they are of passing interest, much of his arguments are quite flawed. For instance, Neuborne Read more…

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Martin Donohoe: Prescription for Justice (Community Access Cable Television Program and Podcast)

This is to announce the Cable Television Program and Podcast entitled Prescription for Justice. Prescription for Justice Television: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJt34I9c5vT2RpZtkg6Im2A/videos Podcast on KBOO radio: https://www.kboo.fm/program/prescription-justice Overview: Debuted October, 2017. Currently airing in about sixty times per month in the Portland, OR metropolitan area and in markets in 13 other states (plus D.C.). Open to new markets; Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: Trump Has Blocked Wage Gains for American Workers

On June 19, 2019, President Donald Trump bragged at his re-election kickoff rally in Orlando that, thanks to his leadership, the wages of American workers “are rising at the fastest rate in many decades.” The reality, however, is that they are not.  Indeed, wages rose at a faster rate only a few years before, under Read more…

Sensible Bunny: The “Breadtube” revolution and my experience of starting a left wing YouTube channel

It was a young man who called himself – and his channel – “Pigpuncher” who convinced me to start a YouTube Channel featuring political content from a left wing perspective. I was mightily impressed by Pigpuncher, whose name derives from the popular computer game, Minecraft. At 19 this young man, barely out of high school, Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Detailed notes on Venezuelan newscast on the private network Venevision – August 20 2019

Notes on Venezuelan Newscast on Venevision – August 20 2019 Headline Summary (0-1:30) -Electrical problems bring subway in Caracas to a halt -Trump says his officials have been talking to Mauro’s officials -Russia says it will examine the situation in Venezuela after the latest US-imposed sanctions -Juan Guaido says his allies are holding meetings with Read more…

Anil Eklavya: Merit-Credit Competition

I will scratch your … I mean your back You scratch my … … I mean my back   I will give you a Like You give me a Like I will give you a Thumbs Up You give me a Thumbs Up   Online, offline, be it wherever These are the rules of the Read more…

Anil Eklavya: Weaponizable Technologies

Weapon are devices That can harm people Can also harm property But that’s less important   Weapons are technologies Not necessarily physical As in the Foucauldian sense   In that sense, They can also Harm society And culture, Civilizations Humanity itself   And, More importantly The very idea of What humanity is   In the Read more…

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Dave Markland: Yelling Past Each Other Part 2

Ben Norton and Max Blumenthal rebutted In Part 1 we saw how Ben Norton and Max Blumenthal’s article examining the speakers’ roster of the Socialism 2019 conference in Chicago elicited an unhelpful reply from the editors of New Politics, which had been one of the sponsors of that event. Turning to the Norton-Blumenthal (N-B) article Read more…

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