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Paul Street: Declining U.S. Hegemony: A Brief Exchange

Here (below) is an exchange that may or may not interest this blog’s readers. It was sparked by the recent Howard Zinn interview on Tomdispatch and ZNet….. A reader wrote as follows: Hey Street: Have you read Howard Zinn’s interview with Tomdispatch, “Outer Limits of Empire”,posted 9-8-05 on ZNET? I should mention, I am always Read more…

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David Peterson: The United States vs. The World

Padilla v. Hanft, the very important decision yesterday by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in Richmond, must not pass unnoticed. Much less unmourned. Narrowly, the Fourth Circuit accepted the Bush regime’s contention that the Authorization for Use of Military Force Joint Resolution (Public Law No: 107-40, September 18, 2001) gives the Read more…

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Paul Street: The All-Too American Tragedy of New Orleans

Here (below) is a piece I did for an excellent left internet newsletter — Dissident Voice. It’s about class, race, capitalism, oil, empire, and Katrina. Driving across Illinois on I-80 this evening, I tuned in briefly to Republican-dominated talk radio (Chicago WLS 890 AM)…..ctd. I was informed by Sean Hannity that all of the concerns Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: The Bush Administration and Fascism

…The Bush administration (like the Reagan administration) has a particularly difficult task, and the Bush faction is pretty much a narrow reactionary statist extreme of the Reaganites — who were a narrow reactionary statist extreme of the narrow bipartisan spectrum (most Reagan policies extended late Carter policies). The Bush administration has to deal with the Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: The Afghanistan Food Crisis

I plead guilty of failing to write anything at all about this at the time when it mattered, or even to mention it except in some scattered interviews and a few remarks in talks. That failure was deplorable, since the threat of bombing, and then the bombing, were among the most disgraceful acts of modern Read more…

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Chris Spannos: Draft Pt. 2: An Institutional Analysis

Below are parts two, three and four of my draft essay “Paths Toward an Anti-Capitalist Liberation”. I posted part one here last week. An Institutional Analysis Regarding Alternatives to capitalism, I’m not an economist, nor an expert. I’m an activist and organizer who has an interest in replacing capitalism for something better. In fact, one Read more…

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Chris Spannos: Draft Pt. 3: The Classical Model of Central Planning

Part three of “Paths Toward an Anti-Capitalist Liberation”, begining my attempt at comparative anti-capitalist analysis The Classical Model of Central Planning The first system is “Central Planning”. When we think of central planning, the model that comes for most to mind is the Soviet model of central planning that was prevalent throughout most of the Read more…

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Chris Spannos: Draft Pt. 4: Variations of Market Socialism

Here is part 4 of a draft essay I’m working on “Paths Toward an Anti-Capitalist Liberation”: Variations of Market Socialism The next variation of socialism is called “Market Socialism”. There are basically three kinds of market socialism. There is “State Managed Market Socialism”, “Public Enterprise Market Socialism” and there is “Labor Managed Market Socialism”. The Read more…

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David Peterson: The Silver Christopher

This one falls under the category of the right man in the right place: “A War to Be Proud Of,” Christopher Hitchens, Weekly Standard, September 5/September 12, 2005 Onward Christian Soldiers! Onward Enemies of Islamo-Fascism, Talibanism and Baathism! World-Historical Smiters of Expansionist, Theocratic, Totalitarian Ideologies Everywhere! Letters to the Weekly Standard For untold millennia, Christopher Read more…

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Paul Street: Natural Calamity and Human Folly

Below, I have pasted in a Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) press release from nearly a month ago. It reports the findings of MIT meteorologist Kerry Emmanuel, who learned that hurricanes have been becoming considerably more destructive since the 1970s, thanks in part to global warming. Another factor that will increase hurricanes’ devastating impact on Read more…

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