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The Ideological Mantra "Competitiveness"
2013-07-08 9:00 PM
The policy that Merkel and Co. forced on the crisis countries has led to social catastrophes...The competition ideology has managed to establish the notion that generalized competition is the real human condition. (text/plain)
How Egypt Killed Political Islam
2013-07-07 7:44 PM
The rebirth of the Egyptian revolution ushered in the death of the first Muslim Brotherhood government. But some near-sighted analysts limit the events of Egypt to a military coup. Yes, the military is desperately trying to stay relevant — given the enormous initiative of the Egyptian masses — but the generals realize their own limitations in this context better than anybody else. This wasn’t a mere re-shuffling at the top of society, but a flood from the bottom. (text/plain)
Total opposition - interview with anarchist writer Paul Cudenec
2013-07-02 6:04 PM
In an interview with The Vast Minority, writer Paul Cudenec calls for anarchists to unite in "total opposition" to the global capitalist system. (text/plain)
VIDEO: President Kennedy at American University and in West Berlin
2013-07-02 2:58 AM
Panelists talked about the significance and lasting influences of President John F. Kennedy’s commencement address at American University and his June 26, 1963 speech in West Berlin. (text/plain)
Why peace talks between the Philippine government and the NDF collapsed
2013-06-27 5:26 AM
MANILA, Philippines — The peace talks between the government and the National Democratic Front (NDF) reached a high point in December 2012, when Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founder Jose Maria Sison agreed to the so-called “special track” that would have facilitated the process. (image/jpeg + 2 comments)
VIDEO: Noam Chomsky on Secret Trade Deals and Destroying the Commons
2013-06-25 2:16 PM
Laura Flanders interviews Noam Chomsky on June 18, 2013. (text/plain)
Snowden and the three wise NSA whistleblowers
2013-06-22 8:29 AM
Whistleblowing is a risky business. I expect that, as they planned their course of action over the four months, Edward Snowden and his main media minder, Glenn Greenwald, paid very close attention to what happened to three past whistleblowers who crossed the NSA. (text/plain + 1 comment)
Power concedes nothing without a demand
2013-06-20 11:07 AM
“The most potent weapon of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed.” — Steven Biko
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The intellectual dead end of liberalism
2013-06-13 10:24 AM
Each fresh outrage by the Obama administration is met by a shrug of the shoulders or outright support by Democrats. With no clear ideas to fall back on, they meekly bleat “me, too” when the world’s industrialists and financiers pronounce their verdict on what is to be done.
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2013-05-30 11:02 PM
Each movement defines its own language, and OccupyTogether is no exception. The problem is, their definitions are more vague than the old definitions. Here are some suggestions. (text/plain)
IRS Scandal: More Than Meets the Eye
2013-05-18 9:03 PM
Debt jubilee: Revolutionary change or reform to stabilize capitalism?
2013-05-16 11:00 AM
Canceling the world’s debts would be a welcome reform, but in itself wouldn’t challenge the world capitalist system without a debt jubilee being one piece of a more comprehensive struggle.
The Elite Look Down on Democracy
Jens Berger and Hans Springstein
2013-05-16 1:13 AM
The thought-models of the economy have conquered all other social sciences. The person in these models is a homo oeconomicus, a rational agent whose only drive is maximizing his benefits. Only an action with the driving force of egoism is rational. (text/plain)
VIDEO: "The Future of the European Union," Michael Higgins
2013-05-03 8:12 AM
Michael Higgins is president of Ireland. We can be citizens and not only consumers! (text/plain)
Austerity or Keynesianism: Can’t we do better than this?
2013-05-03 7:21 AM
The capitalist parties of the “Left” are trapped by their fervent wishes to stabilize an unstable capitalist system — the solution to the structural crisis of capitalism is not to be found on a ballot.
The Competition Ideology - the Greatest Evil of our Age
Robert Musik and Stefan Meretz
2013-05-02 3:07 AM
The competition ideology has been hammered into our heads for thirty years. Claiming better outcomes are generally realized when everything is poisoned by the competitive is pure ideology. Competition that exceeds the limits of its useful fields orders murderous measures. (text/plain)
Society of the Few
2013-04-27 2:34 AM
People still believe in the “faster, higher and bigger.” This fiction is maintained through over-chemicalization, over-technization, genetic manipulation or simply bribery of the judges. People lie to themselves. (text/plain)
Gold Drops Most in 30 Years
2013-04-16 9:28 PM
The BRIC - States: World Economy on a Silk Thread
2013-04-12 2:28 AM
In 2013 for the first time since the beginning of European industrialization, the production volumes of the threshold- and developing countries will surpass the volumes of the triad. Sinking real investments is true for all `developed' countries. (text/plain)
Those who do the work in the workplace should get the rewards
2013-04-04 12:07 PM
People are taught to have a 19th century, romantic notion of capitalism — a myriad of small enterprises competing in a free market. But a “free market” has never existed. Capitalism was built on brutal displays of force, and continues to be based on violence. (text/plain + 1 comment)
Humanism and Violence
2013-04-03 2:54 AM
The ideology of the invisible hand of the market transforms all barbarism that is committed into human service.. The modern age is a doubled humanism..State terrorism presents itself as humanist realism, as the only true way of protecting life. (text/plain)
New BRICS Development Bank Announced
2013-03-28 9:17 PM
VIDEO: Mary Robinson - "Everybody Matters: My Life Giving Voice"
2013-03-27 8:19 AM
Mary Robinson, the former president of Ireland and former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, talks about her memoir at the Cooper Union in New York City. (text/plain)
Chavez Succeeded Where Obama Failed
2013-03-13 6:59 PM
When President Obama campaigned in 2008 in Portland, Oregon over 70,000 people came to hear his speech. And although I missed the event, I was intrigued by the raw emotion that the candidate’s words inspired in my community. Obama re-visited Oregon during his 2012 campaign, but the inspiration had faded from his voice, and the audience had drastically changed. (text/plain)
Tax Evasion and the Social State
Brigitte Unger and Hans-Joachim Schabedoth
2013-03-13 3:11 AM
The good social state invests in the social, in the education of children of the new lower classes... Taxes is the price we pay for a civilized society (Oliver Wendell Holmes).. The state share must increase in a developed society since ever greater demands are made on the state. (text/plain)
2013-03-12 4:17 PM
Wanted Poster John Bahner (image/jpeg)
The Remedy for a Bad, Bad World - BA Speaks: Revolution...Nothing Less!
2013-03-08 8:50 AM
58-minute interview with Sunsara Taylor, writer and initiator, End Porn and Patriarchy and Amina, activist and organizer for revolution, on the Michael Slate Show (audio/mpeg)
The Remedy for a Bad, Bad World - BA Speaks: Revolution - Nothing Less!
2013-03-07 3:04 PM
The Remedy for a Bad, Bad World - BA Speaks: Revolution - Nothing Less! Sunsara Taylor and Amina interviewed by Michael Slate (audio/mpeg)
Free Internet Book: "Social Democracy After the Cold War"
Brian Evans and Ingo Schmidt
2013-02-27 2:44 PM
As a result of the efforts of the “progressive modernizers,” for whom modernization “has too often meant deregulation and privatization,” social democracy is no longer what it used to be, argues Robert Taylor (2008). (text/plain)
BA Speaks: Revolution - Nothing Less
2013-02-27 8:07 AM
Gigantic billboard on Crenshaw, south of Crenshaw mall (image/jpeg)
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