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Make Social Democracy Great Again (tags)

Erik Olin Wright spoke of smashing, taming, escaping and eroding capitalism as alternatives of the transformational left. We must resist the "selective perception" of the elite that ignores market distortions, market failures, state failures, and the attack on the poor, seniors and students

Double Standards in Iran Reporting (tags)

Iran has not attacked any country militarily in the last 100 years. Demonizations occur in the Iran reporting. In comparison, reporting about human rights in Saudi Arabia is not on the agenda.

Mutu: rethinking our radical media (tags)

Link out to a story about radical media

Utopia, Technology and Struggle. Ways out of the Crisis of Social Democracy (tags)

The big question is still open. Must an emancipatory project aim at a changed distribution of incomes or is hedging capitalism through regulation and redistribution enough? In other words, is shifting to an eco-Keynesian path sufficient to create equal life chances?

Market Economy: The Superrich Endanger Democracy (tags)

It is easy to influence politics with a lot of money, and civil society is often just a nuisance. In the US, this problem is everywhere, but Europe is catching up.

The Financial Market Casino Controls Politics (tags)

Financial markets seem to be the measure of all things. Corporations are subsidized with trillions. In their "competition," small and medium-size businesses are the fools. A complex subsidy jungle exists in nearly all states, a "socialism for the rich" or "new feudalism."

The Crisis of Democracy (tags)

Decisions affecting social development are in the hands of private investors and state policy depends on their actions. The increasingly unequal income and wealth distribution was the result of a strategic government policy that reacted to a capitalist crisis.

The Cure is the Sickness: Washington Consensus (tags)

Reality could replace the elite economic myths!

The Global Justice Project and Human Survival: We're Badly Off Track (tags)

Something has gone seriously, seriously wrong.

The Global Justice Project and Human Survival: We're Badly Off Track (tags)

Something has gone seriously, seriously wrong.

The Global Justice Project and Human Survival: We're Badly Off Track (tags)

Something has gone seriously, seriously wrong.

Right-wing Populism: Can More Madness Cure the Madness? (tags)

Neoliberal policy was always mad. But an even greater madness now appears with rightwing populism. Politics is mad because it writes off large parts of the population. Economic Darwinism has nested and established itself as market ideology in the brains of people.

Mapping the Resistance, May 2018, 28 pp (tags)

The 2016 election and one year in office for Donald Trump have resulted in an intensifying polarization in mainstream US politics. A many-sided attack is underway on democracy as it has been shaped by movements for protection of rights, living standards, and the environment over the course of the last century

The Beam in the White House (tags)

Iran is the "greatest supporter of terror," declared president Donald Trump. With that, he justified his peace-endangering cancellation of the nuclear agreement with Iran. Reducing foreign policy to scapegoating is Hitlerian.

Authoritarian Capitalism and Digital Demagogue (tags)

Trump is not an individual phenomenon but one of many structural manifestations of the sudden change of neoliberalism into authoritarian capitalism.

Unity Archive Project (tags)

Link to an archive of Unity newspaper from the 1980s.

Detente Policy and Media Hysteria (tags)

Antje Vollmer is a Green politician who was vice-president of the German Bundestag from 1994 to 2005. She urges a robust public debate over the new hard-line German foreign policy that forgets the war and Russian help in reunification. What has the politics of regime change brought?

Living Together Differently! (tags)

Modern politics must fight against excessiveness and inequality. All progress narratives have worn out. The cake will not become larger. The perspective of conviviality aims at abundance, not at tightening belts..

Harvey Didn’t Come Out of the Blue. Now is the Time to Talk About Climate Change. (tags)

Now is exactly the time to talk about climate change, and all the other systemic injustices — from racial profiling to economic austerity — that turn disasters like Harvey into human catastrophes.

Slain SEAL's Father Calls for Expanded Investigation of Yemen Raid (tags)

William Owens, father of slain Navy SEAL William "Ryan" Owens is calling for an additional investigation of Trump's botched Yemen raid that killed nine children and his son. This inquiry will determine if politics was involved in Trump's unwise choice to order the deadly Yemen raid.

The recent 'Insurgent Notes' conference in New York City (tags)

The people behind the ostensibly ultra-left Marxist web site 'Insurgent Notes' recently hosted a conference in New York City. The following was originally written in response to an account of this conference by a Trotskyist group on the U.S. Mid-Atlantic seaboard.

America under Donald Trump (tags)

The "elite-mass split," the tear between the establishment and the masses, damages American democracy. As a damaged democracy, there is very low trust in the competence of the government. The official unemployment figure of 4.9% is regarded as a distortion of reality.

The Long History of Human Incapacitation by Politics and the Press (tags)

With the term "no alternatives," come-of-age citizens who don't join the mainstream press are incapacitated, stamped as troublemakers and not taken seriously. Democracy is not sought any more in a divided country, divided between those above and those below.

President Trump - We are Witnesses of a Turn of an Era (tags)

Trump manageed to stage himself as a candidate who waged a crusade against the political establishment. Does politics only give more to the top 1% and lose sight of the remaining 99%. Insulting voters is not competence.

War on Facts (tags)

Trump's War on Facts may leave behind greater damage than Bush's War on Terror. While Bush and Rove created a fantasy world, Trump created a never ending nightmare. Trump is a semi-fictional figure. His election promises were fictional like his deportment as self-made man.

The Civilization Crisis: Post-Factual Criticism of Politics (tags)

In Trumponomics, falling tax rates for businesses should increase tax revenues. When businesses do not invest in an under-financed infrastructure, the tax gifts lead to lower stater spending and higher stater debts at the end.

The Generations Manifesto (tags)

Neoliberalism turns the world upside down so egoism, avarice, enrichment and ruthlessness become virtues and solidarity, sharing, and the social state become pre-modern threats to the right to absolute free property.

Trump and the Hospice of Hope (tags)

That the political culture in the US could wash up a television star and notorious racist to the top of the country was not entirely bizarre. Voter turnout in the US was always low. Politico.com lists the names of all 538 electors who vote on Dec 19. If 37 change their minds, Trump could be blocked.

Donald Trump as the Antithesis of Liberal Politics (tags)

Was this a victory of a show over substance? Was this a triumph of anti-intellectualism rampant for years? Trump capitalized on the economic plight of a very concrete section of the population. Today the US is a source of fear for the rest of the world

The Supposed "Omnipotence" of Politicians (tags)

The key to a new peace policy could lie in denouncing mechanisms of economic coercion that are not only states and politicians. As the warnings of Eisenhower and JFK teach us, politics is massively subject to the influences of economic power.

Video: The Politicians and the Egalitarians, 50 min (tags)

Sean Wilentz is a professor of history at Princeton and author of "Bob Dylan and America" and "The Politicians and the Egalitarians."

Democracy Dissolves (tags)

Worldview parties mutate to popular or catchall parties and gradually lost their clear profile and their voters. Citizens have long known something is rotten in the state. Politics first despised the trust of the population and then lost that trust.

Is this the world's most radical mayor? Ada Colau of Barcelano (tags)

Adfa Colau spent the first years of the new millennium embroiled in activism, protesting and campaigning against wars, poor housing and gentrification. While working for the PAH, she developed her distinctive style of speech, which rests on a sincere, if carefully crafted, populism.

Philippines' Bernie Sanders: A Conversation with Walden Bello (tags)

Without a doubt, Sanders has captured the imagination of people, especially the millennials, around the world.

Walden Bello: Sanders as US President good for US, Philippines, and Asia (tags)

MANILA - “Bernie Sanders would be good not only for the United States but for the Philippines and Asia,” Walden Bello told the US media after he chatted briefly with the candidate for Democratic Party presidential nomination in Waterloo, Iowa on Sunday, 13 December 2015.

Farewell to Homo Oeconomicus (tags)

Capitalism is not running so well. Is this because people are judged wrongly with misguided models? Don't competition and cooperation strengthen each other? Why is the SF-condo model praised to the skies and the Vancouver BC- community center model scorned as unrealistic?

2 minutes with Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada (tags)

May the New Year be full of good surprises - like learning from O Canada and living with humility, self-criticism and truthfulness!

Tax Flight, Tax Avoidance and the Contribution of the Rich to Society (tags)

Multinational businesses cause the greatest losses through tax flight and tax avoidance. Between $21 and $32 trillion are invested in tax havens. Tax flight is a problem for democracy. Without tax revenues, politics renounces on creative possibilities.

PHILIPPINES: Young progressives take the helm of Akbayan party leadership (tags)

Akbayan once again proves that progressive politics cuts across generations. With great pride, Akbayan members elected a significant number of young progressive activists to the Party Leadership at the recently concluded 6th Regular National Congress last 23-25th of April.

NEW BOOKS BY FILIPINO SCHOLAR E. SAN JUAN Jr. (tags)

U.S. based scholar E San Juan, Jr. published two recent books of interest to Filipinos, Fil-Americans and readers/speakers of Filipino, the national language of the Philippines dealing with African-American involvement in the Philippine revolution, OFWs, women's liberation, cultural politics in the Philippines, etc.

Chris Dixon on Indymedia On Air (tags)

Chris Dixon author of Another Politics, interviewed on Indymedia on Air on KPFK.

US Midterm Electoral Results (tags)

elections

Liberating the Economy from Prejudices (tags)

Economics is not an immutable unchangeable fate but a human system where changing rules changes outcomes. James Galbraith and Joseph Stiglitz are two well-known economists who question the myths of conventional economics, the self-healing, efficient and deregulated market

CORNELIUS CASTORIADIS. THE HUNGARIAN REVOLUTION .pdf (tags)

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Philippines: Bill filed to close gender gap in politics and governance (tags)

Males continue to dramatically outnumber females in Philippine politics and governance, paving the way to a male-dominated political landscape and a persistent gender gap in the country’s public service system.

CASTORIADIS. THE HUNGARIAN REVOLUTION .pdf (tags)

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Olympic human rights in U.S. and U.K. (tags)

Who are they to preach to the world about human rights?

Book Review: "The Greatest Predatory Attack of History" (tags)

The 1933 Glass-Steagal law created a firewall between commercial and investment banks and prevented speculators from gambling with the money of savers. Restoring Glass-Steagal would restore trust and public spirit. Profit-making is not profit-maximizing; speculating is not investing.

15 Wins for the Progressive Movement in 2013 (tags)

Partial victories are important since they can be strengthened. Problems don't disappear when they are ignored. We are called to be active subjects. As prejudice can be overcome as a stepping stone to the event of understanding, ignorance and poverty can be overcome.

VIDE: Zombie Politics and Casino Capitalism (tags)

Henry Giroux: Is the market mentality so powerful and taken for granted that public imagination cannot resist? Educated hope recognizes problems without romanticizing. Ideas matter and offer framework to allow us to be critical and literate.

Market-conforming Democracy (tags)

Market-conforming democracy," Angela Merkel's guiding idea, is a pleasant-sounding description of plutocracy where the forms still exist but their substance is "financialized," where myths of privatization. corporate beneficence and self-healing markets are zombie gods.

Temper Tantrum Politics (tags)

Russia bashing

A Path Forward for Egypt (tags)

The battle for the future of Egypt is underway, and it’s chaos. There has been violence on both sides of the divide, with the military inflicting the heaviest doses on supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood. The violence combined with any lack of long-term solution could bode poorly for Egypt’s future, but the situation is in extreme flux, and by no means anywhere settled. There is still abundant hope for most Egyptians to achieve a better world, though time is of the essence.

The Aesthetic of Neoliberalism (tags)

The aesthetic of neoliberalism bids farewell to the bad in its environment. Originality and color disappear. Crap tends to make itself into an inquisition and banishes everything that cannot be adjusted in the trash of the system.

Author explores controversial culture of Sur 13 gangs in new book (tags)

Urban Politics: The Political Culture of Sur 13 Gangs describes the political culture of Mexican American street gangs in the Los Angeles County. It dives into the various aspects of gang culture that are parallel to political organizations such as: the social contract, political parties, budgeting principles, and the progressive movement. The author, Rodrigo Ribera d’Ebre, is of Mexican American descent, has a blog about art, politics, history, and culture and is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post. His previous book focused on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), illegal immigration, and journalism.

"Politics prepared the ground for financial war" (tags)

The current economic crisis is a product of political mistakes, economic incompetence and criminal energy. Capitalism altogether has been a declaration of war. Politics bungled deregulation. The wisdom of the market never existed.

PHILIPPINES: Millions of Votes for the Democratic Left (tags)

While the Commission on Elections has yet to announce the official results of the 2013 partylist elections, we would like to thank the Filipino voters and everyone who have made Akbayan Partylist's sixth straight electoral victory possible.

Creative Destruction (tags)

The exodus from the casino capitalism producing ever faster and ever deeper crises cannot succeed without a broad and powerful democratic base. Parliamentary democracy is urged to finally take up the struggle around the primacy of politics

IRS Scandal: More Than Meets the Eye (tags)

tyranny

Financial War - How Banks and Bandits Endanger our Democracy (tags)

Political failure follows market failure. Participation in system criminality is without risk of prosecution. The financial crisis is not only a system failure. It was caused by human actions in the banking sector that are objectively punishable.

Spectacle of Irrationality (tags)

The bailout umbrella may establish a modern kind of feudal rule. The abdication of politics is one of the worst consequences of the financial crisis. Many politicians believe the market-radical nonsense that tax cuts finance themselves.

Philippines - Makabayan adopts 5 senatorial bets from 2 major slates (tags)

Political alliances for next year’s elections just got stranger after Senate candidates of the two major coalitions received the endorsement of a 3.8-million-strong left-leaning umbrella group that is fielding its own senatorial candidate as well.

Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln: An Ordinary Man in Extraordinary Times (tags)

I have no purpose, directly or indirectly, to the institution of slavery where it exists. I believe I have no lawful right to do so, and I have no inclination to do so. First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1861

Against Growth Mania and Fair Redistribution (tags)

How can we rebuild our society so we manage with less growth and not collapse when growth does not occur? Consumption beyond a certain level is pathological, a compensation or substitute for missed life (cf. Erich Fromm).

Romney/Ryanism in Tampa (tags)

corruption

On the Solutions of Liberal Economists (tags)

The crisis has shaken economics to its foundations. The neoliberal mainstream has lost its support; economists alternate between self-doubt and arrogance. Once they believed in the rationality of economic actors and markets and the notion that financial management exists to serve the real economy.

Repaired Shoes or New Shoes (tags)

The economy demonstrates-in the Marxist sense-its primacy over politics. Whose interests are realized? New holes opened up after every bailout action in the last four years. Greece is only the tip of the iceberg. The debtor is not to blame for the disaster.

BTL:Former EPA Adviser Comments on Recurring Conflict Between Science and Politics (tags)

Interview with Paul Anastas, former EPA science adviser, conducted by Melinda Tuhus

Stop the neo-liberal crisis politics - dispossess the beneficiaries! (tags)

We are experiencing the deepest crisis of capitalism since the great depression of the 30s.

Money, Power, and Politics (tags)

There has been much talk recently about the impact of money on politics, especially in the wake of the Citizens United ruling that has ratcheted up the role of corporate money in political campaigns. Organized labor was quick to blame this ruling for its defeat in Wisconsin. And many have assumed that the relation of money to politics is like a law of nature: the more money one has, the more political power one can wield.

"Occupy may have already accomplished more than the 68ers" (tags)

"In bad times, politics hearkens back to the simple, heavy-handed neoliberal thought model. Neoliberalism simply says what the rich and powerful like to hear. The trust and faith of the younger generations in the established system is broken.."

The War of Economists (tags)

"A seeming consensus among economists can virtually force the shaping of political opinions.. For 30 years, neoliberalism marginalized all other schools, above all Keynesianism - and all of us hit a brick wall.."

Economist criticizes "pathological allegience" to economic models (tags)

The crisis was born when Maggie Thatcher and then Bill Clinton deregulated the financial markets. The explosive force that was detonated was incalculable. Economics gave support because it provides models.

Miss Hooker Beauty Pageant: Naked Facts about Women and Equality (tags)

Politics is where the power is, so if women desire that power, why does testosterone consume the room when it is time to affect change?

Electoral Politics in America (tags)

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The Naked P{rophets (tags)

Economics' sharpest critics regard it as an auxiliary science of astrology, a sect that sings its same little song. Classical authors like John Kenneth Galbraith are finally rediscovered. Exactness is impossible. The coming generation should be protected from mono-cultural ideology

The Rule of Supply-Side Economists (tags)

Supply-side economists dominate wherever one looks in politics, economics and the media. That wages and salaries are not onl.y costs but also demand usually doesn't interest supply-side economists.

Democrats Are Not Evil (tags)

Whatever we think of the Democratic Party, like it or not, in the current political emergency, we are going to HAVE to align with them and vote for every Democrat on the ballot over every Republican — not because the Democrats are that progressive but because the Republicans plan a sweeping Right-wing revolution comparable to the changes Germany went through when Hitler took power in 1933, and the Democratic Party is one essential vehicle we will need to use to stop them.

Video: Boehner presented with golden calf (tags)

Occupy demonstrators carried a golden calf to the US capitol. Social justice and self-criticism are our life-blood. Justice is mocked when the interests of short-term profit, banks and speculation are enforced against the survival of humans and nature.

The movement of the etcetera (tags)

“As a social forum, a thousand things happen at the same time and this is how thing flow. The square is beginning to fill up. Having a thousand things and a thousand different ways is a path towards no turning back!” Rodrigo Bertame at Occupy Rio.

Better Instead of More (tags)

Economics could be a part of life, not a steamroller crushing self-determination and creativity. Economics changes with the times. Once saving was the elixir and then spending was the elixir. Frank Rotering in "Needs and Limits" discusses "ecological overshoot."

Neoliberalism as Greatest Error in the History of Economic Thought (tags)

Efficiency and prosperity can only be realized on capitalist markets when the economic system is bound in a social order under the primacy of politics. Democratic legitimated politics and the provision of public goods is derived from the "anatomy of market failure."

Occupy World - The Protest Against the Financial System Intensifies (tags)

Since the beginning of the financial crisis, governments from Berlin to Washington solemnly vowed to regulate the financial system more strongly, close the casino on the financial markets and call to account financially the speculators.for their inflicted damage. Deeds did not follow.

Greece General strike live coverage (tags)

Socialist Party Taps Stewart Alexander for President (tags)

Alexander, who prides himself on his working-class background, maintains that the Socialist Party historically has been ?the true representative of the Left,? a point he hopes to drive home not only to disillusioned progressives, but to millions of working-class and poor Americans who have been mercilessly pummeled during the current economic crisis ? a near-catastrophic downturn caused almost entirely by the recklessness and avarice of those on Wall Street and their overt enablers in the nation?s capital, Democrats and Republicans alike.

The World is Out of Joint (tags)

The financial crisis has become a state debt crisis. "The rise of democracy was not possible without the social and legal civilizing of capitalism. The deregulation euphoria of democratic governments made possible the incredible ascent of the financial oligarchy."

Tea Party America and How to Fight It (tags)

The recent debate in Washington, D.C. over raising the debt ceiling has underscored just how totally the radical Right in general and the "Tea Party" in particular have taken over America's political debate and the economic and social consciousness of a majority of Americans. The remnant of a Left that still survives in America can only fight back if it first realizes, like a rehab patient, that we've "hit bottom" and then musters the kind of internal and external discipline it will take to mount an effective counter-attack. Instead of critiquing ourselves in public, we need to settle our differences behind closed doors, present an image of rock-solid unity to the outside world and get rid once and for all of the insanity of "consensus decision-making."

OBAMA IN THE ZOMBIE PALACE (tags)

The American comic opera in two words.

Winner Take All Politics (tags)

Since Ronald Reagan's term in office, the assets of the US have been systematically and massively redistributed from bottom to top. Political scientists Jacob Hacker and Paul Pierson call this a "thirty-year war" in their powerful myth-destroying book "Winner Take All Politics."

The New War of Independence - Against Corporate Politics (tags)

This is the age of corporatized politics. That means we may admire our leaders, but we can't depend on them. We're paying the price for Thomas Jefferson's unfulfilled desire to "crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government...

What's the Difference Between a Comb-Over and Shaved Balls? (tags)

This is a before-and-after story endemic to politics everywhere. Self-aggrandizing, rich assholes hide their true motives to get elected. Once they're elected they fiddle while Rome burns.

IPAD 2 - THE RETURN OF THE ZOMBIES OF CONSUMPTION (tags)

Pensive meditations on the civilization of consumption.

Send Obama and the Democrats a message and change your voter registration status! (tags)

Let's remember how the abolitionists were able to make use of the poltical party system. ...when it comes to electoral politics, please stop supporting the Democrats! Rather, support one of the "third parties" -- either the Green Party, or the Peace and Freedom Party....

The Arab Revolutions and the Democratic Imagination (tags)

The Arab democratic uprisings have brought a rush of nostalgia to many people who staged their own democratic revolutions years earlier. As they watched events unfold in Cairo’s Tahrir Square on Al Jazeera and CNN, that feeling of “all that is solid melting into thin air,” as Marx would have put it, returned to many of those who went to the barricades during the original People Power Revolution in the Philippines in 1986.

THE LABOR MANIFESTATIONS IN WISCONSIN (tags)

A popular power in the USA is an illusion.

Appointment of Ronald Llamas as Philippine Presidential Adviser for Political Affair (tags)

Akbayan Youth, the Movement for the Advancement of Student Power (MASP), and the Student Council Alliance of the Philippines (SCAP) welcome President Benigno Simeon “Noynoy” Aquino’s (PNoy) appointment of Akbayan Party President Ronald Llamas as Presidential Adviser on Political Affairs. This appointment proves the president’s commitment to a pluralist government open to progressive politics.

The Tucson Shooting is a Warning to All Progressives (tags)

The shooting rampage on Saturday in Tucson, Arizona was clearly an act of right-wing terrorism. The gunman shot a total of 20 people, critically wounding Democratic Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and killing Federal Judge John M. Roll and five others. In his first statement to the press, Pima County Sheriff Clarence W. Dupnik got it right when he placed the shootings in their political context. He denounced the "political vitriol" that animates the politics of the right and characterized Arizona as the national center of bigotry.

New Numbers for Progress: Alternative Growth (tags)

The GDP measures the wrong things and conceals destruction of the environment, unhappiness and injustice. Politics tries to force up the gross domestic product. But what if this standard does not measure the right things and leads to a misguided policy?

Interpreting Jon Stewart's Politics (tags)

Any criticism of Jon Stewart must begin with enthusiastic praise: his Daily Show is where millions of people go for important news that is purposely ignored by the mainstream media. Consequently, both Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert have become icons of the political Left. During the Bush administration, their shows highlighted the lies and hypocrisies used to engage in foreign wars while destroying the civil liberties in the United States; Colbert's speech at the White House Correspondence dinner - with Bush present - will go down in history as a moment of great courage and confrontation between a satiric comedian and a war criminal.

Jerry Brown Widens the Chasm Between Labor and the Democratic Party (tags)

With the November elections rapidly approaching, most Americans are unimpressed and uninvolved, having concluded that elections have changed little in their struggling lives, despite all the promises of politicians.

Financial Crisis as Organized Irresponsibility (tags)

In the years 2002-2006, guaranteeing mortgage credits was the greatest source of profit for investment banks. US policy massively promoted and in no way curbed awarding dubious credits. In 2003 Warren Buffett described derivatives as "financial weapons of mass destruction."

The mainstream band RATM others like them are workers (tags)

The mainstream band RATM others like them are workers

ISRAELI TV SHOW DOUBLE-CROSSES BRAZILIAN PRESIDENT (tags)

To laugh... of the Israelis.

The Politics of FASCISM and IMMIGRANT BASHING (tags)

Grassroots KPFK Presents Forum and Panel Discussion The Politics of FASCISM and IMMIGRANT BASHING

The Financial Market Must Become a Public Service (tags)

An institutional crisis faces us, not individual failure. Egoism makes one short-sighted; greed makes one blind. Capitalism is not simply a market system. Capitalism is a social order. Therefore it cannot be left to economists to decide which laws of the market should operate.

Emergency Brake for Speculators (tags)

The private indebtedness brought about by unscrupulous financial managers mainly in the US was almost completely transferred to state budgets.

Capitalism and Democracy (tags)

Citizens are protected from incursions of the state and on the other side must accept the sovereignty of the state and the general law as prerequisites of property and security. Whoever has visions should be the physician. A good physician will urge changing one's way of life.

Worse than a crime – The electoral politics of the NDF and the CPP in the Philippines (tags)

The year 2010 has begun and we already know what’s going to be the most unlikely election coalition of the year. The legal National-Democratic (ND) movement of the Philippines, politically aligned with the underground Maoist Communist Party of the Philippines, has made an alliance with multimillionaire Manuel ‘Manny’ Bamba Villar Jr. and indirectly with Marcos’ admiring son, Ferdinand ’Bongbong’ Marcos jr.

Caught in the Infinite Loop of a Nightmare (tags)

Since politics has no strategies of its own to re-stabilize the economic system, it hopes in the self-healing powers of the market after the bank bailout... The hosts of decision-makers were simply "falsely programmed" in their education.

Judith Halberstam lecture: "Homosexuality and Fascism" (tags)

February 4, 2010
CLAREMONT - Feminist and queer theorist Judith "Jack" Halberstam, professor at USC best known for her work on female masculinity, gave a slide lecture at Pomona College titled "The Killer in You is the Killer in Me": Homosexuality and Fascism.

Mafia, racism and the crisis of democracy in Italy (tags)

“When there is the slightest suspicion of a public figure having contacts with organized crime, we have to make a clean sweep.” Paolo Borsellino

Reform: The Making of a Philippine Presidential Campaign (tags)

There is real possibility for a significant leap in the reform process in the Philippines after the 2010 elections. If, as seems likely at this time, Noynoy Aquino wins the presidency, a number of converging developments could produce the conditions necessary for change. The first is Noynoy himself, who has successfully embodied the political legacy of his mother Cory, and his father Ninoy. This, in turn, has introduced a new dimension of enthusiastic voluntarism to the election campaign. Finally, the people running Noynoy’s campaign constitute the leading core of an enlarged reform constituency.

Protecting Capitalists or the Welfare State (tags)

Banks and hedge brought disaster upon themselves and their customers with their "innovations" and financial products.. Financial management may never be uncoupled from the real economy and lead a life of its own without economic justification or social responsibility.

Philippines: Abduction and killings of journalists and politicians must be investigated (tags)

A group of about 45 people (latest news figure is now 57) were ambushed and abducted by about 100 armed men, according to reports. The military recovered the bodies of 13 women and eight men—some of them mutilated.

The High Risk Business of Banks (tags)

The model of financial market capitalism collapsed with the greatest crisis of the financial markets since the worldwide economic crisis at the end of the 20s. The enormous accumulation of financial assets was based on redistribution of incomes continuing for 30 years.

Who Rules Money? (tags)

The climate- and financial crises have one thing in common. Both are consequences of a gigantic market failure. Nature and the future of humanity are not at the table when market actors negotiate conditions and aim at their advantages.

Inglorious Bastards Film Promotes Terrorism and Torture (tags)

Why was the “psychology” of this movie not more considered in reviews? Yes one can quickly retort that it was “just” a movie, and besides artists have poetic license to be free with their work? Well maybe so, but Mr. Quentin Tarantino addresses a serious subject at a curiously serious time, and therefore he invites serious criticism that he and his critics should get—not a Hollywood club giving wide birth if it was meant to promote more guilt or whatever the U.S. film/ review industry silently accedes as OK—that is a film industry that has become part and parcel of a world not unlike that of Joseph Goebbels.

Beyond Market and State (tags)

In a "post-democracy," the interests of global corporations prevail with the continuing facade of democratic institutions and procedures. Interest in politics in the population is very low. Criticism of neoliberalism brings together many movements and groups.

New Documentary - Golden Rule: The Investment Theory of Politics (tags)

Golden Rule provides an in-depth analysis of the role of money in politics. "A most important project" -Noam Chomsky "I like it a lot...[its] segments 'move' [and] are both appropriate to the themes and hold the viewer’s interest." -Thomas Ferguson, UMass professor "...excellent" -David Cromwell, editor medialens

R.I.P. Ted Kennedy: The Senate’s Last Liberal (tags)

The mainstream media’s eulogies for the late Senator Ted Kennedy predictably focused on his success as a deal-maker, pushing a liberal agenda but in ways that compromised and often won the support of Republicans and conservatives. But Kennedy’s deals were based on the existence of a Republican party that, despite its different priorities from the Democrats, still believed in government as a force for the public good. Today’s nihilistic, Right-wing dominated Republican Party no longer believes in government as anything but a repressive instrument for benefiting the rich and enforcing the discipline of “the Market” on working people both domestically and abroad who dare to challenge the imperatives of lassiez-faire capitalism. What the times call for are tough, no-nonsense progressive resistance to the bipartisan Market agenda, not support of capitalist politicians promoted as “pragmatists” in the corporate media.

Triumph of the Right? (tags)

Sep 2nd, 2009 9:09 PM Despite the sweeping Democratic victories in the elections of 2006 and 2008, the Republican party in general and the radical Right in particular have reasserted themselves with a vengeance, especially regarding the health insurance reform proposals of the Obama administration and Congress. They’ve been able to tap into the same reflexive anti-government sentiment that has powered American politics at least since Ronald Reagan’s election (and arguably earlier) to block the reform proposals and set the stage for a Republican return to power that will render Obama as irrelevant historically as Carter and Clinton -- and without a mass progressive movement to push Obama and the Democrats back to the Left, the Right will succeed and triumph.

G8 AND THE GOLD RULE OF THE POLITICS (tags)

Staging now is the true politics.

ON FACLA ELECTIONS (tags)

But the biggest lesson is- until the election process is straighten out, FACLA will be the expression of the old type Philippine politics; filled with regionalism, animosities fills the air and the cycle of traditional politics pervades the community. FACLA will always remain with a bitter fruit with a bitter taste-MAPAKLA.

Filipino Veterans Protests Slow Processing of Lump Sum Checks: US Playing Politics (tags)

Another long wait for benefits. Filipino World War II veteran based both in the United States and the Philippines protests the long wait and slow processing of the lump sum benefits. “ We have waited for 63 long years for our benefits. Now they are going to let us wait again for another long wait.” This was the remark of veteran Mariano Pastorin of Los Angeles.” “ But we can’t do anything but wait. We waited for the American forces to go back for us during the Japanese occupation. We have waited for our benefits. We are still waiting for our benefits.” Pastorin joked about his long wait.

Veterans Laments Slow Processing of Lump Sum Checks: US Playing Politics (tags)

Filipino World War II veteran based both in the United States and the Philippines laments and criticizes the long wait and slow processing of the lump sum benefits. JFAV reported that more than 2,000 veterans in the Philippines and in the United States have received their one-time lump sum checks. It was reported that the Filipino veterans were given priority in processing while the US veterans will receive theirs later. JFAV pointed out that the US government is playing politics by giving benefits to Filipinos first to for political reasons. This especially that several amendments to the proposed charter change of the Arroyo administration will benefits the United States.

Shepard Fairey's Obama (tags)

Chris Burnett is host of "Indymedia On Air" on KPFK 90.7 FM, Los Angeles

The End of Neoliberalism and the Crisis of Capitalism (tags)

"Guaranteeing the social infrastructure and social security for everyone should be central instead of guarantees for banks and corporations and socialization and democratization of the economy instead of nationalization!"

How corrupt is China's Communist government: state commerce, finance, trade, jobs, law (tags)

Is China's runaway corruption to bring a sudden collapse? Is global financial crisis impacting China? Is a runaway government corruption destroying Chinese economy and peace? What is really behind Chinese finance, politics, trade, politics and society? Has China's ongoing reform altered the nation's political-economic landscape as far as government corruption is concerned? What is the next if this corruption goes deeper? Get the powerful and insiders' reports on Chinese politics, government amid global financial meltdown.

China politics, economy speaker: history, business, competition, entrepreneurship, jobs (tags)

Watch out on the surging Chinese economic power! What is really inside Chinese business, politics and economic world? How to take advantages of China's expanding market, cheap labor, and rising retail consumption? Get great information and analysis from elite speaker George Zhibin Gu from London Speaker Bureau

forecasting: China's coming collapse: corruption, finance, trade, outsourcing, politics (tags)

Is China to go burst or rising higher? Is global financial crisis impacting China? Is a runaway government corruption destroying Chinese economy and peace? What is really behind Chinese finance, politics, trade, politics and society? Has China's ongoing reform altered the nation's political-economic landscape as far as government corruption is concerned? What is the next if this corruption goes deeper? Get the powerful and insiders' reports on Chinese politics, government amid global financial meltdown.

Arsonists as the Fire Brigade (tags)

Supported by ideologically-blinded deregulators, the "masters of the universe" dominant in Wall Street and the City of London could bend the rules of the game on the global financial markets. Their shadow banking system existed above politics and regulators.

Fallen Stars: On the Greed of Bankers and a New Morality (tags)

The economic ethicist Ulrich Thielemann explains how greed, false theories and the herd instinct caused the massive financial crisis. They had the theory when we make profits that is ultimately good for everyone.

Financial Markets: Is No One Responsible? (tags)

Enlightenment is part of overcoming crisis, not only money packages. Ten officials in every boardroom is not the solution. Rather the problem is the incredible transformation of the modern bank into a service enterprise with an adjacent casino.

China's global reach: Chinese business, finance, politics, economy vs world finance mess (tags)

Is Chinese century emerging sooner? What is really inside Chinese business, politics and economic world? How to take advantages of China's expanding market, cheap labor, and rising retail consumption? Get great information and analysis from elite speakper George Zhibin Gu from London Speaker Bureau

American Politics: The 2-Party System Still Hurts Americans (tags)

It took at least one decade to get the U.S. into such dire economic straits.

This civilization is rotten to the core (tags)

The Vatican and its primary cohorts are the secret rulers of Planet Earth and their primary tools of governance are secrecy and the deceptive triangle formed by money, religion, and politics. It is beyond obvious that monetary, religious, and political leaders will never solve humanity’s persistent problems. To do so would free you from their deceptions and put them out of work…

After the Bankruptcy (Jurgen Habermas) (tags)

The privatization mania has ended. Politics is necessary for the public interest, not the market. A tension always exists between capitalism and democracy because the market and politics are based on opposite principles.

Damning the Flood (tags)

A brilliant review of a new book on Haiti.

Greed is the Nature of the System (tags)

Politics was corrupted byt he economy and lost control to the economy. In the private enterprise system, there are too many incentives that oppose the public interest. When company pensions end, workers speculate. When high profits are the norm, companies speculate.

Green Dissent: Why I Won't Vote for California Dems (tags)

The Field polls says California is going for Barack Obama 55% to 33%. Very well. My "Brotha" Barack doesn't need my vote and pumping Dem numbers only encourages our local Los Angeles scoundrels

Venezuela: National Security = Personal Insecurity (tags)

* This Editorial from El Libertario (#54, September-October 2008, Venezuela) examines – from the current Venezuelan perspective – how authoritarian power builds its own security upon the destruction of collective security.

"We are in an epoch shift" (tags)

Free markets became wild markets. The post-socialist blessing became the turbo-capitalist curse. The state allowed the monitoring of banks to be de facto privatized. Politics allowed the markets to run wild. In turbo-capitalism, contracting debts was trendy and saving was Philistine.

An Open Letter to Nancy Pelosi (tags)

Why I am glad that the bailout failed - for now, at least.

Brown interfering in Zim politics (tags)

Brown the hypocrite: 'On being asked to confirm whether he had endorsed a democratic candidate in the USA presidential race, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown replied that it was up to the American people to determine their future. ' BUT not with Zimbabwe.

Oh, No! Not Joe Biden! (tags)

Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE) was a lousy pick to be Barack Obama’s VP running mate. Delaware only has three electoral votes. Plus, Biden doesn’t represent either the “politics of hope” and/or of change. His record in the U.S. Senate reveals someone who has gone along with the Iraq War, while doing little or nothing to protect the Constitutional Rights of the people from the excesses of the Bush-Cheney Gang. I suspect the Democratic Party has a death wish!

The Destruction of America - series four-Politics (tags)

This is the fourth of a seven part series

The De-Racialization of US Politics (tags)

Ther de-racialization of US politics has implications that go far beyond the possibility that we're about to elect an African-American president. If Mr. Obama wins in Vovember, it will be because our country has already been transformed.

Robert Reich's "Super-Capitalism: How the Economy Undermines Democracy" (tags)

When everyone talks about stocks and consumption, what happens to social responsibility and public welfare? We suffer under a schizophrenia. The consumer in us opposes the worker. Businesses cannot be socially-responsible because they serve only one goal-maximization of profit.

Prop 98 can provoke a city-wide rent strike in San Francisco, LA, and elsewhere.. (tags)

Housing activists have absolutely no plan to effectively confront the passage of Proposition 98, which will abolish rent control statewide.

White Rabbits from the White House (tags)

"When politics threatens to destroy you, tell stories, stories of good and evil. Make every election into a morality play," Rove said. When politics becomes a spectacle and making more money out of money is stylized as the most noble pursuit, may our storytelling be life-giving!

Block Report Radio interview with Mumia (tags)

POCC: Block Report Radio interview with Mumia Abu-Jamal aired on KPFA Flashpoints program on 7 April 2008 Transcribed by the Partisan Defense Committee, 15 April 2008. The PDC is a class-struggle, non-sectarian legal and social defense organization which champions cases and causes in the interest of the whole of the working people. This purpose is in accordance with the political views of the Spartacist League. Audio Link: http://www.partisandefense.org/media/Mumia-Flashpoints.mp3

"Science in the White House": David Baltimore (tags)

"The White House and the US Congress have shown little respect for science in the last years. The government obviously does not understand the importance of independence for science. Unfree scientific thinking does not work."

Congressman Howard Berman on Israel and the pro-Israel lobby: (tags)

Congressman Howard Berman on Israel and the pro-Israel lobby:

The Democrats' Trudeau? (tags)

"Love him or hate him, Obama is the most interesting American to enter politics for years."

Apolitical Direct Action Adopted by Potential Fascists (tags)

We Are Change pushes for The Burrito Project, a copy of Food Not Bombs. This is a threat to anarchism.

global competition: India vs China: finance, outsourcing, hightech, politics, trade, jobs (tags)

Which nation is to lead this century, China, India, or America? Why is 21st century could be dominated by Asians or Chinese? What is behind Chinese and Asian strengths in outsourcing, finance, competition, labor, management, investment, consumption, politics, and strategies? Get great new insights and inside stories.

WHEN GOD BECAME THE TERRORIST: Traces of the Authoritarian Personality in the Three Abrah (tags)

Arguably, this work is as controversial as it is timely. Such an intelligence estimate, if you will, would not have been written had it not related to many important and critical political issues and crises of our day (particularly as related to dominant “cultural clashes” as so framed by various think-tanks). But this work also significantly relates to political theory, history, criminal justice, jurisprudence, as well as social and political psychology etc. It has something of interest to many inquiring minds. Ideas here will not likely be easily dismissed—irrespective of one’s stance.

Forrest Church Speaks on God and America in San Diego (tags)

Forrest Church, Unitarian-Universalist minister and son of the late Senator Frank Church (D-Idaho), spoke October 4 at the Unitarian-Universalist Church in San Diego on the history of the relationship between church and state in the U.S. His message, surprising in front of a progressive audience, was that religion shouldn't dominate politics but it shouldn't be read out of the public sphere altogether either. Many progressive causes, including the abolition of slavery and the 1960's civil rights movement, were headed by religious leaders.

Media and War (tags)

The news media in times of crisis and war reproduce and do not question the consciousness and attitudes of the elites. Wars are seen as exceptional situations by the media in which patriotism outweighs the journalistic self-image of critically distanced reporting.

'A PROPHET IN HIS OWN COUNTRY' (tags)

COMMENTARY

Privatization Endangers Democracy (tags)

Neoliberal hegemony or market radicalism is a danger for democracy because economic mechanisms replace politics. Neoliberals change the understanding of justice in society. The less generous the social benefits, the more powerful must be its security machine.

Irish National Media (tags)

The end of oil Documentary, RTE, Irelands National Media Provider, while talking about the price of oil, fails again to inform the public about the real cost involved

Once more on the failed transit system fare strike in San Francisco in 2005 (tags)

A brief re-examination of this missed opportunity in working class-based radical mass action in this part of the world...

"Capitalism is not the solution" (tags)

Attac turns against the unjust sides of globalization. We need the contagious power of the ideas of freedom, justice and equality. The last European revolution in 1989 succeeded despite dictatorial conditions.

Brazil: The "brake" is COPOM. (tags)

The logic of the the Growth Acceleration Program opposes classic economists as Michael Kalecki and John Keynes. The GAP that does not contain a expansionist monetary politics is not the GAP, is the anti-GAP, as, by the way, the last act of the Copom made clear.

PHILIPPINES: Ghost of the fraudulent 2004 elections will haunt this year’s polls (tags)

As the opposition and the administration finalize their line-up, AKBAYAN (Citizens Action Party) warned voters of opportunists who would cover up the single most important issue in this year’s elections – the ‘Hello Garci ’ controversy.

Brazil: Henrique Meirelles faces de tornado at CBB. (tags)

Lula prefers that Meirelles stays but syntonized with him. The PT prefers to see Meirelles out. In the absence of Palocci, he guaranteed the depressive growth of the economy in the the last four years.

Podchef Neal Foley, Gastrocast (tags)

Gastrocast is a podcast about cooking, food, and the politics of what we eat.

Greens to governor: You will fail because you won't take big money out of politics (tags)

Greens state-of-state reaction: Schwarzenegger plan can't succeed without taking big money out of state politics, Greens contend

U.S. leaders fail to see the folly in small wars (tags)

Americans are at a distinct disadvantage in wars against materially weaker enemies because they tend to separate war and politics, viewing military victory as an end in itself, and because the U.S. military is profoundly averse to counterinsurgency.

Spirituality and Liberation: Segundo Galilea (tags)

Advent is a time of beginning as crisis can be a time to pause and gain new perspectives and priorities. We are called to be internation-alistas, to create a new language and a new mathematics. The world will be changed when people speak as Jesus spoke, in a way that scandalizes and attracts by its power

Call for Papers: Transgender Studies and Feminism: Theory, Politics, and Gendered Reality (tags)

Call For Papers: For a Special Issue of Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy Transgender Studies and Feminism: Theory, Politics, and Gendered Realities Edited by Talia Mae Bettcher and Ann Garry

Building Bridges:Religion Gone Bad and Labor Gone Wrong - Politics Today (tags)

WBAI's Building Bridges: Your Community and Labor Report presents this 29 minute radio program. TO LISTEN CLICK ON WEB LINK BELOW

THEOCRACY WATCH (tags)

CHURCH IS WAR.

The Meaninglessness of Actiivism/Slacktivism (tags)

Do you (or anyone else out in the mental wasteland known as the world leader, the beacon of democracy, the land of opportunity – Nazi America) have a view, a perspective, a politics, an interest, a truth, a belief, - or anything you will stand for, die for?

Lebanon in Context: An Interview with Bilal El-Amine (tags)

The heart of why Israel is such a source of instability and wars in the region is because its very foundation was at the cost of hundreds of thousands of people - Israel was founded on stolen land and it is in continuous confrontation with all of the people around it. We have to find a way of removing that source of friction and aggression and the only way is to address the Palestinian question and all of the outlying problems that have developed from that, including Israel's occupation of Syrian and Lebanese land.

Lieberman’s defeat and the state of American politics (tags)

The response of Connecticut Senator Joseph Lieberman and the Democratic Party leadership to Lieberman’s defeat in Tuesday’s Democratic primary election says a great deal about the politics of the Democratic Party and the state of American politics as a whole.

Tom Hayden regrets his past support for Israeli aggression. Warns of dangers ahead. (tags)

In 1982, Tom Hayden shocked peace activists by his unqualified support of Israel's aggression in Lebanon. Hayden now writes of the political pressures he was under, and warns that politicians should *not* be afraid to speak up now, as he was then. It is yet another reason why Bay Area progressives will continue to oppose the agenda of AIPAC, and protest its presence this coming December.

Tom Hayden regrets past support for Israeli policy (tags)

In 1982, Tom Hayden shocked peace activists by his unqualified support of Israel's aggression in Lebanon. Hayden now writes of the political pressures he was under, and warns that politicians should *not* be afraid to speak up now, as he was then. It is yet another reason why progressives throughout California will continue to oppose the agenda of AIPAC, and protest its festivities this coming December.

HUNTER THOMPSON-DR. GONZO-HELP!! (tags)

CAMPAIGN 2006 IS BEYOND FEAR AND LOATHING.

Criticism as a Weapon (tags)

E. San Juan's recent book, ONLY BY STRUGGLE (Quezon City: Giraffe Books), represents one of the most important progressive voices in the movement for national democracy and liberation in the Philippines. This review highlights some noteworthy themes of the work.

Taking Impeachment on the Road (tags)

Impeachment can play a vital role in building resistance to dictatorship, both in the electoral politics and on the street. It’s not an either/or proposition.

The International Socialist Organization and the 2006 election (tags)

The International Socialist Organization is holding a conference this weekend in New York City under the slogan “Socialism 2006—Build the Left, Fight the Right.” An examination of the perspective upon which this gathering has been organized, however, makes clear that it is aimed at promoting a “left” variety of bourgeois politics, in the form of the Green Party, which can serve only to divert a mass movement that arises against the right-wing policies of the two major parties and lead it into a political dead end.

Democracy and its Despisers (tags)

Characteristics earlier ascribed to totalitarianism like control of the whole social life by the state could now be considered typical for modern democracies.. The whole dfemocratic life degenerates to a kind of market.

GOVERNMENT Lula: The NEOLIBERAL GOVERNMENT THAT WORKED? (tags)

Ivo Lesbaupin is a sociologist and professor of the School of Social Service of the UFRJ. He studied at a Dominican seminary, contemporary of frei Beto, frei Tito and others.

Lucerne, Switzerland Becomes GATS-Free (tags)

Over 80 communities in Switzerland have insisted on stopping GATS-liberalization for social, ecological and democratic reasons.. In Europe, over 1000 communities have declared themselves GATS-free zones.

Capital Needs a Counterveiling Power (tags)

Functionless profits do not lead to more investments..The market, competition and profit are not ends in themselves. The economy exists for people, not vice versa.

The Tax State in the Globalization Trap (tags)

The middle class cannot do what corporations do..German corporations pay little corporation tax; their share amounts to 2.6% of all taxes. For decades, they even received more subsidies than the profit taxes paid in Germany. Corporate enrichment in the US leads to state deficits and social cuts.

SF City Council Joins Impeachment Movement (tags)

SF's supervisors jumped into national politics by passing a resolution asking the Democratic congressional delegation to seek the impeachment of President Bush for failing to perform his duties by leading the country into war and eroding civil liberties.

Catastrophe as Blueprint (tags)

"The majority of the electorate is now living outside the cities. The people there don't want to spend one cent for the cities. This rejection of all public spirit arose through America's suburbanization."

The First Principle of Political Activism is Awareness. (tags)

Becoming a political “activist” does not primarily mean protesting against something. Rather, at least one primary aspect of becoming an activist, is becoming “aware” of what is going on in the world—but also becoming aware of what is going on within oneself (in respect to what is perceived to be going on everywhere else).

Audio: "Don't Talk About Religion or Politics" Talk & Presentation (tags)

MP3 audio recording download of a presentation/talk on art, religion, and politics, by artist/curator Mark Vallen and fellow exhibition artists Poli Marichal, Sergio Hernandez, John Paul Thornton, and Gwyneth Leech.

Artist's Forum on Art & Politics (tags)

As part of the continuing "Don't Talk About Religion or Politics" exhibition with Mark Vallen, Sergio Hernandez, Gwyneth Leech, John Paul Thornton, and Poli Marichal, the Avenue 50 Studio will present an artist's forum on Art & Politics. The exhibit runs until Feb (Photo: Opening night at the exhibition.)

ART EXHIBIT: DON’T TALK ABOUT RELIGION OR POLITICS (tags)

The Avenue 50 Studio invites the public to an art exhibit focusing on questions of religion and politics. Featuring artists: Mark Vallen, Gwyneth Leech, Poli Marichal, Sergio Hernandez, John Paul Thorton. [ Posted image - "Station of the Cross # 10." Oil painting by Gwyneth Leech. ]

Green Party Window Dressing Undermines Working Class Power (tags)

Electoral politics for socialists has always been tricky. Eugene Debbs, the firebrand organizer and SP candidate for President fought a huge uphill battle based on his forward facing confrontation with capital, while always clearly identifying class lines. Of course, I expect nothing less from Todd Chretien, the Green Party US candidate for Senate.

Former Sen. Eugene McCarthy, 89, Dies (tags)

ormer Minnesota Sen. Eugene J. McCarthy, whose insurgent campaign toppled a sitting president in 1968 and forced the Democratic Party to take seriously his message against the Vietnam War, died Saturday. He was 89.

hypocrisy (tags)

CALL FOR FREEDOM WHILE YOUR OWN HOUSE IS WITH SIN

NEW ANTI-CAPITALIST COLORING BOOK (tags)

Announcing "WORK . COMMUNITY . POLITICS . WAR" a new coloring book for the angry wage-worker.

The US Elephant (tags)

"The US elephant has grown into a monster of grotesque and obscene proportions. The special relations between the US and the United Kingdom have led to the deaths of thousands upon thousands..under the sign of a moral crusade to bring peace & stability"

Manichaism (tags)

"In its religiosity, the US is more like an Islamic country than a western European country." Fuhndamentalism instrumentalizes religion to justify violence and revenge, distorts God's nature and replaces the option for the poor with the warrior cult.

The Neo-Con Assault on Art (tags)

When the neo-cons attack civil rights, the poor, immigrants, gays - and wages war around the world, the "left" has a lot to say. But when the right attacks the arts, there is a deadening silence. Artist and blogger Mark Vallen hits the nail on the head. As Emma Goldman once said, "If I can't dance in your revolution, I want no part of it."

On MALIK RAHIM: Yesterday's Radicals Devolve into Today's (feelgood/checkbook) Liberalism (tags)

Last night (Mon, Oct 3) at Berkeley's Unitarian Fellowship MALIK RAHIM, former Black Panther, community activist from and speaker on the Common Ground Wellness Center in Algiers, New Orleans, said that he was "NOT POLITICAL" and that, "HE WAS GOING TO RUN ANYONE, WHO COMES TO NEW ORLEANS TALKING ABOUT POLITICS, _OUTTA TOWN_!!"

The DeLay Transformation (tags)

author: Jamie Malanowski / Washington Monthly Sep 29, 2005 09:12

Security State Replaces Social State (tags)

"The political realm has largely uncoupled from the everyday life of people.. The wheel of social development was turned back.. The social state is degenerating into a security state. Governments have abandoned protection of citizens.."

9/5 Hurricane Katrina Alert: Calls For Progressive Emergency Supports! (tags)

ActionLA Coalition and several other progressive organizations, will launch a national call for a donation drive to supports New Orleans areas progressive agencies for the humanitarian-aid efforts. Detail will coming soon and please donate generosity!

Another Side of Resistance to Racism - June 25,2005 (tags)

Besides the mass mobilization, something more was happening to resist the lies and hatred of SOS and the Minutemen on that day.

New Radical Political Blog! (tags)

I’ve recently started a new blog dedicated to the description, explanation, and occasional mocking of radical politics in the United States.

It's OK to be anti-Jewish politics! Really! (tags)

If it's OK to be anti-Republican or anti-corporation or anti-Christian fundamentalism or anti-Communism or even anti-God, I can be anti-Jewish Politics!

BTL:Big Oil Buys Influence in Washington, Crafting Legislation that... (tags)

...Adds to the Industry's Record Profits ~ Interview with Bob Williams, director of the Politics of Oil Project at the Center for Public Integrity, conducted by Between the Lines' Scott Harris

Wed. 3/16 5pm: Nurses, teachers, & firefighters to protest Gov's LA fundraiser (tags)

Hundreds of the nurses, teachers, students and firefighters will gather outside Gov.'s fundraiser at Century Plaza Hotel to protest Governor Schwarzenegger's cash-register politics WHEN: 5 pm, Wednesday, March 16th WHERE: Westin Century Plaza Hotel 2025 Avenue of the Stars

Former LA Times reporter's book railroaded (tags)

A book by former LA Times reporter Jason Leopold that lays bare the backbones of its author's journey through crime, drug addition, power politics in the newsroom and government and corporate scandal has brought its author head on against the very power politics about which he wrote.

US of Amnesia - Chavez or Bush Choose (tags)

Forget lobbying, and all environmental, social justice and other organizing in the USA! It will never work – never change anything soon – and causes more problems than it solves. The Andes have a lot to teach us and a world to win - a dollar a year from every person in the USA could make the difference.

"We Refuse to be Buried by Globalization" (tags)

"The theory of the end of work is nonsense. It is part of an ideology. We are not in a crisis but in a process of change in which the whole labor force is no longer needed.. Our problem is that we stubbornly cling to an old concept of work.."

James Forman, SNCC Leader, Passes On (tags)

"Accumulating experiences with Southern 'law and order' were turning me into a full-fledged revolutionary," -- James Forman

Investigative Reporter Jason Leopold Exposes Corporate Scandal, Dirty Politics & His Life (tags)

In Off the Record, Jason Leopold reveals in startling detail how his desire to land the scoop at any cost ended up costing him his career.

Politicians and their Scapegoats (tags)

Politicians create scapegoats and use them for their goals. Politicians manipulate the population because it is easier to govern with scapegoats.

Kerry Receives 100 Times More in Contributions from GOP Donors than Nader (tags)

The anti-Nader Democrats have spread their big lie to discredit Nader and silence his anti-war and progressive message that Kerry could not rebut.

American Politics 2004 the Kusumi version (tags)

Weighing the politics, the landscape and choices of 2004

Take Back Democracy Film Festival (tags)

Northeast Neighbors for Peace & Justice presents The Take Back Democracy Film Festival: Five Fridays in October at Flor y Canto

Senator John Kerry and the Democrats are Peeing their Pants Cowards (tags)

Now that campaigning to the far right has failed to get a rise out of the American public all my Democratic Party friends are running around bumping into each other in fear and loathing realizing that the Democratic leadership Council and its lead poisoned leader Al From - who is cowering inside the pup tent he pitched inside the Big Tent to perform by pass surgery on Bill Clinton's heart (which is so full of saturated fat it really does need bypass surgery) so that Clinton could sign the child poverty creating Welfare Reform Act - has led Senator John Kerry down a rabbit hole.

Politically-Minded DVD Release (tags)

Press Release of kapeesh.org, a new alternative media channel. Now distributing free copies of a politically-minded DVD compilation, featuring original footage and musicians such as Skinny Puppy.

Nader Shows Courage Bush and Kerry Lack (tags)

While Bush and Kerry vie to show who is more uncritically supportive of right-wing Israeli government policy, Nader has the courage to expose how powerfully the pro-Israeli government lobbying effort in the U.S. is distorting public debate on the Israel-Palestine crisis.

XISPAS - Chicano Art, Culture, & Politics in LA. (tags)

XISPAS Magazine, the journal of Xicano culture, art, and politics.

UNCONVENTIONAL: Politics, Police, & Protest (tags)

A lecture on civil liberties and the silencing of dissent at party conventions

THIRD PARTY POLITICS (tags)

This article is about third party politics, and the role progressives, disgruntled, and discarded voters can play in stirring our country to greener pastures.

Blogging changes political landscape (tags)

Excellent article by UPI on how blogging is changing politics.

Politics and real estate: Industry no longer Republican domain (tags)

Democratic-leaning real estate professionals tend to be community-minded and interested in education, traditional Democrat issues. And because most real estate agents are independent contractors, they're also concerned about rising healthcare costs.

Photoshop for Democracy (tags)

New and old media groups are using parody and Adobe Photoshop to mobilize young voters for the 2004 elections. Their message? "Let's have a good laugh at the powers that be, and let's work together to make America a better place."

The United States has become the wild card (tags)

Wars are very complicated undertakings that require very simple politics. The more complicated the politics, the more difficult it is to prosecute a war, and this war have become extraordinarily complicated -- almost mind-boggling.

Songun Politics Study Group (USA) April 16th Communique and Pro-DPRK Appeal! (tags)

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Seven Oaks publishes 8th issue (tags)

VANCOUVER, B.C., Canada -- Seven Oaks, a new political and cultural magazine, published its eighth issue today. The weekly magazine is available for free online at http://www.sevenoaksmag.com/.

Censorship at Infoshop.Org: The APOC Report (tags)

Here is the article that the "anarchist" webmaster at http://www.infoshop.org didn't want people to see...

Iraqi Resistance Solidarity Network Makes Socialist Korean News!!! (tags)

www.geocities.com/iraqiresistancesolidarity

Taiwan independence: necessary, beyond campaign rhetoric (tags)

George Bush, Howard Dean, and Jacques Chirac have shown a lack of comprehension about Taiwan. John Kusumi sets 'em straight.

Songun Politics Criticized as the Greatest Political Crime (tags)

Bombay, World Social Forum, January 20 – It has become a worldwide trend for the world human rights organisations to deeply study and criticize leader Kim Jong Il’s human rights violations in the DPRK. The Sungun politics of inhuman militarism causes starvation in the Korean workers paradise, as the great marshal Kim Jong Il puts the sword before the hammer and sickle. Thanks to the superior Songun politics of the sun of the 21st century, citizens starve only if they do not whole-heartedly support the militant Juche-style socialism and the helmsman of the superior army-centered policies.

Lula in India (tags)

Lula in India: “we can change the world commercial geography”

Finding Colours of Resistance (tags)

What lessons have we learned since the anti-WTO actions in Seattle? Can those lessons be applied to anti-war organizing? Can local struggles challenge global capitalism? How do we build movement for global justice that is anti-racist, multiracial and feminist? Pauline Hwang and Helen Luu have not only been asking these hard questions, they have worked to open up movement wide discussions about these issues in Canada and the United States. Pauline and Helen's activist work, writing and ability to connect people through the Colours of Resistance network have all helped to keep the hard issues on the table. And, as they argue, these are issues we must face if we're serious about collective liberation.

MoveOn.org demonstrates the growing power of the 'net in US politics (tags)

In an election year where more young voters are expected to turn out, the 'net is heating up as a sincere battle ground for politicians. The curious thing is that the trends are bucked by people who have their own way of doing things.

Reflections on 2003: Ideologues and prophets, left and right (tags)

2003 was not a year of Historic Victories or Historic Defeats; it was a year of constantly shifting relations of power between imperialism and popular resistance movements.

Slave Master Revolt;Critique of DNC Call (tags)

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An Empire Falls: Chalmers Johnson's "Blowback" (tags)

"The US military, Johnson declares, is transforming into an autonomous system. The mammoth military establishment is an indispensable instrument for the American empire..The military regards its own interests as higher than the old ideal.."

Bush Is Cutting and Running Because Karl Rove Can Count (tags)

Nothing quite says "Blow off" like a George W. Bush promise. Pick an issue, any issue. Democratizing Iraq, liberating Afghanistan, preserving Medicare, protecting the environment, honoring free trade, funding education, caring for veterans, balancing the budget, any issue except those hallowed tax cuts -- on every one Bush called what seemed a determined play and promptly ran a misdirection. BushSpeak is more than amusing malapropisms or a looking glass of mental dishevelment. It is the most cynical politics ever practiced from the Oval Office.

Are the Isrealis willing to start WW III ? (tags)

Please help to spread this information far and wide, it is the present reality and it has vast implications.

Ignore list (tags)

I am a centrist

What a Pig Knows About Sunday: (tags)

Wesley Clark knows as much about politics as a pig knows about Sunday. How much is that? Not much...

Fox News:Miles from 'fair and balanced' (tags)

LA Times article on bias at Fox News, and who's responsible.

FOX Whistleblower: Miles from 'fair and balanced' (tags)

"Daily life at [Fox] is all about management politics....Editorially, the FNC newsroom is under the constant control and vigilance of management....[Fox] is, to a large extent, 'Roger's [Murdoch] Revenge' against what he considers a liberal, pro-Democrat media establishment...."

Censorship at Oprah.com (tags)

In the wake of 9/11 Oprah was the only mainstream talk show host who attempted to address the issue of US foreign policy. She encouraged people, Americans in particular, to "wake up" to what the government was doing. Her shows on Anti-Americanism and Why Attack Iraq generated huge discussion and debate, not least of which on her message boards.

The Politics of Groping (tags)

The woman who accused Arnold of pulling up her T-shirt and sucking on her breast (a photo of this magic moment was displayed on the set) was called a prostitute by the Schwarzenegger campaign.

Surprisingly, Yes (tags)

Perhaps being a traditional liberal and voting No don't always go hand-in-hand.

Lefty Hooligan Breaks it Down for Activists (tags)

You can't tell the players without a program. Lefty Hooligan, an old timer in the left scene, breaks it all down for you. This article is a few years old, but nothing much has changed, and the various organizations discussed are still around. Cults of personality tend to have long lives. Just look at Lyndon Larouche's longevity.

MY EXPERIENCES AS A WORKING CLASS ANARCHIST (tags)

I started thinking about writing this piece of work when I was, as I often do, pondering the failings of the British anarchist movement

Answer to REAL POLITICS POST RE: “Sherman Austin” website (tags)

Yes, an injury to one is an injury to all, which is precisely the reason why you might want to consider researching the case so that you can gain a better understanding of the entrapment and coercion involved on the part of the government.

(pt.1) bell hooks on Butch Lee and more.... (tags)

bell hooks read Night-Vision last year and was impressed with much it had to say. She felt that it was an important book which needed to reach a wider audience....

The death of the lesser of two evils: if not Camejo, then Flynt! (tags)

When Real Politics gloriously and excitingly raises its head in the recall effort, many leftists bleat nervously about Republican plots, and the need to rally to the Democratic Party and its man in Sacramento.

Vaclav Havel's "Politics as Responsibility for the World" (tags)

"What has greater weight: the political culture of unselfish service to the whole or the Mafia maneuvering between the laws..What I seek has the character of an ideal that we approach." Vaclav Havel was president of Czechoslovakia for 13 years.

Swindled by the Great Republican Deception (tags)

The modern American Libertarian is very different from European-variety libertarians (anarchist-socialists) like Noam Chomsky, they are instead direct descendants of Republicans Barry Goldwater & Ronald Reagan. And they are battling for your body and soul.

FOX-TV So Rabidly Pro-Bush They Should Be On The Campaign Payroll (tags)

Watching Fox News is like watching an electronic adolescent that has appointed itself the strident, belligerent defender of the Bush administration and its foreign policy.

Through A Glass Darkly An Interpretation of Bush's Character (tags)

Bush never goes anywhere where his stage crew has not first assembled giant flags as background. He always wears a sizeable American-flag pin on his lapel. This kind of totemic, obsessive use of flags was absolutely characteristic of Hitler.

After the War is Before the War (tags)

The Marburg professor of political science gave this address at the union conference "After the Kosovo War" on Sept 4, 1999. Translated from the German

THROUGH A GLASS DARKLY: THE BUSH CHARACTER (tags)

SURPRISING SIMILARITIES...

Questions of Life and Death (tags)

"Many politicians lack a moral imperative today. They act as though they have no options because the economy dictates conditions. This is not true. Politicians can still make decisions in the interests of many, not in the interests of a few.." From German

Stop being fooled and wake up... (tags)

All money is controlled by the Vatican and all politics are controlled by money and religion. You are fighting the smoke screen people while the Mystery Caesar continues the successful deception and enslavement of the entire world!!! The time has come to finally GET A CLUE...

How Safe is Safe Sex? (tags)

From www.aliveandwell.org

Ms. (tags)

Nearly 2,000 march in Long Beach against war.

Zimbabwe: Imposed Hunger Stalinist Style (tags)

The latest from sunny Rhodesia! The Washington Post | January 2, 2003

LAW STUDENT STANDS UP TO THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT (tags)

Of course, the law is political, and the politics surfaced quickly.

Condemned to Empire (tags)

Does empire encourage untruthfulness, the rewriting of history and the crisis of language and community? Can the unipolar moment annul the multipolar reality? Does denial of interdependence plunge a cnation into paralysis? Translated from the German

Uribe Velez: A Regional Danger (tags)

The ascension of Alvaro Uribe Velez to the Presidency of Colombia signifies the apogee of the violence and a new war surge that threatens to overflow the Colombian borders and involve the countries of the region. An analysis by the editor of Ecuador’s Opción Magazine:

The Wilderness Lives: The End of Prehistory as a Beginning (tags)

"The status quo is limited and not lasting from eternity to eternity as the quasi-religious worship of capital asserts. This worship of capital handed over to its own destructive dynamic is still dominant but not unchallenged." H. Thielen lives in Brazil.

DEMOCRACY RIGHT NOW! (tags)

Progressive political leaders are still going down in flames following "crowd politics" rather than engaging the multitudes in true democratic politics, in which the people are the leaders. Cynthia McKinney (D-GA), was only the last one defeated by ruthless investor driven politics.

Conspiracy Theories and Clandestine Politics (tags)

A useful analysis of distinctions which should be maintained between "conspiracy theory" (a pathological orientation) and "clandestine [or "deep"] politics". From Lobster #29, June 1995.

Politics in the Zeros (tags)

Political weblog with news, views, links, and comments from a Leftie/Progressive viewpoint. Politics in the Zeros Political musings, California and otherwise http://www.bomoco.com/blog

"Fight the Power, Build the Power" Tour hits Los Angeles in March (tags)

A national speaking tour addressing the fight against white supremacy hits Los Angeles this March.

CalArts Panel on War Politics and cultural Production (tags)

Some of CalArt's proffessors lecture this wed. on what might make for an amazing discussion

WHO'S NEXT???-GPUSA-US Green Party leader Oden a Victim of Dirty Politics (tags)

Why is a newly formed splinter faction of the original Green party in the US since 1986 playing dirty politics and placing sectarian differences above loss of civil liberties?? Instead of rallying around and supporting a fellow Green and ANYONES loss of civil liberties they're busy attacking and putting out misleading propaganda.Shame on them!!!

Happy Birthday Mahatma Gandhi! (tags)

Quotes from Mahatma Gandhi plus an essay by Nelson Mandela on Gandhi. Visit the official Mahatma Gandhi Website in India!

Why This Free Enterprise Democracy Is Not (tags)

A fresh look at why we do not have free enterprise or democracy, but instead a morass of corrupt industry and politics, awash with dubious deals and reckless arrogance. Quality of competition in industry and politics steadily deteriorates, along with the quality of life, for most people and other natural species. While reigning rules of business and politics fan the degeneration, little can change for the better. People have endless reason for skepticism and protest, knowing there are better ways, far out of reach, or so it may seem.

Politics, Profits Increasing Risks of Biotech Foods (tags)

"I have questions about whether the scientific community has prepared for this era" of genetically modified crops, he told the conference, sponsored by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

IndyMedia Terrorist in Deep Shit! (tags)

Let this be a lesson to all of you half-brained imbeciles who think you are so smart that you can hide behind a computer screen! Don't thread with La Raza . . . putos!

List of 62 People Granted Clemency. 18 drug-related. Politics 101. Holy wars. (tags)

There are some new links after this welcome news. Those links are from a section called "Politics 101. Drug War = fundamentalist Holy War. Green Triangle." Now if Clinton would only wake up to his drug war support of murder in Colombia.

Flash Point: Los Angeles (tags)

villagevoice.com exclusive Flash Point: Los Angeles Arrests Climb as Police Practice Politics of Kevlar by Joshua Clover

NEW BLACK POWER POLITICS (tags)

A wide-ranging sample of elite Black leadership in America--ranging from Laker star turned entrepreneur Magic Johnson, through neo-conservative Stanley Crouch, to the democratic socialistics of Cornel West--discusses 21st century Black politics. Strikingly, the discussion parallels many within the youth/direct action movement, though the differences are instructive.

Vote Green! Nader and LaDuke in 2000! (tags)

Media Spending on the Dems (tags)

This business news story reminds us that even entertainment businesses buy politicians.

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