Vox Populi

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Sandy Solomon: Little Letter to the Future I

In our time we reckoned our dead in firearms— handguns, rifles, automatic weapons; in much-parsed constitutional clauses; in politicians bought by lobbyists and salesmen. In our time, we objected most … Continue reading

January 23, 2018 · 1 Comment

Lawrence Bush: Where are the Inspiring Speeches Now?

More and more I feel that people of ill will have used time much more effectively than have the people of good will. We will have to repent in this … Continue reading

January 23, 2018 · 1 Comment

Medea Benjamin: I am American, Jewish and banned from Israel for my activism

This month, the Israeli government announced that activists affiliated with 20 organizations, including my organization Codepink, would be banned from entering Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories because of our … Continue reading

January 22, 2018 · 2 Comments

Majid Naficy: Helen

Sometimes I see Helen Passing by Wearing a long skirt. She pushes a metal walker Scraping against the ground. She always asks: “Sir! What day is today? What day is … Continue reading

January 22, 2018 · 1 Comment

Video: Gatekeeper

. ‘Their cries, their wishes, their hopes… I feel a sense of duty towards them.’ With about 70 self-inflicted deaths per day, Japan has one of the highest suicide rates … Continue reading

January 21, 2018 · Leave a comment

Emrys Westacott: The Simple Life

Why less is more — more or less. The good life is the simple life. Among philosophical ideas about how we should live, this one is a hardy perennial; from … Continue reading

January 21, 2018 · 1 Comment

Video: Cormac McCarthy explains how a 9-5 job limits your artistic potential

. As Cormac McCarthy tells Oprah Winfrey in 2007 during his first television interview ever, he has made his creative work the central focus of his life to the exclusion … Continue reading

January 20, 2018 · Leave a comment

Abby Zimet: On Genealogical Glass Houses

. The Racist-In-Chief continues to spout his pitiless rhetoric on immigration – aka don’t want no more brown-skinned people in my wannabe chaste white kingdom – even appropriating the memory … Continue reading

January 19, 2018 · 1 Comment

Paul Buchheit: How Inequality Is Killing Off Humanity

The super-rich are making it nearly impossible to reverse the deadly effects of an unnaturally unequal society, in part because they’re no longer connected to the world beyond their estates. … Continue reading

January 15, 2018 · 1 Comment

Frances Harper: Bible Defense of Slavery

Take sackcloth of the darkest dye, And shroud the pulpits round! Servants of Him that cannot lie, Sit mourning on the ground. Let holy horror blanch each cheek, Pale every … Continue reading

January 15, 2018 · Leave a comment

Video: Matt Damon reads from Howard Zinn’s “The Problem is Civil Obedience”

. This performance was part of “The People Speak, Live!” at the Metro in Chicago, on January 31, 2012, produced by Voices of a People’s History in collaboration with Louder … Continue reading

January 14, 2018 · 1 Comment

Agnieszka Golec de Zavala: Why collective narcissists are so politically volatile

In 2007, a British school teacher in Sudan received a jail sentence under Sharia law because she allowed her pupils to name a classroom teddy-bear ‘Muhammad’. The day after the … Continue reading

January 13, 2018 · 1 Comment

John Samuel Tieman: I’m Done — A Declaration

Last week, a friend encouraged me to be patient with Trump supporters, to continue to dialogue with them. But how do we dialogue with people who view dialogue itself as … Continue reading

January 12, 2018 · 3 Comments

Jessica Corbett: Child Mortality Rate 70 Percent Higher in U.S. Than in Other Rich Nations

Report renews concerns about access to firearms and national healthcare system. American kids are 70 percent more likely to die during childhood compared with children in other wealthy, democratic nations, … Continue reading

January 12, 2018 · 1 Comment