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Luke Kemp: Civilisational collapse has a bright past – but a dark future

Is the collapse of a civilisation necessarily calamitous? The failure of the Egyptian Old Kingdom towards the end of the 2nd millennium BCE was accompanied by riots, tomb-raids and even cannibalism.

May 22, 2019 · Leave a comment

Hans J.G. Hassell: Why are there so many candidates for president?

The rise in the number of presidential candidates in recent years results from divisions within the party coalitions and from easier access to vital campaign resources – money and media – that were not present in previous election cycles.

May 20, 2019 · Leave a comment

Peter Schireson: Voyage of the Beagle

The guy on the barstool next to m
is wearing a t-shirt that says Mi Taco Es Mi Taco.
I say, “Nice Shirt.”

May 18, 2019 · 1 Comment

Jake Johnson: Undermining Trump-Bolton War Narrative, British General Says No Evidence of ‘Increased Threat’ From Iran

Intelligence and military officials in Europe as well as in the United States said that over the past year, most aggressive moves have originated not in Tehran, but in Washington.

May 16, 2019 · Leave a comment

Majid Naficy: Mosaddegh at The Hague

If you go to the Netherlands
Visit The Hague Court of Justice
On a rainy night

May 16, 2019 · Leave a comment

Frida Berrigan: Liz McAlister’s fearsome mom-ness

The world may know her as an antiwar leader, a fearless Plowshares activist and the wife of Phil Berrigan, but to her children Liz McAlister is simply mom — and … Continue reading

May 12, 2019 · Leave a comment

Lawrence Wittner: Most Americans Actually Reject Trump’s ‘America First’ Policy

Large majorities support arms control, curbs on military spending, and international institutions. The question is what they’re willing to do about it. As president, Donald Trump has leaned heavily upon … Continue reading

May 6, 2019 · Leave a comment

Thomas J. Adams: Bernie Sanders and the Song of America

Unlike any other candidate in the Democratic Primary field and any other candidate in modern American history, Sanders talks in terms of expanding the inalienable rights of every citizen.

May 3, 2019 · Leave a comment

Elizabeth Romero: The Myth of Nature

Nature, Mr Allnut, is what we are put on this earth to rise above.—Rose, in The African Queen . Let us take a lesson from nature Let the big ones … Continue reading

May 1, 2019 · Leave a comment

Tom Engelhardt: Suicide Watch on Planet Earth

As the Flames Began to Rise, the Arsonists Appeared. As Notre Dame burned, as the flames leapt from its roof of ancient timbers, many of us watched in grim horror. Hour after … Continue reading

April 29, 2019 · Leave a comment

James Q Whitman: Why the Nazis studied American race laws for inspiration

The US had race-based immigration law, admired by racists all over the world; and the Nazis, like their Right-wing European successors today (and so many US voters) were obsessed with the dangers posed by immigration.

April 24, 2019 · 2 Comments

Julia Conley: Trump Threatens to Ship Undocumented Immigrants to Sanctuary Cities

Trump framed the proposal as a threat—but several politicians and rights advocates replied that immigrants would be welcome in those communities.

April 13, 2019 · 1 Comment

Abby Zimet: The Torturers of Children

“These aren’t people. They are animals.” — Donald J. Trump

April 11, 2019 · Leave a comment

W.J. Astore: Dreaming Big About the U.S. Military

As the U.S. military enjoys enormous budgets ($718 billion this year, rising possibly to $750 billion for 2020), Americans are told not to dream big. There might just be a connection here.

April 10, 2019 · 1 Comment

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