Vox Populi

A Public Sphere for Poetry, Nature, and Politics

Michael T. Klare: Beyond Harvey and Irma

Militarizing Homeland Security in the Climate-Change Era Deployed to the Houston area to assist in Hurricane Harvey relief efforts, U.S. military forces hadn’t even completed their assignments when they were … Continue reading

September 19, 2017 · 1 Comment

Rosaly DeMaios Roffman: What Are We Supposed To Do On This Earth

After not speaking for days and days the voice comes out a brilliant little square to remind you of the geometry of sound And you go no louder no matter … Continue reading

September 18, 2017 · Leave a comment

Marc Jampole: Teddy Roosevelt and Donald Trump

“Teddy Roosevelt spoke softly and carried a big stick; Donald Trump speaks loudly and carries a big schtick.” — Michael R. Burch  Since the election pundits have from time to … Continue reading

September 13, 2017 · Leave a comment

Chris Hedges: The Great Flood

How many times will we rebuild Florida’s cities, Houston, coastal New Jersey, New Orleans and other population centers ravaged by storms lethally intensified by global warming? At what point, surveying … Continue reading

September 12, 2017 · 6 Comments

Ellen McGrath Smith: Stay Here and Keep Watch With Me

Sane Soldiering in the Information Wars Incoming! Late in the day on Friday afternoons, when many of us used to look forward to some downtime alone or with friends or … Continue reading

September 11, 2017 · 1 Comment

Chris Hedges: Diseases of Despair

The opioid crisis, the frequent mass shootings, the rising rates of suicide, especially among middle-aged white males, the morbid obesity, the obsession with gambling, the investment of our emotional and … Continue reading

September 5, 2017 · 2 Comments

Sam Hamill: Poetry, Politics, and Zen

If only we could touch the things of this world at their center, if we could only hear tiny leaves of birch struggling toward April, then we would know. — … Continue reading

September 3, 2017 · 9 Comments

W.H. Auden: September 1, 1939

“We must love one another or die.” Today, over 75 years later, W.H. Auden’s poem September 1, 1939 resonates more than ever. First published in The New Republic in October … Continue reading

September 3, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: Marlene Dietrich — Sag mir, wo die Blumen sind?

. This evocative video shows Marlene Dietrich performing a 1960 German language version of Pete Seeger’s song “Where Have All The Flowers Gone?” Marlene Dietrich was known to have strong … Continue reading

August 27, 2017 · 1 Comment

Matthew Chapman: UN Issues Rare Warning about Racism in America

A United Nations committee on racism flagged America for a rare formal warning usually reserved for developing nations experiencing ethnic violence. Despite Donald Trump’s campaign promises to restore international respect … Continue reading

August 24, 2017 · 4 Comments

Lawrence W. Britt: 14 Characteristics of Fascism

Historian Lawrence Britt studied the fascist regimes of Hitler (Germany), Mussolini (Italy), Franco (Spain), Suharto (Indonesia), and Pinochet (Chile) and found they had 14 elements in common. He calls these … Continue reading

August 23, 2017 · 4 Comments

Aviva Chomsky: How (Not) to Challenge Racist Violence

Protesters are eager to expend extraordinary energy denouncing small-scale racist actors. But what about the large-scale racist actors? As white nationalism and the so-called “alt-Right” have gained prominence in the … Continue reading

August 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: Noam Chomsky and Martin Luther King on building a resistance movement

. . As widespread oppression and violence rise up, people of good conscience wonder what we can do to help move the country in the right direction. It is natural … Continue reading

August 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

Leonard Gontarek: National Security

  Monday: Alphabet Soup. Tuesday: Alphabet Soup. Wednesday: Punctuation Soup.   The sun cinches the edge of winter trees.   Why this talk of seeing into your own nature? Huang … Continue reading

August 17, 2017 · 1 Comment