Vox Populi

A Public Sphere for Poetry, Nature, and Politics

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

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

Gail Ablow: Making Change — Gabe Gonzalez

. When federal agents began cracking down on undocumented immigrants in the Chicago area, Gabe Gonzalez launched a rapid-response network of neighbors to block them. The city of Chicago sued … Continue reading

August 12, 2017 · 1 Comment

Dr. Carol Paris: It’s Time for the Adults in This Nation To Talk Seriously About Medicare for All

With Trumpcare defeated, we can breathe a quick sigh of relief. But we cannot celebrate a return to the failed status quo. Hundreds of people slept overnight in cars, or … Continue reading

July 31, 2017 · Leave a comment

Leonard Steinhorn: Donald Trump’s War on the 1960s

Donald Trump and his supporters may be waging battles against the press, immigrants, voting rights, the environment, science, social welfare programs, Planned Parenthood and what they label political correctness and the … Continue reading

July 29, 2017 · 1 Comment

Helen Keller: Letter To Nazi Students Before They Burn Her Book (1933)

To the student body of Germany: History has taught you nothing if you think you can kill ideas. Tyrants have tried to do that often before, and the ideas have … Continue reading

July 28, 2017 · Leave a comment

Angele Ellis: On Hearing That FBI Anti-Terrorism Agents Spied on the Thomas Merton Center

For Molly Moore Rush   Pacifism is dangerous. Thomas Merton, the Trappist monk who rose above his Seven-Storey Mountain to the Buddhist peaks of Nepal, was electrocuted by a faulty … Continue reading

July 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: Neil Young premieres new protest song, “Children of Destiny”

“Stand up for what you believe / Resist the powers that be” Canadian rocker Neil Young and Promise of the Real have just released the video for their  new Trump … Continue reading

July 3, 2017 · Leave a comment

Robert C. Koehler: Fire Burn, Caldron Bubble

America serves up its news in a caldron from hell, or so it sometimes seems. The fragments are all simmering in the same juice: bombs and drones and travel bans, … Continue reading

June 30, 2017 · Leave a comment

Angele Ellis: Federal Building

I enter through security as taxpayer, the needle’s eye of citizenship. Bag on the table, keys in a plastic container that could hold mail or explosives. The only way in … Continue reading

June 26, 2017 · 1 Comment

Video: Slavoj Žižek — The Dusty Balls of Capitalism

. Slavoj Žižek tells an old Russian joke, expounding its political relevance today. Slavoj Žižek (born 1949) is a Slovenian psychoanalytic philosopher, cultural critic, and Hegelian Marxist. He is a senior … Continue reading

June 24, 2017 · Leave a comment

Libero Della Piana: When Protests Are Powerful, The Powerful Punish Protest

We are likely to see more State laws aimed at curbing protest. But we are going to see a lot more protest too. It’s our only option. When people feel … Continue reading

May 12, 2017 · 1 Comment

Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese: A Failing Empire

The United States is a failing empire: the domestic economy has fallen to a level equivalent to a developing nation for most of us while the stock markets, especially for weapons-makers, are … Continue reading

May 4, 2017 · 1 Comment