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Daniel Burston: A Dirge for American Democracy

Authoritarian populism, brazen corruption and wild conspiracy theories are so prevalent that we are thoroughly enmeshed in what some call a “mafia state”, teetering on the brink of fascism…

May 27, 2020 · 5 Comments

James Keye: Wake up to your Myths, America!

. I created this list of “American Myths” 25 years ago thinking that some significant part of the people would begin to understand them over time. What seems to be … Continue reading

April 8, 2015 · 1 Comment

Video: Amiri Baraka reads “Somebody Blew up America”

“Somebody Blew Up America” by Amiri Baraka with Rob Brown on saxophone, recorded on February 21, 2009 at The Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy NY. This is the poem … Continue reading

March 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

John Samuel Tieman: The Party Of ‘No!’

If Democrats want an emotionally charged, yet meaningful bumper sticker for the 2016 election, I suggest, “Republican = Anarchy + Nihilism.” I am not anti-Republican. Nor am I anti-conservative. I … Continue reading

March 5, 2015 · 1 Comment

Andy Piascik: Democracy, Socialism and Counterrevolution in Latin America

Recent developments in Latin America continue that region’s remarkable surge toward democracy and socialism and away from the clutches of US imperialism. Left parties have won recent presidential elections in … Continue reading

February 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

Doug Anderson: The Conservative Mind

1. Believes that it is preserving the old ways, the ways of God and the “Founding Fathers” against encroaching evil. 2. Believes it is entitled to more wealth than others … Continue reading

January 31, 2015 · Leave a comment

Timothy Karr: Building an Internet Movement from the Bottom Up

‘In the end, the Internet is simply an effective tool for connecting people. Whether the network becomes a force for good or evil is up to its users.’ In the … Continue reading

January 28, 2015 · 1 Comment

Jose Padua: On the Distant Prospect of Three Mile Island

The distant prospect of Three Mile Island from the window of our hotel room this December day reminds me of how underrepresented my people have been in the popular culture … Continue reading

January 27, 2015 · 1 Comment

Dawn Potter: The Marketing of American Individualism

On the morning after our most recent election debacle, I received a note from a bewildered Canadian friend: Not my place to comment, at least publicly, on another country’s political … Continue reading

December 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

Lauren McCauley: ‘The Alarm Bells are Ringing’ — From Athletes to Environmentalists, a Universal Call for Racial Justice Emerges

While the protests over deaths of Eric Garner and Mike Brown refuse to stand down, leading environmentalists, labor protesters and others show their solidarity saying: “These issues are not separate.” … Continue reading

December 11, 2014 · 1 Comment

Mel Packer: Yes, my nation is guilty of torture…

Yes, my nation is guilty of torture, of murder, of discrimination, guilty of waging wars to make campaign donors even richer, guilty of many crimes that I was told in … Continue reading

December 5, 2014 · Leave a comment

Native, first generation

Originally posted on spanishwoods:
photo by Wolfgang Stearns We always had to talk in hushed whispers. Occasionally my grandmother would forget, her voice raising, her r’s rolling. We were strange,…

November 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

Nadia Prupis: Marijuana legalization passes in Alaska, Oregon and Washington DC

Marijuana reform advocates score big on Tuesday.  Oregon’s ballot measure was modeled on the successful legislation that previously passed in Colorado and Washington State, which will also create a regulatory … Continue reading

November 9, 2014 · 1 Comment

Deirdre Fulton: Dozens of Communities Vote to Boot Big Money from Politics

Huge margins back up claim that ‘nearly all Americans share the sentiment that corporations should not have the same rights as people’ – Citizens in dozens of communities voted overwhelmingly … Continue reading

November 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

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