January 2021

 

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Noam Chomsky:  Class Struggle or Get it in the Neck, Part 1

Unless working people, the general population, take part in the class struggle, they’re going to get it in the neck

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Jeremy Brecher: The Biden Climate Plan, Part 1

While the Biden plan is not as comprehensive as that proposed in the Democratic primaries by Jay Inslee or as radical as Bernie Sanders’ plan, it has the potential to make very substantial reductions in GHG emissions while creating substantial numbers of climate jobs

John Scales Avery: Human Society And The Biosphere

According to a recent United Nations report, more than a million species of plants and animals are currently threatened with extinction because of human activities

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Sonali Kolhatkar: Millions of India’s Farmers Are in a Fight for Their Economic Lives

Photo by PradeepGaurs/Shutterstock.com India’s farmers are revolting against Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government in a mass movement that has drawn international attention. The world’s largest democracy is witnessing a collective groundswell of protest as hundreds of thousands of farmers, largely from the states of Punjab and Haryana, have laid siege to the outskirts of the Read more…

Robert Koehler: Embracing Ecological Realism

We must push our politics beyond the cul-de-sac of so-called political realism

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Norman Solomon: Bernie Sanders and Progressives in Our Winter of Discontent

Photo by grandbrothers/Shutterstock.com Bernie Sanders is not in a good political position right now. Yes, he continues to speak vital truths to—and about—power. His ability to reach a national audience with progressive wisdom and specific proposals is unmatched. And, during the last several decades, no one has done more to move the nation’s discourse leftward. Read more…

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Sonali Kolhatkar: How to Cure America’s Vaccine Paranoia

The good news is that new polls show growing support for vaccination amidst an unfathomable rate of COVID-19 infections and deaths

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Jonathan Cook: I Am Greta isn’t about climate change. It’s about the elusiveness of sanity in an insane world

We are in an ideological bubble—and one that will burst as surely as the financial kind. Thunberg is that still, small voice of sanity outside the bubble

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Noam Chomsky: Trump Has Revealed the Extreme Fragility of American Democracy

I think both Trump and Trumpism will remain with us for a long time, both the individual himself and the poisonous currents he has unleashed

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Medea Benjamin: Will the World Community Condemn the Murder of Iran’s Nuclear Scientist?

Photo by Johnny Silvercloud   Israel used all four years of Trump’s presidency to entrench its systems of occupation and apartheid. Now that Joe Biden has won the U.S. election, the assassination of Iran’s top nuclear scientist, likely by Israel with the go-ahead from the U.S. administration, is a desperate attempt to use Trump’s last Read more…

Margaret Flowers: The Imperative To Achieve National Improved Medicare For All

This time around, the “Yes we can” slogan so common under Obama must mean that, yes, the people can overcome the plutocrats and put people over profits

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Sonali Kolhatkar: America—and the Democrats—Won’t Have a Future If Joe Biden Adopts a Centrist Agenda

Biden needs to reshape himself into a left-wing populist, and he can do so without explicitly labeling himself as such. The future of the nation and planet depend on it

Yifat Susskind: A Feminist Blueprint for Saving Democracy in the U.S.—and Beyond

Feminists know that building transnational solidarity is often crucial when trying to counter domestic oppression

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Marjorie Cohn: Biden’s Victory Does Not Guarantee a Progressive Agenda. We Must Fight for It

Progressives must hold Biden’s feet to the fire and demand that he govern for the 99 percent and not the 1 percent

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Lydia Sargent: There’s No Such Thing As Legitimate Rape, Because There’s No Such Thing As Rape

For weeks on end, we heard about no pregnancy rape, bad weather rape, no rape in marriage, forced rape, gray rape—sex that falls between consent and denial—and date rape.

Aaron White: This election can’t contain the rage of young Americans

Since May, eight million Americans have fallen into poverty, with minorities and children being hit the hardest.
The crack at the center of America is growing

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Norman Solomon: Progressives Made Trump’s Defeat Possible. Now It’s Time to Challenge Biden and Other Corporate Democrats

With enormous grassroots outreach that only they could credibly accomplish, progressive activists were a crucial part of the de facto united front to defeat Trump. Now it’s time to get on with grassroots organizing to challenge corporate Democrats

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Noam Chomsky: Voting Is Not the End of Our Work. It’s Only the Beginning

Once Trump is fully removed, the work will be to move forward to construct the better world that is within reach

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Jack Rasmus: How Could 70 Million Still Have Voted for Trump?

Photo by Julian Leshay/Shutterstock.com     Media pundits and others have been deeply perplexed as to why so many Americans in this election—70 million, in fact—voted for Trump. But it’s not all that difficult to understand. There are three major explanations: the economy, health, and, most important, a matter of culture and racism manipulated by Read more…

Victoria Theisen-Homer: The “Broken Windows” Approach to Teaching

We cannot continue to promote the same unjust and oppressive educational structures that have endured for centuries

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Norman Solomon: Why the Left Must Reject and Elect Biden at the Same Time

To organize against a government headed by Trump is to push against a thick stone wall. To organize against a government headed by Biden holds out the real potential of progressive breakthroughs

Jack Payden-Travers: Respecting the Dignity of Every Human Being: Reflections on John Lewis

“It can be nothing more than a sad and sorry thing without the presence on the part of the sufferer of a graceful heart, a heart that holds no malice toward the inflictors of his or her suffering.”

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Brian Trautman: The “Wall of Vets” Continue Long Legacy of Veteran Activism

The ‘Wall of Vets’ have demonstrated that they are most certainly continuing that long and important legacy through their peace work

Mel Gurtov: Falling Behind: COVID, Climate Change, and Chaos

When is the last time you read of a company that has actually substantially reduced its carbon emissions, or a bank that has removed its investments in, say, an oil or coal producer? They’re thinking about it, while Rome burns.

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Marjorie Cohn: Congressional Candidates and Voters Sue to Stop Trump’s Sabotage of USPS

We must ensure that Trump’s attacks on the Postal Service end now

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Cal Winslow: California’s Health Care Crisis

Never has it been more clear that our health system is broken

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Noam Chomsky: Trump Is Quite Capable of an “October Surprise”

It’s anything but a sure thing. Election tampering is a huge industry. Massive campaign funding in the last days can have a major effect, as seems to have happened in 2016

M Adams: On Community Control of Police

What we have been naming as community control has to do with Black people in particular being able to determine policies, practice, procedures, as well as hiring and firing of police

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Sonali Kolhatkar: President Trump, Child-Trafficker-in-Chief

While the Department of Homeland Security claimed that MPP would “decrease the… ability of smugglers and traffickers to prey on vulnerable populations,” in fact it does the opposite

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Ramzy Baroud: Tearing Down the Idols of Colonialism: Why Tunisia, Africa Must Demand French Apology

Tunisia, and many African countries, must demand a French apology. By doing so, they declare “loudly and intelligibly” that they are finally free from the “white man’s (selfish and racist) values,” and that they truly see themselves as equal

Matthew Whitley: Why “Mutual Aid”?—Social Solidarity, not Charity

The most magical aspect of this type of organizing under “social distancing” is that it reveals, even in a moment of extreme isolation, the depth of our connection to each other

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Sonali Kolhatkar: Trump’s “Plan” Is Simply to Make the Virus and Its Casualties Disappear

Trump has repeatedly told Americans that the virus would simply go away—like magic. Now, he has even taken steps to control hospital data on the virus, just like the sleight of hand that a magician requires in order to perform an illusion

Prabir Purkayastha: The World Can Show How Pharma Monopolies Aren’t the Only Way to Fight COVID-19

After making America sick again, Trump is trying to compensate for his administration’s failure by buying Gilead’s production for the next three months for the U.S., leaving nothing for the rest of the world

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Norman Solomon: An Ultimate Meaning of the Bernie 2020 Campaign: “Not Him. Us.”  

Millions of Americans, inspired and energized by the Bernie 2020 campaign, certainly do not want to stay right where they are, in the midst of the capitalist wilderness surrounding us

Robert Koehler: Standing Up to the Armed and Inarticulate

Photo by lev radin/Shutterstock.com   Here’s a quietly unsettling moment from the current cries for change churning across the nation: A teenage girl is at a grocery store in the small town of Marion, Virginia. Her brother, Travon Brown, age 17, had recently become both beloved and hated—the center of controversy—in the town, because he Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: Humans Are an Endangered Species: Will They Act to Save Themselves?

“We cannot defeat this pandemic with a divided world.” 

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Don Fitz: A Statue of Hatuey

Hatuey led the first guerrilla warfare against European invasion of the western hemisphere

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Richard D. Wolff: Why Government Mostly Helps People Who Need It the Least—Even During a Crisis

The government mostly does what its constituents with money and power make it do

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Wim Laven: Face the facts: Donald Trump does not care about you or your kids

My duty to my students is to protect the learning environment and ending such derelict non-leadership is part of that duty that I share with teachers everywhere

Robert Koehler: Is the Nation Opening its Soul?

What matters about the present moment is that change seems to be coming from multiple directions, both outside and within the corridors of political and economic power, as our ignorance shatters and we wake up

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Noam Chomsky: We Must Not Let Masters of Capital Define the Post-COVID World

Photo by Johnny Silvercloud/Shutterstock.com   C.J. Polychroniou: It’s been argued by many, from various quarters, that COVID-19 has been a game changer. Do you concur with this view, or are we talking of a temporary situation, with a return to the “business as usual” approach being the most likely scenario once this health crisis is Read more…

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Medea Benjamin: 10 Reasons Why Defunding Police Should Lead to Defunding War

  Photo by bgrocker/Shutterstock.com   Since George Floyd was murdered, we have seen an increasing convergence of the “war at home” against Black and brown people with the “wars abroad” that the U.S. has waged against people in other countries. Army and National Guard troops have been deployed in U.S. cities, as militarized police treat Read more…

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Marjorie Cohn: Protesters Attacked by Police Are Suing to Vindicate Their Constitutional Rights

Photo by bgrocker/Shutterstock.com     Protesters demonstrating against white supremacy and police brutality in the wake of George Floyd’s public lynching have been met with illegal repression by law enforcement. Police have utilized toxic chemical and sonic weapons, dangerous projectiles, intrusive surveillance, physical violence and “kettling” to trap demonstrators after dispersal orders are given. In a study conducted by the University Read more…

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Jeremy Brecher: Fighting the Great Depression From Below

The grassroots movements of workers and the unemployed formed a crucial part of the process that led instead to the emergence of the New Deal and the development of new and expanded forms of working-class organization

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Boaventura de Sousa Santos: The Statues of our Discontent

The truth is that statues are a thing of the past only as long as they stand quietly in squares, as indifferent to us as we are to them

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Don Rojas: America has its Knee on the Necks of Black & Brown People

Photo by Tverdokhlib/Shutterstock.com   Today America is at a crossroads, a turning point…at an intersection of the old imperial order at home and abroad with the birthing of a new order, “a new normal” if you will. For millions of people in America, the unprecedented street uprisings offer a glimmer of hope that after 350 Read more…

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Jeremy Brecher: Black Lives and the Green New Deal

Photo by Amani A/Shutterstock.com   We are in the midst of the largest mass uprising in half a century. It is a response to the killing of an unarmed Black man named George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer. But it challenges a pattern of Black oppression that goes far beyond one cop killing one Read more…

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Jack Rasmus: Second COVID-19 Wave and the U.S. Economy

It’s not a COVID-19 economy. It’s a capitalist economy, the instability of which has been rendered even more unstable by the current COVID-19 health crisis

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Jonathan Cook: As US protests show, the challenge is how to rise above the violence inherent in state power

Photo by bgrocker/Shutterstock.com   Here is one thing I can write with an unusual degree of certainty and confidence: Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin would not have been charged with the murder of George Floyd had the United States not been teetering on a knife edge of open revolt. Had demonstrators not turned out in massive numbers Read more…

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Ron Daniels: Trampling on the Graves of Our Ancestors: Trump’s Juneteenth “MAGA” Rally in Tulsa

Like Ronald Reagan, Donald Trump will desecrate sacred ground to shamelessly promote his hollow but dangerous political ambitions

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