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Noam Chomsky: Class Struggle or Get it in the Neck, Part 2

Photo by Adham Ayesh/Shutterstock   David Barsamian: Let’s talk about historical memory. The 75th anniversary of the Nuremberg Tribunal for high ranking Nazis was just marked. Robert Jackson, the chief U.S. prosecutor and Supreme Court Justice, said, “We must never forget that the record on which we judge these defendants is the record on which Read more…

Brian Tokar: 25 Years of GMOs, and Some New Insights from Argentina

The book, Seeds of Power, offers important insights on the complex dynamics of power and compliance and how they can play out in a broad national context

Sonali Kolhatkar: GOP Offers Preview of Brutal Climate Policies in Texas

As Americans are subject to the brutal impacts of inevitable climate change, we face a clear choice: strong government intervention to save our lives, or a “survival of the fittest” dystopia

Saskia Hostetler Lippy: The Good, The Bad and the Profound

It turns passive to active, increases a feeling of efficacy, and confronts the learned hopelessness many of us were taught

Vijay Prashad: Your Privileges Are Not Universal

We praise the hopes and struggles of the people, whose desire to advance history will cut through your repression

Richard D. Wolff: A Minimum Wage? A Fake Debate

The debate over the minimum wage has been lopsided for a very long time

Ted Glick: A Big Victory at FERC

Electrification of power sources, transportation vehicles and heating and cooling systems is absolutely essential to make a clean energy revolution in enough time to prevent escalating and massive, worldwide climate catastrophe

Sonali Kolhatkar: Dear Republicans, Was Your Deal With Trump Worth It?

The GOP and Trump deserve one another and have maintained a symbiotic relationship that has devastated the nation

Ramzy Baroud: The Great Divider: Covid-19 Reflects Global Racism, Not Equality

Poor, dark-skinned people should not be made to die when their lives can be saved by a simple vaccine, which is available in abundance

Martha Rosenberg: White Supremacy? It Goes To The Very Top Of The NRA

In January we saw the logical conclusion of the arm-yourself-against-government-tyranny rhetoric that the NRA promotes

Norman Solomon: In 2021, the Best Way to Fight Neofascist Republicans Is to Fight Neoliberal Democrats

What’s imperative for progressives is not to “speak truth to power” but to speak truth about power

Noam Chomsky: Three Major Threats to Life on Earth That We Must Address in 2021

Global problems of this scale require global cooperation

Noam Chomsky: Coup Attempt Hit Closer to Centers of Power Than Hitler’s 1923 Putsch

Whatever the fate of the individual, Trumpism will not be so easily contained. Its roots are deep

Thom Hartmann: COVID-19 and Trump’s Racism

Photo by bgrocker/Shutterstock   How is it that in Australia, it’s 3 out of every 100,000 people, and in New Zealand it’s 1 out of every 200,000 people, but here in America we’re dropping like flies? Chalk it up to Republican racism and a libertarian indifference to the notion of society. Trump’s official national emergency Read more…

Jack Rasmus: Gamestop—And the Game That Never Stops

Photo by lev radin/Shutterstock   This past week a video game company in trouble, Gamestop, became the center of media attention. Day traders had driven up the company’s stock price by thousands of percent in just one day. The mainstream media narrative was the “small guy” investor challenged the big boys of finance who had bet Read more…

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

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

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

Photo by PradeepGaurs/ 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

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

Photo by grandbrothers/ 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…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo by Julian Leshay/     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

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.”

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.

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

Cal Winslow: California’s Health Care Crisis

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

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

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

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

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

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/   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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