The Torture Report & Life Under a Regime of Domination

By: Friday December 12, 2014 11:00 am

Let’s start with this recent New York Times news release: A turning point for Ms. Feinstein came in March with the disclosure that C.I.A. workers had infiltrated the computers used by Senate Intelligence Committee staff members to write the report. So DiFi was okay with the CIA (national security y’know) until she found out they [...]

 

Cold-Hearted Retailers Force Employees to Work on Thanksgiving

By: Thursday November 27, 2014 4:00 pm

Most Americans work more than the population in any other wealthy country. Americans are also increasingly likely to work at night and on the weekends. Thanksgiving used to be one of the few holidays, when a person could count on not working and being able to spend with family. Now, with Black Friday becoming a two-day capitalist bonanza, poor and working class employees are having to report to work or face the possibility of being fired.

Late Night: The Imitation of Christ a Public Safety Violation in Ft. Lauderdale

By: Thursday November 6, 2014 8:00 pm

Arnold Abbott, defiant and undeterred after being arrested on Sunday, November 2, again attempted to provide food to Ft. Lauderdale’s homeless population on November 5 and was thwarted by local police, although this time he was not arrested but instead received a citation. Abbott told the press after his second run in with public safety protecting police, “I believe in the fatherhood of God and the brotherhood of man, and we should be allowed to feed our fellow man.”

Christ Needs to Tap One of Those Rich Dudes in Heaven

By: Wednesday October 22, 2014 3:48 pm

Biblical financial self-help pitchman Dave Ramsay, whose get-rich-scheme to convince followers of the first century homeless preacher called Jesus of Nazareth (who advised cult members to “give up all you own and follow me”) that they can become get-rich-quick-Christians by buying his greed absolving screeds and who is featured weekly on the TV station owned by televangelist-presidential candidate-sect leader Pat Robertson, advised viewers recently that, stunningly, Christ was a heretic.

Obama Says Our Businesses Are Punishing Workers

By: Sunday October 5, 2014 11:27 am

The US political economy helps exactly one tiny group. The rest of us are irrelevant. But thanks, says President Obama and and his collaborator Lloyd Blankfein.

Postcapitalist Economic Imagination

By: Sunday October 5, 2014 6:50 am

When two such traditional societies came together, as with the collapse of the Roman Empire after its invasion by various Germanic groups, the changed circumstances of the post-Roman kingdoms did not result in any great bout of innovation. Rather, old traditions were readapted to new circumstances. Other old traditions, such as Roman architecture or Roman mass production, disappeared altogether, and some old traditions, such as print literacy or urban life, were continued on a much smaller scale because the post-Roman states stopped supporting them.

A Lively Atmosphere at the People’s Climate March

By: Tuesday September 23, 2014 2:27 pm

The People’s Climate March featured a diverse amount of people and groups with major themes scattered throughout the march under the banner of environmentalism.

With the United Nations General Assembly occurring two days later, organizers hoped to create an event to raise awareness through the efforts of those in attendance.

Climate & Capitalism: Hung for a Sheep as for a Lamb

By: Wednesday September 10, 2014 3:46 pm

Global warming and capitalist history

I don’t know if you caught Chomsky’s most recent column, as reproduced in the pixels over at Alternet: “U.S. Plunges the Cradle of Civilization into Disaster, While Its Oil-Based Empire Destroys the Earth’s Climate.” There’s some good stuff there, but Chomsky finds it hard to remain focused when he’s pouring on the dire warnings. After some dire warnings about Mideast politics, he proceeds to discuss the most recent IPCC draft report. Here’s some good news: the IPCC is now on the side of the “keep the grease in the ground” movement, the movement I suggested back in 2009.

Society as a Failed Experiment

By: Tuesday September 2, 2014 6:10 pm

There’s little dispute among social scientists that most of our major public programs are counter-productive on their own terms. There is also little analysis of this phenomenon as a pattern in need of an explanation and a solution.

Prisons are supposedly intended to reduce crime, but instead increase it. Young people who when they commit crimes are arrested and punished become much more likely to commit crimes as adults than are those young people who when they commit crimes are just left alone.

Worker Solidarity, Eugene Debs and Why Labor Day Isn’t International Workers’ Day

By: Monday September 1, 2014 12:01 pm

Even after 50 years of stagnant wages, union-busting, job outsourcing, and the appalling lapdoggery of politicians in both legacy parties who serve the interests of the modern oligarchs – we are obliged to stand with our fellow workers and acknowledge that our work makes our land. And, remember also that it is not to enrich the selfish wealthy that we work…at least that is what Eugene Debs believed.

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