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  • Police and the Wealth of Nations: Déjà Vu or Unfinished Business?
    by Peter Linebaugh on 03/07/2020 at 9:05 am

    In the 1960s there was a wave of rioting, municipal rebellion, and challenges to property in the USA. In order to see that wave from a working-class point of view I went over to England to study riots and crime. In those days the theory was that the working-class could bring an end to capitalism, […]

  • Class, Race and Power
    by Rob Urie on 03/07/2020 at 9:01 am

    Since the onset of the Great Recession, a debate has persisted over creating what is described--- depending on one’s premises, as either a trans-ideological working class movement or a red-brown alliance of socialists with fascists. ‘Socialist’ in this configuration is a classless […]

  • A Requiem for George Floyd
    by John Davis on 03/07/2020 at 9:00 am

    However complicit we may be in sustaining the historical-racial schema in this country, we can all now agree that, ‘Black Lives Matter’, but the tag’s emblazonment across the country, and internationally, remains a hollow gesture unless there is meaningful collective action to […]

  • Roaming Charges: Mutiny of the Bounties!
    by Jeffrey St. Clair on 03/07/2020 at 8:58 am

    + If I recall, there were serious discussions inside the White House about turning the Afghan War into a bounty hunting operation led by mercenaries on contract with Erik Prince. I’m pretty sure many elements of that scheme have been in place since 1979 at the beginning Carter’s secret […]

  • Revolutionary Possibilities: Could U.S. Capitalism Turn Nationalist?
    by Richard D. Wolff on 03/07/2020 at 8:57 am

    The Trump administration has turned sharply toward economic nationalism. It attacks and undermines the World Trade Organization, NATO, and the UN. Trump and other top officials explicitly insult many world leaders. He imposes high tariffs. Official statements renew and sustain Cold War-type attacks […]

  • When Rogue States Sanction the International Criminal Court
    by Richard Falk on 03/07/2020 at 8:57 am

    Even Orwell would be at a loss to make sense of some of the recent antics of leading governments. We would expect Orwell to be out-satirized by the American actions to impose penalties and sanctions on officials of the International Criminal Court, not because they are accused of acting improperly […]

  • Smearing Black Lives Matter…From the Left
    by Louis Proyect on 03/07/2020 at 8:56 am

    Over the past fifty-three years as a socialist, I have seen repeated calls for purifying the left of capitalist influences, both governmental and corporate. The latest flare-up was a Jacobin article titled “Don’t Let Blackwashing Save the Investor Class” by Cedric Johnson, a black […]

  • Trump and Pence – Step Aside for Professional Pandemic Scientists and Managers
    by Ralph Nader on 03/07/2020 at 8:55 am

    Major changes in society can be accomplished by a fast-emerging, broad-based civic jolt so obvious and persuasive that it overwhelms the entrenched powers. The most urgent job is for people to organize to get Trump and Pence to step aside from their bungling, making-matters-worse mismanagement of […]

  • Tearing Down the Idols of Colonialism: Why Tunisia, Africa Must Demand French Apology
    by Ramzy Baroud on 03/07/2020 at 8:55 am

    The visit by newly-elected Tunisian President Kais Saied to France on June 22 was intended to discuss bilateral relations, trade, etc. But it was also a missed opportunity, where Tunisia could have formally demanded an apology from France for the decades of French colonialism, which has shattered […]

  • Challenging the French Republic’s Color-Blindness
    by Philippe Marlière on 03/07/2020 at 8:55 am

    George Floyd’s killing by a policeman in Minneapolis reverberated across the world in an unprecedented fashion. On all continents, young people took to the streets to pay tribute to Floyd. They protested against police brutality which they regarded as ‘systemic’. Citizens […]

  • Attack, Deny
    by Richard C. Gross on 03/07/2020 at 8:54 am

    Deniability only is as good as credibility. We’re at the point which the American people don’t know what they can believe from the Trump administration, whether from the president or his loyalists. Especially after they abandoned controlling the pandemic, leaving the task up to the […]

  • Connecting the Dates – US Media Used To Stop The ‘Threat’ of Peace
    by Lee Camp on 03/07/2020 at 8:54 am

    This is not a column defending Donald Trump. Across my career I have said more positive words about the scolex family of intestinal tapeworms than I have said about Donald Trump. (Scolex have been shown to read more.) No, this is a column about context. When The New York Times reports […]

  • The Desire to Kill
    by Steve Martinot on 03/07/2020 at 8:53 am

    They don’t know how to stop. They just don’t know how. It doesn’t matter how many people march in how many cities calling for the police to stop killing people, they don’t stop. If a private affair is in progress, and someone says, “don’t go in there,” […]

  • The War on Kitsch
    by David Yearsley on 03/07/2020 at 8:53 am

    With all the talk of meddling in U. S. elections and bounties on U.S. soldiers, it’s no small wonder that a Russian named Berlin can still claim to have composed this nation’s best-loved song. Born in the Russian Empire in 1888, the immigrant Irving Berlin wrote both the words and the […]

  • Why are Certain Christians Democratic and Others Authoritarian?
    by Amy Eva Alberts Warren – Rev. William Alberts on 03/07/2020 at 8:53 am

    Why are certain Christians democratic and other Christians authoritarian, yet both profess belief in the same Bible and God? Why do some Christians emphasize personal authenticity and others biblical authority? Why do certain Christians want to empower people, and other Christians want to gain […]

  • Covid Madness
    by Lawrence Davidson on 03/07/2020 at 8:53 am

    If I told you that Covid-19 was sparking recently reported episodes of madness here in the U.S., what do you imagine would be the reason? Maybe it would be the consequences of isolation. If you are alone and have few resources, lockdown might send you over the edge. Maybe it would be the […]

  • Britain’s Disorder and Decline
    by Brian Cloughley on 03/07/2020 at 8:53 am

    The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is no longer united, as most recently illustrated by the vastly dissimilar tactics to control the Covid-19 pandemic taken by England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. This follows the differences of opinion in each region concerning the […]

  • The US Military Has Its Knee on the Throat of the World
    by Ellen Taylor on 03/07/2020 at 8:52 am

    The 2021 Defense Budget is making its way through Congress. The annual drama of this event has always been of particular interest to residents of the north Pacific Coast, as the US Navy’s nursery lies only twelve miles off our coast. This is where many of the weapons purchased by Congress […]

  • White Nationalists on the Attack
    by David Rosen on 03/07/2020 at 8:52 am

    On Monday, June 22nd, Pvt. Ethan P. Melzer, 22, was charged with planning an ambush of members of his unit during an upcoming deployment with the help of an “occult-based neo-Nazi” group known as the “Order of the Nine Angles” and a related group known as the […]

  • Politicians of Color Should Not be Immune From Criticism
    by Jeff Cohen on 03/07/2020 at 8:51 am

    To me, being an anti-racist activist means that one consistently challenges the structures of racist exclusion, exploitation, repression and incarceration It does not mean that one must defend or praise establishment politicians of color. Forty years ago, I was an activist and leader in the battle […]

  • Drawn Away from Reality in Plain View
    by Joseph Natoli on 03/07/2020 at 8:51 am

    “By wearing a mask, the exhaled viruses will not be able to escape and will concentrate in the nasal passages, enter the olfactory nerves and travel into the brain,” several false posts on Facebook and Twitter stated.” “An extremely credible source has called my office and […]

  • Give Me Liberty,  Give You Death
    by Frank Joyce on 03/07/2020 at 8:51 am

    So, here we are again at the granddaddy of all of the official U.S. celebrations of militarism and white power.  Only the hard won observances of Labor Day and MLK’s birthday are exceptions. Independence Day this year though is different.  That’s because of COVID 19 and the […]

  • My Adventures in the Matriarchy
    by Jonah Raskin on 03/07/2020 at 8:50 am

    I’m not talking about a fairytale matriarchy from long ago and far away. I’m talking about a matriarchy here and now in northern California. I live in one, though I imagine that some might say that it’s not a true matriarchy. Maybe not, but as far as I’m concerned it’s […]

  • The Racist Counter-Revolution of 1776
    by Paul Street on 03/07/2020 at 8:50 am

    This essay originally appeared six years ago on Telesur English as a review of Gerald Horne’s important book The Counter-Revolution of 1776: Slave Resistance and the Origins of the United States of America (New York, 2014). I offer it for re-publication and hopefully wider readership in […]

  • The Corruption of the Democratic Party: Talking to Ted Rall about his new book
    by Kollibri terre Sonnenblume on 03/07/2020 at 8:50 am

    Seven Stories Press just released Ted Rall’s new book, “Political Suicide: The Fight for the Soul of the Democratic Party.” Rall is a graphic novelist, a syndicated columnist and the author of many books of art and prose, including biographies of Edward Snowden, Bernie […]

  • Trump’s Record on Foreign Policy: Lost Wars, New Conflicts and Broken Promises
    by Medea Benjamin - Nicolas J. S. Davies on 03/07/2020 at 8:50 am

    On June 13, President Donald Trump told the graduating class at West Point, “We are ending the era of endless wars.” That is what Trump has promised since 2016, but the “endless” wars have not ended. Trump has dropped more bombs and missiles than George […]

  • A Bridge Too Far
    by Paul Edwards on 03/07/2020 at 8:50 am

    The murder of black people has been a constant in American barbarity since Colonial times.  Persistent white murder has caused black agony to erupt in spasms of despair that have only altered its methods, not ended it.  White racism, officially supported, has suppressed black outrage but […]

  • How to Do Things With Theses: Chile’s National Police Force Sues the Feminist Artistic Collective, Las Tesis
    by Jennifer Joan Thompson on 03/07/2020 at 8:50 am

    Chile’s national police force, the Carabineros de Chile, have filed a legal suit against the feminist artistic collective Las Tesis for allegedly inciting violence against the police. In doing so, the Carabineros have lain bare the mechanisms by which the violence of Chile’s patriarchal […]

  • Vacations for All!
    by Shawn Fremstad on 03/07/2020 at 8:49 am

    Senator Martha McSally’s American TRIP Act would provide a federal tax credit of up to $8,000 for individuals and families for vacation expenses — including food, beverages, transportation, sporting events, and other live entertainment — incurred within the United States. […]

  • A Modest Proposal for Compromise on “Confederate” Military Bases
    by Thomas Knapp on 03/07/2020 at 8:49 am

    In July 1864, Confederate forces led by General Jubal Early attacked Fort Stevens and Fort DeRussy on the outskirts of Washington, DC. Union forces drove them away after two days of skirmishes, but the battle threw a scare into the capital city and constituted a high point in the […]

  • Venezuela’s Borderlands Have Been Assaulted by COVID-19
    by Vijay Prashad, Eduardo Viloria Daboín, Ana Maldonado, and Zoe PC on 03/07/2020 at 8:48 am

    Sixty percent of Venezuela’s COVID-19 cases are in its border states of Apure, Bolívar, Táchira, and Zulia. Roughly 70,000 Venezuelans who had moved to nearby countries of Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru (largely in response to crippling U.S. sanctions) have returned in the […]

  • COVID Masks: The Latest Faux Conservative Outrage
    by Thom Hartmann on 03/07/2020 at 8:48 am

    The bizarre “conservative” idea of “freedom” has struck again. Margaret Sullivan reported in the Washington Post on a new study that shows what we all intuited: people who get their news from Fox and right-wing hate radio—both promoting the idea that the economy is […]

  • Mandatory College Football Practices in Time of Pandemic are Nuts
    by Jesse Jackson on 03/07/2020 at 8:47 am

    The NCAA has just ruled that mandatory football practices can begin in July, anticipating a full season of college football. This is nuts. The pandemic isn’t going away; it’s surging in more than 29 states, with seven reporting new records for cases in a day. States that opened early […]

  • Consensus Politics on the Fringe: The Intellectual Dishonesty of the Intellectual Dark Web
    by Nicholas Vincenzo Barney on 03/07/2020 at 8:46 am

    Four quiet days before filing a lawsuit against the State of California this past May and with a make-or-break space launch less than a month out, grand genius and world savior Elon Musk took time out of his busy schedule to visit with Joe Rogan and put the COVID-19 crisis into terms we lesser […]

  • The Data is Clear: Progressives Should Boycott Biden
    by Ted Rall on 03/07/2020 at 8:45 am

    Once again the Democratic Party is asking progressives to vote for a presidential nominee who says he disagrees with them about every major issue. This is presented as an offer they cannot refuse. If they cast a protest vote for a third-party candidate like the unionist and environmentalist Howie […]

  • In Reconsidering ‘Normalcy’ Genetically Engineered Trees Do Not Belong
    by Theresa Church on 03/07/2020 at 8:45 am

    The global pandemic of Covid-19 has challenged the notion of business as usual and exposed a systemic crisis rooted in capitalism and the neoliberal economic model. The pandemic has proliferated in unpredictable numbers, killing thousands in a flash and spreading unhesitatingly beyond borders and […]

  • Let’s Not Lose Momentum
    by Chelsea Carrick on 03/07/2020 at 8:45 am

    As the righteous rage of George Floyd’s murder at the hands of the Minneapolis Police continues to simmer, marches and other displays of solidarity have spread to places where it is least expected. Small, majority-white towns, typically considered antithetical to diversity and radical […]

  • Sorry Secretary Perdue, Our National Forests are Not Crops
    by Adam Rissien on 03/07/2020 at 8:45 am

    Trump’s Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue flew into Missoula on June 12 to sign a memorandum directing the U.S. Forest Service to essentially double-down on its continued push to prioritize logging, mining, drilling and grazing, all while limiting environmental reviews. During the […]

  • India and China Tussle on the Roof of the World
    by Arshad Khan on 03/07/2020 at 8:44 am

    The snowbound winter is a deep freeze. The wind is icy. All work stops, including the fighting. Everything is compressed into the thawed late spring, summer and early autumn … including the fighting. It is here that the Indian and Chinese armies face each other over a historically uncertain […]

  • A Few Theoretical Percentages
    by Paul Gilk on 03/07/2020 at 8:43 am

    If the coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak can be considered a national crisis (ignoring, in good American style, the global dimensions of the pandemic), it’s the third crisis in less than twenty years to hit the U.S. Let’s say the first (“Go shopping”) was 9/11, and the second […]

  • “New Corona Cases”:  A Phrase That’s Tells us Very Little, if Anything,  About the Actual Levels of Danger We  Face
    by Thomas S. Harrington on 03/07/2020 at 8:41 am

    At the outset of the corona crisis I wrote an article, about the essential uselessness of the term  “corona  cases“ in our public discourse at that moment. Leaning  on the ideas of the Swiss linguist Saussure, who argued that  all semantic meaning  is […]

  • I Got COVID-19 at Work. I Won’t be the Last
    by Claire Chadwick on 03/07/2020 at 8:41 am

    At first, we had no masks. The plan for social distancing was chaotic at best, nonexistent at worst. Hundreds of angry customers were clamoring to get in. And there I was, working the floor of a big box store during a pandemic. It was all hands on deck as COVID-19 hit the country and my More The […]

  • The Upper Green River Should be a National Park, Not a Feedlot
    by George Wuerthner on 03/07/2020 at 8:36 am

    A recent article in Wyofile by Angus Thuermer was full of quotes from the ranchers grazing the Upper Green River allotment on the Bridger Teton National Forest in Wyoming. The Upper Green River Cattle Allotment, at 170,000 acres, is one of the largest grazing allotments in the West. It […]

  • Profiteering in the Era of COVID-19
    by Julian Vigo on 03/07/2020 at 8:34 am

    Several months ago, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) called to end medical profiteering during the recent coronavirus pandemic where the development of drugs, tests, and vaccines will be integral to our getting through this difficult moment in our collective history. While MSF is […]

  • Policing is Not a Public Good
    by Ravi Mangla on 03/07/2020 at 8:34 am

    For decades, we’ve been told that policing is a public good: available to all, for the benefit of all. But in practice, that’s never been true. One of the basic measures of a “public good” is that it’s accessible to all people in a society, regardless of ability to […]

  • The Untold History of Mount Rushmore
    by CP Editor on 02/07/2020 at 8:35 pm

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  • It’s Not Just Meat: All Farm and Food Workers Are in Peril
    by Stan Cox on 02/07/2020 at 8:59 am

    COVID-19 outbreaks are now reaching far beyond the meatpacking industry. Migrant farmworkers in fruit orchards and vegetable fields, long the targets of intense exploitation, are seeing their health put in even greater jeopardy as they’re pushed to feed an increasingly voracious supply chain […]

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