Stephen R. Shalom: Participatory Politics

Searching for Alternatives This month’s "Looking Forward" features an excerpt from Stephen R. Shalom’s vision of an alternative political system called Participatory Politics. The full text can be found at  What sorts of decision-making institutions and practices would be appropriate for a good society? In several essays, I have argued that that the main Read more…

Stephen R. Shalom: A Saddam Chronology

Saddam Hussein is one of the world’s great monsters. Nothing would be more welcome than to have him put on trial, a trial which could offer Iraqis and the world an honest accounting of his many crimes. However, as so often happens when a trial is organized by those who are themselves guilty of serious Read more…

Stephen R. Shalom: Iraq: War and Democracy

I support regime change. I support it around the world, including in Iraq, where a dictator holds sway. The question, however, is whether we should support regime change by the United States military and whether there is any reason to believe that a U.S. invasion will lead to democracy for the people of Iraq, let Read more…

Stephen R. Shalom: Conspiracies Or Institutions? 9-11 and Beyond

Stephen R. Shalom & Michael Albert  There has been much frenzied debate on the Internet and in the news recently suggesting that “the government knew beforehand about the World Trade Center/Pentagon attacks” and let them happen in order to use these horrible events to pursue their right-wing agendas. In the months since 9-11, conspiracy theories Read more…

Stephen R. Shalom: Background to the Israel-Palestine Crisis

What are the modern origins of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? During World War I, Britain made three different promises regarding historic Palestine. Arab leaders were assured that the land would become independent; in the Balfour declaration, Britain indicated its support for a Jewish national home in Palestine; and secretly Britain arranged with its allies to divide Read more…

Stephen R. Shalom: The United States in the Philippines

R. Shalom Within days after the first U.S. bombs fell on Afghanistan, Washington revealed another site for its “war against terrorism”: the Philippines. U.S. military personnel were to be sent to that southeast Asian nation to aid in the fight against Abu Sayyaf, a small group of Islamic extremists that U.S. officials linked to al-Qaeda. Read more…

Stephen R. Shalom: The War In Afghanistan: 40 Questions and Answers

Michael Albert and Stephen R. Shalom In the course of our discussions since the bombing of Afghanistan began, we have encountered certain questions over and over. Here we assemble those questions and provide answers to each. 1. What is Islamic fundamentalism? Fundamentalism has been on the rise worldwide. One reason has been the absence in Read more…

Stephen R. Shalom: September 11 And Its Aftermath

Michael Albert and Stephen R. Shalom We are writing this on September 17, less than a week after the horrific terrorist attacks against the United States. We are still dealing with our grief and trauma and we are still profoundly moved by the many acts of heroism, generosity, and solidarity that have taken place. Some Read more…

Stephen R. Shalom: New Jersey Jokes

R. Shalom   Nineteen ninety-seven is an off-year for mainstream electoral politics in the United States—there are no House or Senate races and only two states are holding gubernatorial contests—so considerable national attention will be focused on the New Jersey governor’s election. The implications of this election may go well beyond the Garden State. Christine Read more…

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