Blogs are a familiar feature on the internet - where users post content in an accumulating manner, with comments, and search options, etc. They facilitate expression and exploration, and via attached comments, also debate and synthesis.
Reading and Navigating Blogs
Our blogs are quite powerful. Each writer can post, as is typically the case. Sustainers who have the option can also post, however. All Blogs appear in the blog system, and sometimes also in content boxes the top page of ZNet - and always via the left menu of the top page - and can be found via searches, etc.
Commenting on blogs follows the blogs, attached at the bottom, and blog comments, like all others, are also visible in many places that show comments including in the forum system. In addition, the entire blog system gathers content for everyone - but one can look at the accumulating content in many ways.
For example one can look at one writer's efforts - so one is seeing what is effectively a blog system for that one writer, or Sustainer.
One can also look at the content by topic, seeing blogs that are tagged as being about a certain topic - or place, as well. Thus, when doing that, it is a blog system about a topic, or a place, with many contributors.
One can look at only writer blogs, or only sustainer blogs, as well.
One can look at blogs for particular Groups, too.
All this is easily done using the left menu. Searches allow even more variables and refinements.
Creating Blog Posts
If you are a Sustainer with permission, and are logged in, you will see a link in the left menu for you to post a blog - and you can use that to post one, and then tag it various ways (such as with a topic or place, or a group tag), and once you do, it is in the system with you as the author.
You can also use the console button to the left to post a blog - anytime and from anywhere in the site, as long as you are logged in.
Meanwhile, enjoy the blogs - and, by the way, if you are a Free Member or a Sustainer with a ZSpace page, of course you can put one or more content boxes on it, pulling blog links of any sort you may want to filter for, for example, by you or by your friends or by others - and by topic, about places, for groups, etc.
Michael Albert's Blog
Web Address: http://www.zcommunications.org/zspace/malbert Bio:
Michael Albert is a founder and current member of the staff of Z Magazine as well as staff of Z Magazine`s web system: ZCom (www.zmag.org). Albert`s radicalization occurred during the 1960s. His po... (More)
Many people seem to think that what candidates say bears dramatically on what they will do. That is only superficially the case unless they make public promises to constituencies that remain powerful during the ensuing administration and to which the candidate/office holder remains beholden.
Kerry is a political agent of the ruling sectors of our society,
intent on maintaining the basic defining relations and, within that
guideline, enlarging the advantages of those at the top. I know that by virtue of Kerry's position in the institutions of our society, not by virtue of what he says.
I also know by way of an understanding of our institutions and the constituencies involved, that Kerry won't become president unless there is wide opposition to the Bush agenda, reaching even into the elites who actually rule our society -- so that if Kerry wins we can reasonably predict better subsequent outcomes than if Bush wins, supposing we can keep the pressure up. This is even without taking into account the psychological impact of the race and results around the world.
The gap between a Kerry administration and the Bush administration
isn't a chasm regarding international relations, but small differences can be very important, particularly if here is widespread opposition. The gap is much larger, I think it is clear, regarding domestic changes.
I can understand people feeling as some do that one should no compulsion to vote for Kerry even in contested states -- but I do not think it is correct, nor do I think, even, that the rejectionist stance is somehow more radical in its comprehension. On the contrary, it often seems to me that many of those who say they aren't going to vote for Kerry are showing barely more political comprehension than those who are voting for him and believe he is some kind of good guy. Both are looking at his words, it seems to me, not at the constellation
of forces and structures involved.
All this said, I can't for the life of me understand -- I never can --
why serious leftists think that what they do regarding the election and
in particular the vote, is so consequential to who will win it that they ought to be worrying greatly over it, spending lots of time debating it, etc. The place where our activity matters is in building social movements to pressure whoever wins this election, not impacting who wins it. We are the main factor regarding the former. We are a tenth order factor regarding the latter.
I hope Kerry wins. Fervently. But I will not campaign for him. He
doesn't need and probably wouldn't gain an iota by virtue of my doing
so. And certainly my time is better put to trying to provide information
and otherwise help build the continued growth of opposition that will
confront either Kerry or Bush. If someone asks me or I get drawn into a discussion about voting Bush or voting Kerry, I would of course say that I hope people do the latter, and that doing the former is despicable -- but I would also make clear that doing the latter isn't much to write home about, morally, unless one also works to impact the policies that will ensue after the election.