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Ira Woodward: Reporting Abuse — Does It Help?

Reporting Abuse — Does It Help? As I listened to stories this morning on ESPN radio about domestic violence and child abuse in the NFL, I tried to convince myself that this discussion will lead somewhere good. That this new attention toward the pain and violence would provide some security for the victims, some restraining Read more…

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The Polemicist: The Dogs of Hell: An Original Jihadi Trashes ISIS

Go to source In my last post, I treated ISIS as a phenomenon that serves imperial interests—the latest character in an ongoing tragedy of the opportunist use of jihadi players by hegemonic powers, which went into production in Afghanistan in 1979, and which has been on the road throughout the Middle East since, with the script Read more…

Gabriel Levy: Scotland: ‘the opportunity for real people power’

In this post from the People & Nature blog, CATHERINE MILLIGAN, a socialist and community activist who lives in the Castlemilk housing scheme in Glasgow, explains how she has changed her view of the referendum on Scottish independence I am voting Yes to Scottish independence, and I haven’t come to that decision easily – because Read more…

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Nasir Khan: Discussing Imperialist Wars on Facebook

Nasir Khan, September 9, 2014 In the history of the world over the last two hundred years or so the colonial and imperial powers unleashed many wars, including two world wars. Their main objectives were taking possession of the resources of weaker nations abroad and profit-making for the weapon industries and corporate interests at home. Read more…

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The Polemicist: America, ISIS, and Syria: We have to bomb the jihadis in order to save them

Go to source Artelligence Inc.   Does it take more than one full minute of thought to see what’s going on here? The short version:   ISIS is the product of years of American military intervention in Iraq, Libya, and Syria. ISIS is the creature of an imperial enterprise—a global effort to bring down the Syrian state using jihadi Read more…

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Bob Simpson: The corporate attack on public education: A threat to human survival?

“The question is whether any civilization can wage relentless war on life without destroying itself, and without losing the right to be called civilized.” ― Rachel Carson About 70,000 years ago humanity appears to have faced its greatest challenge up to that time. According to genetic studies, the human population, never very numerous, may have Read more…

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Chris Wright: Random thoughts on the Holocaust

Even seventy years later, having learned nothing, Western intellectuals still love to proclaim with the ponderous air of authority that the Holocaust was “thoroughly at odds with the great traditions of Western civilization,” as Richard Rubenstein paraphrases in his book The Cunning of History: The Holocaust and the American Future (1975). It was contrary to Read more…

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Chris Wright: On Marx’s predictions, mistaken and correct

(Thoughts on the “logic of history”…) In retrospect it’s obvious that something like socialism couldn’t have happened until the nation-state system had disintegrated (which it’s starting to do now), because the nationality principle conflicts with the class principle. Marx thought the latter was more powerful and important than the former, and in many ways he was Read more…

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Chris Wright: Radical human nature

The power of indoctrination is shown by the fact that most people don’t consider themselves radical leftists, socialists, or anarchists. The way they act shows that basically they are, only they don’t know it. They think that authority not only isn’t self-justifying (to quote Chomsky’s definition of anarchism) but is often or usually unjust, and Read more…

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Chris Wright: U.S. labor history

Recently I wrote this timeline of U.S. labor history for the Hull House in Chicago. (See my website www.wrightswriting.com.) Feel free to use it or circulate it however you want. It lacks social and political context, but hopefully it does give some sense of what it takes to make progressive changes in society. 1866: Founding of Read more…

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