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Whereas American theology was born out of a hope for democracy, much of it is wedded to a picture of Christ as a benevolent dictator. Should we be surprised that a hierarchical cosmology would produce hierarchical churches and nations? Should we be surpri
''The capacity to love is subordinated to our state religion of the market...''
Of the two basic alternatives for regional integration in South America, one is based on greed and injustice and the other on cooperation and equity. The first is some variety of "free market" economic policies that sustain growth and wealth for the elite
Author: Solidarity Demos
May 19, 2006
Maybe it's just a coincidence that just days before an international expression of solidarity demanding the US keep its hands off Venezuela and Cuba, Rep. Dan Burton (a right wing Republican in good standing) introduced an anti-Venezuelan resolution in th
Author: Solidarity: remembering Algeria and Fanon
May 17, 2006
The Algerian war of independence probably provides the starkest archetype for the kind of arguments thrown up around acts of solidarity with victims of imperialism. The war dragged on for eight years, exacting perhaps over a million Algerian dead and brin
Albert: What Is Revolution?
Apr 12, 2006
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Author: Why We Let An Atheist Join Our Church
Apr 07, 2006
After years of advocacy for progressive causes, I am used to angry mail -- often from fellow Christians -- when I take a political or theological position that challenges conservative or fundamentalist views.
Adamovsky: Why Do People Vote Right-wing?
Mar 16, 2006
Let us face this awkward question: Why is it that, being the Left a better option for humankind, we almost never succeed in getting support of the people? Moreover, Why is it that people often vote for obviously pro-capitalist options --sometimes even ver
Author: Toward a Society of Equals
Mar 12, 2006
The New York Times Week in Review recently had a fascinating article ("Children, the Littlest Politicians," Feb. 19, 2006 ) on gender differences in political allegiances. No, this isn't the well-known gender gap whereby women lean Democratic and men R
Author: Venezuela's Threat
Mar 05, 2006
Here is today's multiple choice question: Who recently provided 1.15 million gallons of low-cost heating oil to thousands of poor and working class families in seven East Coast states, including 25,000 people in Philadelphia, and did so with the words,"N
Albert: Olympic Parecon
Feb 19, 2006
Is anyone else bemused by the media's coverage of America's purported sports stars of the Winter Olympics? Parents tell kids, over and over, it isn't whether you win or lose, but how you play the game that matters. Don't glorify victory. Don't demonize de
Albert: Realize Some Hope
Feb 11, 2006
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Author: BoliviaÕs Trial By Fire
Feb 03, 2006
After winning a landslide election victory on December 18th, Bolivian president-elect Evo Morales announced plans to nationalize the country's gas reserves, rewrite the constitution in a popular assembly, redistribute land to poor farmers and change the r
Author: Martin Luther King Jr.: A Champion Of Labor
Jan 19, 2006
"I AM A MAN," the signs proclaimed in large, bold letters. They were held high, proudly and defiantly, by African American men marching through the streets of Memphis, Tennessee, in the spring of 1968.
Jan 16, 2006
The 2005 Conference on Kerala's development is being held 11 years after the International Congress on Kerala studies in 1994. That Congress was a seminal one in charting out a course for Kerala's development. The Congress was held at a time when the poli
Author: The Urgency of Parecon
Jan 04, 2006
I need not recite the Parecon (participatory economics) analysis; Znet readers can simply click on the links to the left for abundant references. But to make the point generally, what is important in my view is that Parecon provides the growing numbers of
Adamovsky: "Un-indebting" Argentina?
Dec 30, 2005
The President of Argentina, NŽstor Kirchner, has just surprised everybody with an unexpected announcement. Argentina will cancel its whole debt with the IMF at once, before the end of this year. The amount of money to be paid is US$ 9.810 million, which w
Author: Showdown in the Andes: Bolivian Election Likely to Shift Latin America Further to Left
Dec 13, 2005
Author: How and Why Venezuela's Opposition Imploded
Dec 05, 2005
Venezuelanalysis.com / Caracas, Venezuela. For the fourth time, Venezuela's opposition parties are undergoing a bizarre process implosion. Like lemmings, they are committing mass political suicide by withdrawing from one of the country's most important el