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Andrew Jackson won the White House in 1828 with a fresh approach to oratory. "Jackson was the first president to master the liberal rhetoric," wrote historian Howard Zinn, who called it "the new politics of ambiguity -- speaking for the lower and middle c
Weissman: The Nature of the Machine
Feb 16, 2000
Imagine this: you study your entire life to reach the pinnacle of your profession. First, you secure an undergraduate degree in biology from Oregon State University. Then a PhD in developmental biology at Yale University. Then on to Indiana University, wh
What are the limits to corporate greed in the year 2000? We may be about to find out. The pharmaceutical companies, whose rate of profit is more than three times the average of other corporations, have been using their enormous clout to block prescription
Author: Look Who Is Acting Like Microsoft
Feb 14, 2000
For the past year we have watched the U.S. government's attempt to apply anti-monopoly laws to the business practices of Microsoft. Ever since the Sherman Antitrust Act was passed a century ago, it has been widely accepted that domination of a market by a
Albert: Self Management as a Goal
Feb 13, 2000
How much say should each actor in an economy have over decisions in that economy? Why should we aim for self-management defined as decision-making input proportionate to the degree one is affected by outcomes?
Solomon: E Vandalism Intrudes on Right to be Heard
Feb 12, 2000
A specter is haunting cyberspace -- the specter of e-vandalism. Media alarms have been loud in recent days: Electronic commerce is under siege. A virtual crime wave threatens to wreak havoc on the World Wide Web. Any site is vulnerable, no matter how big
Shalom: Red Herrings
Feb 11, 2000
In December 1975, after receiving a green light from U.S. President Gerald and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, Indonesian President Suharto launched an invasion of East Timor. The weapons for the attack came from the United States. "Of course there we
Georgakas: Blacks in Antiquity
Feb 10, 2000
A few years ago Martin Bernal's Black Athena stimulated considerable commentary about the role of blacks in antiquity. Many leftists applauded Bernal's perceptive analysis of the racism of many nineteenth century German scholars without understanding the
Schechter: At the Top of the World
Feb 09, 2000
When demonstrators packed the streets of Seattle last December to scuttle the World Trade Organization meeting and shout about their dissatisfaction with economic globalization, some journalists described them as "politically correct" activists.
Naiman: A Small Victim of the Embargo
Feb 08, 2000
There's great consternation in Cuba and Florida over the fate of Elian Gonzalez. If he were from any other country, he would already be home with his father. Yet only a handful of the media reports mention the extreme U.S. embargo that led to the current
What happens when corporations take on progressive social and political issues? We've all had the opportunity to roll our eyes at the marketers who co-opt feminist principles in order to sell their products. "Take Control" hair gel and "Stay Free" maxi p
Albert: A Program Seeking Just Rewards
Feb 06, 2000
Suppose we agree that people ought to be paid only according to how hard they work and how onerous their work conditions are. To attain these Just Rewards we must reduce and ultimately eliminate reward for property, power, and output; reduce and finally e
Burchill: The Limits of Thinkable Thought
Feb 04, 2000
In societies which like to call themselves free and open, liberty is usually defined in contrasting terms. State propaganda and indoctrination, for example, are said to be exclusive characteristics of unfree or totalitarian states at both ends of the ideo
Herman: Real Journalism
Feb 03, 2000
There has long been a strong tendency on the part of Western non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to serve as did the Christian missionaries in the years of colonial expansion and occupation, who followed in the wake of the empire builders to convert the
Dominick: Refusing Adulthood: Notes on 'Aging Out'
Feb 02, 2000
Naive as I was in the mid-1990s, for a spell I actually thought there was a good chance that, by the turn of the century, the terms "ageism" and "youth liberation" would be ubiquitous in the Left's vocabulary.
Prashad: Go to the Movie
Feb 01, 2000
I'm not one to pass a good film by, having enjoyed Michael Mann's 'The Insider.' Its send-up of '60 Minutes' was enjoyable even as it felt the need to recuperate that bastion of US liberalism at film's end. This weekend I went to see Tim Robbin's 'The Cra
Jan 31, 2000
Damaris Urena and Marcus Cruz are today January 4th mourning the loss of their 4-month old baby. It did not have to happen. According to the Daily News the family's ordeal began December 15th at about 5 a.m. when the baby awoke with a high fever complaini
Albert: Just Rewards
Jan 30, 2000
In a desirable economy what income does each actor get to enjoy? What is the basis for remuneration?
Rebick: New Workers' Initiative
Jan 29, 2000
Always on the cutting edge of social change, the Canadian Auto Workers union has just launched an important new initiative. The CAW has set up "A Task Force on Working Class Politics in the 21st Century."
Reinhart: This Ain't the Road of Peace
Jan 28, 2000
For many in Israel, it is already difficult to remember the joy and relief in which they received the news about the forthcoming peace with Syria, about a month ago. What was this joy about?