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Herman: SAUL LANDAU'S LETTER ON "PACIFICA BASHING"
Mar 02, 2000
In mid-February of this year Saul Landau issued an "Appeal to All Progressives: Stop the Pacifica Bashing!" And he got some 40 liberals and leftists to sign on, many associated with The Nation and Institute for Policy Studies.
Peters: Reproduction and Sexuality 101
Mar 01, 2000
I live in a progressive diverse neighborhood where pre-schools stock copies of "Heather Has Two Mommies," but even where this love-makes-a-family consciousness has a strong voice, it does not seem to translate into how we talk to our kids about sexuality
"The Chinese people must speak up to protest the Japanese government for refusing to acknowledge the historical misdeed of the 1937 Nanjing Massacre." These are the words of an unknown hacker who added a new twist to the seven decade old Sino-Japan argument about a brutal war and the remembrance of that war.
Rebick: Feminist Origins
Feb 28, 2000
With memories of the Battle of Seattle still dancing in our heads and thoughts of the World March of Women against poverty and violence beginning to take shape, it might be a good time to think about how social movements actually develop.
Albert: Dignified Work
Feb 27, 2000
The issue of Dignified Work has two primary components: (1) what is a just division of tasks for each person; and (2) what division of tasks do we need to adopt in order to have our work foster self-management?
Wise: "When Anti-Racism Strikes Out"
Feb 26, 2000
When it comes to discussions of racism, or any other kind of "ism" for that matter, sometimes we miss the forest for the trees. Such was the case recently when it was reported that Atlanta Braves relief pitcher John Rocker had cut loose with a string of r
Marable: No Rights Whites Must Respect
Feb 25, 2000
In the Dred Scott decision of 1857, the Supreme Court turned down a petition for freedom from an enslaved African American. The author of the court's ruling, Chief Justice Roger B. Tawney, declared that blacks could never be granted equal protection under
Bond: Workers of the world, transcend the wedge!
Feb 24, 2000
Divide-and-conquer is an all too familiar gambit of a ruling elite under stress. Thus Seattle demonstrators, together with a growing international movement struggling in the same spirit in many other sites, have found themselves subject to both real and i
Being a veteran of the war for truth during the Kevorkian era of the assisted suicide debates, it astounds me when I see that some companions battling for social justice are still entangled in the Kevorkian-as-humanist illusion web.
Bronski: Saving Our Children, All Over Again
Feb 22, 2000
Quick. What is the worst threat to high school students across the United States today? Interpersonal violence among students? Guns in the hallways? Rampart drug and alcohol use? Shabbily low teaching standards that allow students to graduate beneath mini
Albert: A Program Seeking Self Management
Feb 20, 2000
Agreeing that self-management, or decision making input in proportion as one is affected, is a core goal for a participatory economic movement, what demands can we fight for today that will help move us toward self-management tomorrow?
Gonsalves: The Debate Over Institutional Values
Feb 19, 2000
A few lingering thoughts on the whole WTO event: WTO supporters, which includes Clinton and his "liberal" media, say they are for freedom. Front-line and armchair protesters - not to be confused with the handful of vandals that destroyed property - say th
Landau: Elian's Miami Family May Be Drunk Drivers And Criminals, But They Love Him And Believe In Freedom
Feb 18, 2000
Since last December, Eli‡n Gonzalez, the 6-year-old Cuban refugee boy, has become for those who love gossip about the living what Jon Benet Ramsey was for the morbid Enquirer readers. Who killed Jon Benet remains a police issue.
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