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The Planetary Movement, December 29, 2013


Pope Francis has been taking some pretty remarkable positions, for a Pope at any rate, during his first year in office.   Indeed, in the context of the Roman Catholic Church they could be considered radical. Continue reading »

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Show date: Sept. 2, 2013

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Steven Jonas:  Novel Cites U.S. Christian Right’s Actual Strategies and Tactics to Portray Frightening Future Under Their Rule

Interview with Steven Jonas, professor of preventive medicine at Stony Brook University, a fellow of the New York Academy of Sciences and author of over 30 books  Continue reading »

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Oct 262012
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Steven Jonas, MD, MPH

Remember the old Fram oil filter TV ad, “Pay me now, or pay me later?” That is if you bought a new Fram oil filter from the mechanic holding it up for you to see for $4.00 (that’s how long ago that ad appeared[!]), you would not be paying the mechanic a rather larger bill later for the repairs your engine would need due to driving around with dirty oil. Continue reading »

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By Steven Jonas, MD, MPH

A man for the middle ages: The 1300s would have been more to Santorum’s taste, but, alas, modernity intruded.

Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum is steadily climbing the GOP polls (even though his standing versus President Obama is dismal). He may even win in Michigan, one of the several home states of former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. (Whatever happened to “Willard?” But that’s another story). At any rate, having done “Ask” columns on Newt and the other Rick (Perry, remember him?) I believe that the Senator has risen far enough in the polls that he deserves one for himself. So here goes.

1. You frequently talk about your grandfather, a coal miner. I’m wondering why you never talk about the union he most likely belonged to, the United Mine Workers. Its President when it was at the height of its powers in the 1930s and 40s, when your grandfather was presumably working, was John L. Lewis, one of the most militant non-Communist labor leaders in US history. Or is the possible reason that you don’t talk about your grandfather’s union is that he belonged to the Communist-led Progressive Mine Workers? Continue reading »

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By Steven Jonas, Senior Editor

Oct. 11, 2011

In The New York Times “Sunday Review” of Sept. 25, 2011, Michael Kazin, a co-editor of Dissent magazine, published an article entitled “Whatever Happened to the American Left?”  It is drawn from a new book of his entitled American Dreamers: How the Left Changed a Nation.  In the article (full disclosure: I have not read the book, only the review that appeared in The Times Sunday Book Review on Sept. 18) Mr. Kazin attributed the aforementioned decline to a number of factors.  They included: unlike the (relatively) powerful left of the 1930s, the modern left, unlike the modern Right, has not been germinating for very long; in the 1970s they started leaving traditional “left” issues such as “class justice” for such things as rights for minorities and women; the failed promises of the Democratic Party, post pre-Viet Nam Lyndon Johnson; dependence on “politicians;” and “not reconnecting with ordinary Americans.”  So, you see, the “decline of the US left” is all the left’s fault.  

<<< IMAGE: The legendary Big Bill Haywood, head of the I.W.W., was one of the earliest combative union leaders in the US.  His kind has not been seen for almost 100 years, but the sorry state of American trade unions is not so much a product of their own flaws, as the inevitable result of an all-out never-ending assault on workers by private capital using all the forces and tools of the state, which they naturally control. Continue reading »

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