The wretched enablers of the status quo are out in full force already, spewing fear-froth from their twitching little vermin mouths that we must Shill for Hill or doom is nigh!Its bad enough we have to celebrate Hallowgivingmas from September until New Years; the feeding frenzy of Capitalism become one long orgy of consumption and spending. But if I have to gag down three full years of POTUS Demopologia I am not sure my stomach will survive that many months of projectile vomiting.
Bill de Blasio’s stand against Reagan’s contra war on Nicaragua
The would-be New York mayor’s pro-Sandinista activism was in America’s finest tradition. Where’s that political courage now?
theguardian.com, Wednesday 25 September 2013 08.30 EDT
Candidates to run one of the world’s most important cities must address a host of issues. Voters want to know how they will handle problems ranging from subway service to income inequality. Now, a new and fully unexpected question has burst into the race for mayor of New York: what did you do in the cold war?
More than 10 million people in Egypt mobilized against a clumsy autocrat. Yet, their mobilization ultimately led to a military-judiciary seizure of power, with the support of centrist politicians and clerics. Call this what you like: coup d’état, elegant coup, or people’s power. None of these labels change the nature of the intervention and its aftermath: popularly supported military rule, by more or less the same military-police-judicial-business elements who were in power during Mubarak’s reign and who had struck a (shaky and incomplete) coalition deal with the Muslim Brotherhood.
What began as a means of retaining individual freedom can now be used by smaller states to fend off the ambitions of larger ones
The original cypherpunks were mostly Californian libertarians. I was from a different tradition but we all sought to protect individual freedom from state tyranny. Cryptography was our secret weapon. It has been forgotten how subversive this was. Cryptography was then the exclusive property of states, for use in their various wars. By writing our own software and disseminating it far and wide we liberated cryptography, democratised it and spread it through the frontiers of the new internet.
Catastrophism: The Apocalyptic Politics of Collapse and Rebirth is a collection of essays published by PM Press that explores the politics of apocalyptic thinking across the political spectrum. In her essay, ‘Left Catastrophism’, Sasha Lilley focuses on the left’s peculiar attachment to disasters. Recently she spoke to Samuel Grove about why a politics of impending doom should be avoided.
|By Patrick Walker, OpedNews
Perhaps my most important–and ambitious article to date proposes a new but logical reincarnation of the OWS movement, Democracy Unchained, that aims to make Occupy’s ideal of a society for everyone, not just the 1%, a political reality. Just as Occupy focused its criticisms on the 1% and corporatocracy, Democracy Unchained attacks the corrupt Democrat-Republican duopoly that maintains corporatocracy. D.U.’s strategy’s included. It’s September 17, 2013 in New York City’s Zuccotti Park. The park is crowded (and mottled) with the same diverse, mixed-age, chanting, sign-carrying crew who launched the Occupy Wall Street movement exactly two years earlier. Is this simply an anniversary, a nostalgic commemoration of that once-vibrant movement? Or is this something new and different? Let’s listen more closely to what they’re chanting.
“Hey, hey, ho, ho. Corrupt duopoly’s gotta go.”
“Repulsives are red, Degenerates blue. Since neither one serves us, we’ve joined D.U.”
Our urgent common priorities for a democratic, social, ecological and feminist Europe.
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A Socialist Project e-bulletin …. No. 835 …. June 9, 2013
Roll Back Austerity and Claim Real Democracy!
Europe stands on the edge of a precipice, looking into the abyss. Austerity policies drive the people of Europe into poverty, undercut democracy and dismantle social policies. Rising inequalities endanger social cohesion. Ecological destruction is worsening while acute humanitarian crises devastate the most affected countries. Women and young people are hardest hit.
From our archives: Revolutionary How-Tos
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By Chris Hedges
Joe Sacco and I spent two years reporting from the poorest pockets of the United States for our book “Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt.”We went into our nation’s impoverished “sacrifice zones”—the first areas forced to kneel before the dictates of the marketplace—to show what happens when unfettered corporate capitalism and ceaseless economic expansion no longer have external impediments. We wanted to illustrate what unrestrained corporate exploitation does to families, communities and the natural world. We wanted to challenge the reigning ideology of globalization and laissez-faire capitalism to illustrate what life becomes when human beings and the ecosystem are ruthlessly turned into commodities to exploit until exhaustion or collapse. And we wanted to expose as impotent the formal liberal and governmental institutions that once made reform possible, institutions no longer equipped with enough authority to check the assault of corporate power.
Occupy Wall Street’s dynamic grass roots movement is quiescent and may or may not return. Its respite or demise is due to a combination of deliberate and apparently nationally directed police violence and federal, state and local government spying, as well as to its own lack of political direction. It remains a political space to focus tremendous energy and passion, and draw to it many millions of the 99%.
by TOM GILL
One of the great disappointments with – and indeed key weakness of – the indignados movement in Spain, which this May 15 celebrates its second birthday, has been its failure to pursue a strategy that turns power in the streets into the real power needed to change the world.
Here’s Randy Shields answer—
Straight outta La Jolla
Nonvoterz with Attitudes
by Randy Shields
(Originally posted on 17 November 2012)
I was recently taken to task by an elections boycott advocate from San Diego for voting for Jill Stein, which inspired the following thoughts.