Mark Twain’s observations on the French Revolution, and especially its infamous violence, are surprisingly profound, for a man who is not generally known as a historcal commentator. Fact is, just ike most people have never been told that Eistein was a lifelong socialist, it is not generally realized that America’s most beloved humorist was deeply stirred by the sight of social injustice, and many times went out of his way to give voice to his feelings. His recently published biography shows that influences were at work during his lifetime to repress him, and it would seem that such influences are still active after his death.
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JOHN R HALL—Weeks later, the bullet Kennedy knew was coming separated his brain from his skull, and successfully squelched all hopes for disarmament, an end to the Vietnam War, an end to the Cold War and peaceful coexistence with Russia and Cuba. Silly windmill tilter that he was, the man who dared to speak out against the feudal system, which had been keeping the lesser people on Planet Earth in their places for twelve hundred years or so, paid exactly the price which was to be expected. The Crown was to continue pulling all the strings and living off the fat of the land from its shadow castle.
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ED CURTIN—”Street journalism has its limitations. It needs to be placed in a larger context. Our world is indeed without end and the heat of the moment needs the coolness of time. The bird that dives to the ground to seize a crumb of bread returns to the treetop to survey the larger scene. Breslin and Hamill stuck to the ground where the bread lay…”
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Peter Joseph is the founder of the Zeitgeist Movement, a grassroots, worldwide organization that advocates an alternative economic system based on sustainability, cooperation and human need. His most recent book, ‘The New Human Rights Movement,’ delivers a startling exposé about the violent oppression that defines our economic order, while issuing an urgent call for global activism to unite to replace it. Abby Martin sits down with Joseph to talk about the contradictions and crises of capitalism and what he advocates to save the future of the planet from catastrophe.
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Modernization has been a dream of China’s for a century. After the Great Cultural Revolution, the Chinese government joined most developing countries in treating modernization as its goal. China’s achievements on this path, such as its fast GDP growth, have amazed the world. However, the price has been extremely high, including environmental problems, an increasing gap between the rich and the poor, and growing disenchantment with growth within the populace as a whole. Is there any alternative to the current form of modernization? “Constructive postmodern thinking proposes such an alternative.”81 Kang Ouyang, a leading Marxist scholar in China and vice president of Huazhong University of Science and Technology, has explored the positive and negative sides of modernization. For him the negative includes: treating economic growth as the ultimate goal; neglecting ecology, the value of tradition, and aesthetic wisdom as complements to scientific knowledge; rejection of the positive role that religion can play in human life; and overemphasis on individuality at the expense of community.