On 11 April 2002 a failed coup d’état was attempted that resulted in democratically elected President Hugo Chávez ousted from office for 47 hours, before being restored by a combination of military loyalists and massive public support for his government. Chávez was initially detained by members of the military and … Continue reading →
A friend of mine sends me commentaries by Christopher Hedges. He raves about them. In his words, they speak truth to power, tell it like it is. Christopher Hedges, he says, “pull no punches.”
I find them instructive and full of insights too; their sense of outrage is palpable.
There is little doubt that Christopher Hedges counts among a growing galaxy of progressive and left writers who are challenging conventional wisdom that sustains the system of capitalism and its present political configuration of forces.
But here’s my beef with Christopher Hedges. While he goes beyond liberal analysts in his critiques of present-day society, he also in my view falls into the trap of what I call “political catastrophism.”
This article was originally published January 17 2014 on People’s World. By Elyse Vesser ST. LOUIS - In a society where the national student debt totals $1.1 trillion, it is more important than ever to lift young activists up and support them in their efforts to organize and create social … Continue reading →
This article was originally published January 14 2014 on People’s World. by: Tyson Jackson Like any embattled community that needs to rebuild, shepherding activism into the next generation requires that established organizers learn how to retire gracefully, and that those moving onto the front lines learn how to temper urgency … Continue reading →
This past week Emerson and his family were struck by tragedy and lost everything to a house fire. At this point, they have very little to their names. There will be a list of needs posted and donations would greatly help them in these hard times as well. If you are able, please consider helping them in one way or another. Love and Solidarity.
A fighter for equality and bringer of justice Martin Luther King Jr. is one of the most important people in all of American history. He fought society the and government, all while being nonviolent. He is a great inspirational leader for humanity, a fighter for equality, and a bringer of … Continue reading →
QUITO, Ecuador – Just hours after the passing of Nelson Mandela in December, over 8,000 youth from around the globe began gathering at the 18th World Festival of Youth and Students in Quito, Ecuador. During the Quito festival’s opening days, beautiful music, banners, and singing filled the air as young … Continue reading →
Nelson Mandela’s recent passing was greeted with near universal respect and admiration around the globe. Why? What makes Mandela special? What did Mandela achieve in his life? What is the legacy of Mandela’ life and struggles for South Africa and the world? Why is Mandela so revered and admired from … Continue reading →
Seeing Red is an unusual documentary because it makes you think; it makes you see another part of the world that most Americans would write off as being evil. But here’s what such people don’t see: the documentary offers stories from American communists about what they did and what they tried to … Continue reading →
“8 people doing the job that 40 should be doing” was the lines that really stuck with me from my interview with my father. My father is a staff Sargent at the 461st human resource company; he saw 32 people about 17% of his unit get put out of work. … Continue reading →