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Society Is in Decay

May 31, 2019           |                                       

Plutocrats like to control the range of permissible public dialogue. Plutocrats also like to shape what society values. If you want to see where a country’s priorities lie, look at how it allocates its money. While teachers and nurses earn comparatively little for performing critical jobs, corporate bosses including those who pollute our planet and […]

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By Ralph NaderMay 29, 2019 Plutocrats like to control the range of permissible public dialogue. Plutocrats also like to shape what society values. If you want to see where a country’s priorities lie, look at how it allocates its money. While teachers and nurses earn comparatively little for performing critical jobs, corporate bosses including those […]

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“It seems to be class warfare” Chicago Symphony Orchestra clarinetist John Bruce Yeh speaks on musicians strike By George Marlowe 15 April 2019 Musicians of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) are currently in the sixth week of their longest-ever strike. Last week, they courageously rejected the intransigent “last, best and final” offer of the Chicago […]

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Chaos, Anarchy, and Violence in the Charter School Sector

April 13, 2019           |                                       

Chaos, anarchy, and violence are inherent features of the free market.1 Instability, uncertainty, disequilibrium, unevenness, imbalance, volatility, turmoil, impulsiveness, alienation, greed, anxiety, jealousy, risk, irrational behavior, and “animal spirits” are fellow-travelers of advanced commodity production and exchange, especially in the final and highest stage of capitalism. The free market abhors security, predictability, certainty, stability, and […]

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Marx in 1882 – Public Domain As the presidential election of 2020 approaches and socialism is used to characterize the ideas and platforms of some of the candidates, a relatively large number of explanations of the concept have appeared in the press. Most of these explanations are really non-explanatory. Whether written as a list or […]

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Tips for establishing your role as an artist, putting your work in context, and defining the overall meaning and value of what you make. In the art world, value is too often reduced to financial terms and delimited by barriers to access. But it doesn’t have to be this way: The right language can be […]

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In the US, the Green New Deal (GND) has proved itself to be an injection of a new imagination of the future, where we have prevented the worst effects of climate change and also created an economy that that no longer relies on extraction and exploitation. Here in the UK, proponents of a GND – […]

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Corporate Media Literacy?

April 8, 2019           |                                       

At a time when media education is perhaps more vital than ever, Project Censored  associates Nolan Higdon and Ben Boyington make the case that corporations and  their allies are working to redefine “media literacy” in ways that promote their interests,  while screening out complete critical analyses of the influence of media in society.

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Why I am a Socialist

April 7, 2019           |                                       

For starters, it sounds quite contrarian, antiquarian even, in this day and age, to assert one’s “socialism” in the obvious face of History, which changes its make-up several times a decade, anymore: a dab of recession here, a little more war-paint there. Well, lipstick traces of all possible revolutions notwithstanding, it seems that most advanced […]

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Originally published on Everyday Feminism. “Don’t you want to get rid of your disability?” It’s a question that doctors, photo editors and kids have asked me. Strangers have taken my hand and prayed for me. Even some of my close friends, who know that I am a proud disabled activist who wears a tracheostomy tube, […]

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The drab landscape of having little or no money, and for young teenagers the shame of not having the right clothes or trainers, or enough money to top up the smartphone, rarely catches the attention of commentators, or if it does it’s an aside. Media attention and crime reporting have for decades focused on the […]

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No Such Thing as a Regulated, Public, or Good Charter School

February 25, 2019           |                                       

There are many diversionary dichotomies within the unscrupulous web of charter school disinformation that have long distorted social consciousness and undermined the fight for social progress and high quality education for all. Some include the following: regulated verses unregulated charter schools for-profit verses nonprofit charter schools good verses bad charter schools high-performing verses low-performing charter […]

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My Mother Has Been Homeless for 45 Years. Why Isn’t Housing a Right?

February 19, 2019           |                                       

It’s Not Enough to Declare “No First Use” Bernie Sanders Announces 2020 Run, Saying, “We’re Going to Win” Beyond Beltway’s Medicare-for-All Talk, Democrats in States Push New Health Laws Labor Unrest Is Erupting on Honduran Plantations Marijuana Legalization Must Include Reparations for Drug War Victims Presidents’ Day Can Kiss My Ass Not long ago, I […]

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