The Not-Radical “Socialist” From Vermont

Counterpunch, 10-20-2017 Time as a Democracy and Socialist Movement Issue Working-class and pro-working-class socialists and left anarchists have long fought for shorter working hours (with no reductions in pay) for some very good radically democratic reasons.  It isn’t just that workers’ everyday lives and collective marketplace and workplace bargaining power are enhanced when they are [...]

By | 2017-10-23T15:44:19+00:00 October 23rd, 2017|Articles|

Orange Thing: Should It Stay or Should It Go

Counterpunch, 10-13-2017 The malignantly narcissistic Orange Thing in the White House is what it is.  Despite its eternal infantilism, Orange Thing is an old dog that’s not going to learn new tricks. At age 71, it brags that it hasn’t changed since it was in the second grade. It’s going to keep running with the [...]

By | 2017-10-23T15:30:40+00:00 October 23rd, 2017|Articles|

Behind the Matador’s Cape

Counterpunch, 10-06-2017 I’m no fan of bullfighting or rodeo, but those two “sports” provide some useful metaphors for how the United States ruling class rules. Think of the U.S. citizenry as a penned bull, the U.S. capitalist “elite” as a matador or a rodeo bull-rider, and the U.S. president as a red cape or, alternately [...]

By | 2017-10-23T15:33:19+00:00 October 23rd, 2017|Articles|

A Revolutionary Reform Called Single-Payer

Truthdig, 10-4-2017 Being a socialist (which I’ve been since age 19) committed to the democratic transformation of society doesn’t mean rejecting all reforms that fall short of thorough societal reorganization. Serious and substantively progressive reforms are critical to left movement-building and to the meeting of human needs in the here and now. This is particularly [...]

By | 2017-10-23T15:04:22+00:00 October 23rd, 2017|Articles|

The NRA’s Latest Terrorist Attack on U.S. Soil

Counterpunch, 10-4-2017 It’s long past time to start understanding the giant mass shootings that have become part of the new-normal fabric of life in the United States as terrorist attacks on the U.S. populace conducted by the nation’s plutocracy through one of its key and rightward campaign funding, lobbying, and policy organizations – the National [...]

By | 2017-10-23T14:56:54+00:00 October 23rd, 2017|Articles|

Capitalism: The Nightmare

Truthdig, 9/20/2017 A worker in a costume representing world capitalism during a 2017 May Day rally in Jakarta, Indonesia. (Dita Alangkara / AP) The neoliberal, arch-capitalist era we inhabit is chock-full of statistics and stories that ought to send chills down the spines of any caring, morally sentient human. Nearly three-fourths (71 percent) of the world’s [...]

By | 2017-10-05T15:38:08+00:00 October 5th, 2017|Articles|

White America Prefers “Good” Blacks: On Morgan Freeman, Colin Kaepernick, and Trump

Black Agenda Report, September 27, 2017 White America, for the most part, makes a critical distinction between “good” and “bad” Black Americans – and a related distinction between “good” and “bad” Black behavior.  It goes way back. During the 1960s, for example, Muhammad Ali was a “good Negro” when he seemed to be just a [...]

By | 2017-10-05T15:17:10+00:00 October 5th, 2017|Articles|

Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s “Vietnam War”: Some Predictions

Counterpunch 9/22/2017 This Essay is an Experiment How Ken Burns and Lynn Novick became the semi-official film documentarians of United States history is an interesting question.  Part of the answer lay in the way they manage to whitewash the criminal record of U.S. imperialism.  One example of this came in their 2007 “Public” Broadcasting System [...]

By | 2017-10-05T15:08:33+00:00 October 5th, 2017|Articles|

Race v. Class? More Brilliant Bourgeois Bullshit from Ta-Nehesi Coates

Counterpunch, 9-22-2017 Numerous correspondents sent me the latest lengthy Atlantic essay by the brilliant and eloquent but bourgeois Black Identitarian Ta-Nehesi Coates and asked for my reflections.  I reluctantly agreed to read and comment on Coates’ long treatise. “The Mind Seizes” There is plenty to concur with and even applaud in Coates’ prolonged reflection, which bears the provocative title [...]

By | 2017-09-21T15:46:59+00:00 September 21st, 2017|Articles|
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