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It's simple. If we can't change our economic system, our number's up.

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'The mother narrative to all this is carbon-fuelled expansion. Our ideologies are mere subplots.' Photograph: Alamy

 

  • It's the great taboo of our age – and the inability to discuss the pursuit of perpetual growth will prove humanity's undoing
  • Related: Capitalism Is the Problem

George Monbiot, the Guardian

 

 

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Tuesday, 27 May 2014 | Let us imagine that in 3030BC the total possessions of the people of Egypt filled one cubic metre. Let us propose that these possessions grew by 4.5% a year. How big would that stash have been by the Battle of Actium in 30BC? This is the calculation performed by the investment banker Jeremy Grantham.

Go on, take a guess. Ten times the size of the pyramids? All the sand in the Sahara? The Atlantic ocean? The volume of the planet? A little more? It's 2.5 billion billion solar systems. It does not take you long, pondering this outcome, to reach the paradoxical position that salvation lies in collapse.

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Capitalism Is the Problem, Richard D. Wolff, Truthout <> 

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  • Worker coops mark a qualitative and quantitative advance beyond capitalism. They represent a system change adequate to key problems capitalism has shown it cannot overcome, even after centuries of failed efforts to do so.
  • Related: Capitalism's war on climate science

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Series | Zinn Education Project: Andrew Jackson Revisited

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Forced Move by Max Standley courtesy R. Michelson Galleries (www.RMichelson.com).

  • “One of the greatest victories for the people of America since Andrew Jackson,” Rudy Giuliani, former mayor of New York City, said of Donald Trump’s success in the 2016 election. We agree that Trump and Jackson have a lot in common, but neither election can be accurately described as a victory for anyone other than the wealthy elite.
  • The next installment in an on-going series

Howard Zinn, Zinn Education Project

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https://zinnedproject-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Andrew_jackson_head-247x300.jpg November 13, 2016 | Textbooks often portray Jackson as a “man of the people.” However, as Howard Zinn describes in this excerpt from A People’s History of the United States,

Jackson was a land speculator, merchant, slave trader, and the most aggressive enemy of the Indians in early American history.

The reading below is followed by links to lessons and other resources on the Zinn Education Project website that can be used to introduce students to Andrew Jackson, including “The Cherokee/Seminole Removal Role Play” andAndrew Jackson and the ‘Children of the Forest’.” 

Howard Zinn: historian, activist, writer and speaker

Based on the lens of history highlighted in Howard Zinn’s best-selling book A People’s History of the United States, the Zinn Education Project  offers free, downloadable lessons and articles organized by theme, time period, and reading level. It is coordinated by two non-profit organizations, Rethinking Schools and Teaching for Change.

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The silence of the pseudo-left on the danger of war

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Any connections that the radicalized middle class once had to anti-imperialism or socialism are long gone. The categories of analysis they employ have nothing to do with class or historical materialism. War, social inequality and poverty all take a back seat to what really interests them: race, gender and their own sex lives.

Eric London, World Socialist Web Site

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20 April 2017 | A wide range of nominally left-wing political groups and publications have acquiesced to a series of dangerous military actions by the Trump administration that have brought the world to the brink of war.

On April 13, the US dropped the largest nonnuclear bomb ever deployed in history in the mountains of eastern Afghanistan. The Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB) bomb weighs over 10 tons and is so destructive it reportedly obliterated the homes of peasants living several miles from the drop zone.

Eric London, Contributor, World Socialist Web Site <http://www.wsws.org>

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Special Report | America’s Progressives Pay Lip Service to Imperialism, Anti-War Movement is Dead, Global Research News <newsletter@globalresearch.ca>

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I Blame Us

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It is our fault. We allowed it. We are allowing it right now.

Evan Handler, Huffington Post

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04/12/2017 | Here’s the thing: Yes, Mitch McConnell is a terrible human being, and an awful influence upon the United States. We could make a long list of politicians equally craven and/or evil. That could be matched by the list of those who are “merely” stupid, foolish, or incompetent. And, for each of the very worst of them, there are – quite literally – millions upon millions of citizens who support them in their efforts to roll back civil rights, gender equality, and environmental protection accomplishments won over the past several decades (among other essential, and civilized, aspects of our society). There is no shortage of people at whom to point, and shriek, “Shame!”

But, it’s our fault. We let it happen. I blame us.

Evan Handler, Contributor, Actor, author, screenwriter, journalist. Inspirational pessimist.

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Philosopher Henry Giroux on the culture of cruelty and Donald Trump: America is “a democracy on life support — it can’t breathe.”

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  • Author of a new book on Trump's rise says we face "something so dark, so real, so evil" with no clear precedent.
  • A conversation with Henry Giroux
  • Related: Richard Schatten | The Future of America? It's up to We, the People!

Chauncey DeVega, Salon

Sunday, Apr 23, 2017 | Next week we will mark the 100th day that Donald Trump has been president of the United States. Tens of millions of Americans are still in a state of shock. These 100 days have made them feel like enemy outsiders in their own country.

It was said some years ago that “when fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross.” This left the American people unprepared for how neofascism came instead in the form of Donald Trump, a reality TV star, racist, bigot, con artist and professional wrestling aficionado.

How did the United States arrive at this moment?

Chauncey DeVega is a politics staff writer for Salon

Henry Giroux is a professor of English and cultural studies at McMaster University in Canada. He has written dozens of articles and books, including “America at War with Itself” and the forthcoming “The Public in Peril: Trump and the Menace of American Authoritarianism.”

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Richard Schatten | The Future of America? It's up to We, the People! Richard Schatten

Whether you want to face facts or not … the truth? Our Choice is simple; A) Become a Fascist Nation with its suppression and its Draconian Policies … or B) Try to make our Democracy Work. Those are the only real choices we truly have!

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