By Raymond Nat Turner Hey, amigo, this ain’t Gitmo… We won’t waterboard you. We won’t force feed you—Hop on this shiny white bus to a better life! Catch this sleek private plane to food, clothing and shelter! Hey, señora, one plush seat’s left for you and yours! We swear this ain’t Sunshine State slapstick! We swear it ain’t Lone Star State Abbot … [Read more...] about Is cruelty Governor Woke Smoke’s superpower?
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The "Focus On" section provides in-depth information and opinion on many facets of sustainability. (Although these topics may appear quite distinct and separate, it’s important to remember that they are interconnected and interdependent in multiple ways — in general, the 4 basic principles of ecology apply to all complex systems.)
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Community & Culture
Strong communities allow more sustainable practices to empower the people to create a more sustainable society.
Working together on common interests creates opportunities for both personal and community growth, promotes involvement in the arts and local government, and fosters equality.
By Raymond Nat Turner 2 Pentagon Parties: 0 ‘debt ceiling’ Both war-profiteers, wheeling and dealing— junk medal-chested generals ever concealing what greasy-thumbed accountants are stealing It’s Mike and Ike Kabuki Theater Where Ol’ Schmo is some smooth operator Insurance-Bank bailout activator— Reducing us to: Passive Spectator… 2 Pentagon … [Read more...] about 2 Pentagon Parties: 0% ‘debt ceiling’ / 1% Kabuki Theater
By Elaheh Farmand I came to America, 25 years ago with rose-colored glasses, a suitcase of memories, and my mother’s dreams unfolded. I came to America with little English and a lot of bitterness because our struggles as new immigrants embarrassed me. But I came to America with my mother’s hopes and from her, I learned … [Read more...] about This Freedom
By Michael A. Lebowitz Editor’s Note: We mourn the loss of Michael Lebowitz who died at home on April 19. 2023. Mike was a superb Marxist economist, teacher, and author of many valuable works about Marx, the socialist project, and capitalism. Perhaps it is not an exaggeration to say that Mike more than any of his contemporaries contributed to reviving Marx’s ideas about … [Read more...] about The Rich Human Being: Marx and the Concept of Real Human Development
By Mike Davis Editors’ Note: We were saddened by news that Mike Davis passed away on October 25, 2022. Mike was a writer, activist, urban theorist, historian, and author of a number of books. This is an excerpt from the Preface to his Old Gods, New Enigmas: Marx’s Lost Theory. Read Marx! Lee Gregovich’s injunction has been rattling around my brain for more … [Read more...] about Mike Davis on becoming a Marxist
By Don Fitz The suffering of US women under the iron heel of abortion is intensifying, especially for women of color. This makes it imperative to closely examine possible routes forward. As a teenager during the 1960s I witnessed two political paths that remain imprinted on my mind. LBJ and 14 (b) Even before classes began in 1963, I had … [Read more...] about Who Would Kill the Gander that Goosed a Golden Egg?
By Robert Jensen Editors’ Note: This is the Introduction to the book An Inconvenient Apocalypse, by Robert Jensen and Wes Jackson. In the many phone conversations between the authors when this book was under construction, one of us would say that a particular point was so important that we need to get it right up front. After a few of these comments, we joked that there … [Read more...] about Who Are We?
By Raymond Nat Turner I. Distant echoes—Sun revolving ‘round flat Earth— ‘round Inquisition; witch-burning; ‘round bubonic plague— ‘round pre-printing press politics… Embalmed voices—decomposing pogrom tones— crunch like dry leaves beneath boots of Strike-tober; beneath street heat of George Floyd Summer; beneath Occupy; Arab Spring— beneath … [Read more...] about Stand in solidarity with our Councilmember (Versus voices of white supremacy / death…)
By Elaheh Farmand American flags sprout like trees and wildflowers in backyards and gardens, over and around fences and windows. Tall and grand, they surround diners and restaurants in Pennsylvania, impossible to ignore. With strong winds, they dance almost majestically. What is the message of this flag, built on stolen land with the blood and genocide of its indigenous … [Read more...] about Reflections on Being American
By Gary Olson Lately, I’ve been musing about religion and politics. And more specifically, the thought that keeps recurring to me is the following: Is the idea of born agains and other Christians becoming political radicals, a far-fetched one? Or, should the question be, how could they not become politically radical Christians? One sees frequent references to the … [Read more...] about Christians as Dangerous Good Samaritans