Wall Street or the Common Good
David KortenThe Occupy Wall Street movement is growing. Mumia Abu-Jamal from his jail cell writes: “In Lower Manhattan’s Zucotti Park, renamed ‘Liberty Square’ by the demonstrators, the cast of thousands swell in rebellion against the betrayals by the banks, Wall Street’s relentless greed, the plague of joblessness and the craven servility of the political class, both […]
War on the Earth
Vandana ShivaThe predatory practices of corporations are increasingly turning our fragile garden into a junkyard. Citizens are told by their political masters and the corporados who pay them that there is no alternative. That’s true if one’s only concern is profits. That approach is fast turning our planet into a toxic waste dump. The landscape of […]
What’s the Matter with the Democratic Party?
Thomas FrankFranklin Delano Roosevelt must be flipping in his grave as many of his cherished New Deal programs have come under assault from not just Republicans, but from his own Democratic Party. Democrats in the 1990s picked up and adopted Ronald Reagan’s right-wing agenda of deregulation, tax cuts for the rich, so-called free trade deals, crime bills, mass incarceration and […]
Which Side Are You On?
Studs Terkel2 CDs Historian Howard Zinn says, “You can’t be neutral on a moving train.” Indeed, in a time of crisis you can’t sit on the fence and wait for others to make the decisions for you. An engaged citizenry is the essence of democracy. The classic union song asks, “Which Side Are You On?” If […]
Women & Resistance
Arundhati RoyDuring the worst years of the dirty war in Argentina, thousands of people were disappeared by the junta. In response, Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo was formed. Their weekly vigils demanding answers brought global attention to the situation in Argentina. In some instances, a modicum of justice was achieved. Half a world away in […]
World in Crisis
Tariq Ali2 CDs On December 17, 2010 Muhammad Bouazizi, a street vendor in a small town in Tunisia, burned himself to death. He was protesting harassment and mistreatment by state authorities. His death fueled a revolt in Tunisia which toppled the Ben Ali dictatorship. The spark spread to Egypt and within weeks the decades old Mubarak […]