Letters to a Young Teacher
For decades, as a public school teacher and author, Jonathan Kozol has documented inequities in the U.S. education system. He won the National Book Award for Death At An Early Age. His other books include Amazing Grace, Illiterate America and The Shame of the Nation.
The Inversion of Totalitarianism
Sheldon WolinTraditional totalitarianism conjures images of jack-booted storm troopers, death camps and Stalin-like regimes. In recent years a new variety of totalitarianism has emerged departing from the norm. Noted political theorist Sheldon Wolin calls it “the inversion of totalitarianism” and that it “represents the political coming of age of corporate power and political demobilization of the […]
Kicking People When They’re Down
Barbara EhrenreichThe rise in New York’s poverty rate as a result of the ongoing recession has pushed nearly half of the city’s population into the ranks of the poor or near-poor. Ironically, the nation’s largest city is run by a multi-billionaire. Almost on the same day, another report came out saying “Hedge Fund Titans Get Lavish […]
Preventing Nuclear Apocalypse
Lilly Adams, Bruce AmundsonYou may know Apocalypse as a Marvel Comics supervillain. It is a word of Greek origin, meaning the catastrophic final destruction of the world. The use of nuclear weapons would be apocalyptic. It is difficult to imagine extinction. Understandably, most people would rather not think about it. The term nuclear war is misleading and false. […]
Mexico After NAFTA & Chiapas
Adolfo AguilarFor most North Americans and Europeans, Mexico is a vacation spot. It is Acapulco, Cancun, mariachi bands and Aztec and Mayan pyramids. These tourist poster images were shattered by the Zapatista rebellion in Chiapas. It was a particularly rude jolt to Presidents Clinton and Salinas, who during the NAFTA debate promoted Mexico as a picture […]
From Death Row
Mumia Abu-JamalMumia Abu-Jamal is the most well-known death row inmate. In 1982 he was sentenced to death for the murder of a Philadelphia policeman. Numerous efforts, based on new and suppressed evidence, to secure Abu-Jamal a new trial have thus far failed. His case has sparked demonstrations and the formation of support groups throughout the world.
The Re-emergence of Fascism in Europe and Its Links to Postwar U.S. Policy
Philip AgeeFascist movements are increasingly active throughout Europe and the former Soviet Union. Areas of the Balkans are “ethnically cleansed.” Asians are attacked in Britain. Arabs are assaulted in France. Turks are murdered in Germany. While the targets of racism and hate have mostly changed, the rhetoric of vituperation is basically the same. What is startling […]