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We Gather Together to Ask . . .

by Rosemary and Walter Brasch Segued into a 10-second afterthought, smothered by 60-second Christmas commercials, is the media acknowledgement of Thanksgiving, which nudges us into a realization of all we are thankful for. But the usual litany, even with the omnipresent pictures of the less fortunate being fed by the more fortunate, doesn’t list well

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Why Economic Democracy Now? The Reasons Keep Piling Up

What do a recent analysis of the Detroit bankruptcy crisis, and recent revelations of wide-scale corporate spying on citizen activists, have in common? They both suggest that we need to revitalize the public sphere, democratize economic policy, and dismantle the hierarchy created by material inequality. New reasons for building community power and dismantling the power

Fracking

New Jersey Shows No Area Safe From Fracking

At the time New Jersey established a ban on fracking, it seemed symbolic, much like the moratorium in Vermont, which has no economically recoverable natural gas; the Marcellus Shale, primarily in New York and Pennsylvania, doesn’t extend into New Jersey. New York has a moratorium on fracking until a health impact statement is completed. Pennsylvania,

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Bolivia is not descending Into Rogue State Status.

On October 28, 2013, The Wall Street Journal published an article by Mary Anastasia O’Grady entitled “Bolivia’s Descent Into Rogue State Status.”  A glance at the article is enough to understand why this lady cannot be taken seriously. She supports her accusations with phrases such as these:  “something similar may be happening in Bolivia…reports from

Misanthropy

The Failure of Misanthropy: Why Calling People Stupid Is a Stupid Way to Do Politics

Some find “I see stupid people” memes to be funny and viscerally satisfying. “Americans are stupid” is a common rallying cry in certain sections of both the right and the left. There’s a whole minor industry in calling the masses stupid and decrying their stupidity. More often than not, those who are doing it are