Editor’s note: Strike Debt! is a nationwide movement of debt resisters fighting for a progressive economic agenda in their actions and alliances with several other groups. Susan Harman graciously shared her article documenting Strike Debt!’s Bay Area activities over the past year. You can and should contact the organization for more information. by Susan Harman
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
The election of Kshama Sawant, a socialist, to the Seattle City Council, does not mean that large swaths of voters in Seattle have suddenly made an ideological or theoretical shift. Sawant’s election was not a theoretical exercise and voters in her precinct didn’t make the decision to vote for her after reading pamphlets, visiting the
Since corporations are people, it stands to reason that houses are people too, and hence eligible to run for president, right? (Just…just go with it, okay?) At least one set of Occupy activists thinks this isn’t such a bad idea, and they’ve started a Facebook group for that very purpose: To help revitalize the Occupy
Amid the election year insanity with its endless rounds of rote indignation at each new reactionary comment from one of the members of the traveling clown car known as the GOP primary, it’s easy for progressives to lose focus on truly important issues. As Chris Hedges wrote in a recent piece in truthdig, “Turn off
GOP politicians have no policy answers which don’t result in more money flowing into the hands of the already rich. And all they can think of in terms of messaging is to fall back on their tired history of dividing Americans. But it’s not working this time.