Guest Voices

The Grotesque Immorality of the US War Against Viet Nam, Laos, and Cambodia

By S. Brian Willson (September 10, 2017) If the Burns-Novick 18 hour, 10 part PBS Series is to be an authentic revisiting the US War, then brutal honesty is necessary, which would certainly prevent such a pubic airing funded by US corporate monies. As a Viet Nam veteran, I know the kinds of pain and suffering incurred by over three...
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No Bogus Compromises About the Dreamers!

By Chuck Morse (September 7, 2017) This is what we’re looking at: Trump: We’re going to deport the Dreamers in six months! Democrats: Don’t do that! Trump: Ok, I won’t deport them, but you have to support my plans to further militarize the border.  Democrats: Ok, sure. No problem. – We can’t allow this to happen. The militarization of borders...
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Targeting Immigrant Children is the Work of Racist Authoritarians

By Steampunk Emma Goldman (September 6, 2017) Targeting immigrants is to be expected of racist authoritarians. Specifically targeting immigrant children is to be expected of racist authoritarians who believe the populace will let them get away with anything. It is our duty to prove to them that neither are to be tolerated.Read More »

Urban Planning for #Blacklivesmatter

By Teka Lark (September 4, 2017) The freemarket is a hell of a drug. More rain is coming. Heaven and hell is right here. Satan is the freemarket! Satan is Citizens United! These pompous ignorant rich fucks built and built and built.Read More »

Why is the Left Silent on the War Ripping Mexico Apart?

By Chuck Morse (August 31, 2017) I am mostly optimistic when I think about the American left these days. While Trump’s election signals the right’s ascendancy, it also indicates a broader crisis in the system and the intensification of a fight that we have to have—an inescapable, unavoidable battle that we might lose, but might win! When he singled out...
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Antifa Can Nurture the Dreams for a Better World

By Paul Messersmith-Glavin (August 31, 2017) The antifascist movement has matured into a broad based popular movement, with 40,000 marching in Boston against 100 Nazis and, this past Sunday, a reported 8,000 turning out against a fascist organized anti-Marxist event in a park. In Boston, Black Lives Matter organizers played a leading role. The establishment and fascists both fear this...
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Socialism in the US Must Contend with Racism and Militarism

By Mark Rudd (August 29, 2017) I woke up at 2 am last night thinking: How can you talk about socialism in the US without taking into account two salient characteristics of this country’s history and present: racism and militarism? Obviously John Judis has no problem with this question, since he never mentions either. I love Scandinavian socialism as a...
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Can We Memorialize Without Monuments?

By Chris Lowe (August 28, 2017) Can intercultural gardens be an alternative to Confederate monuments to the past? A friend of mine observed that as the movement to remove or relocate Confederate monuments goes on, it will change spaces and create new spaces. The implication is that even while we work on this, we should also be thinking about what...
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Multiple Strategies Needed to Defeat the Racist Right

By Chris Lowe (August 22, 2017) Which would do more to impede the growth of the racist right, and the attacks on people of color, immigrants, Muslims, and other targets: 1) Mobilizing against “Trump free speech” rallies that the white nationalist right is using to insert themselves into the Tea Party base and spread their rhetoric there, or 2) mobilizing...
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Don't Let Them Dull Our Political Sensibilities Against Fascism in the US

By Joe Lowndes (August 12, 2017) People are rightly outraged by Trump’s equivocation in condemning “the violence on many sides.” But his comments in no way differ from those of many prominent liberals, like Peter Beinart in The Atlantic last week, who have continually depicted antifascists as thugs and criminals. Be ready: when the shock of the grisly image of...
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The Fascists Were Run Out of Charlottesville by Direct Action

By Alexander Reid Ross (August 12, 2017) Make no mistake, The fascists were run out of Charlottesville today. They planned a violent and hateful rally and brought people from all over the US to this one corner of the South. The community rose up and defended itself, sending them packing. These fascists had no intention of a “peaceful assembly,” calling...
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Anarchism is About Love and Play and Getting Free

By Alexander Reid Ross (August 11, 2017) Earlier today I made a mistake. I stumbled upon what I thought was a funny juxtaposition in my feed. First, an article headlined, “White House adviser says people should stop criticizing white supremacists so much,” and just beneath it and article from the Washington Post asking “Why are so many Americans are turning...
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Trump is Dangerous but Not a Fascist

By Marc Cooper (August 4, 2017) I hope this is the last post EVER I do on the “debate” over whether or not Trumpism is Fascism. As a student of 1930’s Europe I could give you a long and boring recount why it is not. I will reduce that whole history to two sentences: historically Fascism only rises to power...
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Education No Longer the Sure Way in Our Reality

By Ana Castillo (August 4, 2017) XICANISMA 2017 Sadly, I know of whence she speaks. It is a reality in this country that defies the belief that education is a sure way for all to climb up the economic ladder. Instead, college grads are in debt, taking on jobs not related to their fields in order to make ends meet,...
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White Nationalism is the Core of Trump Administration

By Joe Lowndes (August 3, 2017) Over the last week the White House appeared to be in a kind of free fall, marked by palace intrigue, organizational chaos, and of course, the rise and fall of the Mooch. In contrast this commedia dell-arte however, we now get two proposals that advance a clear domestic agenda: the proposed immigration “merit system”...
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Trump Staff Changes Signal Growing Authoritarian Threat

By Alexander Reid Ross (July 28, 2017) The evening after the Boy Scouts of America issued a public apology for Donald Trump’s behavior, his new communications director, Anthony Scaramucci, went on a profanity laced rampage against the chief of staff, Reince Priebus. Instead of disciplining Scaramuci, Trump accepted Priebus’s resignation, hiring up a general from the Southern Command to fill...
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Transphobia is Central to Trump's Ideology, Not a Distraction

By Arun Gupta (July 28, 2017) This is my take on Trump’s ban on transgender people in the military. It should be vigorously opposed, and that can be done without glorifying or supporting militarism and American Empire Trump is throwing red meat to his base. It’s meant to delegitimize and dehumanize transgender people. He is telling his base that transgender...
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When They Come Knocking On Our Door, Will We Resist?

By Ana Castillo (July 25, 2017) IN WHICH THE POET PAUSES TO REFLECT (NOT FOR THE FIRST TIME AND MOST ASSUREDLY, NOT THE LAST) ON THE WHITE SUPREMACIST PROGRAM THAT GOVERNS THE NATION TOWARD ESTABLISHING A TOTALITARIAN POLICE STATE POC all over the land momentarily held our collective breath when the tragic news resounded that a blond, white woman (and...
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Trump's Russian Connection Matters to Climate Justice

By Alexander Reid Ross (July 12, 2017) I just don’t get all the jockeying and positioning of some leftists around Trump and Russia. Now that it’s been proven that the Trump Campaign actively embraced Russian espionage, there are fewer people giddy over denying the whole thing (and comparing good journalists to conspiracy theorists in the process). However, it’s now fashionable...
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Bioregionalism is the Answer to Empire

By S. Brian Willson (July 12, 2017) COLLAPSE IS IMPERATIVE for the future of life as we know it. Primary Meme of US culture: Profits for a few (mostly White men/patriarchy) through expansion at ANY cost =US empire. This selfish model is now global on a finite planet. John Locke defined empire as a way of life that takes wealth...
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What the Flag Means to Me

By. S. Brian Wilson (July 3, 2017) Originally published here by S. Brian Willson I was probably seven years old before it really sunk in that everybody in my town was not celebrating my birthday on July 4. It was an exciting day with parades, picnics, fireworks and, in my case, special birthday parties and gifts. I lived much of...
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Resistance Will Require Organizing, Not Symbols

marc-cooper-2016By Marc Cooper (June 28, 2017) Trump is truly confounding. Unless you understand the core truth about him. His permanent insecurity leads him to seek immediate and instant adulation and that is about it. He has no other “strategy” — in any realm of his life. Every other president in history, for myriad reasons including the most banal, has tried...
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Star Wars and the Lessons of Good Parenting on Father's Day

By S. (June 18, 2017) As is natural on Fathers Day, our minds turn to the original Star Wars trilogy. Instead of focusing on Vader as is custom on this day, I urge you all to consider Uncle Owen Lars. Luke spends the entire trilogy mourning the death of Obi Wan and obsessing over Vader. But Owen was there since...
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Philando: May Your Murder Break This Evil System

By Teka Lark (June 17, 2017) I foolishly thought, because he was nice, they had a video, white people liked him, he had a job, he had been stopped 52 times for no reason, he didn’t have a record, they had a video, they had a video, they had a video, white people liked him, white people liked him— I...
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What if Handmaid's Tale Was About a Black Theocracy?

By S. (June 14, 2017) Thought experiment for my white friends: In The Handmaid’s Tale a cabal of elite, white Christians seize control of the government, send all of the black people away (to reservations or death camps, it’s not clear), and then turn every white woman into a slave. What feelings arise when you imagine the same scenario, except...
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