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A Response to Ferguson: Systemic Problems Require Systemic Solutions
Last night, like many across the world who were watching, we experienced deep disappointment in the decision by the St. Louis County grand jury not to indict Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson for fatally shooting Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenage boy, on August 9. Our thoughts are...
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In Praise of Russell Brand’s Sharing Revolution
The political conversation on sharing is growing by the day, sometimes from the unlikeliest of quarters. And at the present time, there is perhaps no-one calling louder for a new society to be based on sharing than Russell Brand, the comedian-cum-activist and revolutionary. It is easy to dismiss...
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An American Horror Story
The pain and rage in Ferguson stem from the particular - a black kid lying dead in the street, a lying cop, a greasy D.A. blaming media, a police force that employs "the logic of an occupying power" - to the historical - simply put, too many years of injustice. From Twitter: "It doesn't take 100...
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Other 98% to Alice Walton: Take This Cussed Food Bin and Shove It
Walmart workers - who don't seem to get why they have to beg for food stamps and eat donated canned goods and sometimes go hungry so their kids can eat rather than earn a living wage for hard tedious work - are getting some uppity. Today they chained a giant food bin to the entrance of the $25...
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Can a First Nations-led Movement Stop Big Oil?
Can a First Nations-led, people-driven movement really have the power to stop Big Oil? The folks behind the Pull Together campaign think so. The Pull Together initiative supports First Nations in B.C. who are taking to the courts to stop Enbridge's Northern Gateway project. Led by the Gitxaala,...
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Another Child Goes Out To Play: This Is Your America
This is Tamir Rice. He was 12. He was shot in the stomach and killed this weekend by a Cleveland cop after a caller told dispatch there was someone, "probably a juvenile," waving a gun, "probably fake," at a playground. He was right: It was a toy gun. The shooter has been put on paid "...
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Why We Need Professional Revolutionists
No revolt can succeed without professional revolutionists. These revolutionists live outside the formal structures of society. They are financially insecure—Vladimir Lenin spent considerable time in exile appealing for money from disenchanted aristocrats he would later dispossess. They dedicate...
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7 Candidates for Corporate Rip-Off of the Year
There are so many to choose from. Every one of these selections is an act of corporate treachery that takes billions of dollars from the American people. 1. Selling Medication For Up To 100 Times More Than It's Worth Pharmaceutical companies reap billions of dollars in subsidies for research and...
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Down With Sustainable Development! Long Live Convivial Degrowth!
For anyone who recently attended the Fourth International Conference on Degrowth in Leipzig, Germany, listening in on conference talk, surrounded by the ecologically savvy, one quickly noticed that no one was singing the praises of sustainable development. Nonetheless, development per se and all...
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Why I Am in Jail
Breakfast in the Chemung County Jail is served at 5 a.m. This morning—Friday, November 21, 2014—it was Cheerios and milk plus two slaps of universally-despised “breakfast cake.” Along with trays of food—which are passed through the bars—arrive the morning rounds of meds for the inmates who take...
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