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By Don Fitz / 22 April 2017
Maybe not now. But that's what he could well become. Francis' Encyclical “On Care for Our Common Home” recognizes the incredible damage being done to climate change and biodiversity. Few realize how strong his beliefs are and the unused power of persuasion he has. Here's 10 ways that power could be used. 1. Francis could call for a renewed emphasis on not eating red meat on Fridays. Francis unequivocally recognizes the science of climate change: “The climate is a common good, belonging... Read more
By R. Burke / 22 March 2017
One current of 20th century Marxism that remains highly relevant today is the Frankfurt School. Theodor Adorno, Walter Benjamin, Erich Fromm, Jurgen Habermas, Max Horkheimer, and Herbert Marcuse all made profound contributions to a critical theory which provides us with insights into monopoly capitalism and its cultural effects. Many of the issues that they explored in their works remain crucial, especially in an era in which someone like Donald Trump can occupy the White House. In Grand Hotel... Read more
By Kim Scipes / 19 March 2017
Are you confused about climate change/global warming: is it real or is it fake news?  And if it is real, what can be done about it? I gave a talk on March 18, 2017 at the free speech forum in Chicago called The Open University of the Left, where I discussed this and what we could do about it.  The program was video-taped and is now available on-line for free at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iga7rWXp0VY . I presented the most accurate information I could, talking about the environment and... Read more
By Don Fitz / 09 March 2017
On March 7, 2017 Lyda Krewson won the Democratic Party nomination for mayor of St. Louis City with only 32.0% of the vote. Ms. Krewson is white. Six black candidates split over two-thirds of the votes. The problem goes beyond color. One of the hot-button issues has been the New Life homeless shelter, called a shelter-of-last-resort because it offers beds to those who cannot get into any of the City's “Continuum of Care” shelters. Lyda Krewson, who pledges to fight crime by increasing the pay... Read more

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By Paul Koberstein / 30 April 2017
Synthetic biology, commonly defined as the science of manipulating or editing genomes to engineer new living organisms, is basically genetic engineering 2.0. This rapidly growing biotech field is expected to be worth $38.7 billion by 2020. And right now, gene drives are the most exciting – and most potentially dangerous – new tool in the bio-hacking toolkit.
By Gavin O'Toole / 28 April 2017
It is easy to understand scholarly and progressive interest in this year’s centennial of the Russian revolution, but harder to explain why there is little apparent enthusiasm for an anniversary that is arguably more important – that of Mexico’s 1917 constitution, signed on February 5, 1917. In fact, Mexico’s constitution provided the model for the first Soviet constitution. Its failure to inspire... Read more
By Kim Scipes / 22 April 2017
Review of three books on black subjugation, slavery and white supremacy, and argues these three things need to be placed at the center of the Americqn experience.
By Thom Hartmann / 20 April 2017
Imagine if the U.S. Constitution barred the EPA and Department of Education from existing. All union protections are dead, there are no more federal workplace safety standards, and even child-labor laws are struck down, along with a national minimum wage.Imagine that the Constitution makes it illegal for the federal government to protect you from big polluters, big banks and even big food and... Read more
By Emily Achtenberg / 19 April 2017
Last November, representatives of 17 indigenous communities held a vigil at the site of two megadams—El Chepete and El Bala—that President Evo Morales plans to build in Bolivia’s Amazonian region. The protesters blocked access to the site by Geodata, the Italian firm hired by the government to study the dams’ feasibility. Twelve days later, Geodata’s engineers withdrew their equipment, announcing... Read more
By Jeremy Brecher / 13 April 2017
Is there anything people can do about climate change in the Trump era? The new American president has asserted that global warming is a fraud perpetrated by the Chinese to steal American jobs; threatened to ignore or even withdraw from the Paris climate agreement; and pledged unlimited burning of fossil fuels. Whatever the details, Trump’s agenda will escalate global warming far beyond its... Read more
By Gary Younge / 11 April 2017
Shortly before leaving America for Britain, after 12 years as a correspondent, the relative of one of my son’s friends politely declined my invitation to visit us in London. “I don’t think I could go to Europe,” she said. “It doesn’t seem safe.” Try as I might I could not suppress a laugh. My wife and children are African American. I am British. We were living in Chicago.

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