GST Original Articles

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 Jay Moore / 25 January 2018
Why are we here in the year 2017 still having to deal with racist morons flying the battle flag of a traitorous slaveowners’ rebellion that was defeated more than 150 years ago and other manifestations of white supremacy that draw on that utterly reactionary heritage?  One of the main reasons, I would argue, is that the Confederacy was never put six feet under in the grave yard where it belonged... Read more
By Brian Davey / 24 January 2018
During the 17th and 18th centuries the rise of mercantile power, colonialism and a slave economy was associated with the development of the idea that “improvement” meant production growth and was an indicator of a new idea of progress. This was a core idea in Adam Smith’s book The Wealth of Nations. In it Smith described the production increase at the early stages of the industrial revolution as... Read more
By Marcel Liebman & Ralph Miliband / 23 January 2018
A reprint of an article by Ralph Milliband and Marcel Liebman that discusses the strengths and shortcomings of Social Democracy and what must be done to advance beyond it.
By Anders Sandström and Jason Chrysostomou / 23 January 2018
There are different views on the meaning of the terms economic democracy and economic justice, which aspects of the concepts that should be emphasised, and how they can and should be achieved in a real-world economy. According to one broad definition, economic democracy is about “… the citizens’ ability to influence economic developments in general or the economic decisions of their own... Read more
By Megan Day / 23 January 2018
The culture of perfectionism and 'meritocracy' spawned by neoliberalism has pushed alienation to new heights. Has the US left allowed itself to be contaminated by the same mindset?
By Brian Czech / 21 January 2018
Warning: President Trump’s national security strategy is going to backfire like a shotgun plugged with mud. In one fell swoop, Trump called for: 1) Locking out foreigners; 2) Growing GDP as the key to national security, and; 3) Better terms of trade. Now many voters, going down the list, will promptly put a checkmark by one or two of the items, and some (especially Trump’s... Read more
By Robert Hunziker / 19 January 2018
The ecosystem is the quintessential essence of life on our planet, and this crucial life system is showing signs of breaking down. It is likely a more pressing problem than climate change. Time will tell but time is short. The ecosystem consists of all living organisms that interact with nonliving components like air, water, and soil contained within the biosphere, which extends from the bottom... Read more

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