GST Original Articles

By Don Fitz / 20 December 2016

Attack on St. Louis Homeless Foreshadows Things to Come by Don Fitz  The sub-freezing temperature was dropping.  As the snow began to fall, many felt their hands were too cold to hold signs during the December 17 action.  Two dozen had answered the Green Party call to picket the mayor of St. Louis for his efforts to close down New Life Evangelistic Center, the city's homeless “shelter-of-last-resort.”  They knew things would be much worse for those forced to sleep in... Read more
By R. Burke / 11 December 2016
The Socialist Imperative In recent years Michael A Lebowitz, a writer associated with the Monthly Review current of socialist thought, has produced a number of books regarding practical matters involved with the building of socialism. In The Socialist Alternative he discussed the concept of the elementary triangle of socialism: social ownership of the means of production, production organized by workers councils, and production planned to meet communal needs. The Contradictions of Real... Read more
By Stan Cox / 10 December 2016
On December 5, former vice president Al Gore met with Donald and Ivanka Trump in an effort to convince the president-elect that he should not gut federal policies and agreements dealing with climate change. Three days later, actor Leonardo DiCaprio also paid the Trump duo a visit, urging them to help build a green, climate-friendly economy with lots of jobs. The two men could not have done less to prevent climate catastrophe if they had flown up to Alaska together and asked the glaciers to... Read more
By Kim Scipes / 04 December 2016
“Houston, we’ve had a problem here”:  A Bold, “Outside of the Box” Suggestion for Addressing Climate Change and other Forms of Environmental Destruction By Kim Scipes During the Apollo 13 space flight in 1970, US astronaut Jack Swigert spoke to the command center in Houston, Texas, indicating a “slight problem” for the three astronauts—actually their lives were in jeopardy—and although changed somewhat for a movie, it is used here as an understated response to a severe situation.  It is... Read more

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By Geoffrey Chia / 18 January 2018
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