GST Original Articles

By R. Burke / 24 September 2017
One of the most interesting things about Steve Early’s new book Refinery Town, Big Oil, Big Money, and the Remaking of an American City, is the way it seems to provide an empirical confirmation for theoretical positions that have been debated on the left for decades. Thinkers from Althusser’s current of Marxist thought, such as Etienne Balibar, have advocated for a shift from a class based to a mass based politics, while Ernesto Laclau and Chantal Mouffe in their 1985 classic Hegemony and... Read more
By Don Fitz / 19 September 2017
And the cop will not go to jail. This is what has sparked protests by thousands in St. Louis from September 15 through today. In 2011, St. Louis cop Jason Stockley fired 5-7 shots at Anthony Lamar Smith, killing him. Stockley claimed that Smith was selling drugs and chased him at high speed and shot him to defend himself. The story was briefly reported as another drug deal gone bad, and it was just incidental that the cop was white and the victim was black. [See 2011 story HERE]. But the case... Read more
By Paul Cox and Stan Cox / 15 September 2017
Miami Beach, where despite dark forebodings, a real estate boom continues Whatever price tags are put on the destruction wreaked by Hurricane Irma in the past week, following Harvey’s destruction last month, there's one economic message you should expect to read (if you haven't already.) It will likely come from an analyst at Goldman Sachs, or the financial press, or maybe just that Facebook friend who likes to talk about GDP. They will explain how despite being a nearly unprecedented,... Read more
By Stan Cox / 09 September 2017
Hurricane Irma passes by the eastern end of Cuba (NOAA)
Hurricane Irma passes by the eastern end of Cuba (NOAA) At the People’s Climate March back last spring, all along that vast river of people, the atmosphere was electric. But many of the signs and banners were far too focused on electricity. Yes, here and there were solid “System Change, Not Climate Change” - themed signs and banners. But far too many of the slogans on display asserted or implied that ending the climate emergency and avoiding climatic catastrophes like those that would occur... Read more

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More Reading Recommended by GST

By Jim Kavanagh / 13 December 2017
That rifle on the wall of the labourer’s cottage or working class flat is the symbol of democracy. It is our job to see that it stays there.— George Orwell1 As can be expected, in the aftermath of the horrific mass murder committed in Las Vegas by Stephen Paddock, the issue of “gun control” and “gun violence” comes to the fore again. Reprising some of the points I made in an essay on the subject... Read more
By Bhaskar Sunkara / 12 December 2017
In a sympathetic but critical review, Bhaskar Sunkara provides an overview of the Bolshevik Revolution from the vantage point of a century later.
By Victor Grossman / 12 December 2017
With its theme a little-known event of over a century ago, the film was ancient in cinema terms, its rather unsuccessful premiere was way back in 1926 and the performance Monday evening marked an event even earlier than that, one which is rarely discussed and even less celebrated. Yet the theatre was sold out and the final ovation lasted many, many minutes, with some loudly cheering and many... Read more
By Alan Barber / 11 December 2017
Though Washington has been mired in gridlock over the past few years, work sharing is one policy that has enjoyed the support of Democrats and Republicans alike. And with good cause. Estimates suggest that work sharing has saved over more than half a million jobs since the Great Recession and is still a good policy to keep people in their jobs instead of getting laid off. Work sharing, also... Read more
By Jim Green / 10 December 2017
Dr James Hansen is rightly admired for his scientific and political work drawing attention to climate change. His advocacy of nuclear power ‒ and in particular novel Generation IV nuclear concepts ‒ deserves serious scrutiny. In a nutshell, Dr Hansen (among others) claims that some Generation IV reactors are a triple threat: they can convert weapons-usable (fissile) material and long-lived... Read more
By Valerie Brown and Elizabeth Grossman / 09 December 2017
The EPA was only four years old when glyphosate entered the market in 1974, and the agency was faced with a large collection of chemicals to review. At the time, protocols for toxicology testing were relatively fluid, and it took the EPA until 1986 to finalize its guidelines. Yet the EPA’s analysis of glyphosate still relies heavily on the initial data.
By Shamus Cooke / 09 December 2017
In “progressive” Portland, Oregon the city’s police stand out as political outliers. Whereas most of the city leans left the average cop is, unapologetically, on the far-right of the political spectrum. Portland’s rightwing cops mirror the politics of police across the country, reflected in the early endorsement that the nation’s largest police union gave to Trump at a time when the sleaziest... Read more

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