Category Archives: Empire

Jackson Lears on the War in Ukraine

Eminent US historian Jackson Lears weighs in on Ukraine. This essay first appeared in the London Review of Books. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is a catastrophic violation of international law. The US and its Nato allies must do everything possible to bring … Continue reading

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Stand With The Peace Movement

These are challenging times for the US peace movement. We are struggling to find our bearings. The people of the US have been subject to a level of propaganda and censorship unprecedented in recent history. How can we respond? There are … Continue reading

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How They Stole $50 Trillion. How We Take It Back.

Between the mid-1930s and mid-1970s worker organizing and unrest created a degree of economic democracy not achieved since. It was quite an accomplishment. After several decades of increased standards of living for most US workers, corporate actors organized a counter-attack … Continue reading

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What is Austerity? That is the 50 Trillion Dollar Question.

The modern system of austerity took shape in the mid-1970s and we are still in its grip. Austerity is meant to trap us in a destructive double-bind; the race to the bottom for millions of people is also the race to … Continue reading

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Cold War Liberalism and The Labor Movement: The Epic Fail

Cold War Liberalism During the Cold War, Labor unions violated the basic principle of solidarity by joining forces with Imperial elites to weaken militant trade unionism abroad — usually under the mantle of anti-communism. By undermining unions, AFL-CIO foreign policy helped corporations … Continue reading

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How Cold War Anti-Communism Built the US Empire and Destroyed the Last Vestiges of Constitutional Government.

This 10 minute talk was part of the Cold War Truth Commission held on March 21, 2021

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The Last Third Party to Win: The Republicans, The Civil War, The “Slave Power,” and The Current Crisis

“Third parties can never win” or so you have heard a thousand times. Except — and it’s one huge exception — under historical circumstances much like the conditions we currently face. We are living in a rare historical moment when … Continue reading

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Cops and Constitutions

(Doug Brown/ACLU of Oregon) The cops are violating the Constitution by attacking people exercising their basic rights — — that much is obvious. The rounding up of random protestors because they “fit the description” is related to the discriminatory policing that … Continue reading

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Can White People ‘Organize Their Own’ Against White Racism?

“ Their (the poor “whites”) own position, vis-a-vis the rich and powerful . . . was not improved, but weakened, by the white-skin privilege system.” “The ‘white race’ is the historically most general form of ‘class collaboration.”  Theodor W. Allen* … Continue reading

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What is the General Strike?

Also at CounterPunch. The General Strike in the US is a multi-faceted, poly-centered resistance movement responding to the general crisis of capitalism and corporate power triggered by the Covid-19 crisis. The pandemic is revealing to millions what was always well … Continue reading

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