At the end of the 20th century, the triumph of capitalism and democracy seemed at one stage so complete that an era of global economic liberalism appeared to beckon. Today the folly of that delusion has been made obvious by the financial crisis and its political consequences. – Martin Kettle “Brexit was a revolt against […]
As I have friends both in the “never a Democrat” camp and in the “anyone but [insert Republican nominee]” camp, I usually don’t spend a lot of time explaining – yet again – why I have no hope in the Democratic Party. I quit supporting the Democratic Party in 1992, when they nominated Bill Clinton. I […]
Most men — even most men who believe in principle that this “right” is unfounded — cling hard to their right to rule the world. And most women — including many who are ashamed of the feeling — feel deep down a certain willingness to let them go on ruling it. – Dorothy Dinnerstein, The Mermaid […]
The struggle to transform the USA’s climate-destroying, poverty-perpetuating economy into one that contributes to emancipating our world will take decades, but one thing that struggle does need is a radical party that is truly dedicated the struggle of the people, not capitalist interests. The Democratic Party is not such a party, nor is it likely to become […]
So, the only self-identified socialist to hold a federal elective office in the USA is now campaigning for the Democratic Party nomination for President of the USA, namely one Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont. In one way, this is an unlikely turn of events, as Sanders has always run as an independent for his Senate […]
Iran’s Revolution: Religion and Revolution in a Post-Secular Register Looking back at the Iranian Revolution from the present, two events stand as critical indicators of the importance of this revolution; first, the attack on the World Trade Center in New York City on Sept. 11, 2001; and second, the collapse of the Soviet Union and […]
My fellow Quaker, Mark Helpsmeet, creates internet radio programs relating to spirituality and activism. He recently interviewed me about my book idea, “Jesus Made Me a Communist.” Please give it a listen!