War/military

29/11/20
Author: 
Jonthan Cook

27 November 2020

Making political sense of the world can be tricky unless one understands the role of the state in capitalist societies. The state is not primarily there to represent voters or uphold democratic rights and values; it is a vehicle for facilitating and legitimating the concentration of wealth and power into fewer and fewer hands.

20/11/20
Author: 
CBC Radio Ideas
Astra Taylor

[Editor: These are two very interesting podcasts on the subject of democracy, inequality, capitalism, racisism, imperialism, and freedom.]

1. Canadian-American filmmaker and writer Astra Taylor admits that for most of her life the term "democracy" held little appeal. But when she took on the what-is-democracy question, her inquiry turned into a belief that while it may not fully exist, democracy is still worth fighting for.

Aired: March 10, 2020

13/11/20
Author: 
Bill Van Auken
This adds some significant uncertainty to the hope that Trump will soon stop blustering and accept reality. It reminds us that, as will the pandemic, our reality and Trump's may not be the same.
             -- Gene McGuckin
13/11/20
Author: 
Julia Conley
A man carries an AR-15 assault rifle and a flag as protesters gather near the Indiana State house for a #StoptheSteal rally and to protest Joe Biden's election victory over President Donald J. Trump. The election was called in favor of Biden shortly before the rally began. (Photo: Jeremy Hogan/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

November 12, 2020

"Underestimating Donald Trump is a mistake that people should not go on making. Laughing at him will not make him go away. If it did, he would have vanished decades ago."

Historians and other experts on Thursday warned that President Donald Trump's attempt to remain in power despite his loss in the 2020 election is growing increasingly dangerous as Republican leaders willingly participate in the disenfranchisement of millions of voters and back the president's refusal to accept the election results. 

15/10/20
Author: 
Gabriel Rockhill
man with pig's head signalling 'shhh" Art by Nick Roney

OCTOBER 14, 2020

“The intellectuals cast a veil over the dictatorial character of bourgeois democracy not least by presenting democracy as the absolute opposite of fascism, not as just another natural phase of it where the bourgeois dictatorship is revealed in a more open form.”

– Bertolt Brecht

01/10/20
Author: 
Glen Ford, BAR Executive Editor
The Politics That Led to the “Worst Debate”

01 Oct 2020

The incoherence of the Biden-Trump debate will be repeated every election cycle until Blacks and progressives break with the corporate duopoly.

There is nothing smart or ‘strategic’ about falling for the same trick every election cycle.”

19/09/20
Author: 
Horizons

Convincing more people about the need for this, the need to mobilize for it (beyond petitions and other "pressuring" tactics), and the need for all of us to take an active part in ensuring democratic planning will more or less be the determinant of whether there is a future.

                -- Gene McGuckin

20/08/20
Author: 
Sunera Thobani
A Black Lives Matter protest (November 2015). Photo by Johnny Silvercloud via Wikimedia Commons.

Aug 18, 2020

The West is in freefall.

Liberal-democratic institutions have suffered a near-fatal blow in the United States; Europe, caught leaderless as the United States vacates this position, is in disarray.

Three words have come to define this moment: I can't breathe.

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