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Setback for Marriage Equality in California, Next Steps for LGBTQ Rights?
The California Supreme Court decided to uphold Proposition 8 as a legal amendment to the s
NYC Student Movement: Occupy Everything!... Now?
I have followed with excitement the recent student occupations at two private colleges here in New York: February
"Informal Settlements" in Durban, South Africa and California, USA
Durban, South Africa, has since my first visit reminded me--and not only me -- of California. They both have great surfing, beautiful beaches,an amazing climate and a laid-back vibe.
Hope For Obama?
[This is a talk I gave in Durban, South Africa a few days ago....]
Rick Warren and Africa
The controversy around Barak Obama's unfortunate selection of Rick Warren for the inaugural invocation has focused primarily on his public gay bashing and support for California's Proposition 8, an
A Radical Response: Understanding the Crisis and Building a Movement
Understanding and Responding to the Economic Crisis: Some Talking Points (version 2.0)
Some Talking Points on the Financial Crisis
SOME TALKING POINTS ON THE FINANCIAL CRISISBy Kate Griffiths and Isaac Steiner
- The era of the United States as a “the world’s only superpower” is ending.
The United States economy has not been this bad since the Great Depression. The rulers of the US hoped to retain global power militarily, through the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, as the country’s raw economic superiority slipped. But these wars cannot be won: opposition among the occupied populations, and growing dissent within the military, prevent any victory on US terms even as the death toll climbs.
Beginning during the 1970s, manufacturing stalled, while government and investors focused on the financial sector: banks, real estate, and insurance.
Increasing competition, strong unions, and victories of the Black freedom movement had begun to limit the profits made by US corporations and threaten the power of the ruling class. In response, employers shifted good-paying manufacturing jobs overseas and to nonunionized areas of the USA. As wages stagnated, and workers' purchasing power declined, workers maintained a precarious hold on our livelihood through working longer hours, sending more household members to work, and buying extensively on credit. The globalization of US capitalism and growth of credit both fueled the financial sector, which provided fluid economic resources that could be quickly moved and re-invested – unlike a physical investment such as a factory or railroad.
Party Like Its 1929: Understanding the Crisis on Wall Street
It has been a dramatic moment on Wall Street; first Bear-Sterns and then Lehman Bros. went bankrupt.
Thoughts on same sex marriage: Can’t You Just Be Happ[il]y [Ever After]?
Make the Road By Blogging
I didn't want all the burgeoning Solidarity bloggers or our loyal fans to miss the Carnival of Socialism up at stroppyblog. The previous Carnival was here--definitely worth a look. You should also note that there is an upcoming Carnival of Socialism to which you can and should submit your best work! Do so at Practically Insurgent.