Take your protein pills and put your helmet on. In this #ACFM Microdose to accompany the gang’s recent Trip into space, Keir is joined by Fred Scharmen, author of Space Forces: A Critical History of Life in Outer Space. Drawing on his background in architecture and spatial design, Scharmen unpacks the desire to go into space and create new worlds from scratch.
Democrats in Congress may be on the verge of imposing a monumental wealth tax on billionaires, which could cost some of America’s richest people billions of dollars each. Yet with the exception of Elon Musk, few billionaires have weighed in publicly on the idea. We found one who would. Leon Cooperman is a legendary investor and hedge fund manager with a net worth
Samuel Moyn’s Humane: How the United States Abandoned Peace and Reinvented War follows the historical ascendance of the idea that war should be fought “humanely.”  The book is an important extension of themes he has been developing since his critical account of “human rights” in 2010’s The Last Utopia: Human Rights in History. Over the […]
The infrastructure and budget reconciliation bills moving through Congress are a mixed bag when it comes to health care, income support programs, and the care economy. On climate and environmental issues, however, they are not just inadequate but disastrous. They represent, at best, a huge lost opportunity to tackle the climate crisis at the required scale
Activist and journalist Julian Brave NoiseCat explains the importance of land rights and sovereignty in the fight against climate breakdown in an extended interview from Planet B: Everything Must Change. Speaking to Harpreet Kaur Paul, NoiseCat explores the long history of Indigenous resistance to land colonialism and argues that the Indigenous experience
In 1975, Congressman Thomas Rees (D-Calif.) summarized the phone calls he was getting from constituents about the war refugees housed on a Marine base in his district: “They think of the Vietnamese as nothing but diseased job-seekers.” In a Florida military town, kids joked about organizing a “Gook Klux Klan.” California Gov. Jerry Brown demanded Congress
In Russia’s general election, the Communist Party surged to a strong second place. But the party’s rise has also made it a target for Vladimir Putin’s government — including through Putin's massive interference in the electoral process. Supporters of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation (KPRF) protest the Central Election Commission's decision
One of the most striking statistics in grasping the speed at which we are transforming the planet is how China consumes more concrete every three years than the United States did in the whole of the 20th century.  Alongside the acceleration of how we use resources, this fact highlights the unique role China now plays in climate change. The world’s largest country,
The UK now has one of the highest per capita infection rates in the world: 4 times higher than Germany, 9 times higher than France, and 25 times higher than Spain. Last Thursday the UK recorded more than 50,000 infections in a single day, a higher number than the figure for Germany, France, Italy, Spain and Portugal combined. More The post Broken Britannia Sleepwalks
Rama Adellu Gandewad feels anxious and disturbed all the time, and he knows why. Even though the dreadful second wave of Covid-19 has receded, he can’t seem to blot out its memories. “The crematorium has not been busy for a while,” he says. “But what if a third wave comes? I can’t think of going through the devastation all over again.” More The post The Possibility
In dominant capitalist-imperialist media, America’s imperial crimes are airbrushed out of historical memory, like they never took place. Thus it is that CNN can without the slightest hint of irony show a clip of the late Colin Powell saying this last year: “the one word I have to use with respect to what [Donald Trump] has been doing for the last several; years
It turns out $3.5 trillion over 10 years was too much for congressional Democrats to agree to spend on America’s future. Too pricey to stop catastrophic climate change. Too much to cut childhood poverty in half. Too much to help working class families struggling to raise their children. It is not too much to spend More The post Has the US Given Up on Dramatic Climate
When the news circulated that Morocco’s leading political group, the Development and Justice Party (PJD), has been trounced in the latest elections, held in September, official media mouthpieces in Egypt celebrated the news as if the PJD’s defeat was, in itself, a blow to the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood movement. Regionally, political commentators
A hundred years ago, Communist Parties were founded all over the world, including Italy. On November 9, 1921, also the Fascist Party was founded in Italy. Filippo Marinetti, the poet who wrote the Futurist manifesto in 1909, co-authored the 1919 Fascist manifesto. Manifestoes, as a genre and a form of communication to spell out party More The post A Mini Manifesto
“Nothing will come of nothing.” – William Shakespeare, King Lear When I was a little boy, an uncle gifted me with a Lionel electric train with blue and gray passenger cars and tracks that ran in a circle. As much as I loved it, I got tired of watching it go around and around and More The post Biden Agenda Weakening, Voting Endangered appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
Montanans would be fully justified to seriously question what’s going on with the Republicans elected to our state’s top positions. Their actions are outside the boundaries of any attorney general or governor in recent memory, regardless of political affiliation. They range from potentially illegal abuse of power and law enforcement personnel by Attorney
In a new interview, Noam Chomsky argues that a livable future free of catastrophic climate change is possible — we just have to take on the billionaires standing in the way. Linguist and social critic Noam Chomsky delivers a speech at the Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe, Germany, 2014. (Uli Deck/ Picture Alliance via Getty Images) This month will mark a critical
NEW YORK —Afrah Raisa, a 19-year-old student at Hunter College, was introduced to Shahana Hanif’s city council primary campaign in February 2021 by her high school teacher. By June, Raisa had knocked on over 1,000 doors in Brooklyn’s largely immigrant Bangladeshi neighborhood of Kensington, where she’s lived since she immigrated at age 9, on behalf of the
Jesse Brown’s Canadaland has stepped into the breach left by Canada’s ailing legacy media. The podcast has been a strong shot in the arm for the country’s investigative journalism. Jesse Brown, the founder and prinicipal host of Canadaland. Canadaland is one of the most successful, prolific, and high-profile podcast companies in the country. The podcast
In the 1970s and ’80s, internationalism was central to black politics. And few better personified that commitment than Texas congressman Mickey Leland, who fought tooth and nail to end US support for South African apartheid. Rep. Mickey Leland (D-TX) in 1989. (Andrea Mohin / CQ Roll Call via Getty Images) When a plane carrying African American congressman
India’s right-wing government has been criminally negligent in its management of the pandemic, with deadly results. But communists and their allies have stepped in to provide relief to tens of thousands of suffering people. Red Volunteers distribute supplies to the public. (Red Volunteers / Facebook) India’s experience of the COVID-19 pandemic has been
Wall Street private equity firms are gaining control of retirement systems like California’s public pensions and fast-tracking the corporatization of the public sector. The California Public Employees' Retirement System building in Sacramento, California. (Max Whittaker / Getty Images) According to David Soares, a retired prosecutor and one of 732,000
Harvard is the world’s richest university — and Harvard’s student workers say they are being paid sub-living wages. A Harvard Graduate Student Union leader tells Jacobin about the union’s struggle with the university and why they’re prepared to strike. Harvard Management Company recently announced that the university’s endowment returned 33.6 percent
Great wealth can do great damage. Grand personal fortunes, we’ve come to understand, can menace our democracy and distort our economic life. But these fortunes can also wreak a much more hidden havoc: They can mess up the minds of people who hold them. Great fortunes can leave their owners feeling supremely sure they themselves More The post Can Billionaires
Typically, the US is not considered a ‘hotbed’ of labor unrest. Yet, this is precisely what we are seeing, as during the month of October, over 100,000 workers have either threatened to strike or actually have walked off the job to demand wage increases, improvements to their work conditions, and basic human dignity. Dubbed ‘striketober’ by activists and pundits
We’re coming up on five years since the most traumatic day for the United States in recent memory, 11/9/2016. This was the election of Donald Trump and it has done far more damage to this country than 9/11/2001 could have dreamed of. Michael Moore made a documentary about this fateful day called Fahrenheit 11/9, a More The post Shifts Since Fahrenheit 11/9 appeared
On Monday, October 18, the fearless Robert Kuttner at the American Prospect, broke the news that Fed Chairman Jerome Powell had sold between $1 million and $5 million of the Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund on October 1, 2020, the same day that Powell had been on four phone calls with Treasury Secretary Steve More The post A Forensic Look at Jerome Powell’s
I remember hearing it all the time, it was half joking and half serious, my father was a pediatrician and he’d say: take two pills and call me in the morning. People respected him so they’d ask about the pain or discomfort they were experiencing or seeing in their children or babies. My father loved More The post Confronting Ignorance and Ignorant Confrontations
The object of terrorism is terrorism. The object of oppression is oppression. The object of torture is torture. The object of murder is murder. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me? – George Orwell, 1984 They say that truth is stranger than fiction, but in these relativistic days of More The post Invasions of Empire and the Masquerade
Where’s Kamala Harris’s tie-breaking vote power? Celebrated as the first U.S. woman vice president, Harris would also head the U.S. Senate, Congress’s more powerful wing. Endowed with casting a critical senate vote, Harris was thereby placed to push through the democratic agenda promised with the Party’s victory last November. It wouldn’t matter if all
As a city, Melbourne previously prided itself with the air of a prim and proper heiress, one without peer in Australia: a gastronomic wonder, a sporting goddess, and a place of orderly public transport.  The Economist Intelligence Unit glowed with praise, designating the city the world’s “most liveable” for seven years running.  There were few More The post
Bob Lord has been an Institute for Policy Studies associate fellow since 2013, based with our Program on Inequality and the Common Good.  A veteran attorney, based in Phoenix, Bob has brought a special expertise to our IPS inequality team. Bob understands trust and estate law first hand — and the tax avoidance and reduction strategies More The post Phil Knight’s
Everyone wants to be heard, even me. Nobody wants to listen, even me. Everyone wants change, even me. Nobody wants to change, even me, but I will as needed to go on just to see how it all plays out though I already know. I am redundant except to pay, my audience gone, my knowledge More The post The E Terminal Return appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
Éric Zemmour's rise on the French political scene may seem dazzling — but it certainly didn't fall from the sky. The likely transfer of the main far-right media heavyweight into the party-political arena is a symptom that encapsulates the deeper trends of the current period. - IV561 - October 2021 / France, Far Right
A venerable theory about people’s political values is making a comeback: the theory of “postmaterialism.” But despite what you may have heard, the theory doesn’t say class politics is doomed in rich countries — and neither did the scholar who created it. If the Democrats’ very existence as a governing party depends on reversing at least some share of their losses
At a time when people around the world are suffering from shortages due to supply chain bottlenecks, megalomanic capitalists are organizing space flights with B-list celebrities — further proof of the urgency of separating the billionaires from their billions. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezo's Blue Origin crew in Van Horn, Texas after its successful flight into space.
Landis Spencer is a socialist running for the civilian board that oversees the Detroit Police Department. His goal: to curb police power and shift public money to poor and working-class residents. Landis Spencer is running for Board of Police Commissioners in Detroit, Michigan. (@landis4bopc / Twitter) Landis Spencer is running for a seat on Detroit’s Board
It’s not easy to be further shocked these days when we are confronted with newspaper reports on: How up to 17 Christian missionaries, including five children, were kidnapped in the capital of Haiti while visiting an orphanage; the contents of a report estimating that 300,000 children in France were sexually abused within France’s Catholic church More The
Call the Congo, Che's "Heart of Darkness," the place where he confronted his own inner demons and was undone by them. Too embarrassed to return to Cuba immediately after the military defeat of the guerrilla army he had assembled, he spent six months living clandestinely at the Cuban Embassy in Dar es Salaam and at a "safe house" in Prague, evading would-be assassins.  
I still remember sitting at home with my parents and watching the news clips of Colonel Colin Powell presented the U.S. case for war against Iraq. I still remember all of us silently watching, as I (a teenager then), was feeling some level of connection to him, given he was the first black man I’d More The post Colin Powell and The Limited Dream of Progress appeared
When my mother went to England two decades ago, she came back with a framed illustration of the Prayer of Saint Francis, which still hangs in her kitchen. It’s a beautiful painting by the Scottish artist Alison Merry. I hadn’t put much thought into the words until recently, when I began my own spiritual journey. More The post Cultivated Meat and the Prayer of Saint
Apple CEO Tim Cook claimed in 2019 that his company’s greatest achievement will be “about health.” But the pandemic has shown that Big Tech’s involvement in health care is all about data collection. Convenient tech services and devices can also function as administrative and surveillance tools. (Solen Feyissa / Unsplash) Big Tech sees the world as a readable
Overpaid breakfast hosts on an Australian network sniggered, wondered and pondered.  Why is that top throbbed Blue Origin capsule heading to space shaped that way?  Is Jeff Bezos’s effort nothing more than a phallic spurt into the heavens?  The implications are flowing: Can he hold it?  Will he come in the appropriate atmospheric strata? Giggles More The
All successful environmental campaigns resemble one another. All unsuccessful ones fail in their own unique way. From company personnel officers to politicians, those who attend to official “complaints” say that people who present grievances and complaints almost never state the exact relief they seek. But agencies, legislators, and the entire American
As Senator Sinema gets Biden to drop his proposed tax increases on corporations and wealthy investors earning more than $400K income a year, no consideration is being given at all within Democrat party circles about introducing a financial transactions tax to pay for the Infrastructure bill ($.55T) or the Build Back Better Bill ($1.9T).  5 More The post Why
Washington’s push to rebuild Japan’s military, disbanded after World War II, is incredibly dangerous. Not only would remilitarization stoke conflict in the region, it would also embolden the growing Japanese far right. Infantry units of the Japan Self-Defense Forces march during a review at Camp Asaka in 2016. (Katsumi Kasahara / Gamma-Rapho via Getty
To its credit, the new Monica Lewinsky–produced documentary about cancel culture takes the issue seriously without turning it into a cultural war bludgeon. But it can’t imagine a solution that isn’t dangerous, like tech censorship. Hand sanitizer reseller Matt Colvin’s notoriety came directly from the way the New York Times misreported his story. (HBO)
Image by Ezreal Zhang. There is perhaps no bigger controversy among partisans of the Left than the nature of China and its economy. Is it socialist? Capitalist? State capitalist? A hybrid? That so much debate swirls around this issue is its own proof that the question doesn’t have a definitive answer, at least not yet. What can be agreed upon is that China has experienced
In 2019, a right-wing coup deposed Bolivia’s elected government. But the people fought back — and now the socialist government they elected in its place is more popular than ever. Bolivian president Luis Arce (L) and MAS party leader Evo Morales (R) honor the wiphala, a flag representing the indigenous Andean peoples, during an event in Cochabamba, Bolivia,
Image by Colin Lloyd. Next December readers will be able to purchase my next book This Happened Here: Amerikaners, Neoliberalism, and the Trumping of America, 2017-2021. Completed in June of this year, the volume ends on a somber note, quoting the centrist Atlantic editor Jeffrey Golbderg’s June 14th reflection (ominously titled “The Capitol Riot was Prologue”)
Photo: US Forest Service. Fire is everywhere, nowadays. In the Arctic, Siberia, Australia, Canada, the American West, even in some rain forests. Terms like “fire tornado” have entered the vernacular, along with “heat dome,” which often, along with drought, set the stage for uncontrollable fires. Of course, everyone connects these blazes with climate change.
Things may not be trending in the right direction for workers in the United States. Despite rising employment, US households are finding it harder to pay their bills. (Getty Images) Since April 2020, the Census Bureau, in collaboration with several other official statistical agencies, has been conducting a biweekly survey of people’s material well-being
Pyramid schemes aren’t a corruption of capitalism — they’re a microcosm of how the class system arbitrarily creates winners and losers while falsely promising opportunity for all. Mark and DeAnne Stidham, founders of multilevel marketing company LuLaRoe. (Amazon) Back in high school, a friend of mine somehow got looped into attending a seminar concerned
Journalism is in crisis. The past two decades have seen tens of thousands of newspaper jobs vanish and hundreds of communities become news deserts. Run-amok commercialism continues to hollow out and distort our news media in increasingly dangerous ways. Yet, despite such worrying signs, the precise contours of these structural transformations often escape
From his early days honing his craft at comedy clubs in Canada to his later Saturday Night Live fame, Norm Macdonald was one of the most brilliant stand-up comedians of his generation. Norm Macdonald performs at the Stress Factory in New Brunswick, New Jersey, 2009. (Bobby Bank / WireImage via Getty Images) When Norm Macdonald passed away last month at the age
Within just a few days, the United States will once again make its case in a UK court that it has a right to extradite WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to be tried under the Espionage Act, in what remains this century’s most dangerous attack on global press freedom. These hearings, taking place on October 27 More The post Fate of Anti-War Journalism Lies in Upcoming
Tensions over the Conservative party’s economic policy have erupted just weeks before chancellor Rishi Sunak’s spending review,  which will be released on 27 October. This set-piece occasion is meant to outline the government’s spending plans for the next three years, up to the general election in late 2024.  But whilst Sunak has positioned himself
Few know his name, but Robert Mujica is one of New York State’s most powerful people: a neoliberal super-technocrat who long served as Andrew Cuomo’s right-hand man. Despite initially promising a clean break, Cuomo’s successor, Kathy Hochul, is signaling that Mujica will stay. Andrew Cuomo's budget director, Robert Mujica (left), with Cuomo on February