GST Original Articles

By Stan Cox / 22 April 2017
The rapid mobilization that’s necessary to stop a greenhouse meltdown won’t be happening in the near future, given that in Washington the attitude toward effective climate action spans a spectrum from open hostility to timid torpor. In the meanwhile activism, exemplified by the April 29 People’s Climate March, is keeping hope alive, or at least on life support, and the more technical struggle to figure out the transition to a world free of greenhouse gases continues. But even if we can... Read more
By Don Fitz / 22 April 2017
Maybe not now. But that's what he could well become. Francis' Encyclical “On Care for Our Common Home” recognizes the incredible damage being done to climate change and biodiversity. Few realize how strong his beliefs are and the unused power of persuasion he has. Here's 10 ways that power could be used. 1. Francis could call for a renewed emphasis on not eating red meat on Fridays. Francis unequivocally recognizes the science of climate change: “The climate is a common good, belonging... Read more
By R. Burke / 22 March 2017
One current of 20th century Marxism that remains highly relevant today is the Frankfurt School. Theodor Adorno, Walter Benjamin, Erich Fromm, Jurgen Habermas, Max Horkheimer, and Herbert Marcuse all made profound contributions to a critical theory which provides us with insights into monopoly capitalism and its cultural effects. Many of the issues that they explored in their works remain crucial, especially in an era in which someone like Donald Trump can occupy the White House. In Grand Hotel... Read more
By Kim Scipes / 19 March 2017
Are you confused about climate change/global warming: is it real or is it fake news?  And if it is real, what can be done about it? I gave a talk on March 18, 2017 at the free speech forum in Chicago called The Open University of the Left, where I discussed this and what we could do about it.  The program was video-taped and is now available on-line for free at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iga7rWXp0VY . I presented the most accurate information I could, talking about the environment and... Read more

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By Jim Kavanagh / 13 December 2017
That rifle on the wall of the labourer’s cottage or working class flat is the symbol of democracy. It is our job to see that it stays there.— George Orwell1 As can be expected, in the aftermath of the horrific mass murder committed in Las Vegas by Stephen Paddock, the issue of “gun control” and “gun violence” comes to the fore again. Reprising some of the points I made in an essay on the subject... Read more
By Bhaskar Sunkara / 12 December 2017
In a sympathetic but critical review, Bhaskar Sunkara provides an overview of the Bolshevik Revolution from the vantage point of a century later.
By Victor Grossman / 12 December 2017
With its theme a little-known event of over a century ago, the film was ancient in cinema terms, its rather unsuccessful premiere was way back in 1926 and the performance Monday evening marked an event even earlier than that, one which is rarely discussed and even less celebrated. Yet the theatre was sold out and the final ovation lasted many, many minutes, with some loudly cheering and many... Read more
By Alan Barber / 11 December 2017
Though Washington has been mired in gridlock over the past few years, work sharing is one policy that has enjoyed the support of Democrats and Republicans alike. And with good cause. Estimates suggest that work sharing has saved over more than half a million jobs since the Great Recession and is still a good policy to keep people in their jobs instead of getting laid off. Work sharing, also... Read more
By Jim Green / 10 December 2017
Dr James Hansen is rightly admired for his scientific and political work drawing attention to climate change. His advocacy of nuclear power ‒ and in particular novel Generation IV nuclear concepts ‒ deserves serious scrutiny. In a nutshell, Dr Hansen (among others) claims that some Generation IV reactors are a triple threat: they can convert weapons-usable (fissile) material and long-lived... Read more
By Valerie Brown and Elizabeth Grossman / 09 December 2017
The EPA was only four years old when glyphosate entered the market in 1974, and the agency was faced with a large collection of chemicals to review. At the time, protocols for toxicology testing were relatively fluid, and it took the EPA until 1986 to finalize its guidelines. Yet the EPA’s analysis of glyphosate still relies heavily on the initial data.
By Shamus Cooke / 09 December 2017
In “progressive” Portland, Oregon the city’s police stand out as political outliers. Whereas most of the city leans left the average cop is, unapologetically, on the far-right of the political spectrum. Portland’s rightwing cops mirror the politics of police across the country, reflected in the early endorsement that the nation’s largest police union gave to Trump at a time when the sleaziest... Read more

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