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Introductory words by Eduard

Many of these articles are quite substantial in depth and length.  Regarding some, I have selectively pulled out specific phrases which I found to be either key to the material or a novel way to make the point.  These notes simply highlight some of the content I found of interest.  

Gospel of Work vs. Gospel of Wealth

"If we look at the United States in the 19th century, we see a popular culture that was, in a word, anti-capitalist," Doukas said. "And this was reflected very much in the political scene of the time. You had to be in favor of the working man. You had to support and praise the common man.

Pat Robertson Acts Like Christianity's Ayatollah Khomeini & words on Gun Control

Pat Robertson has every right to express an opinion about current political situations. Pat Robertson has every right to base that opinion on his interpretation of someone else's opinion, written some 2500 years earlier, about a different political situation.

GMOs Are Unconstitutional

December 9, 2005, is a historic date: it's the political birthday for the Charter of the Environment which was entered into the Constitution in February of the same year. GMOs became literally unconstitutional.

Hope (yet while) in the Dark - Rebecca Solnit

Her new piece, "Hope at Midnight," suggests ways in which a widening of the lenses through which we've been taking in our post-election world might free us briefly from the confines of The Last Empire, and remind us that elsewhere on this modest planet people are at work on futures imagined quite differently from the grim ones the Bush administration offers us all.

A Fascist America, How close are we?  by Justin Raimondo

The idea that America is turning fascist has been popular on the Left for as long as I can remember: in the 1960s, when antiwar radicals raged against the Machine, this kind of hyperbole dominated campus political discourse and even made its way into the mainstream.

Liberation Conspiracies By Rebecca Solnit

Mark Lombardi's art consists of colossal drawings of networks of power, connecting politicians, capitalists, and corporations into intricate maps, like medieval cosmology or kabbalah diagrams, whose huge arcs and circles linking the small handwritten names are as visually beautiful as they are politically daunting.

WTO:  In an era of economic lunacy by Devinder Sharma (India)

Just before the failed Cancun WTO Ministerial in September 2003, there was a flurry of activity in the economic circles. Studies came out concluding that any drastic reduction in agricultural subsidies in the rich and developed countries would not make any appreciable impact on the global commodity prices. The timing of the reports was crucial.

Globalize Liberation, Rachel's Environment & Health News

Many of us are impatient in our desire for change, and those of us from privileged backgrounds are oftentimes unschooled in the realities of long-term struggle.  I often recall the Buddhist saying, "The task before us is very urgent, so we must slow down."

Embracing Canadian values goes way beyond resenting our neighbours

George W. Bush and his gang of neo-cons have inadvertently prompted Canadians to more closely examine their own very different take on the world. And they like what they see.

Justice Thomas Berger to Citizens for Social Justice

When I was in high school, the leading Canadian novelist was a man named Hugh MacLennan. He was an Anglophone who taught at McGill and lived in Montreal. He wrote Barometer Rising and Two Solitudes. But I still remember him being interviewed about a then recent controversy between Quebec and the federal government, and he was asked, "What about the Quebec problem?" And he said, "What do you mean what about the Quebec problem? That's not a problem, that's like saying life is a problem."

Affirmative Action, Cuban Style

I received the following as an email, a story which in my view transcends its secular source and advances a form of jubilee that is not only noble and worthwhile, but despite severe US imposed constraints is nevertheless still attainable, thereby providing a working model of how much can be accomplished with relatively so little, being even in a position to provide aid to one very rich nation.

US issues of church & state surrounding Supreme court on 10 commandments

Whether the Ten Commandments, graven in stone, sit on a lawn by a government building or in a courthouse, isn't for me exactly a life-and-death issue -- and I think I'm not alone on this, which is why the Ten Commandments cases at the Supreme Court right now are so dangerous.

What the Rest of the World Watched on (Bush's) Inauguration Day

Dublin, on U.S. Inauguration Day, didn't seem to notice. Oh, they played a few clips that night of the American president saying, "The survival of liberty in our land increasingly depends on the success of liberty in other lands."


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