Sunday, December 10, 2023

Voices for Change

Nuclear power pushing at the UN’s COP28 Climate Change Conference

In the way of a vested interest, nuclear interests, corporate and governmental, moved in on COP28.

How the US has darkened the nuclear cloud over humanity

A nuclear conflagration is plausible via any one of numerous scenarios.

Wheels coming off

What unifies this country: Common values and common knowledge.

“The madness of militarism,” the 2023 Ellsberg lecture by Norman Solomon

Norman Solomon reflects on 'the madness of militarism' in the Ellsberg Lecture

Think #MeToo didn’t make a real difference? Think again

It takes effort to track the impacts of mass mobilizations like #MeToo, Occupy or Black Lives Matter, but understanding social change is impossible without such work.

For media elites, war criminal Henry Kissinger was a great man

Revisiting the legacy of Henry Kissinger: war crimes overlooked by U.S. media’s adulation

A warning from 1994 of a two tiered society

Reflecting on the 1994 midterm loss: a Secretary of Labor's insight

Can US threats prevent a wider war in the Middle East?

The priority of U.S. officials must be to stop Israel’s massacre, avoid a regional war, and get out of the way so that other nations can help negotiate a real solution to the occupation of Palestine.

Right-wing mayhem regorges Social Darwinism, poster child for scandalous, authoritarian bunk

History does not repeat, but in this case it emphatically rhymes. With Trumpist war cries for his New Nazism, we cannot avoid the obvious parallels.

Backing Biden for 2024, conformist Democrats have been in denial. Now they’re in a...

“The truth remains that a president is not his party’s king and has no automatic right to renomination.”

This master framework—complexity vs. over-simplification—separates all serious debate from hokum

While those favoring complexity see foes as ignorant or wrongheaded, reductionists insist not only is “their truth” the only truth, but foes act from malice and bad faith.

The highly-revealing election dogs that didn’t bark, isolating howling, blowhard election deniers

Baseless election denial delusions make former Joe McCarthy or Nixon backers look downright reality-bound.

Two roads diverge in a very dark wood: vengeance vs. stability 

Behold Trump as fully sadistic,/ Damocles sword going ballistic.

Why we need to ban college legacy admissions

A big reason rich kids have such an advantage is so-called “legacy admissions”—the preference elite schools give to family members of alumni.

Who’s drinking Neanyahu’s Amalek Kool-Aid?

Religious nationalism may be soaring in Israel, but that’s not the trend in America.

Israel’s military is part of the US war machine

As the carnage in Gaza continues, Washington is rushing to provide extra military assistance worth $14 billion.

Endangered and dangerous Israel, endangering Jews

What effect on Jews elsewhere from manifestly wrong or immoral actions of the state?

How union workers build the middle class

Well-compensated union workers, in turn, support small businesses, schools, and other amenities needed to sustain strong communities.

The Big Fix sticks: nothing impedes Trumpist fealty to its endlessly disruptive, authoritarian strongman 

Will ANY Trump crime or conviction, no matter how heinous or despicable, alienate backers who not only believe Trump is incapable of evil but also see him as the lone savior against countless enemies?

Close the audit gap

Millionaires who skip their taxes should get audited, not the working poor. Closing that gap isn’t just fair — it’s essential to protect our democracy.