Socialist Strategy and the Capitalist Democratic State

How we understand the capitalist state effects how we think about power and what a socialist transition would mean. In this article, Stephen Maher and Rafael Khachaturian argue that the left in the US needs to move beyond both the Leninist and the social democratic conceptions of the state in order to develop a democratic socialist politics for the 21st century. …

While Warning of Nazi-Like Fascism and Corporate Crimes, Pope Francis Proposes Adding ‘Ecological Sin’ to Church Teachings

November 16, 2019 by Common Dreams. In remarks at the Vatican, the leader of the Catholic Church condemned “the large-scale delinquency of corporations.”by Jon Queally, staff writer Pope Francis speaking to the European Parliament in 2014. (Photo: EU/flickr/cc) During a speech at the Vatican before the 20th World Congress of the International Association of Penal Law, a network of justice …

The right to have children humanely: to “have children, not have children, and parent the children we have in safe and sustainable communities”

The first step is renouncing the individualism celebrated by capitalism and recognizing the interdependence that is essential for long-term survival. We depend on our water supply to be clean, and our rivers depend on us not to poison them. We ask our neighbors to watch our dogs or water our plants while we’re away, and offer our help in kind. …

‘Potentially Seismic for Control of Congress’: Court Strikes Down North Carolina GOP’s Gerrymandered Map

“This is huge: NC is one of the most gerrymandered states in the country.” by Jake Johnson, Common Dreams October 29, 2019 Protesters attends a rally for “Fair Maps” on March 26, 2019 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images) In a ruling that could have major implications for next year’s congressional elections, a North Carolina court late Monday struck …

Poll Sponsored by Anti-Communists Discovers 70% of US Millennials Ready to Ditch Capitalism for Socialism

October 28, 2019 byJulia Conley, staff writer Common Dreams Critics blame poll results on ‘historical amnesia,’ while progressive observers say millennials associate socialism with strong social welfare systems Participants hold a “Kill Capitalism” banner while marching through Central Park in New York City. (Photo: Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images) A survey released Monday revealed that 70 percent of U.S. millennials—those …

A US green investment bank for all: Democratized finance for a just transition

The Next System Project proposes the creation of a democratized US Green Investment Bank (GIB) https://thenextsystem.org/green-investment-bank Thomas Marois and Ali Rıza Güngen, more September 20, 2019 MONEY & BANKINGENVIRONMENT & ENERGY In ways unimaginable just a few years ago, public banking and its potential for catalyzing a transition to a green and just future have been catapulted to the center of political and …

Global Warming and U.S. National Security Diplomacy: Why the prospect of raising temperatures and sea levels along the coasts while inland regions suffer drought is viewed simply as collateral damage to the geopolitics of oil

Stopping global warming requires a tax policy to close down the special privileges promoting oil industry profits including the use of “flags of convenience” in offshore banking centers as a means of tax avoidance. A Green program logically would include a natural-resource rent tax (as classical economists advocated throughout the 19th century), and charges for what economists call “external economies,” …

Responding to Existential Despair

By Chris Wright, Ahtribune.comAugust 31, 2019 | EDUCATE! Decades ago, Edward Said remarked that contemporary life is characterized by a “generalized condition of homelessness.” Decades earlier, Heidegger had written that “Homelessness is coming to be the destiny of the world.” Around the same time, fascists were invoking the themes of blood and soil, nation, race, community, as intoxicating antidotes to the mass anonymity and depersonalization …