Category Archives: Freedom & Socialism

Socialism and Christmas! Eugene Victor Debs Freed and AAUP Lovejoy Years of Wartime Oppression

  Christmas Day, 1921, the prison gates opened and Eugene Victor Debs was free at last! Other than Dr King and Henry David Thoreau, the great Debs is perhaps America’s beset known political prisoner. He spend a lot more time in prison … Continue reading

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Fidel Castro and Malcolm X: great figures, great leaders

In 1960 the great liberator from Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista arrived for a United Nations General Assembly meeting. Fidel Castro, one of the great leaders of our time and certainly one of the most successful communist heads of state, was staying … Continue reading

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The Greatness of Vladimir Putin in Snowden Liberation

The Russian Federation President has extended a protective hand for American freedom fighter, Edward Snowden. Granting the great figure temporary asylum for one year is an appropriate response to the United States increasing persecution of political prisoners. While it should … Continue reading

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Howard Zinn and Purdue University Mitch Daniels’s Closing of the American Mind

Noted author and editor John Wilson asked me to reflect further on the recently exposed attempts at censorship of the late Dr Howard Zinn’s (1922-2010) publications in the Hoosier State of Indiana. He is an editor of the American Association of University … Continue reading

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American Human Rights Activist Edward Snowden Hounded by America

David G. Mcintyre/ZUMA Press These are some thoughts seriatim: 1) Don’t trust Senator Dianne Feinstein. The eighty-year old senator from California has a long history of opposition to civil liberties, dissent and protest. This person wants to criminalise flag burning as … Continue reading

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Hero Edward Snowden, defender of the Constitution, Speaks to the World

In an online chat with the British paper, the Guardian, Mr Snowden discusses further his courageous act in revealing police-state surveillance N.S.A. tactics by the US government. Not knowing if the C.I.A. will shut down the Guardian or not, or … Continue reading

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Sign the Petition for Pres. Obama to Pardon American Hero Edward Snowden. He Pardons Turkeys!!

https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/pardon-edward-snowden/Dp03vGYD I don’t like pardons. They presume there is something to pardon. Yet due to the heroic, self-sacrificing nature of Mr Snowden’s actions, I signed. Will you? Of course the national-security elites will ignore this. After all, this is Amerika. … Continue reading

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End the Police State, Cyber Imperialism and the N.S.A. Traitorous Campaign Against America

Thank you American hero, that is what you are, Edward Snowden, for protecting our freedoms. Not the militarists who are taking it away History shows, especially American history, that when it is under siege or attack (real or imagined) usually … Continue reading

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Andrew Breitbart Attacks Me for Comments at Pro-Adjunct Union Teach-in at St Xavier University

Andrew Breitbart has used his website through a surrogate writer, a Mr Lee Stranahan, to attack a colleague of mine and me for denouncing the economic system that has so immiserated Americans and for supporting the rights of adjunct faculty to organise under the … Continue reading

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Occupy Wall Street Spreading Throughout Impoverished Nation: Washington, DC Report

I visited the Occupy DC encampment in McPherson Square. It was most edifying. Guitar playing, socialist literature, well-reasoned and impressive protestors. There were dozens of tents and signs in the year of protest against the oppressive, vicious class war against … Continue reading

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Michelle Malkin, I am not a punk

Michelle Malkin a right-wing, virulent anti-people reactionary stated that only “punks” were engaged in Occupy Wall Street and related protests sweeping the United States in this fall of our discontent. She made that pejorative and egregious attack as a frequent contributor to … Continue reading

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Support the Growing Anti-Capitalist People’s Revolution in America: Support Socialism, Support Freedom!!

This critique of capitalism was printed in 1911 by The Industrial Worker, “the voice of revolutionary labor” newspaper of the radical labor union Industrial Workers of the World.  From Karl Marx Blog Karl Marx (1818-1883) was frequently ridiculed when I … Continue reading

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Marx, Engels and the Economic Crisis of American Capitalism

We need to assess the current crisis of American capitalism within the theoretical and revolutionary themes of Marx and Engels. The applicability of their theories to the issues of crisis, poverty, classism in America will be stressed. One would do … Continue reading

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Kirstein to Speak on Zinn Legacy at College of Complexes

I will be speaking on July 10 at one of the more venerable “colleges” of community activism and free speech in the country. Since 1951 during the McCarthy Era, this Chicago-based labour, immigrant, diversity oriented group has sponsored weekly lectures at … Continue reading

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Academic Freedom for Palestine Justice Professor Denied at Ithaca College

http://socialistworker.org/2009/04/20/tenure-travesty-in-ithaca Tenure travesty at Ithaca College By Troy Pasulka | April 20, 2009 ITHACA, N.Y.–Sixty people gathered April 16 at the Workers’ Center to hear Professor Margo Ramlal-Nankoe describe how she was denied tenure at Ithaca College due to her … Continue reading

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The Depression Comes to Sarasota

I was in Sarasota which is a Florida city on the west coast, south of Tampa and not far from Clearwater on the Gulf of Mexico where the N.F.L. players embarked prior to their demise during their fishing excursion. My … Continue reading

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Why is it the “K” Word? Just Call It Keynesianism.

The economic bailout package of the Bush-Obama presidencies is pure Keynesian economics. Yet no one calls it that since the Laffer Curve simplistic macroeconomic nonsense of the Reagan Era which postulated tax cuts ALONE stimulate economic activity and greater revenues. John … Continue reading

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Lenin’s Theory of Capitalism and Capital’s Economic Stagnation

Vladimir Lenin was the chief mover of the Russian Revolution in 1917 that overthrew the Czars, the final ruler being Nicholas II. Following the initial 1917 February revolution, Lenin returned to Russia by sealed railcar through Germany, and in somewhat … Continue reading

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Karl Marx on Religion and Hegel’s Philosophy of Right

Dr Karl Marx and quotation from The Communist Manifesto (1848). In the only issue of the Paris-based Deutsch-Französische Jahrbücher, there appeared a monumental series of articles by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. This 1844 publication included Marx’s Letter to Feuerbach, On the … Continue reading

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Weekend Musings and Dreams: Marx’s Thesis on Feuerbach

Karl Marx (1818-1883) XI Thesis on Feuerbach “The philosophers have only interpreted the world in various ways. The point, however, is to change it.”  Ludwig Feuerbach had a significant impact on Marx’s critique of religion. The transformational criticism of Feuerbach … Continue reading

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Weekend Delight

Karl Marx (1818-1883) and Friedrich Engels (1820-1895): German authors, socialists, sociologists, friends, pioneers of social justice, discoverers of dialectical materialism and advocates of revolutionary class consciousness.

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Karl Marx, Das Kapital Coming to a Theatre Near You

Collective puts Marx's Das Kapital on stage Jess Smee in Berlin Thursday November 9, 2006 The Guardian There is no wedding, no romantic interest and no plot to speak of. Instead the reader of Karl Marx's epic work, Das Kapital, … Continue reading

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Karl Marx in “Capitalist” China

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Labour Day 2006: A Reflection on the Lack of Economic Equality in America

The poverty rate is 12.6% in the United States. The so-called richest nation in the world has one of the worse records, among liberal democracies, in economic redistribution of income. Thirty-seven million Americans live in destitution below the poverty line. The … Continue reading

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Weekend Dreaming: A Lenin in the White House

                                    "Comrade Lenin Cleanses the Earth of Filth," 1920 Communist poster. Vladimir Lenin was the chief mover of the Russian Revolution in 1917 that replaced the Czars, the final ruler being Nicholas II. Following the initial 1917 February revolution, Lenin … Continue reading

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Karl Marx: German Economist, Philosopher and Socialist Theorist

“The philosophers have only interpreted the world in various ways, the point, however, is to change it.” Marx,  #11 “Thesis on Feuerbach.” These were written in 1845 but undiscovered until sometime after Marx’s death in 1883 when they were encountered in … Continue reading

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Karl Marx Lives and His Ideas of Freedom Perdure

http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/politics/article1089275.ece The Independent (London, UK) June 16 2006 Politics and principles: Marx: does he still matter? In a letter to former Labour leader Michael Foot, written in 1982 and published yesterday, Tony Blair reveals that reading Karl Marx 'irreversibly altered' … Continue reading

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Communism: An Escape from Government and Class Stratification

There have been many experiments with communism in the manner it was actually envisioned by Marx, even if some antedated his theories, in small, relatively homogeneous communities. Some were religious and others were socialist in formation: New Harmony in Indiana, … Continue reading

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For a “Communist” America.

The term “communism” in imperial America is equated in the public imagination with the state-capitalist regimes that formed in the 20th Century in Eurasia. It is identified with atheism, which is certainly unexceptionable if one subscribes to the democratic notion … Continue reading

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Karl Marx and the Air Force

OrgName:USCENTAF/SCM                                                                                    OrgID:USCENT-1 Address:                                                                                Computer Support Branch                                                                        City:ShawAFB                                                                                          StateProv: SC                                                                                PostalCode: 29152 Country: US This visitor from the air force had Googled "Karl Marx theory of stratification" and I was one of the entries listed under Google. Stratification is a sociological term … Continue reading

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Kirstein Linked to Marx Analytic Web log

An earlier post on Karl Marx and America was kindly linked on the Karl Marx blog site with nice graphics and colour. I will have to learn this stuff but I am just lucky to keep my blog online. I … Continue reading

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Marx and Worker Alienation (Entfremdung in German)

One of Karl Marx’s greatest contributions to sociology and contemporary labour theory is his exploration of alienation. In fact this emerges before he fully embraces socialism or “Marxism” for that matter. Alienation clearly catapaults him on his path of destiny … Continue reading

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Karl Marx and America

If one were sympathetic to Marxism and believed in the majesty of his writings, would that constitute anti-Americanism or a radical perspective? Should that trigger, to be a little sardonic, a National Security Agency warrantless wiretap to insure non-involvement in … Continue reading

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Proudhon’s Criticism of Government and Marx’s Criticism of Proudhon

“To be GOVERNED is to be watched, inspected, spied upon, directed, law-driven, numbered, regulated, enrolled, indoctrinated, preached at, controlled, checked, estimated, valued, censured, commanded, by creatures who have neither the right nor the wisdom nor the virtue to do so. … Continue reading

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Socialism v. Capitalism and Peace and Equality

Capitalism emphasises competition and individualism. Socialism empahsises group identity and cooperation. Capitalism emphasises profit, material advancement and virtually no restraints on freedom of individual accumulation. Socialism emphasises abundance for all, material advancement in a collective manner (not Stalinist) and places … Continue reading

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