Author Archives: 21st Century Poet

On Contact: The Rise of Charter Schools with Diane Ravitch


Two poems

There was a man who lost his ability to remember
for more than a few minutes
He frantically took notes to hold on
to any knowledge
But then it was gone
and he was doomed
to experience everything and everyone
as though for the first time

 

The corruption
has rotted us
from the head down
Enough difference of degree
will result in a difference in kind
When a top is spinning down
the slightest touch
can alter its course
and send it
hurtling
to a dramatic end


Google Censors Block Access to CounterPunch and Other Progressive Sites

Rise Up Times

Every effort must be made to combat this serious infringement on the basic rights of freedom of speech and freedom of press.

The U.S. government, and the information technology companies which collaborate with it, is moving fully into the camp of governments which relentlessly utilize the internet to collect users online data, monitor their activities, and control what they can see and do.

First, there was – and is – the NSA, National Security Agency of the U.S., which collects the emails, phone records, social media data, and more from millions of U.S. citizens and the people of the world.  Software companies like Google cooperated silently by providing NSA access to its users until Edward Snowden made this odious system public.

Now Google, at the behest of its friends in Washington, is actively censoring – essentially blocking access to –…

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Google Censors Block Access to CounterPunch and Other Progressive Sites

Desultory Heroics

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Source: CounterPunch

The U.S. government, and the information technology companies which collaborate with it, is moving fully into the camp of governments which relentlessly utilize the internet to collect users online data, monitor their activities, and control what they can see and do.

First, there was – and is – the NSA, National Security Agency of the U.S., which collects the emails, phone records, social media data, and more from millions of U.S. citizens and the people of the world.  Software companies like Google cooperated silently by providing NSA access to its users until Edward Snowden made this odious system public.

Now Google, at the behest of its friends in Washington, is actively censoring – essentially blocking access to – any websites which seek to warn American workers of the ongoing effort to further attack their incomes, social services, and life conditions by the U.S. central government…

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Studs Terkel Interviews Hunter S. Thompson (Audio) – Great Talk

Studs interviews Hunter


Mark Blyth & Michael Roberts

When Blyth says, “it’s a matter of political will” that is not something to be elided. When you hear that phrase it usually indicates corruption. In this case, the entire system they are discussing is corrupt. Something to think about when you choose to find your hope in electoral politics.  I’m not saying don’t be involved in electoral politics, but when capital can buy politicians and elections, a more radical approach is the only thing that can break that kind of power. What is it? Well, it starts with people coming together locally, then nationally, then internationally in a way that builds power. That power and organization will eventually have to be equal to or greater than the power of capital. If people just come together for protests and to vote, there is no hope to be had.


Fresh audio product

LBO News from Doug Henwood

Just added to my radio archive (click on date for link):

June 29, 2017Robert Pollin works out the economics of single-payer in California (paper here) • Michael McCarthy, author of Dismantling Solidarity, on the history of pension funds in the U.S.

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