Sunday, July 26, 2009

Even more Socialism 2009

The Decline of California, Mike Davis and David Bacon Part 1 - Socialism 2009 from International Socialist on Vimeo.

The Decline of California, Mike Davis and David Bacon Part 2 - Socialism 2009 from International Socialist on Vimeo.

Social Unionism: Putting the Movement back in the Labor Movement - Socialism 2009 SF from RedReel on Vimeo.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

"Real Americans": the new far right?

Remember, crazy McCain rally woman? Meet the sequel.

This is a continuation of the not-so-thinly-veiled racism of the McCain-Palin campaign. However, it also reflects a serious crisis in the Republican party. As Lance Selfa argued in February

SINCE THE mid-1970s, when the ruling class took a decisive turn toward neoliberalism and employers launched a three-decade-old offensive against organized labor and the working class, the Republican Party was their chosen vehicle for delivering, enforcing and building a social base for these policies.

After largely accomplishing these goals, the Republicans have come up against the limits of their strategy.

The success of the conservative program--tax cuts for the richest Americans, cutting government spending on programs to benefit working Americans, and exposing more government policies to "market forces"--has produced an ideological fallout in the population, the majority of whom have not benefited from this agenda.

Like the capitalist system as a whole, the Republicans must be reorganized in order to continue. Within the party there are competing schools of thought. On the one hand, John McCain's former campaign manager wants the Republicans to embrace gay marriage, and on the other hand you have 10 Republican congressmen demanding Obama's birth certificate. The Republicans need an new rallying point, and hardcore nativism is not out of the question.

Like McCain and Palin's accusations of socialism against Obama, these attacks of "not a real American" will fall flat. But if the Republicans were to turn that epiphet on more vulnerable people, Muslims, immigrants, we would be looking at an ugly new turn in American politics.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

What should public education look like?

This blog is all Socialism 2009, all the time

What should public education look like: Radical Pedagogy or Charter Schools & Teaching to the Test from Alex Fu on Vimeo.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Prop 8 is Going Down

A panel on the new civil rights movement from Socialism 2009

Eyewitness to Iran demonstrations

Saman Sepehri is an Iranian-American socialist who was in Tehran after the elections. This interview is from WORT in Madison, Wisconsin.

Actual interview starts at about 2:00.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

U2, Iraq, Cronkite

Eamonn McCann on U2

The withdrawl that wasn't

Never in the history of Iraq have there been elections established on sectarian and ethnic platforms, thus further reinforcing the birth and growth of "militias," and paving the way to U.S.-backed mercenary groups. The concept is "foreign" in Iraq's modern history. Even when the people of Iraq voted, a large majority believed that by voting, they were expediting the process of U.S. troop withdrawal. Sadly not.
Ali Abunimah on Obama and Israel

Glenn Greenwald on Walter Cronkite

Friday, July 17, 2009

Obama's popularity sinks

Obama's popularity has started to come down off its euphoric high.

Since the beginning of the administration, Americans have overwhelmingly supported Obama, but they also support EFCA, single-payer health care and government intervention in the economy. Obama has been more popular than his own policies. Given the scale of the economic crisis, that could not last long.

ABC censors Obama's former doctor on single-payer

Details here

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Joel Geier: The economic crisis- How bad will it get?

More Socialism 2009

Marxist Economist Joel Geier on "The Economic Crisis: How Bad Will It Get" 2009 SF from Silver Persinger on Vimeo.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Sharon Smith at Socialism 2009: A new left for a new era

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Picks of the week

A new feature?

Michael Schwartz on the Obama occupation of Iraq:

As a result, the crucial thing you can say about the Obama administration's military and civilian planning so far is this: ignore the headlines, the fireworks, and the briefly cheering crowds of Iraqis on your TV screen. Put all that talk of withdrawal aside for a moment and -- if you take a closer look, letting your eyes adjust to the darkness -- what is vaguely visible is the silhouette of a new American posture in Iraq.
Bob Herbert on McNamara.

"The Tragedy of the Left's Discourse on Iran":
The most bizarre case is the on-line journal MRZine, the offshoot of Monthly Review, which in some instances even publicized the propaganda of the Basij (Islamic militia) hooligans and criminals. The website has given ample room to pro-Islamist contributors; while they can hardly be considered to be on the left, their words are appreciated by the leftists editing the site.
Ali Abunimah on Hamas (see also: Haidar Eid in Socialist Worker)

Forget Shorter Showers: Why personal change does not equal political change:
People (both human people and fish people) aren’t dying because the world is running out of water. They’re dying because the water is being stolen.
David Whitehouse on the new challenges to the Chinese ruling class

Friday, July 10, 2009

What Obama knows about colonialism

"I'd say I'm probably as knowledgeable about African history as anybody who's occupied my office. And I can give you chapter and verse on why the colonial maps that were drawn helped to spur on conflict, and the terms of trade that were uneven emerging out of colonialism... And yet the fact is we're in 2009... The West and the United States has not been responsible for what's happened to Zimbabwe's economy over the last 15 or 20 years... It hasn't been responsible for some of the disastrous policies that we've seen elsewhere in Africa. And I think that it's very important for African leadership to take responsibility and be held accountable."

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Slavoj Zizek and Alex Callinicos on what it means to be a revolutionary today