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In 2020, a socialist is a Republican in a pandemic. A nationalist is a leftist who has suddenly discovered the wisdom of borders and citizenship. Both wings of the money-power vulture and its managerial class chicks have at least temporarily rediscovered the value of the nation, and the power of national collectivism viz-a-viz individualism and... Read More
Coronavirus and globalism will teach us vital lessons. The question is whether we can learn vital lessons that do not serve the ruling interest groups and ideologies. Coronavirus will teach us that a country without free national health care is severely handicapped. Millions of Americans live paycheck to paycheck. They cannot afford health care premiums,... Read More
Last week, the Federal Reserve responded to Wall Street’s coronavirus panic with an “emergency” interest rate cut. This emergency cut failed to revive the stock market, leading to predictions that the Fed will again cut rates later this month. More rate cuts would drive interest rates to near, or even below, zero. Lowering interest rates... Read More
'Super Tuesday’ in the 2020 presidential election season is over and Senator Bernie Sanders’s time as the unlikely frontrunner for the Democratic nomination may have stopped just as quickly as it began. Despite an unprecedented smear campaign coordinated by the party leadership and corporate media against him, the self-described “democratic socialist” not only managed to... Read More
Bernie Sanders is currently the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination. He and everyone else knows exactly how the Republicans will attack him if and when he becomes the nominee: old-fashioned redbaiting. China became communist in name only during the 1980s; the Soviet Union shut its doors in 1991; the Cold War is dead; and... Read More
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In a recent article, I explored the influence of Freud’s Jewishness on the formation, reception and propagation of his psychoanalytical theory. I wish now to do the same for Karl Marx (1818-1883). In contrast to Freud’s, Marx’s Jewishness is seldom considered an important factor. If you type “Freud Jewish” as key-words on Amazon.com, you will... Read More
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Cultural Marxist vs. Material Marxist, Part 2
There are reasons why the neoliberal establishment hates Bernie Sanders so much, and it’s not just because he’s a threat to their donors’ stock portfolios. Class-based material Marxism — once a pillar of Leftist thought — is not only incompatible with but also heretical to the neoliberal worldview and agenda. We’ve all heard about normiecon... Read More
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It's past 2 AM and the results of the Iowa caucus are still not in. Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez is being blamed. The Iowa caucusers relied on an app that is apparently malfunctioning, leading to Bernie Bro speculation that the plutocrats who control the DNC simply don't like the results and are simply... Read More
After celebrating Tuesday's takeover of Virginia's legislature and the Kentucky governorship, the liberal establishment appears poised to crush its biggest threat: the surging candidacy of Elizabeth Warren. From the tempo and tenor of the attacks, establishment fears of Warren's success are real -- and understandably so. Two Wednesday polls show Warren running even with Joe... Read More
To judge by their writing, the youngsters who’ve been given the run of the conservative op-ed pages, pixelated and printed, know little about how socialism differs from capitalism. To their credit, they’ve chosen a side—the right side—but are incapable of arguing the morality of capitalism and its efficacy (which stems from its morality). Discredited are... Read More
Thirty-seven percent of American citizens are socialist or communist. That's far more people than voted for either Hillary Clinton (28% of eligible voters) or Donald Trump (27%) in 2016. The majority is voiceless. A privileged minority rules. The United States is a political apartheid state. If the left were allowed on the ballot in this... Read More
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Introduction The US political and economic elites have always bragged that capitalism is far superior to socialism in terms of providing people’s personal welfare. They claim that citizens live longer, healthier and happier lives under capitalism. The debate between the supporters of the US Affordable Care Act or ‘Obamacare’ and its most vehement opponents under... Read More
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I was recently interviewed by Robert Stark (of The Stark Truth). That interview is up as a podcast here: Robert Stark interviews Jayman - The Stark Truth With Robert Stark Just to get this out of the way, in this interview I didn't cover much new ground. Long-time readers will be familiar with what we... Read More
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1. A specter is haunting world capitalism: the specter of the Russian Revolution. This year marks the centenary of the world-historical events of 1917, which began with the February Revolution in Russia and culminated in October with “ten days that shook the world”—the overthrow of the capitalist provisional government and conquest of political power by... Read More
Last week, Ross Douthat wrote an article (Why Not Medicaid For All?) claiming Obamacare – and socialized medicine in general – would, if adopted in the U.S., have the deleterious effect of discouraging medical innovation, an area where the United States currently leads. This was brought to my attention by a tweet by Kay Hymowitz.... Read More
Paper presented at the Third Conference Civilization or Barbarism, Serpa, Portugal. October 30 to November 1, 2010 Introduction Western societies and states are moving inexorably toward conditions resembling barbarism; structural changes are in place which are reversing decades of social welfare and subjecting labor, natural resources and the wealth of nations to raw exploitation, pillage... Read More
The combination of a new phase of the recession, perpetual austerity and mindless imperial wars can turn the current mass malaise and diffuse hostility against the economic and political elite toward socialist movements, parties and trade unions Introduction Western societies and states are moving inexorably toward conditions resembling barbarism; structural changes are reversing decades of... Read More
In order to explore the perspectives for socialism in the 21st century, it is essential to recover some of the basic postulates, which inform the socialist project. In addition, it is important to recover some of the basic advances achieved by 20th century socialist regimes as well as to critically reflect on their distorted structures... Read More
The debate between socialism and capitalism is far from over. In fact the battle of ideas is intensifying. International agencies, including the United Nations, the International Labor Organization (ILO), the Food and Agricultural Organization, the World Health Organization and reports from NGO’s, UNESCO and independent experts and regional and national economic experts provide hard evidence... Read More
A discussion of the struggle for socialism today should begin what is and is not socialism. It is important to have political clarity about false alternatives as well as the basic components of a socialist society. This essay will proceed by critically analyzing three of the most influential anti-socialist ideologies which claim to speak to... Read More
The Social Forum (SF) which took place in Porto Alegre between Feb. 1-5, 2002 attracted nearly 70,000 participants, including over 15,000 delegates from almost 5,000 organizations. Delegates came from 150 countries to participate in 28 conferences, 100 seminars and 700 workshops. Over 3,000 journalists from radio, TV, newspapers and magazines covered the event. As the... Read More
A discussion of socialist values and socialist culture begins with a discussion of the values and interests of the socialist intellectuals. “Values” can be understood in two ways: as verbal or written expression of ideals and as the practices in everyday life and in political activity. This distinction is essential for several reasons. For example,... Read More
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The unspoken statistical reality of urban crime over the last quarter century.
Which superpower is more threatened by its “extractive elites”?
How a Young Syndicate Lawyer from Chicago Earned a Fortune Looting the Property of the Japanese-Americans, then Lived...
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