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John Lennon & Yoko Ono: 'War Is Over! (If You Want It)'

Poverty is the worst form of violence. - Gandhi

The Corner Store

War itself is the enemy of the human race. —Howard Zinn

Renounce War Projects

Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is the truth. - Mohandas Gandhi

There's No Place Like Home

Dedicated to the need for basic change in the structure of our political and economic system, we seek to unite the lawyers, law students, legal workers and jailhouse lawyers of America, to function as an effective political and social force in the service of the people, to the end that human rights shall be regarded as more sacred than property interests. National Lawyers Guild S.F. Bay Area Chapter

"I would never die for my beliefs because I might be wrong." - Bertrand Russell

Is not the first one. There were
Other wars before it.
When the last one came to an end
There were conquerors and conquered.
Among the conquered the common people
Starved. Among the conquerors
The common people starved too.

Bertolt Brecht

Don't Deploy

"One has to grow hard but without ever losing tenderness." - Che Guevarra

Universal Healthcare

It is always a silly thing to give advice, but to give good advice is fatal.- Oscar Wilde

“Patria es Humanidad” (homeland is humanity) - Jose Marti

Universal Healthcare 

’The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.’ Mahatma Gandhi 

"This Land is Your Land"

“Why should we tolerate a diet of weak poisons, a home in insipid surroundings, a circle of acquaintances who are not quite our enemies, the noise of motors with just enough relief to prevent insanity? Who would want to live in a world which is just not quite fatal?”- Rachel Carson

Some hours of work

"Let's just speak of using the incredible wealth of the earth for human beings, Give people what they need: food, medicine, clean air, pure water, trees and grass, pleasant homes to live in, some hours of work, more hours of leisure."- Howard Zinn from 'Marx in Soho'


“Compassion was the chief and, perhaps the only law of all human existence.” From The Idiot, p 263 trans. David Magardhack, Penguin Classics 1955

Marx in Soho Brian Jones

It's a Public Benefit

The common folk know
That war is coming.
When the leaders curse war
The mobilization order is already written out.

Bertolt Brecht

Biographies of William Morris (1834-96)

Senescence begins/And middle-age ends/The day your descendants/ Outnumber your friends – Ogden Nash.

Davy The Fat Boy

"You must never suggest that ordinary people collaborated. You must never suggest that the people who committed crimes were not monsters but human beings under certain pressures who do not belong to a separate category but are completely normal people." - Louis Malle

Renounce War .info

There really is no safe level of radiation


“The crimes of the United States have been systematic, constant, vicious, remorseless, but very few people have actually talked about them. You have to hand it to America. It has exercised a quite clinical manipulation of power worldwide while masquerading as a force for universal good.” -Harold Pinter, Nobel Acceptance Speech

"The past is never the past. It is always present. And you better reckon with it in your life and in your daily experience, or it will get you. It will get you really bad. It will come and it will devour you, it will remove you from the present. It will steal your future and this happens every day." - Bruce Springteen


"Belief in a cruel God makes a cruel man." Thomas Paine

An injury to one is an injury to all

The only devils in this world are those running around in our own hearts,
and that is where all our battles should be fought.
~Mahatma Gandhi

"Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!" –from "Ozymandias" (Ramesses the Great)

"But I have absolutely no choice. I cannot come, I do not want to come, and I am not coming." - Mike Leigh

To love oneself is the beginning of a life-long romance. - Oscar Wilde

Equal Say Equal Pay

...without the assumption of responsibility and participation, democracy will inevitably erode. - Pete Dolack

“I hope I don’t go to hell. Imagine the table talk of all those popes.” - Luis Buñuel

"Whether they are fit for independence or not remains to be tried. Merit is no justification for freedom." T. E. Lawrence wrote about Iraqis on 22 August 1920.

Digital Privacy

Digital Privacy

"The few own the many because they possess the means of livelihood of all ... The country is governed for the richest, for the corporations, the bankers, the land speculators, and for the exploiters of labor. The majority of mankind are working people. So long as their fair demands - the ownership and control of their livelihoods - are set at naught, we can have neither men's rights nor women's rights. The majority of mankind is ground down by industrial oppression in order that the small remnant may live in ease." — Helen Keller, IWW member, 1911


“Hic Rhodus, hic salta!”

After the first death, there is no other.


Renounce War

"If a majority of workers want a union, they should get a union; it's that simple" ~ Barack Obama, April 2008


Give Peace A Chance

"I'm neither Trotskyist nor Guevarist or Luxemburgist, I'm a revolutionary. And revolution needs to be reinvented, for no revolutionary experiment has ever succeeded. Some of them ended up as bloody caricatures".- Olivier Besancenot

Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros Police and Thieves.

Universal Healthcare

"I would rather be vaguely right, than precisely wrong." - John Maynard Keynes

Polonius advice to his son Laertes:

"Those friends thou hast and their adoption tried,
Grapple them unto thy soul with hoops of steel."

Polonius' advice:

"This above all—
To thine own self be true;
And it must follow
As the night the day,
Thou canst not then
Be false to any man."

Do not fear death so much but rather the inadequate life. - Bertolt Brecht

Seeräuber Jenny

War Is Over 2010

~ The greed of gain has no time or limit to its capaciousness. Its one object is to produce and consume. It has pity neither for beautiful nature nor for living human beings. It is ruthlessly ready without a moment's hesitation to crush beauty and life out of them, molding them into money. Rabindranath Tagore

Universal Healthcare

Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need, but not every man's greed ~ Gandhi

“The difficulty lies, not in the new ideas, but in escaping from the old ones, which ramify, for those brought up as most of us have been, into every corner of our minds.” - John Maynard Keynes

"The problems we face today cannot be solved by the minds that created them." - Albert Einstein

Universal Healthcare 2010

“Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, the soul of soulless conditions, it is the opium of the people.” - Marx


Give Peace A Chance

"The comfort of the rich depends upon an abundant supply of the poor" - Voltaire

---MAHALIA JACKSON Live late 1960's--- We shall overcome



Muir Beach in Marin California

Cuba's zunzún or bumblebee hummingbird

Universal Healthcare

“I was not the one to invent lies: they were created in a society divided by class and each of us inherited lies when we were born. It is not by refusing to lie that we will abolish lies: it is by eradicating class by any means necessary.” — Jean Paul Sartre, Dirty Hands: act 5, scene 3. 1963

What is Property? By P. J. Proudhon


"It is a waste of energy to be angry with a man who behaves badly, just as it is to be angry with a car that won't go." - Bertrand Russell

Don't Deploy

Washington, DC, is a Potemkin village of alabaster and marble

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." - Margaret Mead.

Highland clan chief Diarmid MacAulay walks us through his favourite landscapes in Scotland

“He who serves all, best serves himself.” Jack London

Give Peace A  Chance

‘If you work for a living, why do you kill yourself working?” Tuco from “Buono, il brutto, il cattivo, Il (1966)

"In October 1884, a convention held by the Federation of Organized Trades and Labor Unions unanimously set May 1, 1886, as the date by which the eight-hour work day would become standard. When May 1, 1886 approached, American labor unions prepared for a general strike in support of the eight-hour day. The Haymarket affair is generally considered to have been an important influence on the origin of international May Day observances for workers"

Revolution Number 9 Backwards

"In Cuba I have time, time to do what I want to do. In other countries, no one has time."

Soldiers, Don't Deploy


The delusion of a classless America

“believe nothing until it has been officially denied.”- Claude Cockburn

Victor Jara - Comandante Che Guevara

The dull compulsion of economic relations completes the subjection of the laborer to the capitalist. - Marx

"When you start a war for the wrong reasons, you are responsible for all that follows, even the other side's atrocities." - Michael Neumann

Empire's Military Bases Map

A Campaign to Cut Poverty in the United States in Half in Ten Years

Howl: People vs Ferlinghetti - Final mp3 Beat Generation, etc

"Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little."- Edmund Burke

Glimpses of Nature


"New York City Hippie"

“Labor cannot, on any terms, surrender the right to strike.” —Louis Brandeis, Supreme Court Justice


“The scab is a traitor to his God, his mother, and his class” Jack London

"Information is like air. It must be free for all. Forever."

"Any law which violates the inalienable rights of man is essentially unjust and tyrannical; it is not a law at all." -- Maximilien Robespierre

Remembering the US Soldier Who Committed Suicide After She Refused to Take Part in Torture.

"Change will not come if we wait for some other person or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek." - June Jordan

If we are always guided by other people’s thoughts, what’s the good of having our own? -- Oscar Wilde from “A Good Woman” 

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.” - Helen Keller


Universal Healthcare 

America is gangsterism for the private profit of the few.-Vanessa Redgrave

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"There was never a good war or a bad peace." Benjamin Franklin

It was James Baldwin who said, “People who shut their eyes to reality simply invite their own destruction.”

"The real difficulty in changing any enterprise lies not in developing new ideas, but in escaping from the old ones." John Maynard Keynes

Reality leaves a lot to the imagination. - John Lennon

Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent. - Isaac Asimov

"War is cruelty and you cannot refine it." - Gen. William T. Sherman 1820-1891

"Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance." - Will Durant

"History is one big smoking gun and the function of the official press is to say this isn't so." - Alex Cockburn


"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

"What is capital punishment if not the most premeditated of murders to which no criminal act, no matter how calculated, can be compared."-- Albert Camus


"We need to acknowledge, if we are thoughtful people, that terror is everywhere, and has been with us always, and involves all kind of people who later get called men of peace.'"- P. Sabin Willett


"Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it." - George Bernard Shaw

No One Is Safe: The Ruling Class Unleashed

Do do do do do do- oh yeah!

"If you take a step towards freedom - It'll take two steps towards you" - Tom Morello

"No matter how cynical you get, it's impossible to keep up."- Lily Tomlin

“Neither the colourless vagueness of cosmopolitanism nor the fierce self-idolatry of nation worship is the goal of human history.”- Rabindranath Tagore

"The crimes of the US throughout the world have been systematic, constant, clinical, remorseless, and fully documented but nobody talks about them" - Harold Pinter

"A clever man solves a problem; a wise man avoids it." Einstein



No Human Being Is Illegal

"It is so simple a remedy, merely service. Not one ignoble thought or act is demanded of any of all men and women in the world to make fair the world. The call is for nobility of thinking, nobility of doing. The call is for service, and such is the wholesomeness of it. He who serves all best serves himself." - Jack London


"Possession is nine tenths of the problem." - Dr. Winston O'Boogie

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Public Housing and the American Dream

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"Si l'ordre est le plaisir de la raison, le désordre est le délice de l'imagination." - Paul Claudel

“Cricket is nothing if it is not one man pitted against a fish.”- Peter Cook

There is also an obvious question to be asked – in the Arab world itself — of the self-perpetuating House of Saud: have the Kingdom’s rulers gone bonkers?

"All too many people in power in the governments and universities of the world seem to carry a prejudice against the natural world -and also against the past, against history. It seems Americans would live by a Chamber-of-Commerce Creationism that declares itself satisfied with a divinely presented Shopping Mall. The integrity and character of our own ancestors is dismissed with 'I couldn't live like that 'y people who barely know how to live at all. An ancient forest is seen as a kind of overripe garbage, not unlike the embarrassing elderly."- Gary Snyder

Vietnam and the Things We Must Never Forget

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire. —William Butler Yeats

12 People Who Made a Difference (and You Can Too!)

“Participation — that’s what’s going to save the human race.” - Pete Seeger

Imagined Nations

“This is a diseased world in which it is impossible for anyone to be fully human. One way or another, everyone who lives in the modern world is sick or maladjusted.” David T. Dellinger, Revolutionary Nonviolence: Essays

South Korea’s Betrayal of the “Comfort Women”

Protesters march on Downing Street to demand immediate stop to Syria bombing

Rhodes Must Fall: Decolonizing Education

“You can’t have capitalism without racism.” - Malcolm X

The struggle for black liberation is bound up with the project of human liberation and social transformation.

Seumas Milne and His Swivel-Eyed Detractors

“The first revolutionary act is to call things by their true names.”- Rosa Luxemburg

Profit, not patients: the risks of private medicine

"Ridicule is the tribute paid to the genius by the mediocrities.:- Oscar Wilde

The Alinksy Method: a Critique

Margaret Atwood: we are double-plus unfree

de omnibus dubitandum; everything must be doubted

Thick as BRICS: an Illusory Alternative to Neoliberalism

“The unleashed power of the atom has changed everything save our modes of thinking, and we thus drift toward unparalleled catastrophes.”- Einstein

Examples in transition - a better world is possible

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire. - W.B. Yeats

Turning the Cradle of Civilization Into its Graveyard

Anarchism, Marxism and Victor Serge

John Brown by WEB Du Bois 1909 (online reading)

“Not everything that is faced can be changed; but nothing can be changed until it is faced.”- James Baldwin

Liberalism’s Game: the Failure of Settler Solidarity in Hawai’i

The Return of British Social Democracy? Jeremy Corbyn and the Revolt of the Excluded

The Revolutionary Dream of Justice and Equality

Jewish Terrorists and Administrative Detention

Ireland and the Privatization of Water: a Victory for the Anti-Charge Campaign

Progressives and the Economic Inequality in Academia

What Makes Scandinavia Different?

Under private property ... Each tries to establish over the other an alien power, so as thereby to find satisfaction of his own selfish need. The increase in the quantity of objects is therefore accompanied by an extension of the realm of the alien powers to which man is subjected, and every new product represents a new potentiality of mutual swindling and mutual plundering.

Marx, Human Requirements and Division of Labour (1844)


Eulogy delivered by Ossie Davis at the funeral of Malcolm X Faith Temple Church Of God February 27,1965

Neoliberal Ebola: the Agroeconomic Origins of the Ebola Outbreak

“Genius is more often found in a cracked pot than in a whole one.” E.B. White

Happy animals: the joy beyond the struggle to survive - in pictures

Radioactive fallout from nuclear weapons testing has killed more than 15,000 Americans and caused at least 80,000 cancers.

“Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our minds.”- Marcus Garvey

German Know-Nothings Today

The violence inherent in our society: the Criminal Justice System

All bets are off: why bookmakers aren’t playing fair

The Voyage of the Golden Rule

“Denying” the Srebrenica Genocide Because It’s Not True: an Interview with Diana Johnstone

And it was because that aesthetic, that ability to feel, imagine, and experience the world as otherwise was a collective project.

King Lear: Poor naked wretches, whereso’er you are, That bide the pelting of this pitiless storm, How shall your houseless heads and unfed sides, Your loop’d and window’d raggedness, defend you From seasons such as these? O, I have ta’en Too little care of this! Take physic, pomp; Expose thyself to feel what wretches feel, That thou mayst shake the superflux to them, And show the heavens more just.

"She's on the horizon..." Eduardo Galeano’s Words Walk the Streets of a Continent

“She’s on the horizon,” Galeano once wrote of utopia. “I go two steps, she moves two steps away. I walk ten steps and the horizon runs ten steps ahead. No matter how much I walk, I’ll never reach her. What good is utopia? That’s what: it’s good for walking.”

Seeds of Truth: Vandana Shiva and the New Yorker

The Legacy of Frantz Fanon

“I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain.” - James Baldwin

The Discreet Charm of Big Ugly Cities

We Buy Broken Gold - Why would a wealthy diamond merchant in a three-thousand-dollar suit want to cheat me out of a hundred bucks’ worth of gold?

”La lucha contra imperialismo es la lucha el mas importante en todo el mundo.”-Che Guevarra

How the Vietnam War Shattered the American Identity Haunted by Vietnam

Ten Years of Wily Python - February 9, 2015

Is not the first one. There were
Other wars before it.
When the last one came to an end
There were conquerors and conquered.
Among the conquered the common people
Starved. Among the conquerors
The common people starved too.

Bertolt Brecht

Leave a Little Light On for Me

“The impossible is the least that one can demand.” - James Baldwin

Always bear in mind that people are not fighting for ideas, for the things in anyone's head. They are fighting to win material benefits, to live better and in peace, to see their lives go forward, to guarantee the future of their children - Amilcar Cabral

"It is our duty now"

“One of the most time-consuming things is to have an enemy.” E.B. White, Essays of E.B. White

Nothing Changes as Much as the Past

Man has one defect: He can think - Bertolt Brecht

Across Colombia by Train, with Garcia Marquez

One of the central arguments of this essay so far is that structural violence creates lopsided structures of the imagination. Those on the bottom of the heap have to spend a great deal of imaginative energy trying to understand the social dynamics that surround them—including having to imagine the perspective of those on top—while the latter can wander about largely oblivious to much of what is going on around them. That is, the powerless not only end up doing most of the actual, physical labor required to keep society running, they also do most of the interpretive labor as well. - David Graeber from The Utopia of Rules p.81 paragraph 2

“The ocean of human folly upon which the fragile barque of human reason insecurely floats”

‘There is an unbroken line of police violence in the US that takes us all the way back to the days of slavery’

“What you call the spirit of the times is nothing but the spirit of the lords in which the times are reflected.”- Goethe

The world would never amount to a hill of beans if people didn't use their imaginations to think of the impossible. - Pete Seeger

What Really Happened to the Wobblies

All uranium binds to DNA and causes cancer and genetic effects in the children of those exposed – but U-234 is especially hazardous.

A Burnt Forest is a Healthy Forest


For our friend: Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions JOHN DONNE 1624

King Lear’s words to his daughter Cordelia: “When you ask me blessing, I’ll kneel down and ask of you forgiveness.”

From the archives: Power to the people – John Lennon and Yoko Ono interview

“I hear you say 'Why?' Always 'Why?' You see things; and you say 'Why?' But I dream things that never were; and I say 'Why not?” George Bernard Shaw, Back to Methuselah

If you have come to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us struggle together.

There is no easy path to liberation.

– but then she utters an irrefutable truth. “When you kill a member of a family, you kill the whole family.” And there really is no answer to that one.

From Michael Brown to Assata Shakur, the racist state of America persists - Angela Davis

“If voting made any difference, they wouldn’t let us do it.” - Mark Twain

The people of Sinai have suffered tremendously from neglect and poverty and now, extreme violence.

Humans drained the Aral Sea once before – but there are no free refills this time round

“Protest beyond the law is not a departure from democracy; it is absolutely essential to it”- Howard Zinn.

The body, which represents 6 million workers, calculates that there has been an 8% fall in real earnings between 2007 and 2014.

Vodou is Not Voodoo

You don’t stick a knife in a man’s back nine inches, and then pull it out six inches, and say you’re making progress. –Malcolm X

Much like Al Qaeda, the Islamic State (ISIS) is made-in-the-USA

“The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problem.” Gandhi

In our patriarchy, it is very difficult to trust women. In our patriarchy, women and children are the casualties of the political economy in the UK. In our patriarchy, women and children are the casualties of our wars.

The rising demand for Catalan independence

Spike Milligan statue unveiled

First and foremost, it is important to emphasize that cancer is NOT heritable.

September 11, 1973

There's no limit to how complicated things can get, on account of one thing always leading to another. E. B. White

Almost nothing will be received from the war-torn East, where basic infrastructure has been destroyed for power generation, water, hospitals and the civilian housing areas that bore the brunt of the attack.

Just ideas will triumph, or disaster will triumph.

With private profit as its purpose, even a single payer healthcare system is a swindle

Are PG&E and the NRC putting the industry’s profits before the health and safety of millions of Californians

“We still can’t explain why the cells come together to make an eye. There must be more principles that we still don’t understand yet. It’s something that makes me completely in awe of life.”

Obtuse Intelligence: The NSA Search Engine

The Children of Conflict: The Ignored History of the Migrant Refugee Crisis

Reprise: The Triumph of Crackpot Realism

Because things are the way they are, things will not stay the way they are. - Bertolt Brecht

“Let’s bomb them until they stop hating us”

"Humanity is never acquired in solitude or by giving one's work to the public. It can be achieved only by someone who throws his life and his person into the public realm...We undertake something. We weave our strand into a network of relations. What comes of it we never know...This venture is only possible when there is a trust in mankind. A trust which is hard to formulate...A trust in what is human in men—all men." Hannah Arendt

Why Washington’s War on Terror Failed


Remembered for Its Silence: This behavior does not represent working people

The Washington-Pretoria-Tel Aviv Relay

Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves. - Thoreau

History is much more complicated than everything I have said, but that is the was it is, in broad strokes

The dream is over.

John Williams of calculates the true US unemployment rate to be 23.2%

Unions That Used to Strike

A Repugnant New Form of Fascism

A just idea in the depth of a cave is stronger than an army. - José Martí

Working on the fringes of the law, rebel architects are trying to improve people’s lives in tough areas.

The Panama Canal will have it's 100 year anniversary on August 14,2014.

America’s Recruitment of Nazis–Then and Now

This World Reeks of War

Back to the Future

“It has remained for them to conduct the human experiment!”

Ghost Dancing Indians on the plains

From Sea Bound Incarceration to Tropical Island Detention

The Beginning: Down the Rabbit-Hole

It is so simple a remedy, merely service. Not one ignoble thought or act is demanded of any one of all men and women in the world to make fair the world. The call is for nobility of thinking, nobility of doing. The call is for service, and, such is the wholesomeness of it, he who serves all, best serves himself.

The evidence that shows Iron Dome is not working

The Threat of Good Example

The Fictions of Fictitious Capital

The NSA’s New Partner in Spying: Saudi Arabia’s Brutal State Police

In this war, both sides have the same aim: to put an end to the situation that existed before it started.

War is the total failure of the human spirit.

It is Time to Know a Little More About Realities

Time Runs Out for Christian Iraq

Simplicity is a corollary to non-cooperation

“The greatest evil is to destroy life, to injure life, to repress life that is capable of development.”- Dr. Albert Schweitzer

Monsanto's herbicide Roundup has been linked to a mysterious fatal kidney disease epidemic that has appeared in Central America, Sri Lanka and India.

Mississippi Summer Project 50th Anniversary Reunion

We Should Abolish the CIA.

In a remarkable judicial verdict in Chile, the U.S. government has been held responsible for the deaths of two of its own countrymen 40 years ago.

Severe liver and kidney damage and hormonal disturbances in rats fed the GM maize and low levels of Roundup that are below those permitted in drinking water in the EU

Practical approaches to nonviolence

“If somebody points a gun at you and says, “Kill your friend or I will kill you”, he is tempting you, that is all.” - Mary McCarthy

Gerry Conlon, RIP

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” Gandhi

Everything must be doubted

“There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root.” - Henry David Thoreau

JImmy Gralton’s Ireland

Disobedience, in the eyes of anyone who has read history, is man’s original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made—through disobedience and through rebellion. —Oscar Wilde, 1891

Do not fear death so much but rather the inadequate life. - Bertolt Brecht

“War is at best barbarism… Its glory is all moonshine. It is only those who have neither fired a shot nor heard the shrieks and groans of the wounded who cry aloud for blood, more vengeance, more desolation. War is hell.”- Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman

“The ideas of the ruling class are in every epoch the ruling ideas, i.e. the class which is the ruling material force of society, is at the same time its ruling intellectual force.” Karl Marx

“It is fortunate that diplomats have long noses since they usually cannot see beyond them.” - Paul Claudel.

"if you are not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing."

If you can find money to kill can find money to help people -Tony Benn

All reactionaries are paper tigers. In appearance, the reactionaries are terrifying, but in reality, they are not so powerful. From a long-term point of view, it is not the reactionaries but the people who are powerful. - Mao

The problem with relying on false history is that it leads to bad decisions.

“If you want to know the right thing to do, simply do what is most difficult" - Rainer Maria Rilke

“Despair is a luxury only white people can afford”- James Baldwin

An Interview With Michael Hudson on Economic Violence

“The further they draw away from the United States, the freer and more prosperous the [Latin] American people will be.”- José Martí

I want it to be known that we’re going to work with grim and determination to gain justice…And we are not wrong. We are not wrong in what we are doing. If we are wrong – the Supreme Court of this nation is wrong. If we are wrong – God Almighty is wrong! If we are wrong – justice is a lie! - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

"The CIA, after all, is nothing more than the secret police of American capitalism, plugging up leaks in the political dam night and day so that shareholders of US companies operating in poor countries can continue enjoying the rip-off.” - Philip Agee

“Why are you daydreaming? Finish your assignment!”

A Short History of the Minnesota Farmer-Labor Party

WikiLeaks: defeating the conspiracy of governance

EP Thompson knew progress was won from below – a fact that the elite would always rather we forget

Simple good sense demands that we work toward creating a calendar in which at least half of all of the days are vacations.

The Good War, Revisited

So This Is Christmas

Notes for a political economy of creativity and solidarity by Hilary Wainwright

If a man will observe as he walks the streets, I believe he will find the merriest countenances in mourning coaches. —Jonathan Swift, 1706

“A civilization is not destroyed by wicked people; it is not necessary that they be wicked but only that they be spineless.” - James Baldwin

“One thing alone I charge you. As you live, believe in life. Always human beings will live and progress to greater, broader and fuller life. The only possible death is to lose belief in this truth simply because the great end comes slowly, because time is long.”- W.E.B DuBois

The Economic and Political Context of Student Debt

Step one for everyone trying to make the world a better place should be listening to those they wish to help.

On the set of Ken Loach's "Jimmy's Hall"

"If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality." -Desmond Tutu

“If we have no business with the construction of the future or with organizing it for all time, there can still be no doubt about the task confronting us at present: the ruthless criticism of the existing order, ruthless in that it will shrink neither from its own discoveries, nor from conflict with the powers that be.” — Karl Marx

"Everyone chases after happiness, not noticing that happiness is right at their heels."- Bertolt Brecht

"Only those who dream will someday see their dreams converted to reality".

Allende’s socialist internet

"In the little moment that remains to us between the crisis and the catastrophe, we may as well drink a glass of champagne." - Paul Claudel Quoted by Claud Cockburn, In Time of Trouble

Violence is as American as cherry pie. - H. Rap Brown

“I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn't arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I'm going to be happy in it.”- Groucho Marx

Whether you can observe a thing or not depends on the theory which you use. It is the theory which decides what can be observed. - Albert Einstein

Poetry and Latin American Revolution

Our Leningrad

The Disappearance of Public Intellectuals

After Capitalism

In one of its last interviews, Paulo Freire says as it came close to the thought of Karl Marx.

Fred Hampton, Occupy and Us Popping the Media Bubble on Police Violence

Give Peace A Chance

Joan Baez Live @ Woodstock 1969 Joe Hill

"Don't be afraid of death so much as an inadequate life." - Brecht

Latvia’s Fake Economic Model

The Craziness of the Cuban Economic Blockade

150 years of research proves that long hours at work kill profits, productivity and employees

"All governments are run by liars and nothing they say should be believed." I. F. Stone

"If the world is upside down the way it is now, wouldn't we have to turn it over to get it to stand up straight?" -Eduardo Galeano

“Our rights will not voluntarily be handed to us, so we are heading out to demand them." Frederick Douglass,


"The impact of war is self-evident, since economically it is exactly the same as if the nation were to drop a part of its capital into the ocean." --Karl Marx, Grundrisse, 1857-58

"Of course we will, boy! The British Army has always fought the wily Pathan. Stripped mother-naked, under the tent brailings like a snake, he is." - Colonel Grapple - later to be known as Grapple of the Bedoo

“A real man should feel on his own cheek the blow given to another man’s cheek.” José Martí

The Bay View Massacre

Bay View Massacre

‘If you’re not careful the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed and loving the people who are doing the oppressing.’ - Malcolm X

“The first revolutionary act is to call things by their true names.”- Rosa Luxemburg

Before You Enlist

“Some men see things as they are and say why? I dream things that never were and say 'Why not?” - George Bernard Shaw

An Infinite Succession of Presents

“Voting is easy and marginally useful, but it is a poor substitute for democracy, which requires direct action by concerned citizens.” - Howard Zinn

Soldier, We Love You

"Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!" –from "Ozymandias"

“Crises are, as it were, the irrational rationaliers of an always unstable capitalism”- David Harvey

"Men make their own history, but they do not make it as they please; they do not make it under self-selected circumstances, but under circumstances existing already, given and transmitted from the past."- Karl Marx

"What is the end of our revolution? The tranquil enjoyment of liberty and equality; the reign of that eternal justice, the laws of which are graven, not on marble or stone, but in the hearts of men, even in the heart of the slave who has forgotten them, and in that of the tyrant who disowns them." -- Maximillien Robespierre

One must remember that in choosing the lesser of two evils, one still chooses evil." --Hannah Arendt

"While a person dies every day during the eight or more hours in which he or she functions as a commodity, individuals come to life afterward in their spiritual creations. But this remedy bears the germs of the same sickness: that of a solitary being seeking harmony with the world." — Che Guevara

Self-Reliance from Essays: First Series (1841) Ralph Waldo Emerson

Hans Hofmann once wrote: "In nature, light creates the colour. In the picture, colour creates the light."

Embryonic stem cells from mice have been transformed into a rudimentary eye, raising hopes of growing parts of the human eye to investigate and treat blindness

We teach children to be inquisitive, so that they will become accustomed to obeying reason: not authority like the feebleminded, or custom like fools. He who does not know, anyone can deceive. He who does not have, anyone can buy. - Simón Rodríguez

Alice Stewart: The woman who knew too much

Placebo cures shown to help with depression and stomach complaints – in Bavaria, 88% of doctors have prescribed them

Water on the Table

It is a form of psychic escapism. Taste is immaterial to the millions of addicts who are eating to alleviate the pain of existence

"One has to grow hard but without ever losing tenderness." - Che Guevarra


“If anyone understands me, then I wasn’t clear." ¬ Jean-Luc Godard

"There is no better than adversity. Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss, contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve your performance next time." - Malcolm X

Staughton Lynd could have built an enviable career as an academic but for his conscience.

30-hour workweek

The Undeserving Rich

I think we should talk about the undeserving rich

John Dewey said it brilliantly: He said that whatever the best and most privileged parents have for their kids should be the baseline for what we want for all kids. Anything less undermines our democracy.

"He Will Have to Live ’Til the Day He Dies with the Knowledge that He Is Guilty of a War Crime" - Tony Benn on Tony Blair

"Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity" - Simone Weil

"It is criminal to teach a man not to defend himself, when he is the constant victim of brutal attacks." -Malcolm X

"What I'm dealing with is so vast and great that it can't be called the Truth. It's beyond the Truth."- Sun Ra


Less Work, More Life

Behavioural differences between the sexes are not hard-wired at birth but are the result of society's expectations, say scientists

""this crusade ... is going to take a while" - G W Bush

Charity is the vice of unequal systems

"There is nothing so strong or safe in an emergency of life as the simple truth." - Charles Dickens

We know more about war than we know about peace, more about killing than we know about living.” - General Omar Bradley

When one reads Bibles, one is less surprised at what the Deity knows than at what He doesn't know. -- Mark Twain

"Every political edict which is not based upon nature is wrong." Louis Antoine de Saint-Just, 1792

The goal should be a country where every neighborhood features

'Whatever the cost of our libraries, the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation.'"- Walter Cronkite

Jottings on The Conjuncture

"I would unite with anybody to do right and with nobody to do wrong." Frederick Douglass

It was not by making yourself heard but by staying sane that you carried on the human heritage

A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do.

“Compassion was the chief and, perhaps the only law of all human existence.”

Report: Public Housing Works, When You Invest In It

What created democracy was Thomas Paine and Shays Rebellion, the suffragists and the abolitionists and on down through the populists and the labor movement, including the Wobblies

“I am no Moses to lead you out of the wilderness … because if I could lead you out, someone else could lead you in again.” - Eugene Debs

The Economics of Revolution” Book by Helen Yaffe Reviewed by Diana Raby

Human Rights violations are so commonplace in the US of A that we do not even think of them as Human Rights violations.- Scott ffolliott

And it's the "fair use" thing which is important here

"...a newspaper columnist as a person obliged to find significance three times a week in events of absolutely no consequence."

The Problem Is Civil Obedience

Rebuttal Of The Dalai Lama’s Denigration of Sex By Janie Rezner

The absolute ... spells doom to everyone when it is introduced into the political realm. - Hannah Arendt

Wayne Morse on Democracy

Chernobyl: a Photographic Essay

Don't Deploy

The Trials of Tony Judt

“Holy Wars” May 2, 2009

Three Holy Wars

"The crimes of the US throughout the world have been systematic, constant, clinical, remorseless, and fully documented but nobody talks about them" - Harold Pinter

My notion of democracy is that under it the weakest shall have the same opportunities as the country in the world today shows any but patronizing regard for the weak... Western democracy, as it functions today, is diluted fascism...true democracy cannot be worked by twenty men sitting at the center. It has to be worked from below, by the people of every village. Mahatma Gandhi

"Capitalism has destroyed our belief in any effective power but that of self interest backed by force." George Bernard Shaw

I don't fear death, I fear remaining silent in the face of injustice ... I am ready, wherever and whenever you might strike. You can cut down the flower, but nothing can stop the coming of the spring."- Malalai Joya

This is a clip from Lenny Bruce's second to last performance

“As nightfall does not come all at once, neither does oppression. In both instances, there is a twilight when everything remains seemingly unchanged. And it is in such twilight that we all must be most aware of change in the air - however slight - lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness.” - William O. Douglas

“We are here on Earth to do good to others. What the others are here for, I don't know.” —W.H. Auden

Upton Sinclair: “It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends on his not understanding it.”

An injury to one is an injury to all

“I hold the view that before Obama completes his term, there will be from six to eight right-wing governments in Latin America that will be allies of the empire." -- Fidel Castro.

"The beginning of thought is in disagreement - not only with others but also with ourselves" -. Eric Hoffer

"Our lives are worth more than their profits" - Olivier Besancenot..

A truth that's told with bad intent Beats all the lies you can invent. --William Blake, "Auguries of Innocence"

The Battle of Orgreave

"Our for-profit health care system makes money off of death, the same way our arms merchants make money off of death. - Chris Hedges

But the paradox of public transport, of course, is that the better it does its job, the less "efficient" it may be. - Tony Judt

"I don't want to achieve immortality through my work. I want to achieve it through not dying." -Woody Allen

Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them. Henry David Thoreau

“If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don’t have to worry about the answers.” - Thomas Pynchon

"A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it a superficial appearance of being right.' - Thomas Paine

"Everyone of them knew that as time went by they'd get a little bit older and a litter slower but..."

Helen Yaffe explores impact of Che Guevara as an economist and politician

The Age of Reason - Thomas Paine (1794)

Tagore put it succinctly: “Neither the colourless vagueness of cosmopolitanism nor the fierce self-idolatry of nation worship is the goal of human history.”

"The universe we observe, if properly understood, has all the properties we should expect if there is no purpose, no design, no evil, and no good. Nothing but blind, pitiless indifference. Each form eternally destroyed while others take its place." - Darwin

"Does not Dionysius seem to have made it sufficiently clear that there can be nothing happy for the person over whom some fear always looms?"- Cicero, Tusculan Disputations 5.1

A Feather From The Sky

"Wichita Vortex Sutra"

"it takes two to speak the truth, one to speak and another to hear"
- henry david thoreau


"Poverty is the worst form of violence."- Gandhi

“Carved in stone on the grave of Second Lieutenant Arthur Conway Young, who died on 16 August, 1917. 'Sacrifice to the fallacy that war can end war,' his family had inscribed on his last resting place.” - Rober Fisk

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Ten years or more ago until now we often linked to other publications to show a version of a narrative presented to us. Much of the narrative is lost to us because the links have been truncated leaving just a publisher or a 404 error message. However there are a few pages that still link which in itself is something to think about, perhaps itself a story of derring-do. The disconected world-wide-web seemed to have turned into social media and we are now all born yesterday. Let's let William O. Douglas sum up: “As nightfall does not come all at once, neither does oppression. In both instances, there is a twilight when everything remains seemingly unchanged. And it is in such twilight that we all must be most aware of change in the air - however slight - lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness.”

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