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The fire next time is now

birdsEnvironmental historian Angus Wright’s call for a planetary patriotism

Angus Wright has a way of saying things we may not want to hear in a way that’s hard to ignore.

An example: During a meeting of environmentalists about shaping the public conversation on our most pressing ecological crises, folks were wrestling with how to present an honest analysis in accessible language -- how to talk about the bad news and the need for radical responses, without turning people off. During the discussion about the effects of climate change, Wright offered a simple suggestion for a slogan: “No more water, the fire next time.”

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Transforming Easy Cynicism (And Other Forms Of Conformity) Into Deep Resistance

OWSBy Phil Rockstroh

In my opinion, when people opine that the OWS movement isabout--or should be about--the airing of this particular grievance or that itmust bandy this or that particular demand--they have missed the point. Ofcourse, collectively, OWS evinces a force of resistance against corporate greedand a critique of the failings of the present political system…Yet, as is thecase with any living thing, to reduce its essential nature to faciledescriptions diminishes it.

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Reform or Revolution: Facing Into the Abyss

anonymousThe Diminishing Rate of Profit

As capitalism matures, the rate of profit from a given unit of labour diminishes. That is, it becomes more difficult to squeeze a dime of profit from an hour of labour. To make matters worse, global competition has rendered the old formula where firms were subsided by the state to pay decent wages, dead. Workers are now competing with the most oppressive terms of exploitation on the planet. The old (so called) 'American dream' is finished. It's time to wake up.

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'Attack Iran' and AIPAC's infamous chutzpah

netanyahu-aipacby MJ Rosenberg

Wasting no time after its success in getting the administration to oppose Palestinian statehood at the United Nations, and still celebrating the UNESCO funding cutoff, AIPAC has returned to its number one priority: Pushing for war with Iran.

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'Hold me back!'

israel_iranEverybody knows the scene from school: a small boy quarrels with a bigger boy. “Hold me back!” he shouts to his comrades, “Before I break his bones!”

Our government seems to be behaving in this way. Every day, via all channels, it shouts that it is going, any minute now, to break the bones of Iran.

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