Archive for the ‘democracy’ Category

Can The United Auto Workers Be Democratized?

Above Photo: Workers picket outside of John Deere Harvester Works facility on October 14, 2021 in East Moline, Illinois. Scott Olson/Getty Images. For decades, the United Auto Workers has been controlled by a tight-knit group of insiders. Now members are voting in a historic referendum on how the union elects its central leadership. For decades, […]

‘March Of Millions’ In Sudan Revives Spirit Of December Revolution

Above Photo: Millions of pro-democracy protesters took to the streets in a show of force for the ‘Millions March’ in cities and towns across Sudan on Thursday, October 21. SCP. While declaring their readiness to confront the military, the revolutionary forces which mobilized for the protests also made it clear that they no longer trust […]

Green Mountain Spinnery And Flat Iron Cooperative

Above Photo: Marti Stone. Green Mountain Spinnery is a 40 year old cooperative based in rural Vermont. They mill high quality yarns made in the U.S., support regional sheep farming, and develop ways of producing natural fibers that are environmentally friendly. Flat Iron Cafe is a cooperatively owned coffee shop based in Vermont. They are […]

Chile Is Taking The Final Steps Of Dismantling Dictatorship

Renowned Chilean author and human rights activist Ariel Dorfman delivered these remarks at the 45th anniversary Letelier-Moffitt Memorial Program on September 19, 2021. Renowned Chilean author and human rights activist Ariel Dorfman delivered these remarks at the 45th anniversary Letelier-Moffitt Memorial Program on September 19, 2021. A collection of photos from the event has been made available […]

Understanding The Basics Of 21st-Century Democracy, Autocracy, And Capitalism

Above Photo: Nathaniel St. Clair. Democracy exists if and when a community organizes its self-governance around the full participation, on an equal basis, of all the members of the community. Its other, autocracy, exists when a community organizes (or allows) its governance by an individual or subgroup of that community, a ruler. Universal suffrage is […]

Indigenous Peoples In Mexico Defend Their Right To Water

Above photo: The Chichipicas spring is one of the San Huitzizilapan indigenous community’s water sources, in the Lerma municipality, in the state of Mexico -adjacent to Mexico City-, where several community systems manage the resource. Emilio Godoy / IPS. Lerma/Coyotepec, Mexico – In the San Lorenzo Huitzizilapan Otomí indigenous community, in the state of Mexico –adjacent […]

How Can America Wake Up From Its Post-9/11 Nightmare?

Above photo: CODEPINK. Looking back on it now, the 1990s were an age of innocence for America. The Cold War was over and our leaders promised us a “peace dividend.” There was no TSA to make us take off our shoes at airports (how many bombs have they found in those billions of shoes?). The […]

Protect the filibuster or preserve our democracy, which shall it be?

The filibuster is alive and well in the U.S. Senate and now appears to have become a permanent part of that government legislative body. Minority leader McConnell uses it as a club to “kill” any legislation that he determines is not in his best interests.  What’s ironic is that the Democrats have the power to […]

Why did a military superpower fail in Afghanistan?

The speed and efficiency with which Taliban forces were able to complete the occupation of most of Afghanistan, as well as the quick collapse of the Afghan government, has led to criticism of President Joe Biden’s decision to end U.S. military presence in Afghanistan and of the withdrawal’s logistics. But the criticisms, while valid, may […]

Dem Rep. Escobar: Unless We Pass Voting Laws, ‘We Are Going to Lose Our Democracy’ When TX Dems Return

On Friday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Rep. Veronica Escobar (D-TX) said that unless federal voting legislation is passed, “we are going to lose our democracy” when the Texas House Democrats who are breaking quorum return to Texas. Escobar said, “In a state like mine, Texas, literally, we are going to lose our democracy through Texas […]

At A Convention Like No Other, Teamster Challengers Turn A Corner

Above Photo: Teamsters United. This was a Teamsters convention like no other—and not just because it was held online, avoiding the usual Las Vegas spectacle where a few brave reformers run a gauntlet of booing red-vested delegates. Even in person, the 2021 convention wouldn’t have gone down that way. The opposition slate didn’t just squeak […]

The Democracy vs. Freedom Dispute

July 1, 2021  by Lawrence Davidson Part I—Democracy and Freedom In the United States, there is a dispute over whether democracy and freedom are compatible. Some, such as Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, have questioned their compatibility, and even asserted that freedom, rather than democracy, is what the U.S. really stands for. These terms are […]

The GOP is trying to outlaw democracy

Image Credit: Khalil Bendib/OtherWords.org Ralph Waldo Emerson told of a dinner guest who went on and on about the virtue of honesty, offering his own life as a model of perfect rectitude. “The louder he talked of his honor,” said Emerson, “the faster we counted our spoons.” That’s my reaction to the cacophony of phony […]

We can have the filibuster or democracy, but not both

The American political system is complicated, but fixing it doesn’t have to be. Voters of all stripes broadly agree on the kinds of changes they’d like to see. We need less money in politics. It should be easier to vote — early, in person, or by mail. And voters should be able to pick their […]

Democracy Dies At The Washington Post Editorial Board

Above Photo: Antonio Cabrera. In the Soviet Union, everybody was aware that the media was controlled by the state. But in a corporate state like the U.S., a veneer of independence is still maintained, although trust in the media has been plummeting for years. Washington — The Washington Post’s glaring conflicts of interest have of late […]

UK Police Arrests Man over the Severe Crime of Chasing BBC Reporter and telling him ‘Traitor’

    Western Democracy at work… if this is what democracy is then no thank you, we renounce democracy, we don’t need it, we don’t like it. This has got to be one of the most demented reasons in the history of UK for an arrest but regardless, here’s the story from the Daily Mail: […]

Why One State in India Is Showing Promising Signs of Democracy

Above Photo: Kerala morning / Bruno Arunjunai Just before the state elections in Kerala, in southern India, a television channel ran a program called “The Great Political Kitchen.” The anchor went to kitchens across the state to talk to homemakers about their views on politics. In one kitchen, the anchor asked a woman about a dispute surrounding […]

THE GREAT RESET IS ONE OF THE GREATEST THREATS TO DEMOCRACY & FREEDOM

Independent MP Craig Kelly says the great reset is “one of the greatest threats” facing our freedoms and our democracy.“ https://odysee.com/@WhatIsTruth_WasIstWahrheit_2:f/THE-GREAT-RESET-IS-ONE-OF-THE-GREATEST-THEATS-TO-DEMOCRACY—FREEDOM:e Share this: Like this: Like Loading… Source

The end of (inconvenient) protest?

Among the most important innovations brought about by America’s experiment with a democratic republic, the country’s bill of rights established freedoms for citizens that many people throughout the world are still fighting for. The country’s history can in some ways be understood as the story of a simmering conflict between ordinary working people and powerful […]

Muscular MAN dressed up as Woman to compete at Tokyo Olympic Games as Weightlifter

    Russia had its athletes banned over generally unproven doping accusations, they even had their flag banned as punishment because they were cheating but hey, let’s put a dress on a huge muscular Weightlifter male, call him transgender woman and send him to compete with the girls… and that’s not cheating!!!!!!!!!!!! Nope, in fact […]

On Contact: Securing Democracy With Glenn Greenwald

 On the show this week, Chris Hedges talks to the US journalist Glenn Greenwald about how his reporting exposed the corruption that is rife among Brazil’s political, judicial, and economic elite. Greenwald was able to show, through a trove of documents, how President Jair Bolsonaro and his crypto-fascist party manipulated the legal system with […]

Tell the Senate to pass the For the People Act

More than 200 bills have been introduced in many states nationwide taking away voting rights that now more than ever the For the People Act needs to be passed in the Senate. The bill, which passed in the House on March 3, is a comprehensive reform package that will help protect and expand access to […]

Black Islamist Rams Car Into White Capitol Cop Near White House, White People Get Blamed Anyway

Home » Crimes, North America, Terrorism » Black Islamist Rams Car Into White Capitol Cop Near White House, White People Get Blamed Anyway     The suspect shot dead after ramming his car into barriers outside the US Capitol has been identified by NBC News and other media outlets as Noah Green, a 25-year-old black […]

‘Hijacking of democracy in plain sight’: Georgia GOP transforms 2-page bill into 93-page assault on voting rights

Democratic lawmakers and civil rights groups are accusing Georgia state Republicans of launching an ambush attack on the franchise after GOP lawmakers transformed a two-page bill limiting who is permitted to send absentee ballot applications into a sprawling 93-page omnibus package that would significantly alter election laws and curtail voting rights. The anger began to build Wednesday afternoon when Republican lawmakers […]

How The Third Way Turned Its Back On Democracy

The Third Way which conquered the centre-left during the 1990s brought with it a hostility to democratic politics – the public would have to adapt to the demands of market, not the other way around. The problem of democratic representation has always turned on the question of the ‘have-nots’ — that is, not only those […]

Red Lines: Vijay Prashad Explains Myanmar Coup

[embedded content] Red Lines host Anya Parampil speaks with Vijay Prashad, historian and Chief Correspondent for Globetrotter, about the military’s recent takeover in Myanmar. “The first thing that people should know is that Aung San was the state councilor based on an agreement made between the military in Myanmar, the opposition movements that had been […]

Sitrep: How Democratic is China?

February 21, 2021 Locally called Happy Grandpa By Godfree Roberts – selected from his extensive weekly newsletter : Here Comes China You can get it here:  https://www.herecomeschina.com/#subscribe Having recently read Godfree’s latest book, Why China Rules the World, I learned about trial spots, the history of these and how basically everything that is accepted by the population, gets trialed first, […]

Ecuador Elections: Arauz And Lasso Advance To Second Round

Above photo: According to the CNE, over 80,97 percent of the electoral roll participated in the elections. Twitter/ @AgenciaTelam. With 100 percent of the ballot records processed, the electoral body reported that the Union for Hope (UNES) Andres Arauz won with 32.72 percent of the votes while Lasso received 19.74 percent. Ecuador’s National Electoral Council […]

Will Andrés Arauz Be The Next President Of Ecuador?

Above photo: While Andrés Arauz came won the largest vote share in the elections held on February 7, the next steps in the process are unclear. Twitter. Uncertainty looms over the electoral process in Ecuador as it has still not been made clear who will face off against front-runner Andrés Arauz in the second round […]

Understanding The Complicated Politics And Geopolitics Of The Coup In Myanmar

On February 1, 2021, Myanmar’s military—known as the Tatmadaw—invoked Article 417 of the 2008 constitution, dismissed State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi, and arrested her and other members of her National League for Democracy (NLD) party. Condemnation of the coup was swift, although there would be reason for hesitancy in the reaction: Aung San Suu […]

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