What most people call “socialism” has very little to do with workers’ control of society–or what a real socialist society would entail. Eric Ruder looks at why.
MORE THAN a third of Americans have a positive image of “socialism,” according to recent Gallup and Rasmussen polls, but I think it’s safe to say that most Americans, even those who feel socialism would make a big improvement in their lives, have only a vague idea of what socialism might look like.
How quickly the meteoric prince has fallen to earth, with a thud. The splashy campaigner has morphed into a cross between Neville Chamberlain, England’s Nazi appeaser, and George Armstrong Custer, rushing to get ambushed at the Little Big Horn. Few recall Chamberlain, whose compromises to belligerent Hitler spurred, rather than deflected war – not that I am offering any absurd Nazi parallels. And yet, appeasing bullies from the get-go is curious strategy for a newcomer once rich with political capital.
http://www.mediasanctuary.orghttp://www.helencaldicott.org Noted anti-nuclear activist Dr. Helen Caldicott speaks about the effect of radiation on children, calling for a revival of anti-nuclear activism. Excerpted from a talk at The Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy, NY on November 13, 2010.
As the United States government claims to spread democracy around the world and is deeply involved in ghost writing constitutions for other countries, the spotlight falls back on this country. Is the current US system a democracy, – has it ever been one? In The Myth of the Founding Fathers Michael Parenti takes us back to the early days of the republic. Who were the founding fathers, what were their goals in writing the US constitution? Who did they exclude and who did they favor? What was their attitude towards slavery? How many of them actually wanted to create a monarchy? And who, in the end, ratified the constitution after it was written?