By Howard Zinn on Aug 4, 2008
The other day I called Jamie Galbraith--now the Lloyd M. Bentsen Professor of Government/Business Relations at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas (which proves that God has an excellent sense of humor)--to ask the following question: "Jamie, are we having some kind of crisis of capitalism here, or is it just that everybody in the financial industry is a crook?"
by Barbara Renaud Gonzalez
Hey man, heavy shit, man . . . are we drivin' OK man?--from the film Up in Smoke, written by, and starring, Cheech Marin and produced by Lou Adler, 1978.
More than forty years after C�sar Chavez began organizing farm workers in California, the word depicting that struggle for justice has been sold for a million dollars.
A Rare, Unflinching Eye
The PBS series P.O.V. begins its fifteenth season on June 25 by airing a documentary with all the characteristics that viewers of the program have come to expect: an intimate story told with great care that will simultaneously piss off and inspire plenty of people.
In Northampton, Massachusetts--a nineteenth century center of abolition and the longtime home of Sojourner Truth--some 400 citizens attended a town meeting on February 4 to organize a way to protect the residents of the town from the provisions of the USA Patriot Act. Thus was born the Northampton Bill of Rights Defense Committee.
George W. Bush and the House Republicans have taken a page from Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton: They are picking on people on welfare.
by John Nichols
Remember the old posters that read, "What if schools got all the money they needed and the Pentagon had to hold a bake sale?" How about this for a variation: What if politicians had to give up their official cars, office furniture, and prime parking spots to pay for clean campaigns?
by Michael T. Klare
Since its inception, the Bush Administration has launched two great foreign policy initiatives: a global war against terrorism, and a global campaign to expand American access to foreign oil.
By Ruth Conniff
Dr. Edward Zigler, often called "the father of Head Start," is a Yale psychologist known for his groundbreaking research in child development.
The Red Cloak Diary
San Francisco, California, which is a little more real than Los Angeles, where everything it's known for is fake.
by Elizabeth DiNovella
In the no man's land between the Muslim and Jewish Quarters of the Old City of Jerusalem, a burping contest between two boys begins.
Hey Eleanor, You Forgot a Few...
The military machine starts to rust when it stops killing. And so the president of the planet is running his finger across the globe seeking the next country to bomb. The Afghan war was a success: It punished the punished and killed the killed. Now new enemies are needed.
by David Rabin
It's March 13, and the image is extraordinary: Almost 400 coffins, in neat rows, stretched out in a central Tel Aviv plaza.
"Absent, I come to the home of the absent," the leading Palestinian poet, Mahmoud Darwish, writes. No other poet captures the Palestinian consciousness and collective memory the way he does.
Chamber of Welfare Reform
It was hard to miss the racism and misogyny that helped motivate welfare reform, which is about to come up for reauthorization by Congress.