Beirut 2004: A Milestone in the Global Struggle against Injustice and War

Mar 09

We are assembled here in Beirut at a critical moment. It is a moment marked by crosscurrents: In Iraq, the US gets deeper and deeper into a Vietnam-style quagmire, with the number of American soldiers killed since the March 20, 2003 invasion passing the 1,000 mark in the first week of September. Yet in Palestine, the Zionist Wall continues to be built at the rate of...

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The Crisis of the Globalist Project & the New Economics of George W. Bush

Mar 09

Capitalism constantly erodes man and woman's being-in-nature (creature) and being-in-society (citizen) and, even as it drains them of life energy as workers, it moulds their consciousness around one role: that of consumer. Capitalism has many "laws of motion", but one of the most destructive as far as the environment goes is Say's law, which is...

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The Global Crisis of Legitimacy of Liberal Democracy

Mar 08

The first is the crisis of overextension, or the growing gap between imperial reach and imperial grasp, the most striking example of which is the US's being drawn into a quagmire in Iraq. This has led to an erosion of its strategic position globally and made the threat of the employment of US military force to discipline recalcitrant governments and forces...

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Iraq, the U.S., and the Challenges to the Global Peace Movement

Mar 08

These year's massive protests are in the tradition of the global protests against the war of Feb. 15, 2003 and March 20, 2004. They underline the world's continuing repudiation of the massive war crime that the US is perpetrating against the Iraqi people. They are testimony to the fact that aggression always elicits revulsion, even if it is carried out under...

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Academics, Power, and the Crisis of the University

Mar 08

More recently, the influence of academia on politicians and policymakers has been most evident in the massive impact of Milton Friedman and the University of Chicago School of economics. The political success of the free market policies of Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher in the West is inconceivable without the intellectual foundations provided by the Chicago...

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Desperate Martians Now Wooing Venusians

Mar 08

The reality is that the old game of domination and occupation continues, and the US is not winning. The triumphalism that accompanied George W. Bush's tour of "Old Europe," with his brand new Secretary of State, Condoleeza Rice, at his side, was a public relations effort to counter the reality of the spread of a wide and deep resistance in Iraq. There...

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