Disarm The Death Squads NOW!

    As I write this, there is news that the political forces allied with Evo Morales, the former President of Bolivia ousted by a CIA-orchestrated coup, have won their just-completed elections.  Hopefully the next coup–which is inevitable, unless the incoming administration acts firmly and quickly–has not already occurred; it is a certainty that the…

A Marge Piercy Poem – Offered for Black Lives Matter

    The mouth of empire eats onward through the apple of all. Armies of brown men are roasted into coffee beans, are melted into chocolate, are pounded into copper. Their blood is refined into oil, black river oozing rainbows of affluence.   _________________________________________________________ Reading this poem, I immediately thought of Black Lives Matter, and…

Glimpses of Freedom

  It was in sixty-eight in France they wrote, “Beneath the cobblestones, the beach.” Across that time, another clime, it comes to us To teach the mystery of history, its reach From yesteryears to what appears today, on streets Where the hardy flower, freedom, breaks through stone.   We are not lone in this, longing…

He Didn’t Even Wait Until The Convention

    The same Senator Bernie Sanders who spoke of the need for “political revolution” has now endorsed the arch-centrist Joe Biden, ensuring the Convention is utterly irrelevant and moot.  He made this endorsement irrespective of the very current and active charge that Biden sexually assaulted Tara Reade; notwithstanding Biden’s repeated misrepresentations of his own…

The American Spring

  We could with justice call it the Sanders Spring, for this advent of new life, the sense of hopefulness and possibility that accompanies it, is substantially bound up with the campaign of Senator Bernie Sanders for the presidency of the United States.  Like the Arab Spring, and other eponymously named springs of recent history,…

What Labour Did Right, What Socialists Must Do

  The UK’s Labour Party has an outstanding leader in Jeremy Corbyn, an excellent manifesto, and hardworking volunteers who canvassed for their candidates.  These are important things to keep in mind, as the inevitable cacophony follows the Tory victory in national elections.  That Brexit was the wish of a preponderance of voters is now clear,…