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Indivisible Guide. Why Americans Hate Atheists. The Tyranny of Stuctureless. For everyone to have the opportunity to be involved in a given group and to participate in its activities the structure must be explicit, not implicit.

The Tyranny of Stuctureless

The rules of decision-making must be open and available to everyone, and this can happen only if they are formalized. This is not to say that formalization of a structure of a group will destroy the informal structure. It usually doesn't. But it does hinder the informal structure from having predominant control and make available some means of attacking it if the people involved are not at least responsible to the needs of the group at large. I was poor, but a GOP die-hard: How I finally left the politics of shame. I was a 20-year-old college dropout with no more than $100 in the bank the day my son was born in 1994.

I was poor, but a GOP die-hard: How I finally left the politics of shame

Malcolm X : A Research Site / A BLACK LEFT DIRECTORY. Buddhist Economics: How to Stop Prioritizing Goods Over People and Consumption Over Creative Activity. Bridging the class divide. Is it Possible to Be an Ethical Consumer? Part 2. In Part 1 of this two-part series on the ethics of consumption, I presented a brief overview of ways in which people make ethical consumer choices in response to the troubling conditions that plague global supply chains, and the human made climate crisis.

Is it Possible to Be an Ethical Consumer? Part 2

I emphasized that, from a sociological standpoint, our consumer choices matter because they have sweeping economic, social, environmental, and political implications that reach far beyond the context of our everyday lives. In this sense, what we choose to consume matters very much, and it is possible to be a conscientious, ethical consumer. However, when we broaden the critical lens through which we respond to this question, sociologists see a more complicated picture.

In this view, global capitalism and consumerism have wrought a crisis of ethics that makes it very difficult to frame any form of consumption as ethical. Is it Possible to Be an Ethical Consumer? Part 1. We live in a world in which we are constantly bombarded by the bad news of global capitalism and consumerism.

Is it Possible to Be an Ethical Consumer? Part 1

Global warming and climate change threaten to wipe out our species and planet, factory fires and collapses plague the garment industry in Bangladesh, tainted meat from factory farms routinely enters our grocery stores, despairing young Chinese workers fling themselves from the roofs of Apple suppliers, freezing and exhausted workers struggle to make it through a shift in an Amazon warehouse, and the folks who staff Walmart stores and fast food restaurants around the country can’t afford to feed themselves without food stamps. The economic, environmental, and social prognosis for global capitalism and consumerism does not look good. The Student Affairs Feature » Ten Counterproductive Behaviors of Social Justice Educators.

Ten Counterproductive Behaviors of Social Justice Educators Cody Charles · 8 min read.

The Student Affairs Feature » Ten Counterproductive Behaviors of Social Justice Educators

What is neoliberalism? The first of the democratically elected neoliberals were Margaret Thatcher in the UK and Ronald Reagan in the US.

What is neoliberalism?

They both set about introducing ideologically driven neoliberal reforms, such as the complete withdrawal of capital controls by Tory Chancellor Geoffrey Howe and the deregulation of the US financial markets that led to vast corruption scandals like Enron and the global financial sector insolvency crisis of 2007-08. By 1989 the ideology of neoliberalism was enshrined as the economic orthodoxy of the world as undemocratic Washington based institutions such as the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank and the US Treasury Department signed up to a ten point economic plan which was riddled with neoliberal ideology such as trade liberalisation, privatisation, financial sector deregulation and tax cuts for the wealthy.

Neoliberal economic policies have created economic disaster after economic disaster, virtually wherever they have been tried out. 18 Things White People Should Know/Do Before Discussing Racism. Discussions about racism should be all-inclusive and open to people of all skin colors.

18 Things White People Should Know/Do Before Discussing Racism

However, to put it simply, sometimes White people lack the experience or education that can provide a rudimentary foundation from which a productive conversation can be built. This is not necessarily the fault of the individual, but pervasive myths and misinformation have dominated mainstream racial discourse and often times, the important issues are never highlighted.

For that reason, The Frisky has decided to publish this handy list that has some basic rules and information to better prepare anyone for a worthwhile discussion about racism. 1. "My right to not own a gun" by Foss Forward. I am not a gun owner, but I’ve long accepted that people have the right to own guns.

"My right to not own a gun" by Foss Forward

And I do have friends who own guns. Refuting Anti-Gun Control Arguments. © Josh Sager – January 2012 The recent rash of mass shootings in the United States is simply part of a long-term trend of gun violence unique to our country.

Refuting Anti-Gun Control Arguments

The Sandy Hook school shooting is tragic—it caused the death of 20 children—but the true tragedy is that such a shooting is only the tip of the iceberg of our country’s gun problem. According to FBI statistics, 46,313 Americans were murdered with firearms during the time period of 2007 to 2011. To put this death-toll into perspective, this translates to an average of 9,263 murders per year, or 25 murders per day. When we look at this average death toll in relation to the Sandy Hook Shooting—a nationally shocking tragedy—we see that a Sandy Hook sized tragedy happens every day, yet nobody covers it.

No other developed country on earth has as lax gun laws or more weapons than the United States. Elite Interests vs. Public Priorities. Why are the opinions of the majority so widely misreported or overlooked?

Elite Interests vs. Public Priorities

Perhaps it is that the emerging populist attitudes of the Populist Majority contrast starkly with those of American elites. The following contrasts elite opinion with that of majority opinion on a range of issues, in a recent survey funded by the Russell Sage Foundation. 1 Unless otherwise stated, elites are defined as at or near the top 1 percent of U.S. wealth-holders and have an average income of more than $1 million annually. Public opinion was calculated by averaging polls together from various mainstream firms, such as Gallup and Pew, on a wide range of issues: Spending Priorities. The Modern COINTELPRO and How To Fight It. Let’s Be Honest Despite the seeming popularity of environmental and social justice work in the modern world, we’re not winning. We’re losing. In fact, we’re losing really badly. Why is that? Cornel West: We are Calling for Fundamental Transformation of U.S. Capitalist Society (Must-see)

It's Not the 'Confidence Gap' – Here's What's Really Holding Women Back. I Hate My Job, I Hate My Job, I Hate My Job — The Truth About Work. 4 Reasons White People Can’t Use the N-Word (No Matter What Black Folks Are Doing) New debates are springing up in a long-contentious dialogue about reclamation of oppressive language. During the recent ESPN “Outside the Lines” special discussion of a proposed NFL rule to penalize the n-word, Twitter erupted in critique, criticism, and debate.

In the midst of this debate, though, there is generally one rule when it comes to the n-word on which there is almost total consensus among Black people: Yet White people don’t seem to get it. Progressive Research Tools. Change. TPP - Wikileaks has released another bombshell. People Powered Media Mobilizes Masses While Mass Media Remains Silent. Commons Abundance Network. The March Against Corruption Solution Center. 9 Out Of 10 Americans Are Completely Wrong About This Mind-Blowing Fact. There's a chart I saw recently that I can't get out of my head.

A Harvard business professor and economist asked more than 5,000 Americans how they thought wealth was distributed in the United States. This is what they said they thought it was. Dividing the country into five rough groups of the top, bottom, and middle three 20% groups, they asked people how they thought the wealth in this country was divided. Mind Control in American Politics. Corporatocracy to Democracy. Community Building. Online Tools. Building a Movement. Thom Hartmann on "The Crash of 2016: The Plot to Destroy America—and What We Can Do to Stop It" The Two Faces of Empire: Melville Knew Them, We Still Live With Them. This post first appeared on TomDispatch. A captain ready to drive himself and all around him to ruin in the hunt for a white whale.

It’s a well-known story, and over the years, mad Ahab in Herman Melville’s most famous novel, Moby-Dick, has been used as an exemplar of unhinged American power, most recently of George W. Bush’s disastrous invasion of Iraq. The Myth of Human Progress and the Collapse of Complex Societies.