It’s been one of the pleasures of my life to attend the annual Socialism Conference in Chicago the past couple of years. Socialism 2015 is July 2nd through the 5th. Click the banner below for details.
Here’s some perspective on the recent Amtrak derailment near Philadelphia, from Railroader and railroad safety advocate John Paul Wright. Watch. Listen. Learn.
Isabelle Kumar of Euronews interviews Noam Chomsky on a range of topics. On the subject of Greece’s debt (and that of Portugal and Spain and others) this is what he said.
Who incurred this debt? And who is the debt owed to? In part, the debt was incurred by dictators. So in Greece it was the fascist dictatorship, which the US supported, that incurred a large part of the debt. The debt I think was more brutal than the dictatorship, and that’s what’s called in international law, “odious debt” which need not be paid, and that’s a principal introduced into international law by the United States, when it was in their interest to do so. Much of the rest of the debt, what is called payments to Greece are in fact payments to banks, German and French banks, which had decided to make extremely risky loans with not very high interest and are now being faced with the fact that they can’t be paid back.
Read the Transcript: Chomsky says US is world’s biggest terrorist | euronews, the global conversation
Here’s the video.
From the BBC’s History of Ideas, here’s an animated clip on Marx’s ideas about alienation that is well worth the two minutes it will take you to watch.
On January 20, 2015 Socialist Alternative member and Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant gave a Socialist’s response to President Obama’s 2015 State of the Union Address.
Vlog Brother John talks about Racism in the United States: By the Numbers.
David Rovics sings of the Saint Patrick Battalion, in concert at Belfast.
Here’s a happy little tune from The Coup. Sending this one out to the Supreme Court of the United States.
The Postal Service’s propaganda machine has been working overtime in recent months, with workers forced to watch videos featuring Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe spewing falsehoods about “the state of the business” and the deal with Staples. APWU President Mark Dimondstein takes on the PMG’s claims in a new video that every postal worker and consumer should see.
More info: APWU: Stop Staples
Professor Chomsky speaks on American politics’ descent into madness.
“I need a union working woman! I need an Occupy Wall Street woman!”
Fellow Worker Tom Morello, at the Woody Guthrie Centennial…
Here’s an introduction to Dorothy Day and the Catholic Worker movement that aired on PBS’ Religion & Ethics Newsweekly back in February of 2013.
Transcript is here.
I’ll see you in Chicago.