Archive for October, 2012

Lecture at Historians’ Convention: In Defense of Leon Trotsky

Saturday, October 6th, 2012

Published on World Socialist Web Site WSWS, by David North, October 4, 2012.

… The historian who undertakes the gigantic task of writing a biography of a historical figure of Trotsky’s magnitude must be prepared to immerse himself in the archival record. He or she must be prepared to devote the years and even decades—not a few months—necessary to acquire the appropriate level of understanding of the man and the times in which he lived.   Read the rest of this entry »

When the terrorists ask the terrorized for their support

Friday, October 5th, 2012

Published on Intrepid Report, by Kéllia Ramares-Watson, October 4, 2012.

I was a Democrat for many years, a Green for about a decade, and after switching back to the Democrats to vote for Dennis Kucinich in the 2008 California Presidential Primary (two days after he dropped out of the race), I became a Decline-to-State voter. I recently registered for the California Pirate Party, a newly forming political party that stands strongly for free speech rights in the face of corporations who want to control music, art and information under the rubric of “intellectual property.” In short, I have never voted Republican and never will.  Read the rest of this entry »

Breakthrough Energy Movement Conference 2012

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

International Conference, 9, 10, 11 Nov. in Hilversum, Holland: as an introduction, find these short videos in autoplay on YouTube: We will present a three-day program covering the past, present and future of breakthrough energy technologies and their world changing implications. The content has been carefully put together to not only interest scientists, students, technicians and entrepreneurs, but also provide basic knowledge for the general public …

Links to this Breakthrough Energy Movement Conference:

Marx and the Silesian strikers

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

When a revolt of textile workers broke out in his native Germany in 1844, Karl Marx took their side – and began to identify a social force that could create a new society – Published on Socialist, by Todd Chretien, October 3, 2012.

IN THE 1844 Manuscripts, which I reviewed in my last column, Marx for the first time identifies himself as a communist and argues that free-market competition will give rise to capitalist monopoly and crisis on the one hand, and misery and alienation for the working class on the other.

Further, he extracts from Hegel’s idealist philosophy the notion that the motor force of history is “the dialectic of negativity”–or, we could say, that change comes about through conflict and transformation. Marx takes this idea and begins to apply it to how things work in the material world of people, social classes and state power.   Read the rest of this entry »

Secret Space Program Conference, Amsterdam 2011

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

Watch these videos, uploaded by samertje, on 29 Jul 2011:

Election in Georgia: A Battle between Dictators and Dreamers

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

Published on Spiegel Online International, by Walter Mayr, Sept. 28, 2012. (Translated from the German by Christopher Sultan).

Parliamentary elections in the small Caucasus nation of Georgia will be held on Monday. President Saakashvili is waging a desperate effort against rivals who accuse him of behaving like a dictator. But he says his billionaire main opponent is nothing but a straw man for Putin. They greet him as if he were a savior. When Mikhail Saakashvili, the president of Georgia, steps out of his helicopter, the crowd is ecstatic.  Read the rest of this entry »

We Could Be Heroes

Monday, October 1st, 2012

Published on Tom Dispatch, by Rebecca Solnit, September 27, 2012.

… Now comes what could be thought of as the third installment, which might be subtitled “Leftists Explain Things to Me.”  In each case, Solnit opts for the long haul, for counting victories no matter how partial, and for hope over despair.  And if you want to get anywhere on this planet, that does seem like a reasonable way to go. Or maybe the trilogy just adds up to a simple warning: Reader beware; rile up Rebecca Solnit at your peril. Tom:

The Rain on Our Parade – A Letter to My Dismal Allies, By Rebecca Solnit:  Read the rest of this entry »