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The 7 Facts that Surprised Me about Gay Life in the '70s

Jim Downs | Posted 11.09.2015 | Gay Voices
Jim Downs

From bookstores to bathhouses to bars, gay people in the 1970s often did not look for the approval of straight people, and they did their own thing.

Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe

ADST | Posted 10.27.2015 | World

Robert Mugabe rose to prominence in the 1960s as the leader of the Zimbabwe African National Union during the conflict against the conservative white-minority government during the Rhodesian Bush War and was a political prisoner in Rhodesia for more than 10 years.

Philosopher Slavoj Žižek on His Hero Malcolm X

Tavis Smiley | Posted 10.07.2015 | Politics
Tavis Smiley

Professor Žižek shares his deep admiration for Malcolm X, whose insights Žižek believes reached the height of contemporary philosophy.

The Pope's Message on Ecology and Economy

John Fullerton | Posted 09.23.2015 | Business
John Fullerton

Modern science understands that everything is connected to everything. So too do all major religions, and virtually all wisdom traditions understand this core principle, often summarized by the concept of "oneness."

The Dark Side of Inequality

Frederic Colier | Posted 09.21.2015 | Politics
Frederic Colier

Strange scents are wafting through the air. Scents one would have thought had drifted away for good. The wind of words like Marxism, Capitalism, and Socialism have returned, anchoring here and there the distant flashbacks of troubled times.

Piketty: 'I Want To Contribute To A Democratization Of Economic Knowledge'

The WorldPost | Peter Mellgard | Posted 05.28.2015 | World

French economist Thomas Piketty recently explained what he hoped his landmark book, Capital in the Twenty-First Century, would accomplish. "I want ...

Populism Sounds Good, but It Always Ends Badly

Pierpaolo Barbieri | Posted 04.27.2015 | World
Pierpaolo Barbieri

BUENOS AIRES -- Those Europeans tempted by populist politics should see in Latin America an avoidable future: the empty shelves in Venezuela while its government finds funds to support populist party Podemos in Spain or the stagflation in Argentina that hurts the poor while the sitting vice president is twice indicted for embezzlement. These are not accidents; they are the logical consequences of authoritarian regimes that think themselves beyond reproach or term limits.

American Radicals Past and Present

Glyn Vincent | Posted 01.07.2015 | Books
Glyn Vincent

It took Linda Coleman 15 years to write her memoir Radical Descent: The Cultivation of an American Revolutionary, a soul searching and gripping account of her involvement as a young woman with a violent left wing underground group in the 1970s.

Religion and Revolution: The Promise of a Fresh Look

SpearIt | Posted 12.20.2014 | Religion

For students of religion and students of revolution, the upcoming dialogue between Cornel West and Bob Avakian should be a valuable lesson.

Sorry Republicans But Jesus Was a Marxist

Dan Arel | Posted 12.03.2014 | Religion
Dan Arel

Jesus was clearly a Marxist, not by name, but by ideology. He sought tirelessly to end poverty, to feed and house the needy and to heal those in need.

The Lament of the Conservative Left

James Peron | Posted 09.24.2014 | Politics
James Peron

Socialism embraced some liberal goals but wanted to offer the security of the old order where disturbing social change was minimized and what change was allowed was carefully controlled.

Syria and the Arab Spring: An Interview With Gilbert Achcar

Danny Postel | Posted 07.23.2014 | World
Danny Postel

We took his book The People Want: A Radical Exploration of the Arab Uprising as a starting point from which to examine the roots of the Syrian uprising, the nature of the Assad regime, the different shapes of the uprisings across the region, and the fate of Syria.

A Conversation With Maestro James Conlon

Sean Martinfield | Posted 06.21.2014 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

Beginning Thursday, April 24 through Saturday, April 26, San Francisco Symphony presents an extraordinary combination of masterworks conducted by James Conlon.

What The Left Can Learn From The Lego Movie

Sean McElwee | Posted 05.17.2014 | Politics
Sean McElwee

Lefties have harangued Barack Obama, even suggesting that Richard Nixon was more liberal. By doing this, the left has has succumbed to right-wing ideas about social change -- that it comes from great men, rather than collective action.

Crowd Control

Lewis Lapham | Posted 05.16.2014 | Politics
Lewis Lapham

For the last several years, the word "revolution" has been hanging around backstage on the national television talk-show circuit waiting for somebody, anybody -- visionary poet, unemployed automobile worker, late-night comedian -- to cue its appearance on camera.

The Way We Live Now: Costas Lapavitsas on the Financialization of Capitalism

David Adler | Posted 04.29.2014 | Books
David Adler

There is a feeling among the public that something is wrong, out of balance in the American economy, even though pundits assure us everything is looking good. The U.S. financial sector has recovered from the crash, but the "real" economy hasn't.

Jesus Was a Marxist, Not a Theologian

George Elerick | Posted 04.20.2014 | Religion
George Elerick

Sin, from the Hebrew is chait, one of the functions of this kind of sin was that it was defined individually and singularly, meaning that it wasn't something chronically wrong, but something someone bought into -- an ideology.

Marx Was Right: 5 Correct Predictions About Modern Capitalism

Sean McElwee | Posted 04.07.2014 | Business
Sean McElwee

While Marx was wrong about some things, his writings accurately predicted several aspects of contemporary capitalism, from the Great Recession to the iPhone 5S in your pocket.

Limbaugh Attacks Pope

Jeff Danziger | Posted 02.15.2014 | Media
Jeff Danziger


Don't Call Us Marxist Because We Critique Capitalism -- Call Us Christian

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 02.14.2014 | Religion
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

In response to critics who label him a Marxist, Pope Francis is taking a page from the famous Seinfeld scene: No, my critique of capitalism is not because I'm a Marxist (not that there's anything wrong with that) -- it's because I'm a Christian.

Pope Francis Responds To Marxist Accusations

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion

In a new interview with the Italian newspaper La Stampa, Pope Francis responded to allegations that he is a Marxist, after he recently criticized 'unf...

Zach Carter

Here Are 6 Moments From Mandela's Marxist Past That You Won't Hear On CNN | Zach Carter | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

Nelson Mandela is one of the greatest political heroes of the last century -- a man who earned the highest accolades from those at every point on the ...

Is Pope Francis a Liberation Theologian?

Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite | Posted 02.02.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite

Since Pope Francis issued his "apostolic exhortation," Evangelii Gaudium, he is being roundly accused, by some American conservatives, of being a "liberation theologian" and a Marxist.

Rush Limbaugh vs. Pope Francis

Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion

Conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh slammed Pope Francis' stance on social justice in his apostolic exhortation "Evangelii Gaudium," calli...

Big Ideas Don't Just Come From the University

David Blake | Posted 11.25.2013 | College
David Blake

Many of the world's great ideas came from learning on one's own, without a professor lecturing at you or having to take an exam. Some of the most infl...