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The Hypocrisy of 'Pro-Life' and the GOP

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 05.19.2015 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

In actuality, the GOP conducts itself as a party that stands for life until birth; then one is left to fend for oneself.

The Fallacy in the Culture Wars: The Individual vs. the Collective

Dave Pruett | Posted 05.17.2015 | Religion
Dave Pruett

At the root of the culture wars lies a fundamental dichotomy in worldviews. Which is more essential to humanity: the individual or the collective?

'Globalization and Its Discontents'

Carl Pope | Posted 04.23.2015 | Green
Carl Pope

The current trade regime is not just a matter of the U.S. exporting manufacturing jobs to China and importing cheaper consumer goods. We are also dramatically increasing the volume of pollution associated with our consumption, so much that a significant part of U.S. pollution is now generated in China in the production of goods for U.S. consumers.

Historians Step Behind The Plate

Glyn Vincent | Posted 04.11.2015 | Books
Glyn Vincent

A manifesto about history today? In this age of expedience, when the latest digital blip of an idea is as hyped as a Fourth of July appliance sale, someone was finally going to stand up for Time and Perspective.

Why the Trans-Pacific Partnership Is Bad for Workers, and for Democracy

Heather Gautney | Posted 04.05.2015 | Politics
Heather Gautney

Over the past few months, protests have erupted in the halls of the U.S. Capital, and in the streets outside, to thwart the passing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)--a boon to corporate interests, the protesters argue, and an anathema to U.S workers.

Israelpolitik, the Neocons and the Long Shadow of the Iraq War

Danny Postel | Posted 04.02.2015 | World
Danny Postel

The Road to Iraq is a work of tremendous intellectual diligence and moral seriousness.

The Strange Non-Death of Polish Neoliberalism

John Feffer | Posted 03.16.2015 | World
John Feffer

Colin Crouch and I talked about how he became involved with Krytyka Polityczna, why he doesn't like the term "civil society," and why he considers the creation of the European Union one of the greatest innovations in history.

Lessons from Chile: Annual Testing in Schools

Gary Anderson | Posted 03.16.2015 | Education
Gary Anderson

While research evidence does not support current pro-choice and high stakes accountability reforms, their ideological appeal seems widespread. Perhaps we can learn from a country in which these neoliberal policies were imposed before they became prominent in the U.S.

The Subversive Act of the Love Story

Creston Davis | Posted 01.26.2015 | Politics
Creston Davis

Given our limited compressed capitalist time, that we are forced to rely on the corporate media to give us "reality" in overly simplistic, even insulting terms. What act could we commit ourselves to that would break with this reigning ideological propaganda machine? I submit to you the love story.

What's Wrong With the Guide Dog Schools?

Stephen Kuusisto | Posted 01.11.2015 | Impact
Stephen Kuusisto

The average guide dog trainer makes a salary roughly equivalent to the earnings of a high school teacher. But the rewards of guide dog training are great. You work with dogs, help people, and change lives for the better.

The U.S. Just Lost a Client State in West Africa. What Happens Now?

Giorgio Cafiero | Posted 01.07.2015 | Politics
Giorgio Cafiero

Late last month, longtime Burkina Faso president Blaise Compaore resigned under public pressure and fled to neighboring Coite D'Ivoire. Compaore's abrupt expulsion was a significant achievement for the hundreds of thousands of Burkinabes who took to the streets to demand his ouster and a democratic transition.

Philosophobia: A Disease That Attacks Democracy's Immune System

Creston Davis | Posted 01.06.2015 | Education
Creston Davis

A society obsessed with a pragmatic ideological outlook fears citizens who are confident enough to ask questions not only about how the world works existentially but also culturally, politically, religiously and economically.

Time After Time: Why Teachers Are So Frustrated With Time's 'Rotten Apples' Cover Story

Alyssa Hadley Dunn | Posted 12.27.2014 | Education
Alyssa Hadley Dunn

The trope of the "bad teacher" continues to dominate the media and effectively obscures the systemic realities that teachers and students struggle with every day.

Malala Yousafzai & Classroom Attendance

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 12.13.2014 | Education
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Will students as individuals and we as a country have to be threatened with our education being taken from us to understand the value of learning for the sake of learning?

The Underreported Side of the Ebola Crisis

Rose Ann DeMoro | Posted 11.06.2014 | Media
Rose Ann DeMoro

Amid the media accounts of the worst Ebola outbreak, some significant context is largely missing from the major media reporting. Atop this list are links of the outbreak to the climate crisis and global inequality and austerity-driven cuts in public services that have greatly contributed to the rapid spread of Ebola.

Margarita Murillo: Another Victim of Neoliberalism in Honduras?

Marco Cáceres | Posted 10.31.2014 | World
Marco Cáceres

Land disputes between peasants and large landowners in Honduras go back decades. Agrarian reform has been perhaps the most contentious issue for any Honduran government to deal with since the 1950s and 1960s, and certainly the biggest challenge.

An Educator's Lament: Part III -- Stakes of Our Educational Demise

Dave Pruett | Posted 08.13.2014 | Education
Dave Pruett

Inadequately educated citizens see the world in black and white, settle for sound bites rather than discourse, fail to distinguish information from disinformation, and succumb to manipulation by clever attack ads and faux news.

An Educator's Lament: Part II -- Causes of Our Educational Demise

Dave Pruett | Posted 08.09.2014 | Education
Dave Pruett

The primary culprits against education include neglect, austerity, anti-intellectual/anti-science attitudes, good intentions gone awry, and malevolence aforethought.

Mexico's Oil Privatization: Risky Business

Laura Carlsen | Posted 07.29.2014 | Latino Voices
Laura Carlsen

As capitalism's growth imperative pushes speculation toward the next financial meltdown and fossil fuel production toward planetary destruction, Mexico's political and economic elites are eager to jump in the game.

How Putin Outmaneuvered Obama in Syria and Ukraine

Leila Hudson | Posted 06.25.2014 | Politics
Leila Hudson

Washington's approach in both Syria and Ukraine is hamstrung: shaky international coalitions, dubious local allies, tenuous overreach, and failure to defend even the reddest of lines are no match for Russian troop movements and "protection."

In Defense of Public Higher Education

Paul Stoller | Posted 05.24.2014 | College
Paul Stoller

Given the pervasiveness of privatization, we need to ask some difficult questions about its human costs.

Burkina Faso's 'West African Spring'

Giorgio Cafiero | Posted 04.30.2014 | World
Giorgio Cafiero

Sustained anti-government rallies in Thailand, Ukraine, and Venezuela have captured the attention of millions. But large pro-democracy demonstrations in Burkina Faso last month largely escaped the Western media's radar.

"Comprehensive Immigration Reform": The Dead End Debate

John Washington | Posted 04.02.2014 | Politics
John Washington

2014 chatter about "Immigration Reform" remains superficial. As Obama promised in his State of the Union address last week, yet again, that this will...

Slovenia's Gradualist Transition

John Feffer | Posted 03.16.2014 | World
John Feffer

I talked with one of the major architects of Slovenia's economic transition, Joze Mencinger, about the relationship between economic reform and independence, the influence of the European Union, the particular brand of self-management practiced in Slovenia, and the casino capitalism years that overtook the country a decade ago.

'No Child Left Behind' or 'No Child Left Untested'

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 02.19.2014 | Education
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Of course, gaining the knowledge and skills to land a good job is important and valuable for the individual and for our society. However, somewhere along the way, we have diminished in many of our students the joy of learning for learning's sake, the ability to think creatively and critically.