Bernie Sanders is Not a Socialist… so is he a Sheepdog?

Bernie Sanders sold out his hero and anti-authoritarians paid Bruce Levine Counterpunch Sept 19th, 2018 Bernie Sanders, in his thirties, wrote and directed the documentary Eugene V. Debs: Trade Unionist, Socialist, Revolutionary (1979), and a picture of Debs hangs on Sanders’s office wall. But the arc of Sanders’s polit­­ical career has moved in the opposite direction from … Continue reading Bernie Sanders is Not a Socialist… so is he a Sheepdog?

Julia Salazar Wins Despite Identity Politics

Good news is difficult to find these days. Here's some... A democratic socialist candidate we discussed here won her primary, which apparently means she is going to win a seat in the state senate, as there's no Republican candidate to face. I call this "good news" because it marks a distinct crossroads where focusing on … Continue reading Julia Salazar Wins Despite Identity Politics

Self-help in the “Age of Responsibility’ Denies Unequal Realities

Contemporary self-help teachings are attractive because they assure us we are the makers of our own destiny. They preach that we have within us the power to change our lives for the better, even to make ourselves anew. Self-help thought leaders, from Tony Robbins to "spiritual gurus" like Robin Sharma and Deepak Chopra, ask us … Continue reading Self-help in the “Age of Responsibility’ Denies Unequal Realities

Socialists, Democrats, and the Liberal Imagination

There is much buzz about the term "socialism" in America. What does it mean? Here's a common definition from Wikipedia: Socialism is a range of economic and social systems characterized by social ownership and workers' self-management of the means of production, as well as the political theories and movements associated with them. Social ownership may refer … Continue reading Socialists, Democrats, and the Liberal Imagination

David Hume is the Humane Philosopher We Need Now

"Political writers have established it as a maxim that, in contriving any system of government and fixing the several checks and controls of the constitution, every man ought to be supposed a knave and to have no other end, in all his actions, than private interest. By this interest we must govern him and, by … Continue reading David Hume is the Humane Philosopher We Need Now