Articles by: Alan Johnstone

Savior of Capitalism

Savior of Capitalism

Roosevelt’s New Deal brought an array of acronyms for new government agencies to the attention of the American public, NRA, WPA, CCC, TVA et al. The only one absent was capitalism’s SOS. There is no doubting that many of the projects initiated by the New Deal were indeed beneficial to America’s infrastructure and were a success. It was said that[Read More…]

by October 9, 2020 World
“Manifest Destiny” and the Mexican-American War

“Manifest Destiny” and the Mexican-American War

Each year tens of thousands of Irish-Americans proudly celebrate their heritage on St Patrick Day, yet few are aware of the fate of the Irish in the St Patrick’s Battalion,el Batallón de San Patricio, who chose to fight under their green flag for Mexico against the aggression of the United States in the Mexican-American War of 1846-48 . How many[Read More…]

by September 23, 2020 World
America’s “Good” Wars

America’s “Good” Wars

On December 11, 1941, four days after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Germany declared war on the United States. Even within the most avowed Leftist anti-war activist there exists a belief that the Second World War was fully justified in stopping Hitler’s Nazis. They claim it was a just war for freedom and to halt the Holocaust. The position[Read More…]

by September 15, 2020 World
Time for a new revolution

Time for a new revolution

What Happened As the presidential election draws near both contestants make fatuous appeals to America’s near-sainted Founding Fathers and that almost sacred scroll known as the Constitution. History has seen more than its share of distortion. Myths and misconceptions have sprung up that many people now take as fact. However, historical interpretation must be based on evidence, which in many cases[Read More…]

by September 8, 2020 World
The first emancipation

The first emancipation

Co-Written by Alan Johnstone and Stephen Shenfield Dramatic news spreads among the slaves. Their masters are at war! They are told that their masters’ enemies are also theirs. But some doubt whether that is true. Might not their masters’ enemies be their friends? Soon it is rumored that any slave who crosses the lines into enemy-held territory goes free. A scene from the[Read More…]

by August 18, 2020 World
The Impossiblist’s Way

The Impossiblist’s Way

“There are but three ways for people to escape their wretched lot. The first is via the liquor-store, the second is the path of the temple; but the third is by way of the social revolution.” – Bakunin In a land of 1.3 billion, an organisation of a dozen or so members  which has never contested an election, based in[Read More…]

by July 1, 2019 Life/Philosophy