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Dammed Good Question about the Green New Deal

Hydroelectric power from dams might be the thorniest question that proponents of the Green New Deal (GND) have to grapple with. Providing more energy than solar and wind combined, dams could well become the backup for energy if it proves impossible to get off of fossil fuels fast enough. An August 2019 forum on the GND included representatives from the Sunrise Movement, Renew[Read More…]

Green Party Debates Green New Deal

Green Party Debates Green New Deal

Despite the furor over the Green New Deal (GND), many of its supporters have no idea of the wide variety of views on it, especially within the Green Party (GP), where it originated in the US.  From June through August, 2019 Missouri Greens held public discussions contrasting at least three distinct GP views to those from the Democratic Party (DP).[Read More…]

Politicians Agree: “Any White Cop Can Kill a Black Man”

Politicians Agree: “Any White Cop Can Kill a Black Man”

  In 2017 my Countercurrents article, “Any White Cop Can Kill a Black Man at Any Time,” told how St. Louis cop Jason Stockley killed a 24-year-old black man, Anthony Lamar Smith.  Though Stockley claimed he had fired in self defense when Smith pulled a gun on him, evidence showed that he had planted the gun after the killing.  When[Read More…]

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The first wind turbines in Europe, built by Paul La Cour in Denmark, had traditional slatted wooden sails. Image: Paul La Cour Museum

What Is Energy Denial?

The fiftieth anniversary of the first Earth Day of 1970 will be in 2020.  As environmentalism has gone mainstream during that half a century, it has forgotten its early focus and shifted toward green capitalism.  Nowhere is this more apparent than abandonment of the slogan popular during the early Earth Days: “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.” The unspoken phrase of today’s Earth[Read More…]

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Cuba’s First Military Doctors (Part 2)

Cuba’s First Military Doctors (Part 2)

[The first part 1 of this article addressed the need for Cuba’s participation in conflicts in Zaire, the Congo and Guinea-Bissau during the 1960s to remain concealed for over three decades.  It covered the background to the struggles, what Cubans found in Africa, the role of race relations in Cuba’s campaigns, and the recruitment of doctors.  This Part 2 explores[Read More…]

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Cuba’s First Military Doctors (Part 1)

  [Part 1 of the article addresses the need for Cuba’s participation in conflicts in Zaire, the Congo and Guinea-Bissau during the 1960s to remain concealed for over three decades.  It covers the background to the struggles, what Cubans found in Africa, the role of race relations in Cuba’s campaigns, and the recruitment of doctors.  The second part will explore[Read More…]

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A Debate for Auditor: What the Papers Wouldn’t Say

A Debate for Auditor: What the Papers Wouldn’t Say

  Why does the Green Party elect so few people in the US while similar parties have elected representatives across the globe?  Some have suggested it is the way Greens organize or problems with the leadership.  While these may be contributing factors, they could hardly be a complete explanation since the Democrats and Republicans have elected thousands of incompetent, disorganized[Read More…]

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Energy: Missing from the Nuclear Story

Energy: Missing from the Nuclear Story

One of my first memories of watching TV during the early 1950s was ads promoting leaded gasoline for reducing engine knock.  Little did I suspect the strange history of that gas.  By the beginning of World War I, it became clear that the internal combustion automobile was edging out its rival steam cars and electric cars.  Shortly afterwards, Thomas Midgley[Read More…]

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Other Revolving Doors

It’s more than doors between government and the businesses that they supposedly regulate that go round and round.  One of the other swinging doors is between the Democratic and Republican Parties. A second door Perhaps the best known case is when Al Gore ran for president in 2000, he picked Joe Lieberman as his running mate.  Then, in 2008, Lieberman[Read More…]

When Cuban Polyclinics Were Born

When Cuban Polyclinics Were Born

As discontent increases with overly expensive and totally inadequate US health care, it is time to look closely at the beginnings of the modern Cuban medical system. Like the US, Cuba had unintegrated, overlapping medical institutions that failed the poor, especially black, population of the island. Though several European countries have developed health care systems about 40% cheaper than the[Read More…]

Nuclear Disaster at Chernobyl: Reality and Unreality

Nuclear Disaster at Chernobyl: Reality and Unreality

  With the escalating doom of climate change hovering over us, it is tempting to push nuclear horror to the back of our minds. To those of us who grew up in the 1950s, it was omnipresent. Nuclear war could not exist without nuclear power and on April 26, 1986 the world experienced a form of nuclear horror it will[Read More…]

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Alexander Shlyapnikov

Democratic Production and the Workers’ Opposition of Revolutionary Russia (Part 2)

  [This is the second of two parts.  The first section covered the origins of the Workers’ Opposition (WO), interpretations of “workers’ control,” and the 10th Party Congress.] How Do You Strangle an Opposition? After the 10th congress, anti-WO campaigns multiplied.  Party leaders removed former WO organizers from positions and/or transferred them to locations where they would be isolated.  The[Read More…]

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Alexandra Kollontai

 Democratic Production and the Workers’ Opposition of Revolutionary Russia (Part 1)

  In a post-capitalist society, who should control production? How should decisions about worklife be made? Who should decide what is produced, where it is produced and how it is exchanged within a country and between countries? For the first time in history, the great Russian Revolution of 1917 had to confront these issues in more than a theoretical way.[Read More…]

Eric Greitens And The Bondage Scandal: Looking Beneath The Surface

Eric Greitens And The Bondage Scandal: Looking Beneath The Surface

When I shook hands with Eric Greitens following the 2016 debate for Missouri Governor, none of us on the Green team imagined that, a year before, he had tied a woman up, blindfolded her, undressed her, photographed her and warned that he would release the photo if she ever said what happened.  The story made local and US news on[Read More…]

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Will Black Become The New Green?

Will Black Become The New Green?

  On November 7, 2017, Elston McCowan could well become the first Green Party candidate to defeat a Democrat in Missouri.  If he wins the Ward 2 race in St. Louis City he will also become the first Green Party candidate to beat a Democrat in an overwhelmingly black district. And it might not be crazy to think that McCowan[Read More…]

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Any White Cop Can Kill A Black Man At Any Time

  And the cop will not go to jail.  This is what has sparked protests by thousands in St. Louis from September 15 through today. In 2011, St. Louis cop Jason Stockley fired 5-7 shots at Anthony Lamar Smith, killing him.  Stockley claimed that Smith was selling drugs and chased him at high speed and shot him to defend himself. [Read More…]

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Is Pope Francis the World’s Most Powerful Advocate for Climate Stability?

Is Pope Francis the World’s Most Powerful Advocate for Climate Stability?

  Maybe not now. But that’s what he could well become. Pope Francis’ Encyclical “On Care for Our Common Home” recognizes the incredible damage being done to climate change and biodiversity. Few realize how strong his beliefs are and the unused power of persuasion he has. Here’s 10 ways that power could be used. 1. Francis could call for a[Read More…]

Quinn Parks, Green Party Candidate for St. Louis Alderman at Picket to Defend New Life.

St. Louis City Mayor’s Race Underscores Pitfalls Of Plurality Elections

On March 7, 2017 Lyda Krewson won the Democratic Party nomination for mayor of St. Louis City with only 32.0% of the vote.  Ms. Krewson is white.  Six black candidates split over two-thirds of the votes. The problem goes beyond color.  One of the hot-button issues has been the New Life homeless shelter, called a shelter-of-last-resort because it offers beds[Read More…]

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Attack On St. Louis Homeless Foreshadows Things To Come

Attack On St. Louis Homeless Foreshadows Things To Come

The sub-freezing temperature was dropping.  As the snow began to fall, many felt their hands were too cold to hold signs during the December 17 action.  Two dozen had answered the Green Party call to picket the mayor of St. Louis for his efforts to close down New Life Evangelistic Center, the city’s homeless “shelter-of-last-resort.”  They knew things would be[Read More…]