Articles by: Edward J Martin

Rogues in the Ranks

Rogues in the Ranks

On May 25, 2020, African American George Floyd, was arrested and killed by a white Minneapolis police officer. The officer, Derek Chauvin, knelt forcefully on Floyd’s neck, and in effect crushing Floyd’s wind pipe. Three other officers were involved, two helping to restrain Floyd, and another standing guard between witnesses and the actual killing. Eight minutes passed and Floyd was[Read More…]

by September 12, 2020 World
Erik Olin Wright and the Anti-capitalist Economy

Erik Olin Wright and the Anti-capitalist Economy

The devastating effects of neoliberal economic schemes have laid the foundation for rebellion against this very system. Neoliberalism, understood as unrestricted free market economics can be traced to the sixteenth-century European colonization of the “new world” and its later manifestation in imperialism and neo-imperialism. This strategy has also fueled the industrial revolution until it met its fate with the Great[Read More…]

by March 13, 2020 World
The Origins of Democratic Socialism: Robert Owen and Worker Cooperatives

The Origins of Democratic Socialism: Robert Owen and Worker Cooperatives

Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) – and its two predecessor organizations, the Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee (DSOC) and the New American Movement (NAM) – emerged in the early 1970s, during a long-term rightist movement in the United States. The DSA’s contribution to the American Left was its new founded identity as a radical organization born out of a merger between[Read More…]

by December 6, 2019 World
Robert Owen, Worker Cooperatives, and Democratic Socialism

Robert Owen, Worker Cooperatives, and Democratic Socialism

Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) – and its two predecessor organizations, the Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee (DSOC) and the New American Movement (NAM) – had their origins in the early 1970s, at the beginning of a long-term rightward shift of United States and global politics. This shift to the right – from the 1980s of Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher[Read More…]

by May 7, 2019 Life/Philosophy
Glossip v. Gross: the Eighth Amendment and the Torture Court of the United States

Glossip v. Gross: the Eighth Amendment and the Torture Court of the United States

On June 29, 2015 the United States Supreme Court argued in Glossip v. Grossthat executions may continue with the use of lethal drug cocktails including the use of midazolam, an extremely painful drug, which in effect, burns to death the condemned by scorching internal organs. The use of midazolam, according to the Court, does not constitute “cruel and unusual punishment” under[Read More…]

by January 16, 2019 Human Rights
The Right to Work and FDR’s Economic Bill of Rights

The Right to Work and FDR’s Economic Bill of Rights

                                 Professor Emeritus of Economics at MIT, Peter Temin, argues that the ongoing decline of the American middle class has resulted in the emergence of two distinct countries within the United States (U.S.), typical of developing nations.  In The Vanishing Middle Class: Prejudice and Power[Read More…]

by August 21, 2018 World