If It Happened Once, There’s Absolutely No Reason It Won’t Happen Again

By Loren Adams – 02.14.2016

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” – George Santayana, philosopher, novelist, poet (1863-1952)

History repeats itself. But only because humans remain woefully ignorant.

It seems I can’t emphasize this enough.

First, the misconceptions: “The Holocaust is too horrifying to be repeated. The rise of another blood-thirsty tyrant on the world stage isn’t possible. A replication of the Cold War is too frighteningly near the edge of annihilation even to be imagined.”

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HER MAJESTY’S LOYAL ARMED FORCES AND CONTEMPT FOR DEMOCRACY

By Michael Faulkner - 02.14.2016

 “I swear by God that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, her heirs and successors and that I will, as in duty bound, honestly and faithfully defend Her Majesty against all enemies.”  The Armed Forces oath of allegiance to the Queen.

Let’s start by turning the clock back a century. In Britain during the years immediately prior to the outbreak of the imperialist war in 1914, rising tensions in continental Europe and beyond had not been a matter of great concern. After 1911 it was rather the “Irish Question” that dominated political discourse on domestic and foreign affairs, and, specifically, the near-certainty of the passage...

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SEIZE THE MOMENT: BERNIE SANDERS AND BUILDING THE PROGRESSIVE MAJORITY

Harry Targ - 02.14.2016

The multiracial working class in alliance with trade unions, women, African Americans, Latinos and other people of color, youth, and progressive sectors of business now form the promising components of the progressive majority. The profound challenge before the working class and its allies is to organize this majority into a coherent force capable of responding to the various issues it confronts. (“Goals and Principles,” Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism, adopted at its 6th National Convention, July, 2009, www.cc-ds.org).

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“The Republican-Christian Alliance Begins to Come Out”

By STEVEN JONAS MD, MPH - 02.14.2016

“On this day (January 8) in 1697, Scottish medical student Thomas Aikenhead, 18 or 19 years old, was hanged to death for blasphemy, in Britain’s last execution for blasphemy. The young Edinburgh student was found guilty of denying the trinity. . .[emphasis added]” (https://ffrf.org/news/day/, for January 8, 2016).

In 1996, as many readers of my columns know, I published the original version of the book now known as “The 15% Solution: How the Republican Religious Right Took Control of the U.S.: 1981-2022.”)  (The current version of the book, the third, is published by my dear friend and comrade Patrice Greanville, Editor/Publisher of The Greanville Post and Publisher of Punto Press.)  In that book, based entirely on what the Republicans and the Religious Right were already telling us back then...

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THERE IS BUT ONE REMEDY FOR THE NATIONAL CRISIS WE FACE WITH A POPULATION BESET WITH MENTAL DISORDERS - A NEW RELIGION

By Donald B. Ardell - 02.14.16

 

INTRODUCTION

U.S. Surgeon Generals, psychiatrists and all manner of sensible people are aware that vast numbers of American are somewhat unhinged. One former Surgeon General, namely David Satcher, released an exhaustive review of research on mental health in 2001 which revealed that one in five Americans has mental disorders. The latest official count of the U.S. population (as of the start of 2015) was 320 million, meaning there are 64 million loonies walking the streets unsupervised.

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My Dad and Republicans: a Contrast of Views of Their Fellow Man (and Women)

By Mickey Walker - February 14, 2016

My Dad was a great man.  He was a union leader at Gulf Oil Corporation from the early 1940’s to when he retired in 1965.  Over the years Dad petitioned the company for equal rights in the plant dressing rooms back when “whites only” and “colored” signs were above the entry doors.  Until the signs were taken down.  Relentlessly, he kept his potter’s wheel of equality turning for all men.  He was a molder of human rights and good as he shaped his pot of human rights for all men and all colors of men.  And women.  Women back then were treated with disrespect and scorn as second-class workers and paid accordingly. He bargained with Gulf that women, too, would receive the same pay as men.  He elevated, as best he could, their collective worth as human beings to that of being as fit as men to do the same jobs and hold the same positions. Not with better rights but with equal rights. Dad bargained with Gulf Oil that they would be considered for the highest order of job considerations.   And through his efforts, some of them were elevated to be the bosses of men.  The women knew him or knew of him because of his work as an unwavering champion of human workers who had little without a spirit like him, a human force, to help them ascend.  He was that champion.

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