July

Values that divide the working class

We are all shaped and molded, influenced and coerced daily by values that comprise our worldview. The process is so relentless, so subtle yet thorough, that we are often not aware of the values we embrace and internalize. Malcolm X said, “They put your mind right in a bag, and take it wherever they want.”

Intelligent design? Stupid idea!

Creationists are trying to shoehorn fundamentalist Judeo-Christian beliefs into the public schools and universities again. Their plan is to pressure school boards into accepting the teaching of “intelligent design” as an alternative to Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection.

Social Security vs. Bush-privatized insecurity

George W. Bush is attempting to con folks into viewing Social Security as an investment account. On this misinformational basis, he then rails: you can get a higher rate from gambling your Social Security fund as a private investment account on Wall Street!

Is it time to put jobs on the agenda?

This year opened with the Bush administration’s campaign to turn over trillions of dollars in the Social Security fund to Wall Street brokers. It also opened with a movement to save Social Security, based on organized labor but gathering a multitude of other groups.

Editorial: Toward a third revolution

The American Revolution, which July 4 celebrates, freed the American colonies from the yoke of the British king and empire. It established the beginnings of a democratic republic, which enshrined the rights of individuals and the idea that “the people,” not kings nor queens, not churches nor religious leaders, would govern. With all its shortcomings — keeping slavery intact, stealing Native Americans’ land, restricting the voting franchise to property-owning white men — it nevertheless represented a leap forward for humanity, and inspired millions.

Editorial: Stay the course bromides

Speaking to a captive audience of soldiers at Fort Bragg, N.C., June 28, President George W. Bush resorted once again to his favorite lie to justify the invasion and occupation of Iraq. Five times he explicitly linked Iraq to the 9/11 terrorist attacks even though all credible sources say Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11.

Watergate: First in a series of very American coups

WASHINGTON — Suddenly, the Watergate conspiracy is back in the headlines with the revelation that former FBI officer W. Mark Felt is the mysterious “Deep Throat” who fed Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward tips on the plot that gripped the nation in 1973-74.

Intl justice for janitors

MINNEAPOLIS (PAI) — After the office doors close and the phones stop ringing, the “invisible” workforce filters into downtown buildings. Janitors sweep and polish floors and clean windows. Security guards patrol silent hallways.

Nationalize the health industry

The paradox is inescapable. The United States pays more for health care by any measure than any other nation in the world, yet the quality of health care in the U.S. has been declining for decades.

War tax protest in N.Y.

NEW YORK — “I’m tired of paying taxes for sending young people off to war. I’m tired of watching young people dying,” said Karen of Sayville, Long Island. Karen was part of a crowd of more than a hundred people on the steps of City Hall here attending a press conference of the New York City Campaign for a Peace Tax Fund June 9.

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