The anti-war movement has two enormous challenges before it. It faces an impending war despite the millions who marched the weekend of Feb. 15. The movement also faces an aftermath to war that may prove to be worse than the actual fighting. A look at the three years of anti-globalization movement may help. It has faced a period of war and terror inaugurated by the attacks of September 11, 2001. It has also experienced the more established and mistrusted political tendencies rising to the fore in the Porto Alegre World Social Forum and elsewhere. Its vibrancy, while still evident, is not assured.
The disintegration of the space shuttle Columbia evoked
shock not only at the deaths of the seven crew members but at bureaucratic
complacency over safety problems, as news stories revealed that prior warnings
had been rejected or covered up. Why is crew safety taken so lightly at a time
when space--at least, using space for war--is so high on the government's
From the Writings of Raya Dunayevskaya: Marxist-Humanist
To re-establish the American roots of Marxism
constituted a goal of Raya Dunayevskaya's book, MARXISM AND FREEDOM, published
in 1958. That year Dunayevskaya developed this theme in a presentation to an
economic seminar at UCLA. The lecture, titled "Communism, Marxism and
Liberty: The American Humanist Tradition," delved into the influence of
movements in the U.S.--Abolitionism and the movement for the eight-hour working
day--on Marx's greatest work, CAPITAL.
In a talk in New York City, Kenya's most famous dissident, Koigi wa Wamwere, discussed the recent electoral overthrow of the hated Moi regime. He described the "second liberation" of Kenyans which promises much for land reform, education and health care. As one from a country that has emerged from dictatorship, wa Wamwere also extended solidarity to the people of the U.S. facing curtailment of civil liberties.
Illinois Governor George Ryan pardoned or commuted the
sentences of dozens of Death Row inmates. Richard Flood, an inmate in the
state's Menard prison, questions whether the justice system is broken and in
need of reform, as Ryan and many others insist, or is injustice the desired
result by our rulers. Rather than fixing the system, anti-war and anti-injustice
activists can only work to overturn it.
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