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Portland’s Socialists Protest New Navy Ship, U.S.S Portland

This article was originally published by CounterPunch on April 27, 2018 While Trump was ordering his Navy ships to rain missiles on Syria, Oregon’s anti-Trump Democrat “resistance” was planning a grand birthing ceremony, welcoming the U.S.S. Portland into Trump’s array of Navy death machines. Oregon’s Democrats are among the most “progressive” in the country, the […]

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Janus, the Meaning of Freedom, and Striking West Virginia Teachers and Staff

This article was originally published on CounterPunch on March 8, 2018. With the Janus vs. AFSCME case now before the Supreme Court, the deep-pocketed corporate right wing has been pressing its anti-union agenda. One such group raised the argument in a mailing to public sector union members that by abandoning their union “you will have […]

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Will the Supreme Court Break or Remake the Labor Movement?

Article first published by CounterPunch on December 18, 2017. The invasion was a long time coming, but it’s finally arrived. Many public sector unions will be smashed in the Supreme Court’s upcoming decision of “Janus vs. AFSCME.” Many labor leaders are privately panicked: the machinery is in motion and unprepared unions will get crunched in […]

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The Demoralizing Impact of Trump, But Hope Has Arrived

Article first published by CounterPunch on December 15, 2017. It has been one defeat after another for working people, particularly the most oppressed: Native Americans, African Americans, undocumented immigrants, and the LGBTQ community. The corporate agenda is on a winning spree at the expense of almost everyone else. The Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines […]

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History Blinded by Anti Socialism: Ken Burns’ Vietnam

This article was originally published on CounterPunch on October 12, 2017 It’s not surprising that an Americana-obsessed filmmaker botched a history of the Vietnam War. National pride doesn’t mesh with the Empire’s lost war. And though Ken Burns’ Vietnam is worth the watch for its footage alone, Vietnam war experts such as John Pilger and […]

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Police Unions vs. Black Lives

This article originally appeared on CounterPunch on October 6, 2017 In “progressive” Portland, Oregon the city’s police stand out as political outliers. Whereas most of the city leans left the average cop is, unapologetically, on the far-right of the political spectrum. Portland’s rightwing cops mirror the politics of police across the country, reflected in the […]

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Protest Alone Won’t Stop Fascism: White Supremacists Have a Deeper Political Strategy

This article original appeared on CounterPunch on September 4, 2017 When news struck that anti-Muslim protests with ties to white supremacists cancelled rallies across the country — in response to the huge anti-fascist rally in Boston — a clear victory was celebrated by the Left. A further anti-fascist victory was won in San Francisco, where a giant […]

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Trump Versus the Venezuelan Revolution

This article originally appeared on CounterPunch on August 14, 2017. Trump’s threats against Venezuela escalated recently from the economic to the military: after announcing sanctions he threatened that all military options were “on the table.” Trump’s actions were perfectly timed to lend support to the U.S.-backed opposition in Venezuela, whose ongoing violent rebellion aims to […]

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Why Can’t the U.S. Left Get Venezuela Right?

As Venezuela’s fascist-minded oligarchy conspires with U.S. imperialism to overthrow the democratically elected government of Nicolas Maduro, few in the U.S. seem to care. Instead of denouncing rightwing violence that aims at regime change, many on the U.S. left have stayed silent, or opted to give an evenhanded analysis that supports neither the Maduro government […]

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Lessons from Portland’s Clash With Fascists

“Hey Hey Fascist Scum, You’re Outnumbered 10 to 1“ — chant at Portland’s June 4th counter-protest. Portland, Oregon has had its collective mind blown in recent weeks. A Nazi murdered two people on public transit and a week later, on June 4th, Portland police were “protecting and serving” a rally of 300+ “Alt-Right” white supremacists, […]

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The Trump “Resistance” is Slipping Through Our Fingers

Social movements are notoriously finicky. They can peter out quickly or grow into a transformative force. Their longevity is questionable, but eventually the establishment re-establishes its power or the social movement rebalances the political equilibrium; or smashes it altogether. Without optimal strategy movements tend to have short lives, and the pendulum swings in the other […]

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Will the “Alt-Right” Hijack the Antiwar Movement?

Millions marched against Trump for fear he’d cause devastation at home and abroad. This resistance movement still remains a powerful social force, and recently one of the movement’s biggest fears — a new war — was fully realized when Trump bombed the Syrian government and expanded the Middle East wars, at a time of immense […]

Portland’s Socialists Protest New Navy Ship, U.S.S Portland

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This article was originally published by CounterPunch on April 27, 2018 While Trump was ordering his Navy ships to rain missiles on Syria, Oregon’s anti-Trump Democrat “resistance” was planning a grand birthing ceremony, welcoming the U.S.S. Portland into Trump’s array of Navy death machines. Oregon’s Democrats are among the most “progressive” in the country, the […]

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Janus, the Meaning of Freedom, and Striking West Virginia Teachers and Staff

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This article was originally published on CounterPunch on March 8, 2018. With the Janus vs. AFSCME case now before the Supreme Court, the deep-pocketed corporate right wing has been pressing its anti-union agenda. One such group raised the argument in a mailing to public sector union members that by abandoning their union “you will have […]

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Will the Supreme Court Break or Remake the Labor Movement?

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Article first published by CounterPunch on December 18, 2017. The invasion was a long time coming, but it’s finally arrived. Many public sector unions will be smashed in the Supreme Court’s upcoming decision of “Janus vs. AFSCME.” Many labor leaders are privately panicked: the machinery is in motion and unprepared unions will get crunched in […]

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The Demoralizing Impact of Trump, But Hope Has Arrived

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Article first published by CounterPunch on December 15, 2017. It has been one defeat after another for working people, particularly the most oppressed: Native Americans, African Americans, undocumented immigrants, and the LGBTQ community. The corporate agenda is on a winning spree at the expense of almost everyone else. The Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines […]

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History Blinded by Anti Socialism: Ken Burns’ Vietnam

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This article was originally published on CounterPunch on October 12, 2017 It’s not surprising that an Americana-obsessed filmmaker botched a history of the Vietnam War. National pride doesn’t mesh with the Empire’s lost war. And though Ken Burns’ Vietnam is worth the watch for its footage alone, Vietnam war experts such as John Pilger and […]

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Police Unions vs. Black Lives

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This article originally appeared on CounterPunch on October 6, 2017 In “progressive” Portland, Oregon the city’s police stand out as political outliers. Whereas most of the city leans left the average cop is, unapologetically, on the far-right of the political spectrum. Portland’s rightwing cops mirror the politics of police across the country, reflected in the […]

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Protest Alone Won’t Stop Fascism: White Supremacists Have a Deeper Political Strategy

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This article original appeared on CounterPunch on September 4, 2017 When news struck that anti-Muslim protests with ties to white supremacists cancelled rallies across the country — in response to the huge anti-fascist rally in Boston — a clear victory was celebrated by the Left. A further anti-fascist victory was won in San Francisco, where a giant […]

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Trump Versus the Venezuelan Revolution

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This article originally appeared on CounterPunch on August 14, 2017. Trump’s threats against Venezuela escalated recently from the economic to the military: after announcing sanctions he threatened that all military options were “on the table.” Trump’s actions were perfectly timed to lend support to the U.S.-backed opposition in Venezuela, whose ongoing violent rebellion aims to […]

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Why Can’t the U.S. Left Get Venezuela Right?

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As Venezuela’s fascist-minded oligarchy conspires with U.S. imperialism to overthrow the democratically elected government of Nicolas Maduro, few in the U.S. seem to care. Instead of denouncing rightwing violence that aims at regime change, many on the U.S. left have stayed silent, or opted to give an evenhanded analysis that supports neither the Maduro government […]

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Lessons from Portland’s Clash With Fascists

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“Hey Hey Fascist Scum, You’re Outnumbered 10 to 1“ — chant at Portland’s June 4th counter-protest. Portland, Oregon has had its collective mind blown in recent weeks. A Nazi murdered two people on public transit and a week later, on June 4th, Portland police were “protecting and serving” a rally of 300+ “Alt-Right” white supremacists, […]

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