John de Graaf, Truthout: Affluenzaauthor John de Graaf investigates the origins of the slogan “Bread and Roses” and discovers a little-known American classic and a history that should repeat itself.
Richard Smith, Truthout: Why are we, as a species, marching to disaster? Why can’t we slam on the brakes before we ride off the cliff to collapse? The problem is rooted in the requirements of capitalist reproduction, that large corporations are destroying life on Earth.
Amy B. Dean, Truthout: Analyst Steve Cobble explains how the Democratic Party’s failure to seriously challenge Wall Street could allow the Tea Party to hold on to the populist mantle.
John LaForge, Consortium News: The Right’s war on the poor rages on, driven in part by the belief that racial and ethnic minorities are getting much of the help. Yet, as food stamps are slashed, Congress lavishes money on military projects that are judged wasteful or useless.
Kevin Mathews, Care2: If the US were really committed to its troops after they complete their tours of duty, why are veterans facing so many hardships back at home?
Ted Asregadoo, Truthout: Rania Khalek discusses the culture of privilege in Israel; the way communities of color have often been at the forefront of surveillance efforts by the government; and the first drone victims to ever address Congress.
Sarah van Gelder, Yes! Magazine: Here are four cases in Tuesday’s election where people power won out over corporate interests. And one that went the other way.
Carey L. Biron, Inter Press Service: Countries that have gone through severe external debt crisis may have been saved the severe shocks to their economies and austerity restructuring if reasonable principles were in place.
Ann Wright, War Is a Crime: After the end of World War II, the Japanese constitution rejected war as a solution for conflict. Now the US wants Japan to “modify” Article 9 of its constitution and end its renunciation of war.
John Morlino discusses how his recent health crisis has impacted his “decades-long quest to fully understand the meaning of compassion”; Stafford Smith takes a look at what future historians might think of our current political state – constantly on the brink of economic disaster; Jack A. Smith tells the story of Vietnamese Gen. Vo Nguyen Giap, who helped defeat Japan, then France, then the United States in a 35-year war for national independence; Les Adler writes about how Big Oil pushed for the “peaceful” use of atomic energy to harvest oil in the tar sands; freelance writer and activist Ergoat gives a critical “autopsy” to the supposedly dead Occupy movement; and more.