William Rivers Pitt, Truthout: We live in a world of shrinking margins, of narrowing visions, a world ruled and ruined by fools. This is the fact of our time, and no one is going to fix it today. Tomorrow, perhaps, but in the meantime, hold close what you hold most dear, and give thanks for the chance of that holding.
Ben Agger, Truthout: Canadians can access socialist imaginary through the Canadian New Democratic Party; with a Democratic Party that has no vision of utopia, US Americans access socialist imaginary through Thanksgiving. Holidays bear utopia as the negation of present suffering, a political resource at a time when mainstream Democrats cannot out-right the right.
Jim Hightower, OtherWords: Most Americans will get a much-deserved break from work on Thanksgiving Day. But millions of others won’t. Wal-Mart, Target, Macy’s, Radio Shack, and other retailers are requiring their low-paid workers to put in a shift.
Ellen Dannin, Portside: Facing increasing opposition abroad over the past several decades, global water privatizers have begun to see US cities as expansion markets.
Jedediah Purdy, YES! Magazine: For some, racial inequality and fear are raw realities every day, and anything inspiring in American history rings false and remote. For others, the call to reflect on injustice feels like a personal accusation. But we are caught in this history together.
Carlos Garcia, Puente Movement: Our organizing is based in the idea that when you organize from below, defending the most vulnerable, you lift everyone else up with you. When the most stigmatized have their humanity recognized, everyone else’s expands as well.
Dr. Philip Caper, Bangor Daily News: Patients are losing confidence in their doctors, while doctors are losing confidence in our ability to do the right thing for our patients. These trends are collateral damage caused by our increasingly corporatized, commodified and commercialized US health care “industry.”
Gareth Porter, Middle East Eye: The US posture in talks with Iran has reflected the perspective of a dominant power accustomed to employing coercive power.
Kate Arnoff, Waging Nonviolence: The work grassroots organizers have been doing to put pressure on the White House since well before the 2008 election is paying off.
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