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Deutschland erwache!

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Deutschland erwache!I. Z. Nessuno-Raskolnikov (2018) Prolog Deutschland erwache!K. Tucholsky (1930)Daß sie ein Grab dir graben,dass sie mit Fürstengelddas Land verwildert haben,dass Stadt um Stadt verfällt ...Sie wollen den Bürgerkrieg entfachen –(das sollten die Kommunisten mal machen!)dass der Nazi dir einen Totenkranz flicht –:Deutschland, siehst du das nicht –? Daß sie im Dunkel nagen,dass sie im Hellen schrein;dass sie an allen TagenFaschismus…

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Thoughts on Reversing Global Warming

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  Hiya, I relatively recently submitted this to an essay writing contest on global warming, and thought I'd share my entry here. It's short, and I tried to incorporate a bunch of ideas and tendencies I align with, like libertarian municpalism, Peak Oil, animal liberation, etc.Mainstream discourse over global warming, and climate change more broadly, has largely remained on the surface, doing little but set back minimally the pace of its threats to everyone’s well-being and the continuation…

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Why we should go on with IOPS

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As anyone can see, IOPS is not doing well. Although new members keep coming in, the activity level here is close to absolute zero. So a natural question is, Why bother? Why not simply admit that IOPS is a failure and give up?  The essence of my argument for not giving up is that “something like IOPS” is needed, and that there is currently no alternative. I do not feel a particular loyalty to IOPS as an organization, and if I see a better alternative I’ll be happy to jump ship,…

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Murder of Senior Journalist Gauri Lankesh

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In recent times,the fundamentalist activities in India,under the cover of the gradually rising saffron wave of Hindu nationalism has been rising all over the country.Beginning from "disappearances" of students belonging to minority communities to the banning of production and enterprise of beef,the legalization of marital rape and demonetisation,the entire land is in turmoil.We want to internationally connect to all authors who can come up and spread this message as far and wide as possible.It's…

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Dialogue on Trump

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[Another blog for the great roaring void that is IOPS and its four or five readers. This is a response to an email I got the other day about Trump from a friend of mine who is, or was, a progressive, now retired academic specializing in public health. My friend’s quoted arguments have been extracted and numbered by me. I thought the exchange perhaps of more general interest.] 1. “So much of the anti-Trump tirades distracts attention from the systemic problems, making him out to be some…

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It’s “Deep State” Time Again

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By Fred Nagel, April 21, 2017 Whenever there are obvious conflicts within the ruling class, the concept of a Deep State is brought out to explain why our government seems to be coming apart at the seams. When the tired rhetoric of our two party system can’t bring us to a satisfying catharsis, there is always the deus ex machina of grand conspiracies and hidden rulers. The actual nature of our oppression, however, has been in plain sight for decades, although assiduously avoided by much…

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Towards Police State Australia

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Towards Police State Australia in the Post-Liberal Era At least since 9/11 almost all western countries have been involved in a gradual slide to post-liberal, more authoritarian states. Some are gradually becoming outright police states. Australia is no exception, and is in fact in the vanguard of these developments in many respects.   Australia is the only democracy without a national Bill of Rights. This is also because there is almost no grassroots revolutionary tradition of autonomy in…

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