Editors' Blog

W.E. B. Dubois on the Negro and Socialism, 1960 by Norman Markowitz

In preparing for a class, I came across a remarkable audio tape, a presentation by W.E. B. Dubois on the question of "The Negro and Socialism"  at Madison Wisconsin in 1960.  Dubois had been a central figure in African American history and  one of the most influential American  activist intellectuals on the world scene for much of the first half of the 20th century,  A principal founder of the NAACP in 1909, and the editor of its journal, The Crisis, for a generation, Dubois had fought against racism and imperialism in his long life.  His identification with national liberation struggles and with socialism after WWII made him, along with his younger friend and comrade in arms, Paul Robeson, a major victim of the postwar repression which still goes by the name of McCarthyism in the U.S. But let me let Dubois who speaks with far greater eloquence and clarity than I, speak for himself here.

Great Gains for the Rich -- by Thomas Riggins

According to the Economic Policy Institute, as reported by the Debs Foundation Newsletter (Fall 2015), the following figures represent  the real increase in income of the various levels of the U.S. population over the last 30 years: both Democrats and Republicans have controlled the government during this period.


This info is from The Guardian (UK)-- Syriza won-- the Neo-Nazis came in 3rd place-- the Communists increased their support, they have 15 seats out of 300, but still came in 5th place, and the left Syriza break away party (the not so popular Popular Unity) did not reach the 3% minimum for representation-- so no seats for them in the parliament.

Qualifications to be a Republican Presidential Nominee by Norman Markowitz

I have hesitated to write about the Republican debates because what can you really say.  In 2008 and 2012 I wrote  satires on Republican debates-- on the Gingriches, Palins, Santorums, Romneys, Huckabees, but now they have literally topped themselves. 

Michael Berkowitz on a Valuable New Documentary by Norman Markowitz

Beginning in the late 1960s, a progaganda ploy  began to appear in U.S. mass media portraying African-Americans as anti-Semites and Jewish Americans as racists.  Anti-Semitic statements by Black nationalists and Nation of Islam Muslims were seized upon as evidence of Black antii-semitism in various urban conflicts.  Statements and actions by...

Bernie Sanders on Jobs Not Jails by Norman Markowitz

Below I am posting an address given by Bernie Sanders at Benedict College, a historic Afrlican American college.  Professor Cornel West introduced him.  Sanders has  spoken at the late Jerry Falwell's Liberty University, center for rightwing evangelical protestantism and made it clear that he stood firmly for women's reproductive rights,...

Clnton Crashing? by Thomas Riggins

Clinton Crashing? by Thomas Riggins

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