The Seductive Arguments for War

The arguments for war in Syria sound so familiar.

They used chemical weapons.

I remember napalm, phosphorus, Agent Orange.

These are crimes against humanity.

I remember the World Court’s ruling that the Vietnam War itself was a crime against humanity.

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Lethal Force, Privatized

Private security

From the website of Bulletproof Securities (BPS), No Compromise Security Force:

“How is BPS better than the local police department? We have superior equipment and vehicles and are not limited to department policies and procedures.”

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Can Unfettered Markets Serve Love and Compassion?

Now and again a story comes along that presents the chance to go beyond abstract arguments about ideas of political economy and see just how they work themselves out in actual lives. This is one of those stories.

I find it interesting that the most devout libertarians see no contradiction in having a government remove an entire population of indigenous people from their legally titled land so that the libertarians can establish a model city of commerce unfettered by government interference.

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The Presidential Debate: Quintessential Dominator Meets Quintessential Relator

This is what I heard and read after the debates: “Thug meets Wimp. Thug wins. Man up, Wimp.”

In that debate Romney and Obama acted out with almost comical extremism two competing ways that we can understand our world.

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Mothers Day

I used to call it Slave Day.

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What do electoral politics have to do with democracy?

People who disagreed would cite very close elections and say, “Look. Every vote counts.” I never doubted that. But what does every vote count for?

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Sister Antonia and Jose

Sr. Anonia

In November, I got an email from an old classmate at Marycrest High School in Denver. She wrote:

I don’t know if you were at MHS when Sr. Antonia was teaching. We older classes had her for English and journalism. She was involved in a car accident last week and succumbed to her injuries over the weekend.

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The Politics of Rage - 45 Years Later

A few of us who were active in the years around 1967 will talk about what we were trying to do then and what we have learned since. What does a life committed to radical change look like? How do we act effectively today? What about the politics of rage and the turn to violence?

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About Katherine Power

I didn’t set out to be a terrorist. As a student activist, I moved from protesting the war in Viet Nam to waging guerrilla war to overthrow the government….

Recent and Upcoming Appearances and Publications
4/6-9/2018 The Nature of Change, Radical Imagination Conference, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
1/15/2014 Complexity and Social Change, Occupy Radio
10/31/2013 Surrender, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
10/25/2013 Surrender, Taos Community Theater, Taos, NM

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