One More Warship

(Editor's note: The following remarks were delivered on Saturday, June 18, 2016 outside Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine during a protest against the christening of the U.S. Navy's new Zumwalt-class destroyer battleship. The author, along with eleven other people, was subsequently arrested during an act of peaceful civil disobedience...

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Experiencing the Thrill of Democracy

While Facebook posts, tweets and listserv messages may help facilitate interaction, the thrill of democracy arises in face-to-face encounters... Taking responsibility for solutions involves ongoing engagement and building a new culture of citizens practicing the arts of democracy — especially dialogue and deliberation.

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The Best Has Yet To Come

On the surface, the battle between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders looks like a deep rift, one that threatens to splinter the Democratic Party. But viewed in the sweep of history, it is evidence of something far more positive for the party’s base and beyond: not a rift but a...

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De-Incarceration, a Different Drum So Needed

Becoming a prisoner on purpose is one way of getting to know more about who goes to prison and why, and I highly recommend this way. Correspondence with prisoners, becoming part of a prison visiting program, and teaching a course inside a prison are other fine ways of becoming connected.

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Shut Down the Democratic National Convention

The loss of faith in the political system and neoliberal ideology is widespread. The corporate elites are pouring $5 billion into the carnival of presidential electoral politics in a desperate bid to keep us mesmerized and controlled. Democracy is endlessly invoked on the airwaves to legitimize the corporate and political...

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Troubling Development: Pentagon Allowed to Supply Military Gear Directly to Homeland Security Dept. for ‘War on Immigrants’

Defense giants like Boeing, General Electric, Halliburton and even Elbit Systems—the contractor for Israel’s apartheid wall—count among the Department of Homeland Security contractors for military technology “originally designed for Middle Eastern war zones.” Now, under the Pentagon’s oversight, the DHS can directly procure such military technology to fight America’s increasingly...

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