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Dissident Voice - 2020-04-15 - Original post - cached version

Sanders as transforming the Democratic Party

There is a debate on the Left about the role of Bernie Sanders.  A good many (probably a majority) are enthusiastic.  Some believe that he represents a truly progressive force and brings renewed hope in reshaping the Democratic Party to become...

Dissident Voice - 2020-03-20 - Original post - cached version

The broad left has been uniting behind the Democratic Party for the past four decades without having achieved much real progress for its base constituencies. In fact, there has been considerable regress: increased inequality of wealth and income, diminished collective bargaining, increased...

Dissident Voice - 2020-01-29 - Original post - cached version

As predictable as death and taxes is the quadrennial injunction from liberals for progressive third parties to cease and desist. Equally predictable is the admonition that this will be the most decisive presidential election in US history. Given the prospect of four more years of Trump, do they...

Dissident Voice - 2020-01-27 - Original post - cached version


I just read the open letter by Noam Chomsky, Bill Fletcher, Barbara Ehrenreich, Kathy Kelly, Ron Daniels, Leslie Cagan, Norman Solomon, Cynthia Peters, and Michael Albert calling on the Green Party not to run a candidate this year.

This helped me to come to a decision. I was...

Dissident Voice - 2019-07-16 - Original post - cached version

In the late 1850s, the United States experienced a political realignment when the Whig Party disbanded and many of its members including Abraham Lincoln joined the nascent Republican Party because of the betrayal of the Whig leadership over the issue of slavery and its extension.

American...

Dissident Voice - 2019-01-30 - Original post - cached version

If 2016 election taught us anything, it is that the U.S. working class is searching for alternatives to the two major parties, both of which they find unresponsive to their grievances and needs. By 2016, the working class, as well as young people, had become thoroughly dissatisfied by those...

Dissident Voice - 2019-01-03 - Original post - cached version

There will be important opportunities in the next few years to advance the movement for economic, racial and environmental justice as well as peace. This article will focus on three opportunities: the 2020 elections, the decline of US empire and an economic slowdown.

The movement...

Dissident Voice - 2018-11-05 - Original post - cached version

Introduction: The Rat as a Compelling Symbol of Needed Revolt

In his recent Truthdig piece,  “The Rats Revolt“, journalist Chris Hedges discusses a fable for activists just published by legendary political dissident Ralph Nader. I haven’t read Nader’s book, but it’s enough for organizers...

Dissident Voice - 2018-10-30 - Original post - cached version

Trump’s hyper-nationalist propaganda strikes a cultural chord steeped in the myth that capitalism is the economic bulwark of freedom. Yet reality is not as malleable as myth. In fact, capitalism has led to unsustainable economic and social inequalities as well as the degradation of ecosystems...

Dissident Voice - 2018-04-01 - Original post - cached version

How to conceive of the two-party system

Lesser of two evils

Among liberals and the different types of socialists, when the subject of the Democratic Party comes up, there are at least two variations. One is the familiar liberal argument that the Democratic Party is the “lesser of...

Dissident Voice - 2017-11-27 - Original post - cached version


Noam Chomsky

John Halle is the Director of Studies in Music Theory and Practice at Bard College. He joined the faculty of Bard after serving for seven years in the music department at Yale University. As an active composer and theorist, his...

Dissident Voice - 2017-01-27 - Original post - cached version

This past Saturday’s women’s march appeared to be a watershed mark in American activist history. Millions of people all over the world, but especially in the US, marched against the Trump Administration and for women’s equal rights and the rights of all others disenfranchised by the capitalist...

Dissident Voice - 2016-12-08 - Original post - cached version

In a major self-inflicted wound Israeli nationalist groups recently turned support for a BDS motion targeting Israel’s occupation into overwhelming approval for a resolution also demanding action to address the plight of Palestinian refugees and Palestinian citizens of Israel. And, in a further...

Dissident Voice - 2016-11-13 - Original post - cached version


During live US presidential election coverage on RT, after it became clear that Donald Trump was going to secure the required number of electoral college votes to win the election, word came that Hillary Clinton would not make a concession speech that night. The moderator of the live...

Dissident Voice - 2016-11-09 - Original post - cached version


What to take home about the 2016 US presidential election results? The two presidential contenders (at least four, but “third” party contenders are effectively obscured by the establishment) were highly loathed. So what do the results mean? Are people really happy that Donald Trump won,...

Dissident Voice - 2016-10-30 - Original post - cached version


For all those Facebook friends out there who are determined to explain to me the virtues of their particular candidate for president or the immorality of their opponent please take a good long look at this picture. I’m sure you’ve seen it once or twice since it became a viral image last...

Dissident Voice - 2016-09-13 - Original post - cached version

The frustration that prompted the “Bernie or Bust” movement is not just about economic stagnation. Rather, it is more basic, more institutional-centered, than that. From the viewpoint of progressives, there is in addition a frustration with the once liberal, now neoliberal political philosophy...

Dissident Voice - 2016-09-03 - Original post - cached version

Al Gore, former Democratic nominee in 2000, has a warning for anyone concerned about climate change that is planning on voting for a third-party candidate like Jill Stein: don’t! He urges them to vote for Hillary Clinton, saying that he knows from “experience” the damage that third party...

Dissident Voice - 2016-08-16 - Original post - cached version

The Green Party might have had a realistic chance for the presidency had Bernie Sanders not amputated his “political revolution” and instead joined presidential nominee Jill Stein on the Green ticket. But Sanders was the sheep-dogging company man Glen Ford at Black Agenda Report said he was. The...

Dissident Voice - 2016-08-12 - Original post - cached version

As hard as it is to admit for a former junior hockey player who spends many hours writing at the neighbourhood Tim Hortons, some things are better in the USA.

For example, comparing Green Party leader Elizabeth May to her American counterpart Jill Stein on foreign-policy issues puts...

Dissident Voice - 2016-08-04 - Original post - cached version

When detractors accused the great English economist John Maynard​ Keynes of being inconsistent in his views, he reputedly replied, “When my information changes, I change my mind. What do you do?”

In a June 2015 op-ed, I wrote, “If the race in Pennsylvania or New Jersey is extremely close...

Dissident Voice - 2016-08-04 - Original post - cached version

The great Fred Hampton, Black Panther leader that was murdered by Chicago police in cahoots with the FBI on December 3,1969, had a refrain he used in his speeches. “I am a revolutionary.” Partly he was killed because of his oratory skills, partly because of his organizing skills. He was in the...

Dissident Voice - 2016-08-01 - Original post - cached version

When it comes to voting red or blue, there is an optimism that compels us to approach presidential elections like a football rivalry between two teams. And, equally as bad, there is a cynicism that makes fueling our two-piston political engine seem logical—not because it is optimal, but simply...

Dissident Voice - 2016-07-31 - Original post - cached version

TRNN’s Kwame Rose interviews Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein on the last day of the Democratic National Convention about why she thinks she can mobilize voters who were inspired by the Bernie Sanders campaign.

Dissident Voice - 2016-07-30 - Original post - cached version

The 2016 Democratic Convention in Philadelphia was a multi-layered, raucous display of political theater. A host of delegates loyal to Senator Bernie Sanders were inside in large numbers exclaiming “No more war” during former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta’s speech and raising all kinds of...

Dissident Voice - 2016-07-15 - Original post - cached version

Norman Solomon betwixt the political sheets with Robert Kagan? How could that be? Has our political world turned upside down?

Driving south to Mountain View in my new home state of California, I tuned into KPFA, the Pacifica outlet in the Bay Area. Norman Solomon, longtime prominent...

Dissident Voice - 2016-07-14 - Original post - cached version

The slimmest of hopes, which got extremely threadbare in the last month, was nursed that Bernie Sanders might have taken his support base and made it into a third movement. A US political scene so typified by the banking retainers, the counterfeit pioneers and fraudulent managers, could have...

Dissident Voice - 2016-07-13 - Original post - cached version

With Bernie Sanders’ endorsement of Hillary Clinton two weeks before the Democratic National Convention, his pledge to “take the fight to the convention floor” is passé.

Berning Man

The Sanders campaign was hatched in talk show host Bill Press’ living room based on two premises:...

Dissident Voice - 2016-07-10 - Original post - cached version

The duopoly that serves as our ‘democracy’ is again poised to install another corporatist into the White House. Oh goody.

If you believe corporate media, there’s no point in resisting. And yes, we’d better support Clinton to keep Terrible Trump from becoming president. Especially now that...

Dissident Voice - 2016-07-06 - Original post - cached version

Information Clearing House — Bernie Sanders has played all his cards and has nothing to show except for a frustrated generation of populists trying to figure out what they should do. Sanders argued he would fight the Democratic bureaucracy at the convention, but his fight is already over. Last...

Dissident Voice - 2016-03-10 - Original post - cached version

Pluto-Zionism is the three-way marriage of plutocracy, right=wing Zionism and US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, a serial war criminal, racist and servant of Wall Street. How did this deadly ménage-a-trois come about? The answer is that a stratospherically wealthy donor group,...

Dissident Voice - 2016-02-10 - Original post - cached version

The problem, in a nutshell, is this: when people decide to support a prospective candidate in the US primary races they are putting themselves in the position of defending the indefensible. The very nature of this politico-Darwinist death match means that once you pick your chosen leader you...

Dissident Voice - 2016-02-02 - Original post - cached version

Green Party candidates Dr. Jill Stein and Dr. Margaret Flowers say Bernie Sanders is right about healthcare, but the Democratic Party will block him.

Dissident Voice - 2016-01-30 - Original post - cached version

I asked Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein about her platform this week and came away believing it had a better chance of winning than Bernie Sanders’. I know that platforms don’t run, people do, and they do so within a two-party dominated system. But this already crazy...

Dissident Voice - 2016-01-01 - Original post - cached version

Much has been made of the ‘fact’ that the top 20 donors to the Sanders campaign are all unions and the top 20 donors to the Clinton campaign are corporations or law firms. This is probably true as far as it goes. Various leftish wing sites go on to explore that the corporations give far more...

Dissident Voice - 2015-12-05 - Original post - cached version

Baby boomers like myself remember urban Main Street America. In our neighborhoods of Brooklyn N.Y., we had the appearance of little villages. The main shopping avenues were lined with Mom and Pop retail stores. You wanted bread, we had Italian, Jewish and German bakeries. You wanted fruit, you...

Dissident Voice - 2015-11-23 - Original post - cached version

Over the past few decades, insurgent mass movements reflecting political discontent with the domestic economy and imperialist foreign policy have emerged to challenge the leadership and policies of the Democratic Party (DP). There are good reasons for this: The Democratic Party in power in...

Dissident Voice - 2015-11-16 - Original post - cached version

At the first debate for left-leaning candidates for U.S. Senate to represent Maryland, there’s no place on the stage for the most progressive candidate on the ballot.

Dr. Margaret Flowers, the Green Party candidate, claims she’s been forced out because one of the Democratic contenders...

Dissident Voice - 2015-10-31 - Original post - cached version

Confusion reigns in the Democratic and Republican primaries. Huffington Post political reporters write, “It’s Time to Admit: Nobody Knows Anything about the 2016 Campaign,” now that “the old ‘rules’ of presidential politics no longer seem to apply.”

Why the confusion? Media pundits have...

Dissident Voice - 2015-10-15 - Original post - cached version

In Olympia, Washington, Marco Rossaire Rossi is running for mayor, but he is running as much to change the culture of electoral politics in Olympia as he is for office.

Rossi is running as an independent candidate. His campaign is part of a municipal movement in Olympia called “An Olympia...

Dissident Voice - 2015-09-15 - Original post - cached version

A lot of people are taking comfort in Jeremy Corbyn’s amazing victory in England for leader of the Labour Party as part of a leftist surge in Europe, coming to the USA. They’re right about Europe. We see it with Labour in Great Britain, Podemos in Spain, Syriza (before they folded) in Greece,...

Dissident Voice - 2013-12-04 - Original post - cached version

Elizabeth May made enemies on both sides of the Israeli-Palestine conflict this week when she accepted to speak at an event organized by Canadians for Peace and Justice in the Middle East (CPJME), then derided that organization as “anti-Israel” in an interview with the B’nai Brith-run Jewish...

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