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Justice through transparency: Julian Assange, a bad example of journalism?

Julian Assange is a character of his time. He conceives and practices journalism based on principles such as freedom of expression and information, the need for transparency in the exercise of government, and the use of technological resources that characterize the telecommunications revolution, a revolution that has transformed the ways…

I read Marx at age 69

I was a Marxist and didn’t know it. A few weeks ago, my good neighbor told me he’s a Marxist. When asked what that meant, he said among contemporary political figures, Bernie Sanders’ viewpoint, though basically socialist, aligns well with Marxist philosophy.  Supporting Bernie’s platform but ambivalent about his run…

How waitressing made me a better organizer

A couple years ago I found myself in the kitchen of a white working-class organizer with decades of food service and movement building experience. Airen’s eye rolls, laughter, cursing, and ability to cook, strategize movement work and build relationship all at once offered me a place to reflect on the…

Staff Sgt Cardenas Alban

This morning my roommate told me that people, when they are screaming, bleeding to death in Iraq, usually scream about their families.  Their wives, children, parents.  He says he saw it on the internet.  A website with movies taken by soldiers over there.  Shows what war really is, he said,…

Toward a more just world

As truth seekers, we trudge through youth and try to learn the ways of this world. We see a messed up world and wonder how thinking humans continue to tolerate the ridiculous state of affairs. Our common sense tells us that we can have a much better world —a world…