LAWRENCE S. WITTNER – Although critics of the Biden administrationâ€™s Build Back Better plan to increase funding for U.S. education, healthcare, and action against climate catastrophe say the United StatesÂ canâ€™t afford it, there are no such qualms about ramping up funding for the U.S. military.
WIM LAVEN – The U.S. and Sudan showcase different stages of division. The people of the U.S. are well served to learn and get involved in Sudan through solidarity. People of the world can all push for frozen assets and travel bans on those responsible for the coup and thank President Biden for hisÂ swift actionÂ in suspending $700 million in aid to Sudan. Nonviolent but coercive measures like these can pressure the military to yield to the peopleâ€™s demands. We can also make strong condemnations to the use of political violence and the detainment of political prisonersâ€”who should be immediately released.Â
SONALI kOLHATKAR – Those seeking to squeeze Americans while boosting corporate profits and the wealth of the richest few have for years poured resources into shaping a false narrative that people donâ€™t want tax revenues to be used to pay for things that people need. Itâ€™s time to expose and upend such a regressive theory.
ALASDAIR LANE – Half of the world’s land is used to grow our food. A new generation of ‘carbon farmers’ are making their land absorb greenhouse gases, rather than emitting them.
WES SILER – Today [Oct. 8, 2021], President Biden announced that heâ€™s restoring the Bears Ears and Grand Staircaseâ€“Escalante National Monuments in Utah, as well asÂ the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument in the Atlantic Ocean to the areas and protections that were in place before Donald Trump massively cut them. The move fulfills a campaign promise, protects sensitive historic sites and fragile ecosystems, preserves air and water quality for local communities, keeps coal and oil in the ground, and listens to the voice of Indigenous people on the eve of Indigenous Peopleâ€™s Day.Â
LEONARD C. GOODMAN – A wrongly targeted Afghan aid worker and his family are among the latest casualties.
JAMES W. CARDEN – In his latest book, The Stupidity of War: American Foreign Policy and the Case for Complacency, American political scientist John Mueller demonstrates that since the end of World War II, American policymakers have developed a kind of addiction to threat inflation by â€œroutinely elevating the problematic to the direâ€¦ focused on problems, or monsters, that essentially didnâ€™t exist.â€ And with regard to the American foreign policy establishmentâ€™s current twin obsessions, Russia and China, Mueller, ever the iconoclast, counsels complacency.
NICK ENGELFRIED – Simply teaching kids about the science of the climate crisis isnâ€™t enough. To prevent feelings of disempowerment, they need to see how they can make a meaningful impact.
JOHN LAFORGE – The Nuclear Regulatory Commissionâ€™s (NRC) Office of Inspector General (OIG) has confirmed that it is investigating allegations that counterfeit, substandard parts are currently being used in scores of nuclear reactors across the United States, and further that emergency responders in New Hampshireâ€™s National Guard and the Massachusetts State Police have been gagged by orders not to reveal that it is impossible to conduct a safe evacuation of the Seabrook reactor during an emergency.
TOM H. HASTINGS – In my field of Conflict Transformation, one of the things we study is the lingering effects of a conflict. How that conflict was resolved is key. If itâ€™s done peacefully, very little legacy of resentment persists. If itâ€™s done destructively, there is often a burning desire for revenge, often handed down inside the defeated tribe, nation, or people. It is the collective version of the passive-aggressive individual problem with being harmed and humiliated.Â
JOHN FEFFER – Despite the enormous economic and political gaps that separate people around the world, we have to somehow join hands across vast differences to leapfrog over the fossil-fuel economy. United we transform or united we fall.
RALPH NADER – Both the Republicans and the Democrats vote as if the nation’s middle-class taxpayer is a sleeping sucker.
JAKE JOHNSON – West Virginia activists in kayaks and electric boats converged on Sen. Joe Manchinâ€™s yacht in Washington, D.C. on Monday, September 27, to protest the right-wing Democratâ€™s continued obstruction of his own partyâ€™s reconciliation package, a central component of President Joe Bidenâ€™s climate and safety net agenda.
JAMES HAUGHT – Few people realize it, but secular humanism â€“ the progressive crusade to improve life for all â€“ may be the chief driving force of western civilization. Humanism means helping people, and secular means doing it without supernatural religion.
ANDREW BACEVICH – Recognizing that the safety and well-being of the American people do not require sustaining a regional U.S. military command that fancies itself called upon to determine the fate of 560 million inhabitants in 21 different countries might just offer a path toward regaining sobriety. After all, recovery begins with taking that first step.