ALAN MACLEOD – Google has sent a warning shot across the world, ominously informing media outlets, bloggers, and content creators that it will no longer tolerate certain opinions when it comes to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
ROBERT LEVERING – Without the friendships he forged in the antiwar movement, Daniel Ellsberg might not have found the courage and support he needed to help end the Vietnam War.
MARK ENGLER and PAUL ENGLER – The importance of grassroots organizing is still being underestimated.
ROBERT C. KOEHLER – The questions, as President Biden takes office, turn increasingly paradoxical: Is a coup, and resulting fascism, the nationâ€™s biggest worry? What about the return to normalcy? I fear the latter as much as I fear the former.
DAVID SWANSON – Back before Donald Trump was inaugurated, I wrote an article called â€œFantasies About Russia Could Doom Opposition to Trump.â€ Perhaps it is less quixotic, or perhaps it is more, to hope that, after more than two years of being barraged with those fantasies, but with their main focus having publicly flopped, more people will now be open to trying something else. That pre-inauguration article read: â€œTrump should be impeached on Day 1, but the same Democrats who found the one nominee who could lose to Trump will find the one argument for impeachment that can explode in their own faces. . . . Meanwhile, we have a man planning to be president later this month whose business dealings clearly violate . . .
NORMAN SOLOMON – With six months to go before the midterm election, new national polls are showing that the Democratic Partyâ€™s much-touted momentum to gain control of the House has stalled out. The latest numbers tell us a lot about the limits of denouncing Donald Trump without offering much more than a return to the old status quo.
PAUL STREET – Given the current state and rate of environmental destruction, the continuing advance in the destructive power of nuclear weapons systems, and the likelihood of pandemics in a warmer and more globalized world, there are good reasons to wonder if a human civilization with historians will exist a century from today. We may well be standing near the â€œend of history,â€ and not the glorious bourgeois-democratic one that Francis Fukuyama imagined with the end of the Cold War.
JOSEPH GIBSON – â€œTrump has taken Obamaâ€™s massive and limitless drone war and quadrupled strikesâ€”more than one a day now,â€ said Courage to Resist’s Jeff Paterson. â€œMy hope is that because itâ€™s now The Donald lawlessly murdering people with flying robots, folks will begin to realize how insane this â€˜less interventionistâ€™ policy is. Aside from being a terrorist recruiting tool, itâ€™s morally unjustifiable. We need to resist, and support those with the courage to do so.â€
GILBERT DOCTOROW, UTE FINCKH-KRAMER, LUDGER VOLMER, ROLF EKEUS and NOAM CHOMSKY – A transatlantic appeal for a new policy of dÃ©tente with Russia has been launched. The declarationâ€™s authors invite the general public to join leading political figures and social activists who have publicly rallied to support the call.
JOHN HORGAN – Fisticuffs have broken out in The Guardian between two intellectual big shots, philosopher John Gray and psychologist Steven Pinker. The fight, which features lots of rhetorical flourishes and high dudgeon, addresses a serious issue: Is humanity achieving moral progress? Or, as Gray would put it, â€œprogressâ€? More specifically, are we becoming less violent? Iâ€™ve written about this question myself, so in this post Iâ€™ll try to adjudicate the dispute, indicating what each scholar gets right and wrong.
KATHY KELLY – Living, as I briefly do, in a world of imprisoned beauty, on an island inside that archipelago of U.S. prisons so unacceptably similar to that of our old superpower rival, it’s no wonder I’m thinking of Prof. Yang Yoon Mo. What we do to the environment, we’re doing to each other. What we let our state impose on those walled beyond our borders we will tend to inflict on more and more people walled up within them, until there is no world of beauty left to keep safe for our own use, and no trust left on which any safety can be built. Until it all dries up. Whereas if we recommit to risk and beauty, refusing paths of alleged safety which only avoid temporary danger by leading us toward certain doom, if we seek our security in treating other people fairly, we may find our way to decent lives, along the way toward “decent human survival.”
KATHY KELLY – The Borderfree Center is named for Prof. Noam Chomskyâ€™s call, in a 2013 American University of Beirut commencement speech, for participation in â€œa worldwide struggle to preserve the global commonsâ€ so as to secure â€œdecent human survival in a world that has no borders.â€ The symbol of their participation is the blue scarf they distribute to friends and supporters, symbolizing the blue expanse of sky upon which national boundary lines will never be drawn.
NOAM CHOMSKY – Recent events trace a threatening trajectory, sufficiently so that it may be worthwhile to look ahead a few generations to the millennium anniversary of one of the great events in the establishment of civil and human rights: the issuance of Magna Carta, the charter of English liberties imposed on King John in 1215.