U.S. Politics

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After the Cataclysm: Postwar Indochina & the Reconstruction of Imperial Ideology (The Political Economy of Human Rights)
Chomsky, Noam; Herman, Edward S.
Book
1979
A carefully dcoumented asessment of Western reporting on post-1975 Indochina.
The Age of Aquiescenence: The Life and Death of American Resistance to Organized Wealth and Power
Fraser, Steve
Book
2015
A groundbreaking investigation of how and why, from the 18th century to the present day, American resistance to our ruling elites has vanished. From the American Revolution through the Civil Rights mo...
AIPAC: Israel's U.S. Spy Den: Against The Current vol. 113
Ruff, Allen
Article
2004
The socialist Left must remain clear in its avoidance of a conspiratorial view of history. The entire U.S. political spectrum in the aftermath of the 2000 election, and especially since 9/11, has bee...
American Communism and Soviet Russia: The Formative Period
Draper, Theodore
Book
1960
A history of the formative peirod of the American Communist Party.
American Power and the New Mandarins
Chomsky, Noam
Book
1969
Chomsky writes about American power and violence, especially in the context of the Vietnam war, and he focuses especially on the complicity of American intellectuals in supporting and enabling the Ame...
The American Socialist Movement: 1897-1912
Kipnis, Ira
Book
1952
A history of the American Socialist Party, which at its height had over 150,000 dues-paying members, published hundreds of newspapers, and won almost a million votes for its presidential candidate.
American Taliban: How War, Sex, Sin, and Power Bind Jihadists and the Radical Right
Moulitsas, Markos
Book
2010
America's main international enemy- Islamic radicalism - favors theocracy, curtails civil liberties, embraces torture, represses women, reviles homosexuality, subverts science and education, and rever...
America's Last Chance: One Against the Empire
Roberts, Paul Craig
Article
2012
The United States is rapidly being turned into a police state.
Antiwar Activism and Emerging Feminism in the Late 1960s: The Times They Were A'Changing: Against The Current vol. 85
Tischler, Barbara L.
Article
2000
The efforts of women to end the war in Vietnam have been subsumed into a paradigm that suggests that, some time in the late 1960s, women activists left the antiwar struggle for the new feminist cause,...
Asian American Activism Stirring: Against The Current vol. 91
Kurashige, Scott
Article
2001
For a brief but wonderful moment in 2000, the Ralph Nader/Winona LaDuke Presidential campaign drew widespread public attention to its central theme of restoring democracy by challenging corporate powe...
The Balance of Probabilities
Murray, Craig
Article
2017
Unlike the famous chemical weapons "attack" portrayed by the BBC in Saving Syria's Children, it does appear that in the latest incident at Idlib there was real horror inflicted by chemical attack of s...
Behind the Confederate Flag Controversy: The Unfinished Civil War: Against The Current vol. 85
Miah, Malik
Article
2000
Some 50,000 people, ninety percent African Americans, marched in Columbia, South Carolina, on January 17, the federal holiday honoring the great civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. The march p...
Binge and Hangover: Against The Current vol. 124
The Editors
Article
2006
The lords of empire set out to show that the United States, not Iran or any other potential rival, will rule the "new" Middle East. Unable to attack Iran directly, however, they instead employed the w...
A Blueprint for a New Party: With the rise of Donald Trump, we need to think seriously about what it would take to form a democratic organization rooted in the working c
Ackerman, Seth
Article
2016
A proposal for a national political organization that would have chapters at the state and local levels, a binding program, a leadership accountable to its members, and electoral candidates nominated ...
Bogus, Misdirected and Effective
Monbiot, George
Article
2010
The Tea Party movement is steeped in misinformation and denial. But it has a lot to teach the left.
Bound By Power: Intended Consequences
Klaehn, Jeffery (ed.)
Book
These essays focus on how power and ideology work within society. Interviews are with Noam Chomsky, Linda McQuaig, Robert Bertuzzi and others. They speak to the issues of the understanding of power an...
Bye Bye, Miss American Empire: Neighborhood Patriots, Backcountry Rebels, and their Underdog Crusades to Redraw America's Political Map
Kauffman, Bill
Book
2010
Breakaway movements large and small are rising up across the US. Activists of various stripes want to form new states, even new nations. According to Kauffman, the American Empire is dying, in this in...
California Greens Advance: The Camejo and Chretien Campaigns: Against The Current vol. 124
Rubin, Mike
Article
2006
In California the Green Party is changing both in its social composition and in its political diversity. The party's support for immigrants' rights, especially around the issue of state driver's licen...
The Case for Socialism
Maass, Alan
Book
2005
An argument for socialism: a society built from the bottom up through the struggles of ordinary people against exploitation, oppression, and injustice -- one in which people come before profit. A soci...
The Case for Staying in Iraq: Against The Current vol. 122
Baldock, Kate
Article
2006
I don't support an immediate U.S. withdrawal from Iraq, because I think it would probably make an already bad situation much worse. Of course, there's no guarantee that continuing the occupation will...
Chicago '68
Farber, David
Book
1988
A vivid history of the political and social movements of that turbulent time, when the power structure felt itself threatened by social movements that rejected much of what it stood for.
Chomsky on Civil Liberties, Obama and the Future of Progressive Politics: Left of Left
Durel, Steven
Article
2012
Interview with America's premier political dissident Noam Chomsky.
Chomsky.Info
Chomsky, Noam
Website
The Noam Chomsky Web site.
The CIA's 60-Year History of Fake News: How the Deep State Corrupted Many American Writers
Whitney, Joel; Scheer, Robert
Article
2017
In this week's episode of "Scheer Intelligence," Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer interviews Joel Whitney, author and co-founder of Guernica magazine.Whitney's new book, "Finks: How the C.I.A. T...
A Citizen Legislature
Callenbach, Ernest; Phillips, Michael
Book
1985
Arguing from the premise that the present electoral system is unrepresentative and promotes corruption, the authors propose going back to the Athenian system of choosing representatives: by lottery.
Common Sense for Hard Times: The Power of the Powerless to Cope with Everyday life and Transform Society in The Nineteen Seventies
Brecher, Jeremy; Costello, Tim
Book
1976
Presents a vision of society as it is and as it could be. Putting the problems of contemporary daily life in historical perspective, it reveals that they have their roots in the way our society is org...
Confronting the -isms: Against The Current vol. 133
Allen, Chude Pam
Article
2008
I love the name Against the Current and would add that to be active in the Women’s Liberation Movement at the beginning of 1968 was to be “against the current.” And “the current” then was as much the ...
Connexions: Volume 7, Number 1 - March 1982
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1982
Connexions Library: USA Focus
Website
Selected articles, books, websites and other resources on the United States of America.
Conspiracy, Inc.: Wild Tales From the Reactionary Right
DiMaggio, Anthony
Article
2009
Increasingly, reactionary media pundits and much of the rank-and-file of the Republican Party are taking the American right down a dangerous path, marked most ominously by the abundance of conspiracy ...
The Corporations and the State: Essays in the Theory of Capitalism and Imperialism
O'Connor, James
Book
1974
Essays discussing modern U.S. capitalism and imperialism. Each chapter tries to delineate the relationship between 'economic' and 'political' processes, or at least recognize the unity between them. T...
The Culture That Created Donald Trump Was Liberal, Not Conservative
Lewis, Jim
Article
2016
Now that Donald Trump, the candidate, has become both widely popular and deeply loathsome, we're seeing a cataract of editorials and commentary aimed at explaining how it happened and who's to blame. ...
The Deep State Goes to War With President-Elect, Using Unverified Claims, as Democrats Cheer
Greenwald, Glenn
Article
2017
There is a real danger here that this maneuver could harshly backfire, to the great benefit of Trump and to the great detriment of those who want to oppose him. If any of the significant claims in thi...
Democracy for the Few
Parenti, Michael
Book
1988
How does the U.S. political system work and for what purpose? What are the major forces shaping political life and how do they operate? Who governs in the United States? Who gets what, when, how, and ...
Democracy in the Unites States? Fugetaboutit!
Spritzler, John
Article
2007
We who want a more equal and democratic society are the vast majority. There is no reason for us to feel hesitant about speaking our minds and talking revolution to our friends and neighbors, our co-w...
The Disconnect in US Democracy
Chomsky, Noam
Article
2004
Noam Chomsky describes how the American people are excluded from political participation, claiming that action must also come before and after elections and not only once every four years.
Disenfranchisement as Political Repression
Macaray, David
Article
2010
In the U.S., if you're caught boosting cars, robbing liquor stores, or attempting to escape reality by injecting heroin into your veins, you not only go to jail, but you lose your right to vote. And ...
Donald Trump and the Vicious Culture of Neoliberal Mass Idiocy
Street, Paul
Article
2016
The U.S. media and educational elites share responsibility for creating a world where a despicable idiot like Trump coud be president.
The Dying Days of Liberalism: How Orthodoxy, Professionalism, and Unresponsive Politics Finally Doomed a 19th-century Project
Forte, Maximilian C.
Article
2017
It's not a small thing that has fallen here, not merely the defeat of Hillary Clinton and Americans rejecting Obama’s "legacy". We are dealing with a series of institutions, an expert class, and a net...
Elections 2000
Chomsky, Noam
Article
2001
Chomsky reviews the details of the 2000 elections and reveals the tendency of dysfunction in democratic electoral models.
Elections and Regime Crisis: Against The Current vol. 124
The Editors
Article
2006
Will the Democrats "regain control of Congress"? Will Joseph Lieberman change parties? Will Hillary Clinton be the Democratic frontrunner for 2008? How much does any of this matter?
The Elephant in the Room: Against The Current vol. 136
Miah, Malik
Article
2008
Much of the world is fascinated by the U.S. presidential election. The main reason is that the country may be ready to do something that most developed countries wouldn’t consider: electing a represen...
Empire Abroad, Empire At Home
Moser, Richard
Article
2017
The institutions and ideas U.S. elites used to project "full spectrum dominance" onto the global stage have eventually become part of the political order in the U.S. It is empire -- most of all -- tha...
The Empire God Built: Inside Pat Robertson's media machine
Foege, Alec
Book
1996
A profile of the demagogue who become one of the most successful media moguls in the world.
The End of Politics: Corporate Power and the Decline of the Public Sphere
Boggs, Carl
Book
2000
From the events of privatization, economic globalization, spread of violence and gun culture, and the end of the cold war, Boggs explores the depoliticization process in the United States.
The End of the Regime?: Against The Current vol. 125
The Editors
Article
2006
The Permanent Detention and Torture Enabling Act of 2006 was the final obscene gesture of a dying Congressional session. (Actually, make that next-to-last: They topped it off with the billion-dollar a...
Failing the Trump Test: Cops for Fascism
Ramsey, Joseph G.
Article
2015
Donald Trump just picked up his latest big endorsement: from the New England Policeman’s Benevolent Association, “the fastest-growing law enforcement organization in the northeastern United States” (a...
Failure of a Dream?: Essays in the History of American Socialism
Laslettt, John H. M.; Lipset, Seymour Martin
Book
1974
Examines the reasons for the relative weakness of American socialism.
Fear of Falling: The Inner Life of the Middle Class
Ehrenreich, Barbara
Book
1989
Examines the insecurities of the middle class in an attempt to explain its turn to the right during the past two decades. Fear of Falling traces the myths about the middle class to their roots in the ...
The Fix Is In: Washington's Planned Social Contract Destruction
Lendman, Stephen
Article
2011
New audit figures show that Bernanke's Fed gave Wall Street and European banksters at least $16.1 trillion (called emergency loans) from December 1, 2007 - July 21, 2010, besides unknown amounts earli...
For Reasons of State
Chomsky, Noam
Book
1973
Essays in which Chomsky analyzes the role of the American state and discusses some of the ways in which individuals can respond to its growing power.
From Wikileaks to TSA: Anti-Empire Report
Blum, Willian
Article
2010
We have to remind the American people of what they once knew but seem to have forgotten: that they don't want BIG government, or SMALL government; they don't want MORE government, or LESS government; ...
Gag Rule: On the Suppression of Dissent and the Stifling of Democracy
Lapham, Lewis H.
Book
2004
Dissent is democracy. Democracy is in trouble. Never before, Lapham argues, have voices of protest been so locked out of the mainstream conversation. A call to action in defense of one of the most imp...
GOP Creates Perverse Online Voter Registration, Making It Harder for People to Vote
Bottari, Mary
Article
2015
The bill will ultimately reduce voting by senior citizens, people with disabilities and minorities.
Grassroots Power, Women and Transformation: An Interview with George Friday: Against The Current vol. 85
Luce, Stephanie
Article
2000
George Friday is an organizer with the Independent Progressive Politics Network (IPPN)—a national network of organizations working to build alternatives to the two-party system. An African-American wo...
The Green Party After the Election
Hawkins, Howie
Article
2017
Until the Green Party has built a real power base of well-organized, dues-paying members and elected Green caucuses in city councils, state legislatures and the U.S. House, it will not be taken seriou...
Hegemony or Survival: America's Quest for Global Dominance
Chomsky, Noam
Book
2003
Chomsky documents how, for more than half a century, the United States has been pursuing a grand imperial strategy with the aim of dominating the globe.
Here's how much corporations paid US senators to fast-track the TPP bill
Gibson, Robert; Channing, Taylor
Article
2015
Documenting the corruption of the U.S. political system.
How Dare You Clean Up Our Mess?: Tweedle Destruction and Tweedle Disaster
Green, David Michael
Article
2009
On the nauseating hypocrisy of our good friends on the regressive right. You know the rules. One set of sexual standards for us, another for them behind closed doors. Big thumping militarist patriotis...
How Labor and Climate United Can Trump Trump
Brecher, Jeremy
Article
2017
Co-operation between labour and climate groups may be possible in the Trump era.
How Media Bias Fuels Syrian Escalation
Sterling, Rick
Article
2017
The mainstream U.S. media now reports as "flat-fact" the Syrian government's guilt in the April 4, 2017 chemical weapons incident, but the real facts are less clear and some point in the opposite dire...
How they shot those campus bums: Review of The Truth About Kent State
Diemer, Ulli
Article
1973
How Ohio National Guard troops out to "get" campus radicals and teach them "what law and order is all about" shot down students at Kent State University on May 4, 1970, killing four and wounding nine ...
How to Light a Prairie Fire: The Spell Can be Broken
Rovics, David
Article
2010
If there's one thing I think many people need to understand, it is this: sustained mass movements rarely happen unless many of the participants believe they might win.
How to Rig an Election
Collier, Victoria
Article
2012
Election fraud in the United States in the era of computerized voting machines controlled and programmed by far-right corporate executives.
How US Democracy Triumphed Again
Chomsky, Noam
Article
2001
Chomsky explores the discrepancies of the Bush-Gore tie in the 2000 elections such as income correlation and the lack of voter participation, revealing meaningful flaws in the democratic system.
I Spent 5 Years With Some of Trump's Biggest Fans. Here's What They Won't Tell You. : How Donald Trump took a narrative of unfairness and twisted it to his advantage.
Hochschild, Arlie Russell
Article
2016
Trump masculinizes benefits, but with a key proviso: restrict government help to real Americans.
If You Like Obama, You'll Love Trump!
Blum, William
Article
2016
Oh, what fun we have with the nonsense that flows out of the mouth of Donald J. Trump. The man is suffocatingly banal, racist, dishonest, inarticulate, uninformed, uneducated, narcissistic, a bully, ...
Impeach the President: The Case Against Bush and Cheney
Loo, Dennis; Phillips, Peter (eds.)
Book
2007
Imperial Presidency
Chomsky, Noam
Article
2005
Chomsky explores the conception of presidential authority and sovereignty, depicting the dangers of the Bush administration's understanding of these concepts.
The Importance of Making Trouble: In conversation with Frances Fox Piven
Black, Simon
Article
2016
Coversation with Frances Fox Piven, a Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Sociology at the City of University of New York Graduate Centre and the past president of the American Sociologic...
In a Time of Torment
Stone, I.F.
Book
1968
Independent journalist I.F. Stone on the events and issues of the 1960s.
The Indefinite Detention of the Progressive Voter: The Politics of Continual Servitude
Husseini, Sam
Article
2012
Earlier this year President Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act into law. It allows for the indefinite detention without trial for any U.S. citizen deemed to be a terrorist or an acces...
IPPN Standing Strong in the Storm: Against The Current vol. 88
Sentmanat, José Manuel
Article
2000
If I were asked to name the one virtue that best describes the political left in America, I would say “perseverance.” As we know all too well, the long history of the left in our country is a history ...
Issues that Obama and Romney Avoid
Chomsky, Noam
Article
2012
With the quadrennial presidential election extravaganza reaching its peak, it’s useful to ask how the political campaigns are dealing with the most crucial issues we face. The simple answer is: badly,...
It Started in Wisconsin: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the New Labor Protest
Buhle, Mari Jo; Buhle, Paul (Ed.s)
Book
2012
A collection of accounts of the first great wave of grassroots resistance to the corporate restructuring of the Great Recession in Wisconsin in the spring of 2011.
Journalistic Integrity: Allan Nairn vs. Julian Assange
Stewart, Andrew
Article
2017
I've been really upset since the inauguration and trying to cope with the emotions I am encountering daily. It is pretty obvious that a successful meme has been implanted in the progressive mindset th...
Julian Assange: Wanted by the Empire, Dead or Alive
Cockburn, Alexander
Article
2010
The American airwaves quiver with the screams of parlor assassins howling for Julian Assange's head.
Know-Nothings of 2010: The New War of the Christian Crusaders
Rosen, David
Article
2010
Over the last four centuries, Quakers, Mormons, Catholics, Jews and many others have been targets of religious persecution, often the victims of imprisonments, hangings, lynchings and other acts of vi...
Latin America to Iraq: Greg Grandin's Empire's Workshop: Against The Current vol. 125
Farber, Samuel
Article
2006
The decade of the '70s was not good for U.S. imperialism. The American defeat in Southeast Asia led to the development of the “Vietnam syndrome” and with it the reluctance to use U.S. troops in wars a...
The Left and the Elections: Against The Current vol. 110
Phelps, Christopher; Luce, Stephanie; Brenner, Johanna
Article
2004
Two electoral paths will be taken by those left of center this year, and all the spilled ink in the world won't affect the choices.
Letter to a Progressive Democrat: Against The Current vol. 110
Felton, Paul
Article
2004
Dear Progressive Democrat: I voted for Ralph Nader in 2000 and I'm proud of it. You voted for Nader and you regret it (or, you voted for Gore, even though you liked Nader better).
Liberalism as Class Warfare
Urie, Rob
Article
2017
Liberals, as guardians of the status quo, are class warriors on the side of economic mal-distribution and the immiseration of the labouring classes and poor for the benefit of the rich.
Liberals Beware: Lie Down With Dogs, Get Up With Fleas
Whitney, Mike
Article
2017
An examination of the dishonesty in the New York Times' efforts to undermine President Trump, and broader criticisms of other tactics used by the liberal establishment to the same end.
Lobbyists Mourn House Speaker John Boehner's Departure
Fang, Lee
Article
2015
House Speaker John Boehner’s surprise resignation on Friday was reason to celebrate for members of his own party who often complained that he let corporate lobbyists exercise undue influence over Cong...
Looking Back -- and Ahead: Against The Current vol. 133
The Editors
Article
2008
The year 1968 stands out as one of those pivotal years on multiple political and cultural levels. Against the Current will devote considerable space to discussing what the upheavals of that year meant...
The Madder Trump Gets, the More Seriously the World Takes Him
Fisk, Robert
Article
2017
The more dangerous America's crackpot President becomes, the saner the world believes him to be. Just look back at the initial half of his first 100 days: the crazed tweeting, the lies, the fantasies ...
Malcolm X Speaks
X. Malcolm; edited and with prefatory notes by George Breitman
Book
1965
A series of speeches, seminars and press conferences given by Malcolm X during the last years of his life in 1964 and early 1965.
Militant Hope in the Age of Trump
Giroux, Henry A.
Article
2017
Debates over whether Donald Trump was a fascist or Hillary Clinton was a right-wing warmonger and tool of Wall Street were a tactical diversion. The real questions that should have been debated includ...
Misrepresenting the White Working Class: What the Narrating Class Gets Wrong
Metzgar, Jack
Article
2016
Most of the time the white working class is invisible in the U.S. But during elections there is a flurry of attention to this "demographic" among political reporters and operatives.
A Movement's Loss: Against The Current vol. 121
Avilés-Vázquez, K.R.
Article
2006
Puerto Rico is neither a state of the union, nor an independent nation-state. Its residents are U.S. citizens, go to war, have one representative in Congress who cannot vote or even present a motion, ...
Nader, Greens and Socialists: Against The Current vol. 91
Hawkins, Howie
Article
2001
Blaming Ralph Nader for Bush is like blaming the abolitionists for slavery. The Greens ran Nader to end corporate oligarchy, not to support one wing of the oligarchy as a lesser evil against the other...
Noam Chomsky: Trump's First 100 Days Are Undermining Our Prospects for Survival
Polychroniou, C.J.
Article
2017
No recent US president has demonstrated such an overwhelming ignorance about governing as the current occupant of the White House. But is Trump's apparent inability to govern and conduct himself in a ...
Noam Chomsky: US Is the "Most Dangerous Country in the World"
Falcone, Dan
Article
2017
Nuclear proliferation and climate change are subjects of acute concern in the current moment, driven into an all-out state of emergency by the new Trump administration. In this interview, Noam Chomsk...
Not by Politics Alone: The Enduring Influence of the Christian Right
Diamond, Sara
Book
2000
An informative study on the Christian Right, this book addresses how politics and culture converge. Diamond provides an analysis of how "family values" are infused with evangelical beliefs on a number...
Notes on the Current Crisis
Brenner, Robert; et. al
Article
2014
The editors debate the subjectivity of international law as the United States publically denounces Russia's seizure of Crimea yet condones Israel's occupation of Palestine and treatment of its people....
Nukes Now: Obama Worse Than Reagan
Breyman, Steve
Article
2014
President Obama released his fiscal 2015 budget March 4. Ready for this? It asks for considerably more money (in constant dollars) for nuclear weapons maintenance, design and production than Reagan sp...
Of Hegel and Bernie Sanders
McNally, David
Article
2017
My concern is not with Bernie Sanders (basically a New Deal liberal) but with the social dynamics of the Sanders phenomenon. What is going on when we see a surge of mass support for someone who ident...
Of National Lies and Racial America: Jeremiah Wright, Barack Obama and the Unacceptability of Truth
Wise, Tim
Article
2008
To some, the horror of 9/11 was not new. To some it was not on that day that "everything changed." To some, everything changed four hundred years ago, when that first ship landed at what would become ...
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - December 20, 2016: Fake News
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2016
"Fake news" is the latest mania to convulse the mainstream media. All at once, we're being subjected to an outbreak of hand-wringing articles and commentary about obscure websites which are supposedly...
A People's History of the United States: 1492 - Present
Zinn, Howard
Book
1995
Zinn's history includes those most ignored by typical American textbook history, including Indians, blacks, women and workers.
The Perils of Obamamania
Reed, Adolph
Book
2009
Reed discusses the Left's support for Obama as a phenomenon in which the "lesser evil" is supported at any cost. Reed examines the implications of this support seeing as Obama's policies are shifting ...
Please Stop Chanting That 'We' Won the Popular Vote!
Burgis, Ben
Article
2017
"We" didn’t win the popular vote, because we weren't on the ballot. We are the ninety-nine percent.
Polemics and Prophecies 1967-1970
Stone, I.F.
Book
1972
An anthology of I.F. Stone's articles from 1967 - 1970.
The Political Slaughterhouse: Statism's Death Knell for Liberty and Democracy
Bovard, James
Article
2010
The issue of government coercion has been taken off the radar screen of politically correct thought. The more government power has grown, the more unfashionable it becomes to discuss or recognize gove...
Politics of Terror and Scandal
Article
1998
SCENARIO: AGAINST THE background of a depression in Japan, the economic collapse of Russia and stock market crashes on three continents, a United States president facing imminent expulsion from office...
Politics Past
Macdonald, Dwight
Book
1958
A collection of essays by Dwight Macdonald.
The Port Huron Statement
Students for a Democratic Society (SDS)
Article
1962
A seminal statement of the New Left, adopted by SDS in 1962.
The President and the Presidency
Chomsky, Noam
Article
1973
Chomsky assesses public reactions to the Watergate scandal, dividing them into two categories: cynicism or outrage. He further explores the different perceptions of what in fact Nixon's criminal actio...
Press for Conversion #50: January 2003
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2003
This issue contains original research revealing that U.S. war planners have repeatedly used elaborate webs of deceit to con the public into rallying behind major wars whose real purposes involved buil...
Pretensions to Empire: Notes on the Criminal Folly of the Bush Administration
Lapham, Lewis H.
Book
2006
Delves into the perversion of America's democratic legacy under George W. Bush, and makes the case for impeachment.
A Profound and Jarring Disconnect: The Writing on the Wall
Lindorff, Dave
Article
2011
How the US government has gone against the wishes of the public majority on key issues.
"Progressive" Obama: He's Melting, He's Melting
Street, Paul
Article
2015
Beneath progressive pretentions, Barack Obama the national political phenomenon has never been anything other than a tool of the US corporate and financial ruling class.
Putin's Question and the Ambassador's Answer
Nelson, Joyce
Article
2015
A fascinating, if brief, verbal exchange recently took place between Russian President Vladimir Putin and the former U.S. Ambassador to the Soviet Union (1987 – 1991), Jack Matlock.
Race & Class: Obama & the Politics of Protest: Against The Current vol. 146
Miah, Malik
Article
2010
Consider the following contradiction of modern African-American politics: We have the first African-American president (he checked “Black” on the new census form) offering hope to millions of working-...
Race, class and the election of Trump
Grey, Barry
Article
2016
An analysis on the 2016 US presidential election.
Race, Gender, and Class Politics in the US Primaries
Navarro, Vicente
Article
2016
The US has some of the largest feminist organizations in the Western world. I should also add that it has the largest organization for the elderly, the AARP. In spite of this, the US is the country wh...
Race v. Class? More Brilliant Bourgeois Bullshit from Ta-Nehesi Coates
Street, Paul
Article
2017
Coates is either flat-out lying or woefully ignorant when he argues that "the left" is disinterested in the big and significant problems of racial identity and racial justice. The longstanding legiti...
Racism and Structural Solutions: Against The Current vol. 135
McCarthy, Michael A.
Article
2008
When Barack Obama raised the specter of race in a March 18 speech that went far beyond what one would expect from the Democratic Party, some of us on the left were hopeful. Since the 1970s, race-speec...
The Radical Center and Armed Revolution: A Challenge for the Left
Urie, Rob
Article
2013
Poll shows 29% of registered voters in the U.S. believe armed revolution to ‘protect liberties’ may be necessary the self-appointed political ‘center’ went into full conniption in defense of the estab...
Radical Perspectives on the Economic Crisis of Monopoly Capitalism
URPE/PEA Teach-In/Teach-Out Pamphlet Collective
Book
1975
A popular education pamphlet on the economic crises of monopoly capitalism.
Ralph Nader and the Legacy of Revolt: Against The Current vol. 88
Sheasby, Walt Contreras
Article
2000
Ralph Nader, announcing his presidential candidacy in Washington, D.C. on February 21, 2000, said, "The struggle between the forces of democracy and plutocracy has ebbed and flowed throughout our hist...
Ralph Nader and the Legacy of Revolt (Part 2): Against The Current vol. 89
Sheasby, Walt Contreras
Article
2000
Our electoral dilemma today derives from a political realignment a hundred years ago, when a faction of populists joined in fusion with William Jennings Bryan and the “Free Silver” Democratic Party. A...
Ralph Nader and the Legacy of Revolt (Part 3): Against The Current vol. 90
Sheasby, Walt Contreras
Article
2001
Ralph Nader has a complex relationship with the historical currents of change before World War I (populism, socialism and progressivism), but it may be his relationship to the Communism of the mid-twe...
The Real Costs of Empire: Against The Current vol. 123
The Editors
Article
2006
Vietnam all over again? Yes, it is. The massacres by United States military forces of unarmed civilians in Haditha and, as is finally being revealed despite official lies and coverup, numerous other I...
Reflections on DC: Promises and Pitfalls in the Anti-Trump Uprising
Dimaggio, Anthony
Article
2017
The first mass protests of President Donald Trump represent a historic moment – one worth reflecting on so we can understand where we are and where we're going as a nation.
Reform Is Not A Tea Party: Against The Current vol. 143
The Editors
Article
2009
The Nobel peace price notwithstanding, Barack Obama’s presidency, contrary to the hopes of many, has not produced a big political space for the left, let alone “a seat at the table.” Most visibly, it ...
A Reluctant Memoir of the '50s and '60s: Against The Current vol. 134
Le Blanc, Paul
Article
2008
I have been asked to write a memoir that would give a sense of the old left/new left realities of the 1950s and ‘60s. That seems quite odd to me (why would I be writing such a thing?), until I look in...
Reluctant Memoir, Part 2: Against The Current vol. 135
Le Blanc, Paul
Article
2008
I think it was in 1963 that I first became aware of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS). My older sister Patty had married a very nice guy named Earl Brecher, with whom she went to Liberia as one ...
Rethinking Camelot: JFK, the Vietnam War, and US Political Culture
Chomsky, Noam
Book
1993
Chomsky analyzes the Kennedy Administration's policy on the Vietnam War and compares the US Administrations of Presidents Kennedy and Reagan.
Right Wingers Marching in DC Is Big News -- But the Same Old Faces Are Pulling the Strings
Stan, Adele M.
Article
2009
The right is never truly defeated; its leaders are patient, and they learn from their errors. When they're out of power, they stay busy, building institutions and mailing lists, all the while waiting ...
Right-Wing Populism in America: Too Close for Comfort
Berlet, Chip; Lyons, Mathew N.
Book
2000
Examines the historical roots and current situation of right-wing populism in the US. Berlet and Lyons highlight the dangers of right-wing populism in affecting the political system and opportunities...
Russiagate and the Democratic Party are for Chumps
Street, Paul
Article
2017
Now Trump and the nation's 34 Republican governors get to wield the ever-expanding powers of the police state in a nation whose populace has lost faith in nearly every major U.S. institution but two: ...
The Russian Hack That Wasn't
Roberts, Paul Craig
Article
2017
Glenn Greenwald of The Intercept exposes the fake news put out by the US Department of Homeland Security (an euphemistic name for a Big Brother operation that spies on US citizens) that Russia hacked ...
The Russian Hacking Story Continues to Unravel
Whitney, Mike
Article
2017
An examination of the text from a recent report by an IBM executive, which disproves the claim that Russia interfered in the US elections or hacked the servers at the DNC.
The Secret Behind Donald Trump's Popularity
Z. Mickey
Article
2015
What if I told you about a nativist rally in which a charismatic white man drew a massive crowd of avid followers, using hate speech to whip them into a racist frenzy before pledging to cleanse Americ...
70,000 Kalashnikovs: Cameron's "Moderate" Rebels
Fisk, Robert
Article
2015
Not since Hitler ordered General Walther Wenck to send his non-existent 12th Army to rescue him from the Red Army in Berlin has a European leader believed in military fantasies as PR Dave Cameron did ...
Seymour Hersh Blasts Media for Uncritically Promoting Russian Hacking Story
Scahill, Jeremy
Article
2017
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh said in an interview that he does not believe the U.S. intelligence community proved its case that President Vladimir Putin directed a hacking campaign ...
A Short History of Black Voter Suppression
Parker, Nicholas
Article
2012
The Right's organized movement to suppress the votes of African Americans and Latin Americans, and the urban and rural poor by means of the passing of voter ID (Poll Tax) laws in states receives no me...
Should You March Against Trump?
Nair, Yasmin
Article
2017
Yasmin Nair addresses the issue of whether or not to march against Donald Trump this week, or in the months and years following.
'68: The Year of the Barricades
Caute, David
Book
1988
Caute's book looks at the explosive year 1968 (while situating it in the context of what had led up to it). One of the great strengths of this excellent book is that it looks at what was happening aro...
A Slice of Socialist History: Against The Current vol. 121
Fried, Frank; Rodney, Lester
Article
2006
The following correspondence sheds light on a lesser-known period in U.S. socialist history during the 1950s. Frank Fried was a member of the Socialist Union, led by Bert Cochran, following the “Cochr...
SNCC: The New Abolitionists
Zinn, Howard
Book
1964
An account of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC).
The Socialist Register 1985/1986: Volume 22: Social Democracy and After
Miliband, Ralph; Saville, John; Liebman, Marc; Panitch, Leo (eds.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1986
Sources HotLink - June 30, 2016
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2016
Articles about the FBI and the information it gathers, Donald Trump and the media, and the role of pharmaceutical companies in suppressing information.
State of the "Recovery"
Brenner, Robert; et. al
Article
2014
The editors provide an overview of current issues in American politics, such as the debate over minimum wage, Wall Street, immigration reform, the Trans Pacific Partnership and the need for economic r...
Strategic Thinking and Organizing Resistance
Scipes, Kim
Article
2017
Argues the need for strategy and vision, and effective organizing, in forming a resistance movement to the Trump presidency, and provides several suggestions for organizers.
Swords in the Hands of Children: Reflections of an American Revolution
Lerner, Jonathan
Book
2017
Against the vividly evoked chaos and conflicts of the Vietnam Era, Jonathan Lerner probes the impulses that led a small group of educated, privileged young Americans to turn to violence as a means of ...
Targeting Iran
Barsamian, David
Book
2007
A critical analysis of the Bush administration's policies towards Iran.
Ten Examples of Direct Resistance to Stop Government Raids
Quigley, Bill
Article
2017
Resistance to unjust government action is the duty of all people who care about human rights. As Dr. King reminded us in his letter from a Birmingham jail, "Never forget that everything Hitler did in ...
Thieving Sons of Bushes: Against The Current vol. 91
Miah, Malik
Article
2001
“Never Trust a Son of Bush” was one of many signs at George W. Bush's presidential inauguration in Washington, D.C. on January 20. Some 25,000 marched in Washington and 15,000 rallied in San Francisco...
Time for an Independent Party
Hawkins, Howie
Article
2016
More than in most presidential cycles, there is reason to hope for a mass breakaway in 2016. Sanders' campaign has revealed that a mass base exists now for an independent party of the left.
Towards a New Cold War: Essays on the Current Crisis and How We Got There
Chomsky, Noam
Book
1982
A sobering assessment of American foreign policy from the end of the Vietnam era to Ronald Reagan.
Trump appeals to the military against the press and the courts
Grey, Barry
Article
2017
Examining recent remarks by Donald Trump suggesting a presidential and military alliance in opposition to the press and the court system, and the broader impacts of this position.
Trump and Clinton: Censoring the unpalatable
Pilger, John
Article
2016
A virulent if familiar censorship is about to descend on the US election campaign. As the cartoon brute, Donald Trump, seems almost certain to win the Republican Party's nomination, Hillary Clinton is...
Trump and the Liberal Intelligentsia: a View from Europe
Bricmont, Jean
Article
2016
A new specter haunts the American elites: the candidacy of Donald Trump in the US President election and his success so far in the Republican primaries. The Republican establishment itself hopes to bl...
Trump v. the Media: a Fight to the Death
Cockburn, Patrick
Article
2017
At present, this is a golden era in American journalism, because established media outlets such as CNN, The New York Times and The Washington Post find themselves under unprecedented and open attacks ...
The Trump Phenomenon, as Seen From Europe
Bricmont, Jean
Article
2016
Trump is berated as the latest incarnation of Evil (after Saddam, Gaddafi, Assad, the Brexiters): racist, sexist, Islamophobe, a friend of dictators, etc., in short the embodiment of all that arouses ...
Trump the Gardener
Longley-Cook, Giles
Article
2017
In an interview defending his Presidential candidate, Silicon Valley billionaire and undisguised self-interested Randian fanboy Peter Thiel assured the public that when Donald Trump asserted that he w...
2004 Elections
Chomsky, Noam
Article
2004
Chomsky explores potential implications of the 2004 election results in America, concluding they are, in fact, of little significance. For insight, he points instead to those public opinions which wer...
The Tyranny of False Consciousness: Know-Nothings of 2010, Part Two
Rosen, David
Article
2010
Today's nativists are beset by the crisis of capitalist globalization and its accompanying waves of forced migration. Sadly, nativists refuse to acknowledge the relationship between capitalism and mig...
Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State
Nader, Ralph
Book
2014
Nader discusses areas of convergence where liberals and conservatives can start working together for the public good.
Untold History of the United States
Stone, Oliver (director)
Film/Video
2012
A 2012 documentary series directed, produced, and narrated by Oliver Stone. The ten-part series is supplemented by a 750-page companion book, The Untold History of the United States, also written by S...
The US Government's Frontal Assault on Freedom: Hillary the Identity Thief
Roberts, Paul Craig
Article
2010
The leaked Wikileaks documents show that the last thing the US government wants anywhere is a government that is accountable to its own citizens instead of to the US government.
Wag The Dog -- How Al Qaeda Played Donald Trump And The American Media: Responsibility for the chemical event in Khan Sheikhoun is still very much in question.
Ritter, Scott
Article
2017
Once upon a time, Donald J. Trump, the New York City businessman-turned-president, berated then-President Barack Obama, back in September 2013, about the fallacy of an American military strike against...
Wanted a Leader for America
Chomsky, Noam
Article
2005
Chomsky depicts how the issues concerning the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), including the pre-determined risk of 9/11, went ignored under the Bush Administration which focused instead up...
War(s) With No Exit: Against The Current vol. 136
The Editors
Article
2008
The raging debate on “war policy” between the corporate presidential campaigns has come down to this:
Watergate: A sceptical view
Chomsky, Noam
Article
1973
Noam Chomsky asserts that in light of the other telling symptoms of an unhealthy democracy - such as Kissinger's murderous war ambitions - the Watergate scandal should not have come as a shock to even...
Weather Underground Organization: Connexipedia Article
Article
An American radical left organization.
Weatherman
Jacobs, Harold
Book
1971
A history of the Weatherman organization.
The Welfare State of America: A manifesto on building social democracy in the age of austerity
Frase, Peter; Sunkara, Bhaskar
Article
2012
A movement to expand the welfare state has the potential to foster a new majoritarian Left coalition. Republicans know this -- that’s why they manipulate the way welfare is perceived at every turn. Th...
What Went Wrong in Ohio: The Conyers Report on the 2004 Presidential Election
Miller, Anita
Book
2006
Documents fraud in the 2004 U.S. election.
What's the Matter with Kansas?: How Conservatives Won the Heart of America
Frank, Thomas
Book
2004
Explores the rise of conservative populism in the United States through the lens of Frank's native state of Kansas. According to his analysis, the political discourse of recent decades has dramaticall...
Where Did the Antiwar Movement Go?: War, Sunny Side Up, and the Summer of Slaughter (Vietnam and Today)
Englehardt, Tom
Article
2015
Let me tell you a story about a moment in my life I'm not likely to forget even if, with the passage of years, so much around it has grown fuzzy. It involves a broken-down TV, movies from my childhood...
Where the Anti-Russian Moral Panic is Leading Us
Raimondo, Justin
Article
2017
This is how the smear campaign scores points: you don't have to be on the Russian payroll -- you can be a "useful idiot" just because of your political views, which condemn you as an "unwitting" agent...
Where's the Evidence?: The CIA-FBI-NSA report on the hacking of the 2016 election is pure baloney
Raimondo, Justin
Article
2017
We are told from the outset that the actual evidence that the Russians hacked the DNC and John Podesta's emails as part of a wide-ranging campaign to put Donald Trump in the White House cannot be reve...
Who Will Tell The People: The Betrayal Of American Democracy
Greider, William
Book
1993
An exploration of the undermining of U.S. democracy, starting with the basic issues of who gets heard, who gets ignored, and why.
Why ICE Raids Imperil Us All
Moss, Andrew
Article
2017
Millions of people who have been living and working in the U.S., contributing to their communities and to the economy, are now at risk simply for who they are: people "without papers."
Why Sitting Bull was right about Washington's lack of integrity
Wight, John
Article
2016
That integrity is a foreign land where Washington is concerned is an inarguable fact. In the latest example, the failure to complete the construction of a nuclear disposal plant agreed with Russia onc...
Why Trump?
Lakoff, George
Article
2016
Donald Trump is winning Republican presidential primaries at such a great rate that he seems likely to become the next Republican presidential nominee and perhaps the next president. Democrats have li...
Wikileaks is Good for America: Get Over It!
Grant, John
Article
2010
Julian Assange and Bradley Manning did not create the mess we now find ourselves in. But what they have had the courage to do may just eventually let enough sunshine in for change to happen.
Winter Soldier 2008: Against The Current vol. 134
Franco, Nate; Feeley, Dianne
Article
2008
More than 250 veterans and military families gathered from March 13-15 outside Washington, DC for the Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) Winter Soldier Investigation: Iraq and Afghanistan. Videos of...
Wisconsin Uprising: Labor Fights Back
Yates, Michael D. (ed.)
Book
2012
A collection of accounts from the early stages of the Wisconsin uprising against the corporate world in the of spring 2011.
The Women's March Was a Dismal Failure and a Hopeful Sign
Rall, Ted
Article
2017
Despite what pundits said, the Women’s March was not a movement. Nor was it the beginning of a movement. It was a moment: a show of hands: "I'm against Trump," these women (and men) told the world. Qu...
World Orders Old and New
Chomsky, Noam
Book
1994
Chomsky surveys the international scene since 1945.
The Wrecking Crew: How Conservatives Rule
Frank, Thomas
Book
2008
How Republican conservatives govern in Washington and how they enrich others through their methods.
"Yes, We're Corrupt": A List of Politicians Admitting That Money Controls Politics
Schwarz, Jon
Article
2015
Schwarz gives a list of examples where politicians acknowledge that money has an impact on what they do.
You Are What You Think: Markos Moulitsas' "American Taliban"
Larson, Charles R.
Article
2010
America's main international enemy "Islamic radicalism" favors theocracy, curtails civil liberties, embraces torture, represses women, reviles homosexuality, subverts science and education, and revere...
You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train: A personal history of our times
Zinn, Howard
Book
1994
Zinn tells his personal stories about more than thirty years of fighting for social change, from teaching at Spelman College to recent protests against war.

Connexions Directory of Groups & Websites

Against the Current
Bi-monthly magazine oriented toward movements for social and economic justice; radical, socialist and feminist in orientation.
Common Cause
Common Cause is a nonpartisan, nonprofit advocacy organization founded in 1970 by John Gardner as a vehicle for citizens to make their voices heard in the political process and to hold their elected l...
CounterCurrents.org
An alternative news site based in India. We bring out what the mainstream media fails to tell you, or hides from you. These are the things that really matter. The things which may determine the fate o...
Democracy Now!
Democracy Now! is a national, daily, independent news program hosted by journalists Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez.
Media Matters
A progressive research and information centre dedicated to comprehensively monitoring, analyzing, and correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. media.
Nation, The
Progressive news and views.
Michael Parenti
Michael Parenti is an author, lecturer and progressive political analyst.
Workers' Vanguard
Newspaper of the International Communist Leage (Fourth Internationalist).

Sources Experts & Spokespersons

National Museum of American History
The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History dedicates its collections and scholarship to inspiring a broader understanding of our nation and its many peoples. We create opportunities for learning, stimulate imaginations,...

Sources Library

The American right is trapped in a hyperbolic and dysfunctional world
To have credibility within the Republican party is to have none outside it.
Younge, Gary
2011
On the Republican primary race and the problem of credibility that socially conservative candidates who mobilize the Republican base will face in a general election regarding their appeal to centrist ...
Curiouser and curiouser
Tea Party members aren't foaming at the mouth racist bigots
Raban, Jonathan
2010
A journalist travels to the first National Tea Party Convention in Tennessee as a delegate and finds the other delegates privately share his disdain for the racism and conspiracy theories the group f...
Donald Trump Says He Can Buy Politicians, None of His Rivals Disagree
Fang, Lee
2015
Donald Trump bragged Thursday night that he could buy politicians — even the ones sharing the stage with him at a Republican presidential debate.
5 Ideas that Really Matter But FOX Won't Address Them in the Presidential Debate
Graves, Lisa
2015
Iimportant issues – issues that affect millions of American families – are going unacknowledged entirely in the current election campaign.
Has Trump Stolen Philosophy's Critical Tools?
Williams, Casey
2017
Williams analyzes how U.S. President Trump is able to exploit the post-modernist view of the subjectivity of truth in order to wield power over how Americans perceive their own reality.
The John Lewis Conundrum: Caring for Justice or Carrying Water
Fikre, Teodrose
2017
What the author is writing about John Lewis is not so much a condemnation as it is a reflection of the very meaning of justice and how we can fight for it.
Legendary Journalist in Private: 'It Is All Fraudulent, All of It, Everywhere'
Schwarz, Jon
2015
Politico recently ran a fantastic historical profile of journalist Theodore H. White by the writer Scott Porch... he wrote to a close friend on August 31, 1960 during the Kennedy-Nixon campaign: … it ...
Mnuchin Lied About His Bank's History of Robo-Signing Foreclosure Documents
Dayen, David
2017
Treasury secretary nominee Steven Mnuchin lied in his written responses to the Senate Finance Committee, claiming that "OneWest Bank did not 'robo-sign' documents," when ample evidence proves that the...
The Next Four Years
Against The Current vol. 161
The Editors
2012
Regarding the 2012 American Presidential election.
100 Trump voters explain why they voted for him even though they think he 'could destroy the whole world'
Altman, Sam
2017
After the election, I decided to talk to 100 Trump voters from around the country. I went to the middle of the country, the middle of the state, and talked to many online.
PA Supreme Court Rejects New Trial for Mumia
Bloom, Steve
1999
THE OCTOBER 29 ruling by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, turning down Mumia Abu-Jamal's appeal for a new trial, is one more proof that the U.S. criminal court system has very little interest in justic...
Political Conventions
The Art of Getting Elected and Governing
Bonner, Allan
2009
A how-to look inside the modern political process, for everyone from the nervous candidate facing his first TV interview to the undecided voter who doesn't want to be manipulated.
Protesters cast shadow over US billionaires' rally in the sun
Koch brothers to host rightwing politicians and business leaders to discuss how to influence politics
Pilkington, Ed
2011
The Koch brothers' annual rally of rich Americans and rightwing media figures was hosted to raise money for anti-government think tanks and climate change denial. This year a counter rally was orgnai...
Sources HotLink - March 21, 2016
2016
Refugees, censorship and North American politics. This issue looks at nine of the most influential whistleblowers in modern history. In France, instances of police violence increase tension in the ref...
US has a new tool to control the masses
No one should want the state to have power to strip your clothes off. And yet that's what is happening, thanks to the supreme court
Wolf, Naomi
2012
Denouncing a new US Supreme court ruling that allows police to strip search any person who is placed under arrest for any offence at any time. Wolf says this state sanctioned sexual humiliation is a t...

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Against the Current
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1986
Bi-monthly magazine oriented toward movements for social and economic justice; radical, socialist and feminist in orientation.
Alternative America
Gardner, Richard
Serial Publication (Periodical)
12,150 organizations, mainly American, listed geographically by zip code, and again alphabetically. A subject keyword index referring to group numbers only. ...
Counterpunch
Periodical profile
Serial Publication (Periodical)
Progressive U.S. website/newsletter.