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THEN AND, UNFORTUNATELY, NOW

Our public duty is to demonstrate our lack of faith in the thoughtless and insensitive polity that erodes the social fabric as a matter of deliberate intention. Philistine and self-satisfied domesticity cannot be the aim of a thinking democracy in a creative culture... [read more]

The Crowning Achievement of Bob Dylan

The mid-Seventies album Desire is for me Bob Dylan’s crowning achievement... [read more]

Taking Control

The aim of populism is to remake the world as a life where nothing happens.... [read more]

And Where is Glastonbury?

The hope is that we wake up to something within our grasp at last.... [read more]

Change of society: the only option for progressives to survive changes in society

So far, this year seems to have inverted the trend observed in 2016... [read more]

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO ‘MY GENERATION’?

And there are those who ask, ‘Whatever happened to the idealism of my generation?’ Anyone who remembers the Sixties/Seventies years finds themselves asking that question... [read more]

Lebanon Has a Few Stragglers Living There

As ever in life, there were compensations that made life tolerable despite many difficulties.... [read more]

Getting out of mass society in order to foster social change

Social change needs good politics. Good politics needs communities. And communities need individuality... [read more]

Monsanto's 'Hand of God': Planned Obsolescence Of The Indian Farmer

Global agribusiness is playing fast and loose with poor people’s lives and is profiting handsomely.... [read more]

Taxi story

Reams have been written about how awful and oppressive East Germany was - a virtual slave state with Stasi surveillance informers everywhere. That image was rudely demolished in a curious way the other day... [read more]

Free Rolf Kaestel: The prisoner who blew the whistle on a prison blood scandal linked to Bill Clinton

Most of us have read how difficult it has been for whistleblowers Julian Assange and Edward Snowdon since exposing state secrets, now imagine blowing the whistle from behind bars of one of America’s most notorious penitentiaries... [read more]

Racism Is Alive and Well - Yet So Polite

Carol Anne Grayson's recent article evoked so many memories of my own life in Britain since the late 1960s. Grayson is undoubtedly right in feeling so uneasy at what she had experienced of Britain's racism... [read more]

A review of Anita's revolution

Linda Rogers reviews a novel by Shirley Langer, friend of Cuba and witness to the early years of the revolution... [read more]

The USA: Glorious Diversity or Cruel Contradiction?

Faysal Mikdadi takes a look at the reality of the 'American Dream'... [read more]

CIA and MI5 linked to assassinations in the Congo in sixties

Shortly after progressive Congolese leader Patrice Lumumba was overthrown by a Western backed coup in 1960, the former UN secretary general, Dag Hammarskjöld, died in mysterious circumstances. John Green asks if the two events were in any way connected.... [read more]

Trayvon Martin and the Myth of Civil Rights in America

The tragic and senseless killing of black teenager Trayvon Martin in Florida recently once more confirms that racism remains an ever-present corrosive in US society in spite of the election of the nation’s first black president in 2008, writes John Wight.... [read more]

Election 2010: Whoever Wins, We Are in for Cuts

Decades of compromise have left the Labour party unfit to meet the challenges of the present crisis, writes John Green.... [read more]

Return to Family Values is Way Out of Crisis say the Tories

The Conservative Party started their election campaign on familiar ground, as John Green explains.... [read more]