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How Ideology Can Help (or Hurt) Movements Trying To Build Power

Mark Engler and Paul Engler Waging Nonviolence
Bernie Sanders and the Squad have helped pave the way for open socialists to win elected seats in multiple levels of government at a scale that has not been seen in a century. Many progressives are taking a new look at the importance of ideology.

US Leaders Split on China Policy

Richard Wolff CounterPunch
On the one hand, U.S. policy aims to constrain China’s economic and military development because it is our chief competitor and thus enemy. On the other hand, it seeks to secure the benefits of U.S. companies’ trade with and investments in China.

Atomic Frankenstein

R. Howard Bloch, Ellen Handler Spitz The American Prospect
‘Oppenheimer’ and the anguish of creative destruction

America’s Cold Civil War

David A. Love LA Progressive
The nation is now divided between people who want a multiracial democracy in which every American is allowed and encouraged to vote, and those who yearn for an anti-democratic system in which an extreme white minority has unchecked control over everyone else.

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The Cold War Was Never About Democracy

Vincent Bevins, Loren Balhorn Rosa Luxemburg Foundation
After World War II, the Indonesian Communist Party threw itself into democratic politics and outreach to broad segments of society. Western intelligence agencies were worried because they knew that the PKI was not coercing people into giving them power — they were simply growing in popularity.


Staughton Lynd: The Perils of Sainthood

Paul Buhle Portside
Staughton Lynd seemed like a personal force almost more than a person within the antiwar movement of the 1960s. My Country Is the World largely and usefully recounts the controversies that came with his rise in the peace movement of the middle 1960s

An Escalating Arms Race Will Not Solve the World’s Multidimensional Problems

Jesús A. Núñez Villaverde Equal Times
The picture emerging from this powerful militarist trend illustrates the continuing strength of the mantras inherited from the Cold War, summed up in the notion that more weapons mean more security and that si vis pacem, para bellum (if you want peace, prepare for war).


Comic Books as Propaganda

Hank Kennedy New Politics
The author is strongest when he deals with the government’s direct attempts to influence public opinion through comics either through the Writers’ War Board (WWB) of World War II or the creation of propaganda comics during the early Cold War.
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