Content of The Utopian Vol. 15.3 - 2016

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  • Cover and Contents Vol. 15 No. 3

    Dec 9, 2016

    Cover and Contents for our December 1 issue (Utopian vol. 15 no. 3). This issue features perspective and commentary on the recent U.S. presidential election, as well as activist reports, articles/blogs, and theoretical discussion. Previous issues in our new more-frequent publication format can be found in "Updates and New Discussion" (vol. 15 no. 2, Nov. 1) and "Archives" (vol. 15 no. 1, Oct. 15).

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  • Perspectives on a Post-Election Movment

    Dec 9, 2016

    We support the current and future actions of all those fighting against President-elect Donald J. Trump and everything he and his administration stand for. We reject the calls of Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and others to give Trump a chance. Trump’s business record and his campaign rhetoric make it clear who he is: a hustler, a liar, and a crook; a racist, misogynist, xenophobic, and anti-LGBT bigot, an arch-manipulator and a sociopath. (Even if he doesn’t believe every word he has said, the fact that he said them is proof of what he represents.) We wish to broaden and deepen the movement.


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  • Comments and Discussion: The Election and the Period Ahead

    Dec 9, 2016

    Individuals and communities of ethnic and religious minorities, immigrants, women, and LGBT people – and institutions - labor unions; community, civic, and political organizations; and churches have the right to defend themselves, by any means necessary. In light of the rapid rise of the 'white nationalist' extreme right (with tacit encouragement from the Trump administration) this issue has immediate relevance.


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  • Activist Reports--Standing Rock, Election Day

    Dec 9, 2016

    On Oct. 26, we organized a protest at Senator Chuck Schumer’s Manhattan office against the Spectra AIM pipeline and in alliance with the struggle of the Standing Rock Sioux.--Mary

    On Election Day my wife, a neighbor and I volunteered as non-partisan poll monitors to ensure that people could exercise their right to vote. This wasn’t a no-brainer because in addition to all the new laws restricting that right, Trump’s calls for his own monitors took the vote suppression game to a whole new and threatening level.--Bill B. 


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  • Articles and Blogs--Fight for $15, Standing Rock, and More

    Dec 9, 2016

    A nationwide “Fight for $15” day of disruption scheduled for Tuesday [Nov. 29--eds.] now includes strikes by Uber drivers in two dozen cities, as well as by baggage handlers and cabin cleaners at Chicago O’Hare International Airport, hospital workers in Pittsburgh and McDonald’s and other fast-food cooks and cashiers nationwide.


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  • Additional Dialogues--Is Socialism Inevitable? Is capitalism Doomed?

    Dec 9, 2016

    [T]he restoration of post-war prosperity took the Great Depression, defeat of workers' struggles, Nazism and Stalinism, and a second world war, not to mention the looting of the environment.  I do not see anything like this happening in the near future (probably not even in the long-run future, but certainly not in the near future).--Wayne Price

    It was comforting (in a somewhat perverse sense), when we were Marxists, to be able to believe that 'history' was on 'our side,' that capitalism almost certainly spelled 'final doom' for the world, that socialism was immanent within capitalism, and, therefore, a revolutionary perspective was...'logical' ('true,' 'on the side of history,' etc.) Comforting or not, I have come to agree that this is a false perspective, and--worse--one with totalitarian implications and outcomes.--Rod Mehling


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  • Utopian Statement: Who We Are

    Utopians do not accept “what is” as “what must be.” We see potential for freedom even in the hardest of apparent reality. Within our oppressive society are forces for hope, freedom, and human solidarity, possibilities pressing toward a self-managed, cooperative commonwealth. We don’t know if these forces will win out; we see them as hopes, as moral norms by which to judge society today, as challenges to all of us to act in such a way as to realize a fully human community.


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