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  • The Utopian, Vol. 16, No. 5

    May 7, 2017

    Cover and Contents for our May 2017 issue, vol. 16 no. 5. May Day, Tax Day, March for Science, other articles and discussion, including special feature on the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution.

    For earlier issues see Updates and New Discussion (Vol. 16 no. 4, April 2017) and Archives.

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  • May Day Protests

    May 7, 2017

    The crowd was diverse in age, gender, and color, although understandably there seemed to be fewer immigrants participating than in previous years. The black bloc was present, and in masks, but for whatever reason didn't engage in trashing. (Oakland, CA)

    Local police allowed the main thoroughfares to be blocked, and dozens of vehicles waiting to get through honked their horns in solidarity with the marchers.  The march was kicked off and ended with a local dance group focusing on indigenous traditions. (Oxnard, CA)

    ...And more from other localities.


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  • Tax Day / March for Science

    May 7, 2017

    There was a sea of homemade signs, and like L.A., their focus was very much on Trump's taxes, with some anti-bombing stuff on the side. The chants we heard were the 'hey, hey, ho, ho...' one plus, 'this is what democracy looks like!'---and, 'lock him up!' (NYC Tax Day March)

    The makeup of the crowd was generally young, majority white but plenty of people of color, and equally men and women. Lots of creative, nerdy signs.  Very peaceful, the organizers went out of their way to promote this as a non-partisan event. (L.A. March for Science)


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  • Free Mumia!

    May 7, 2017

    [T]he state finally gave up and Mumia began receiving the current medical standard treatment on 6 April. This is a big victory both for Mumia and for 5000-7000 other prisoners in Pennsylvania alone who also are sick with hepatitis C.


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  • Whither the Movement?

    May 7, 2017

    I agree that at this point the motion is largely within and around the Democratic Party. Still, it points to something.... I think that we'll continue to see a process of polarization, with the left at first largely confined to the Democrats, but not uniformly or uncritically. 


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  • Whither the Trump Administration?

    May 7, 2017

    I think this means, at least for now, that the Republican traditionalists (Mattis, McMaster, Kelly, and the arrive-iste Tillerson) have won Trump over on foreign policy. At the very least, Bannon's influence will decline further. His best step would be to resign now (soon) and denounce Trump for going over to the Establishment, the people he claimed to be fighting against.


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  • U.S. Air Strike on Syria

    May 7, 2017

    What I would say to liberals and other supporters of US involvement is: many, many times over the decades, it has looked at first as if US intervention was intended to and would further the cause of peace, democracy, the rights of women and religious and ethnic minorities, but almost inevitably, it has made the situation worse.


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  • French Elections

    May 7, 2017

    It seems that the far right program is articulated far more clearly, and popularity, than any far left program (including our own). That said, the liberal (capitalist) center seems to be holding its own against the far right.


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  • Post-Capitalism, Go Local?, Ethics in the Movement

    Dec 12, 2017

    Different takes on Paul Mason, Postcapitalism: A Guide to Our Future...on Localism as tactic or long-term trend...on Ethics as the basis for law.


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  • Special Feature: 100th Anniversary of the Russian Revolution

    May 7, 2017

    Two articles examining aspects of the 1917 Russian Revolution. “The Russian Revolution Unfinished” was written by SK and appears in the Summer issue of the Fifth Estate. “Explorations in the Russian Revolution” is Part Two of a series on the Russian Revolution by Ron Tabor. 


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  • Article Recommendations

    May 7, 2017

    On Trump's "Turn toward the Center," Sanders-Merkley's "100 by 50 Act," political-social crisis in Venezuela, Trump's "thankfully not-growing base," and more.


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  • End the Deportations!

    May 7, 2017

    Statement of The Utopian Tendency, reprinted from Utopian 16.4, May 2017.


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  • Utopian Position Statement: Who We Are

    May 7, 2017

    This racist, sexist, and authoritarian society has not developed any new charms. It remains exploitive and unstable, threatening economic collapse and environmental destruction. It wages war around the globe, while nuclear weapons still exist and even spread. Even at its best -- most stable and peaceful – it provides a way of life that should be intolerable.


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