Content of The Utopian Vol. 18.2 - 2019

  • The Utopian Vol. 18 No. 2

    Jul 1, 2019

    Cover and contents of The Utopian vol. 18, no. 2 (June 2019). Articles and discussion on the Mueller Report, the California Teacher Movement, Ihlan Omar and Anti-Semitism, and #Mee Too. For previous issues, see "Updates and New Discussion" (vol. 18, no. 1) and Archives.

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  • Remarks on the Mueller Report

    Jul 1, 2019

    Leaving aside strictly legal and political judgments, it seems patently obvious to me that Mueller’s conclusions on the facts of the matter are absurd. How dull does one have to be not to recognize that Donald Trump, his family, business associates, and campaign staff are political stooges of Vladimir Putin and the oligarchs/mobsters that surround him! The Russians own Donald Trump!


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  • The California Teacher Movement--A Report and Assessment

    Jul 1, 2019

    Unfortunately, but not surprisingly, the teacher movement in California is not building on, or even replicating, the most important positives of the red state teacher strikes. In California teacher locals are striking one at a time -- Los Angeles in January; Oakland in February; Union City in May (they're on strike now). And the main statewide teacher union, CTA, heavily pushes a very legalistic and very cautious approach, one that relies on appealing to Democratic party politicians on a very passive, "seat at the table", don't confront -- collaborate approach.


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  • Some Initial Considerations on Ihlan Omar, the Palestinians, and Anti-Semitism

    Jul 1, 2019

    Omar’s comments and the controversy that ensued served to muddy the waters still further and to allow those who wish to tar all defenders of the Palestinian cause with the brush of anti-Semitism to continue to do so. I am prepared to accept that Ihlan Omar is not personally anti-Semitic. However, there is little doubt in my mind that her tweets and other comments promoted anti-Semitic motifs which I, personally – as both a militant supporter of the Palestinians and a strongly identified Jew – found offensive.


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  • 'Me Too' Movement--Comments and Discussion

    Jul 1, 2019

    I find myself in direct opposition to Rod's point of view on the 'me too' movement. In my view, this is an important grass-roots movement. Women are sick and tired of being harassed and assaulted by men, especially those holding positions of power.--Eric

    What, then, is Eric directly opposing? I think he is opposing my implied criticisms of the Me-Too movement. Assuming this is so, I will make these criticisms more direct, and less implied, in the hopes we can discuss and debate what we actually disagree about. I will also make the case for why these criticisms should be voiced.--Rod


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  • Who We Are: Utopian Tendency Statement

    Jul 1, 2019

    In small ways, every day, people live by cooperation, not competition. Filling in for a co-worker, caring for an old woman upstairs, helping out at AA meetings, donating and working for disaster relief – people know how to live cooperatively on a small scale. What we don’t know, and no one has found a blueprint for, is how to live cooperatively on a national and international scale – even on the scale of a mass political movement.


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