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  • The Utopian, Vol. 16, No. 2

    Feb 4, 2017

    Cover and Contents for our February 1, 2017 issue (Vol. 16 no. 2). Contents include: Reports and comments on Women's March (Jan. 21); commentary on developing U.S. political crisis; James Baldwin on Trump's inauguration; Trump-Putin, immigration protests, and more; Russian Revolution anniversary.

    For earlier issues see Updates and New Analysis (Vol. 16. no. 1, Jan. 1, 2017) and Archivss.

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  • Women's March on Washington - Reports and Comments

    Feb 4, 2017

    [W]hat I saw and took part in at the rally was a weaving together of civil rights and Black Lives Matter (five mothers whose children were killed by police where there and we did a call and response with each of them: "Travon Martin!" "Say his name!"). to meld my peer group-- middle-aged and older white women-- to the struggle against racism, xenophobia, and all those other human rights struggles made a profound impression on me.... 

    I think there is a new spirit here that is beyond dogmas, political or religious, and we will find our way through to economic justice by drawing upon the wisdom, energy, and work of those of us in the movement whose interest is in economics.

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  • Thoughts on the Developing Political Crisis in the U.S.

    Feb 4, 2017

    I believe that we are in the initial stages of a serious political crisis in the country, one that may not subside soon. Rather, I suspect it will continue to fester through a series of revelations and scandals. And depending on circumstances, it may well escalate into something on the level of the impeachment of Bill Clinton and perhaps even to the heights of Watergate.

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  • Commentary: Donald Trump's Mental State

    Feb 4, 2017

    Trump’s difficulty in accurately gauging reality has been clearly revealed in his and his team’s claim that some sort of plot on the part of the mass media exists to denigrate him personally, that the media is conspiring to deny that his inauguration was the biggest in history, that he’s immensely popular, that he has a mandate, etc. This seems not to be pure “spin” but a deeply felt (almost panicky) attempt to deny a reality that is deeply threatening to his self-image. It suggests that what some commentators described as a paranoid facet of Trump’s mentality is, in fact, much more serious. 

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  • Commentary: James Baldwin Speaks to the Nation on the Occasion of Donald Trump's Inauguration

    Feb 4, 2017

    James Baldwin (1924-1987), once seen as belonging to a past era, has grown in relevance as his uncanny ability to speak to America’s sins of exclusion and blindness have seemed more and more timely. So it felt appropriate to ask what he would say today. I asked him to choose five quotations from his works that he thought most applicable to the present occasion.

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  • Articles and Dialogues: Trump-Putin, Immigration Ban Protests, Whither the Trump Administration?...More

    Feb 4, 2017

    [T]he speed of crisis has been stunning, with a seemingly major defeat in the first week (and little success with Mexico, walls and import taxes). More than a dozen Republicans have come out against the Muslim ban, though to varying degrees and elements. And, of course, the size and scope of the protests has clearly demonstrated that Jan. 20 was just an initial display of muscle, not a one-and-out.

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  • Special Feature: 100th Anniversary of the Russian Revolution

    Feb 4, 2017

    Crucial to evaluating the Russian Revolution as a whole is an accurate understanding of the nature of the October Revolution, the seizure of power by the Bolsheviks under the slogan, “All Power to the Soviets.” At the moment it occurred, the insurrection appeared to represent the triumph of the popular forces. But rather than representing the victory of the people, the uprising heralded the beginning of the end, the onset of a long and bloody denouement that led to the tragic conclusion. 

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  • Utopian Statement: Who We Are

    Feb 4, 2017

    [W]e are talking about something familiar to everyone, although difficult to get a handle on. 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. Nobody has described how the society we want will look, or how to get it, though we know what it will be – a society where people are free to be good.

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