Conspiracy Theory, Innocence Theory, and Class Interest

“Here at home and throughout the world people are fighting back against the forces of  wealth, privilege, and militarism – some because they have no choice, others because  they would choose no other course but the one that leads to peace and justice.” — Michael Parenti Michael Parenti is an internationally known award-winning author and lecturer. He is one of […]

The Left, Capitalism, and Animal Rights

Dr. Steve Best is Associate Professor of Humanities and Philosophy at the University of Texas. He has written 13 books. He engages the issues of terrorism, liberation politics, animal rights, capitalist domination, biotechnology, ecological crisis, mass media and culture. Interview by John Hoch:   JH: Why do you think there’s so much hostility between the anti-capitalist Left and the animal […]

“It’s Never As It Seems, Bubba”

We are required to unquestioningly praise the U.S. Military for keeping us free, and protecting us from the villains du jour, in spite of the fact that it is really nothing more than a band of merciless mercenaries, hired by Wall Street to rob, rape, and pillage the resources of other countries. Amerika is in the business of war…nay, is dedicated, heart and soul, to the manufacture, sale, and use of Weapons of Mass Destruction.

How Slaves Built American Capitalism

In the abstract, capitalism and slavery are fundamentally counterposed systems. One is based on free labor, and the other, on forced labor. However, in practice, Capitalism itself would have been impossible without slavery.

In the United States, scholars have demonstrated that profit wasn’t made just from Southerners selling the cotton that slaves picked or the cane they cut. Slavery was central to the establishment of the industries that today dominate the U.S. economy: real estate, insurance and finance.