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The most violent element in society is ignorance. Emma Goldman

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Happy Mother's Day ~

Left Forum Registration (NYC - May 29)

PRE-CONFERENCE REGISTRATION CLOSES ON THE 27th of MAY, 2015

A unique phenomenon in the U.S. and the world, Left Forum convenes the largest annual conference of a broad spectrum of left and progressive intellectuals, activists, academics, organizations and the interested public. Conference participants come together to engage a wide range of critical perspectives on the world, to discuss differences, commonalities, and alternatives to current predicaments, and to share ideas for understanding and transforming the world. The conference is held each year in New York City.

More here: http://www.leftforum.org/

Bernie & Guns ~

It's very interesting to me that Bernie is not big on gun control, and likely reflects living in a rural state where hunting is a popular past time. I would like to see a little more control (perhaps stronger background checks in order to identify the types of people who might attack a school for example), but this is not a deal-breaker issue for me. And it quite possibly gives Bernie some room with moderates who may initially scare at the word "socialism" but then look deeper and realize he just wants to repair the very broken safety net in this country.

What do you all think regarding this issue?

Happy Birthday to a fellow Prussian ~

Synopsis

Born in Prussia on May 5, 1818, Karl Marx began exploring sociopolitical theories at university among the Young Hegelians. He became a journalist, and his socialist writings would get him expelled from Germany and France. In 1848, he published The Communist Manifesto with Friedrich Engels and was exiled to London, where he wrote the first volume of Das Kapital and lived the remainder of his life ...

More here - http://www.biography.com/people/karl-marx-9401219





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So grateful for this group -

between here, Socialist Progressives, and Sports I don't even have time to look at much of GD anymore. This is a good day.

American Dream? Or Mirage?

American Dream? Or Mirage?
The New York Times Sunday Review
May 1, 2015

ECONOMIC inequality in the United States is at its highest level since the 1930s, yet most Americans remain relatively unconcerned with the issue. Why?

One theory is that Americans accept such inequality because they overestimate the reality of the “American dream” — the idea that any American, with enough resolve and determination, can climb the economic ladder, regardless of where he starts in life. The American dream implies that the greatest economic rewards rightly go to society’s most hard-working and deserving members.

Recently, studies by two independent research teams (each led by an author of this article) found that Americans across the economic spectrum did indeed severely misjudge the amount of upward mobility in society. The data also confirmed the psychological utility of this mistake: Overestimating upward mobility was self-serving for rich and poor people alike. For those who saw themselves as rich and successful, it helped justify their wealth. For the poor, it provided hope for a brighter economic future.

In studies by one author of this article, Shai Davidai, and the Cornell psychologist Thomas Gilovich, published earlier this year in Perspectives on Psychological Science, more than 3,000 respondents viewed a graph of the five income quintiles in American society and were asked to estimate the likelihood that a randomly selected person born to the bottom quintile would move to each of the other income quintiles in his lifetime. These estimates were compared with actual mobility trends documented by the Pew Research Center. Participants in the survey overshot the likelihood of rising from the poorest quintile to one of the three top quintiles by nearly 15 percentage points ...

More here ~ http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/03/opinion/sunday/american-dream-or-mirage.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=c-column-top-span-region®ion=c-column-top-span-region&WT.nav=c-column-top-span-region

The Baltimore Rebellion

The Baltimore Rebellion
April 29, 2015

IT TURNED out to be Baltimore.

Ever since the African American residents of Ferguson, Missouri, took to the streets for weeks and months of defiance, the question hasn't been whether their resistance would spread, but when it would, and where it would appear.

Ferguson cast a spotlight on the epidemic of racist police violence, committed with impunity, that plagues communities across the country. But the response from government officials in charge of keeping people safe--particularly from the women and men who are supposed to "serve and protect"--has been, at best, all talk and no action.

At worst, the response from the political and media elite has been scapegoating and demonization of the very people suffering the brunt of the abuse and violence ...

Much more here: http://socialistworker.org/2015/04/29/the-baltimore-rebellion

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