Daily Archives: June 3, 2021

“The Second”: Carol Anderson on the Racist Roots of the Constitutional Right to Bear Arms – YouTube


Democracy Now!

Published on Jun 3, 2021

Do African Americans have Second Amendment rights? That’s the question Emory University professor Carol Anderson set out to answer in her new book, “The Second,” which looks at the constitutional right to bear arms and its uneven application throughout U.S. history. She says she was prompted to write the book after the 2016 police killing of Philando Castile, who was fatally shot during a traffic stop after he told the officer he had a legal firearm. Anderson says the Second Amendment was always intended to be a means of arming white people to control the Black population. “There was this massive fear about these slave revolts, Black people demanding their freedom, being willing to have an uprising to gain their freedom,” says Anderson. “What I saw was that it wasn’t about guns. It was about the fear of Black people.”

Thousands flee erupting Mt. Nyiragongo volcano in DR Congo | DW News


DW News

Residents of the DR Congo city of Goma were told to evacuate Thursday as officials warned that the nearby Mount Nyiragongo volcano might erupt for a second time at any moment. Constant Ndima Kongba, the military governor of the North Kivu province, said magma was detected underneath the city and adjoining Lake Kivu, citing seismic and ground deformation data. The molten rock that erupts from volcanoes normally stays below the earth’s crust. The volcano is about 6 miles (9.7 kilometers) north of Goma, home to more than 600,000 people. A total of nearly 2 million people live in Goma’s greater urban area. The strato-volcano, which is nearly 3,500 meters (11,500 feet) high, erupted over the weekend, killing at least 31 people and leaving 20,000 homeless. Another 40 people are still missing from Saturday. Hundreds of aftershocks followed, destroying more buildings in the process. Mount Nyiragongo is Africa’s most active volcano. Before last Saturday, Nyiragongo last erupted in January 2002, killing more than 100 people and covering almost all of eastern Goma with lava, including half of the airport’s landing strip. More than 100,000 were left homeless in the aftermath.

DR Congo: Thousands flee Goma over fears of new volcanic eruption


Al Jazeera English

New tremors are causing panic in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) days after Africa’s most active volcano erupted, killing dozens of people. At least 400,000 people have abandoned their homes, fearing a second eruption. Al Jazeera’s Malcolm Webb reports from Goma, DRC.

Xinjiang region official: Forced-labor accusations are preposterous


CGTN

Published on Jun 3, 2021

For more: https://news.cgtn.com/news/2021-06-03…

China’s northwestern region of Xinjiang has seen a dramatic improvement in quality of life, with per capita disposable income rising more than 8 percent annually over the past five years. This is because its rural labor force can find stable and well-paying jobs in and outside the region. Despite the facts, allegations of forced labor in Xinjiang continue to make headlines in the West, even after being debunked.

Astrophysicist: The Future Of Deflecting ASTEROIDS


The Hill

Published on Jun 3, 2021

Astrophysicist, Dr. Joe Pesce, discusses asteroids coming closer to Earth.

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The Wealth of Nations: Adam Smith

The Wealth of Nations was published 9 March 1776, during the Scottish Enlightenment and the Scottish Agricultural Revolution. It influenced a number of authors and economists, as well as governments and organizations.

For example, Alexander Hamilton was influenced in part by The Wealth of Nations to write his Report on Manufactures, in which he argued against many of Smith’s policies.

Interestingly, Hamilton based much of this report on the ideas of Jean-Baptiste Colbert, and it was, in part, Colbert’s ideas that Smith responded to with The Wealth of Nations.

Many other authors were influenced by the book and used it as a starting point in their own work, including Jean-Baptiste Say, David Ricardo, Thomas Malthus and, later, Ludwig von Mises. The Russian national poet Aleksandr Pushkin refers to The Wealth of Nations in his 1833 verse-novel Eugene Onegin.

  • Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 1, 2018)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 524 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1505577128
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1505577129

The Ponzi Class: Ponzi Economics, Globalization and Class Oppression in the 21st Century: Michael William

The rise of the Ponzi class is the dominant political phenomenon of the 21st century. There has been the emergence of a new class structure in which the ruling Ponzi class are able to grasp ordinary peoples’ monies and spend it on themselves and their pet projects. Ordinary people are impoverished.The old class structure against which the Left railed ever since the mid-19th century has been superseded by another. The clapped-out theories of classical Marxism and the Communist Manifesto of 1848 no longer apply as the class structure upon which such theories depend no longer exists.

It is not the capitalist bourgeoisie which impoverishes the working class, it is the Ponzi class, mainly, through the tax system and the exercise of state power.Underlying this are the policies of Ponzi economics, a corrupted version of Keynesianism, a defective theory from the 1930s; and globalization, likewise a corrupted version of free trade.This book examines the background economic theories and arguments pre-dating the Keynesian revolution, in particular the battle between free trade and the campaign for Tariff Reform in Britain, before charting the Keynesian downfall into economic crises and failure, with the emergence of monetarism.

This book then puts the current economic plight of Britain into context and sets out the scale of the problems, which apply to other countries too – especially the USA which has to contend with its own economic difficulties and rival powers in Asia. Finally, possible solutions are highlighted. The rise of the Ponzi class is something that affects the West in general. It is only by looking back at the past that the present can be properly understood, and the lessons from the past apply today.

  • Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 20, 2015)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 436 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1519670362
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1519670366
  • Item Weight : 1.39 pounds
  • Dimensions : 6 x 0.99 x 9 inches

Consequences of Capitalism: Manufacturing Discontent and Resistance: Noam Chomsky, Marv Waterstone

Covid-19 has revealed glaring failures and monstrous brutalities in the current capitalist system. It represents both a crisis and an opportunity. Everything depends on the actions that people take into their own hands.’

How does politics shape our world, our lives and our perceptions? How much of ‘common sense’ is actually driven by the ruling classes’ needs and interests? And how are we to challenge the capitalist structures that now threaten all life on the planet?

Consequences of Capitalism exposes the deep, often unseen connections between neoliberal ‘common sense’ and structural power. In making these linkages, we see how the current hegemony keeps social justice movements divided and marginalized. And, most importantly, we see how we can fight to overcome these divisions.

About the Author

Noam Chomsky was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on December 7, 1928. He studied linguistics, mathematics, and philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania. In 1955, he received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. Chomsky is Institute Professor (emeritus) in the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Laureate Professor of Linguistics and Agnese Nelms Haury Chair in the Program in Environment and Social Justice at the University of Arizona. His work is widely credited with having revolutionized the field of modern linguistics. Chomsky is the author of numerous best-selling political works, which have been translated into scores of countries worldwide. Among his most recent books are Hegemony or Survival, Failed States, Who Rules the World?, Requiem for the American Dream, and What Kind of Creatures Are We?

Marv Waterstone is Professor Emeritus in the School of Geography and Development at the University of Arizona, where he has been a faculty member for over 30 years. He is also the former director of the University of Arizona Graduate Interdisciplinary Program in Comparative Cultural and Literary Studies. His research and teaching focus on the Gramscian notions of hegemony and common sense, and their connections to social justice and progressive social change. His most recent books are Wageless Life: A Manifesto for a Future beyond Capitalism (University of Minnesota Press; co-authored with Ian Shaw) and Geographic Thought: A Praxis Perspective (Routledge; co-edited with George Henderson).

  • Publisher : Haymarket Books (January 5, 2021)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 400 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1642592633
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1642592634
  • Item Weight : 1.35 pounds
  • Dimensions : 6 x 1 x 8.75 inches

Climate Crisis and the Global Green New Deal: The Political Economy of Saving the Planet: Noam Chomsky, Robert Pollin, C. J. Polychroniou

In this compelling new book, Noam Chomsky, the world’s leading public intellectual, and Robert Pollin, a renowned progressive economist, map out the catastrophic consequences of unchecked climate change—and present a realistic blueprint for change: the Green New Deal.

Together, Chomsky and Pollin show how the forecasts for a hotter planet strain the imagination: vast stretches of the Earth will become uninhabitable, plagued by extreme weather, drought, rising seas, and crop failure. Arguing against the misplaced fear of economic disaster and unemployment arising from the transition to a green economy, they show how this bogus concern encourages climate denialism.

Humanity must stop burning fossil fuels within the next thirty years and do so in a way that improves living standards and opportunities for working people. This is the goal of the Green New Deal and, as the authors make clear, it is entirely feasible. Climate change is an emergency that cannot be ignored. This book shows how it can be overcome both politically and economically.

Review

“This book is a survival manual for civilization. I want everyone—yes, every person on the planet—to learn its message and to face the challenge it poses: ‘What am I doing to help bring about a global Green New Deal in the early years of this decade?’ For Americans, the first steps are clear: consign all climate deniers to permanent political oblivion and force all other policymakers to match fine words with deeds—i.e. commit to the Pollin–Chomsky global program for climate stabilization, a massive expansion of good jobs, and just transition.”
—Daniel Ellsberg, author of The Doomsday Machine

“The project that is the Green New Deal is enriched by the insights of two great minds: those of Noam Chomsky and Robert Pollin. Both understand that the GND will fail if it does not protect the jobs and livelihoods of the working class. They explain how a transformation needed to restore the ecosystem can, and will transform the organisations and lives of working people worldwide—for the better.”
—Ann Pettifor, author of The Case for The Green New Deal

“This little book contains a big idea: climate stabilisation that avoids the collapse of organised social life can be achieved, along with more decent jobs, improved living standards and reduced poverty everywhere in the world. Two eminent thinkers present a convincing case for a realistic, feasible Global Green New Deal.”
—Jayati Ghosh, Professor of Economics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

“In this compelling read, linguist and philosopher Noam Chomsky and progressive economist Robert Pollin present a convincing case for a realistic, feasible Global Green New Deal.”
Dazed

“[Chomsky and Pollin] argue it is possible to tackle climate collapse over the next 30 years … A capitalist system that fails to respond does not deserve to survive.”
Irish Times

“Emphasises the crisis our planet faces but also says ‘there is a solution at hand.’”
Irish Examiner

“Brisk and lucid.”
—John Freeman, Lit Hub (“Most Anticipated Books of 2020”)

“A thought-provoking and succinct manifesto.”

—Russell Whitehouse, International Policy Digest

About the Author

Noam Chomsky is Institute Professor Emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Laureate Professor at the University of Arizona. Author of American Power and the New Mandarins and Manufacturing Consent (with Ed Herman), among many other books, he is a linguist, historian, philosopher, and cognitive scientist who has risen to prominence in the American consciousness as a political activist and the nation’s foremost public intellectual.

Robert Pollin is Professor of Economics and founding Co-Director of the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Among his many books are The Living Wage (with Stephanie Luce) and the edited volume Transforming the US Financial System (with Gary Dymski and Gerald Epstein). He has worked with the Joint Economic Committee of the US Congress and the United Nations Development Program.

  • Publisher : Verso (September 22, 2020)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 192 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 178873985X
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1788739856
  • Item Weight : 13 ounces
  • Dimensions : 5.52 x 0.5 x 8.31 inches

From Columbus to Castro: The History of the Caribbean 1492-1969: Eric Williams

The first of its kind, From Columbus to Castro is a definitive work about a profoundly important but neglected and misrepresented area of the world. Quite simply it’s about millions of people scattered across an arc of islands — Jamaica, Haiti, Barbados, Antigua, Martinique, Trinidad, among others — separated by the languages and cultures of their colonizers, but joined together, nevertheless, by a common heritage.

Review

“Mr. Williams is forced to write about so much greed and cruelty that it is remarkable that he keeps his temper and his perspective. He succeeds, and his practical discussion of the current state of the Caribbean is among the best of its kind. . . . He writes better than many historians and almost all politicians.” —The New Yorker

“The first comprehensive history of the area. . . . Fascinating.” −The Observer

From the Inside Flap

From Columbus to Castro: The History of the Caribbean is about 30 million people scattered across an arc of islands