In contrary with the mainstream media and the British politicians, the 2011 riots in England are no ''mindless violence'', but a clear protest against the years of social injustice and racist police violence
When there are zero jobs available, any job will do. This fact has been exploited by corporations now re-labeling themselves "job creators,” since being a job creator in a time of depression brings a religious status similar to a rain god during a drought. Democrats and Republicans have lavished eternal praise on the "job creators” and in consequence have created a political atmosphere that is rabidly pro-corporate "job creators" and anti-everything else.
In practice this means that ANY new law or regulation that hinders the power or profits of "job creating" corporations is instantly attacked as a "job killer.” This type of logic is good for bumper stickers and Tea Parties but bad for those who suffer under the giant power of corporations, including working people, the unemployed, the self-employed, and the environment.
Peace and resistance are part of our nature as antibodies are part of our bodies. Education is the great transformer (JK Galbraith). Diversity, tolerance and nonviolence are imperatives threatened by the warrior cult.
The APIEL conference unites individuals working for environmental justice
throughout Appalachia for a weekend of workshops addressing ecological
problems, as well as the underlying policies that enable these issues to occur.
Tom Hayden is an activist, former state senator in California and prolific writer defending the rights of nature and the right of dissent.
Joseph Stiglitz is the 2001 Nobel Prize winner for economics and professor at Columbia University.