Martin Nicolaus

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Was John Brown Right?

On the morning of his execution by the State of Virginia on December 2, 1859, John Brown penned these words: I, John Brown, am now quite certain that the crimes of this guilty land will never be purged away but with blood. I had, as I now think, vainly flattered myself that without very much …

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Note from Norway

From Mike Seltzer, Oslo, April 21 2020 A short note about how things are developing here in the Nordic countries, specifically Norway, Denmark, and Finland, with a side look at Sweden. Norway, Denmark, and Finland went on lockdown — schools, restaurants, drinking places, cinemas, etc. — on about March 11 or 12. All except those …

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A Laugh and a Song

The Covid-19 pandemic is no laughing matter. But in this grim situation a laugh is more needed than ever. Here is a YouTube video that cracked me up. And here’s a follow-up in the same vein. Hats off to the producers and talent, these are well done. In a different mood, here’s a beautifully done …

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Is Pete Buttigieg Just a Shill for Corporations and the Donor Class?

Why has Buttigieg flipped from being a putative progressive to being perhaps the most conservative, pro-corporate Democrat remaining in the field? A good place to start would be to follow the money. By Miles Mogulescu Reposted from Common Dreams 11/22/19 Pete Buttigieg, the 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, the fourth-largest town in Indiana, is the …

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The Wall 30 Years Later

By Victor Grossman Media jubilation reaches a climax on November 9th, thirty years after the bumbling, perhaps even misunderstood decision to open the gate for all East Germans to stream through, hasten to the nearest West Berlin bank for their “welcome present“ of 100 prized West German marks, and taste the joys of the western …

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San Francisco Labor Council says: NO to the U.S. Intervention and Attempted Coup in Venezuela!

The following resolution was adopted by the Delegates Meeting of the San Francisco Labor Council (AFL-CIO) on Monday, February 11, 2019.] Whereas, Trump administration officials have openly declared their intention to overthrow the democratically elected government of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro; andWhereas, the U.S. has tightened economic sanctions, including the seizure of Venezuela’s oil properties …

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The President and the Speaker – Foreign Policy Twins Separated at Birth?

By  Tom Gallagher  Political scientists have long noted the phenomenon of our country’s “one-party foreign policy.” Which is to say, while there are often substantial differences between the leadership of the Democratic and Republican parties on domestic issues — health care, the environment, taxation, education, etc. — when it comes to how the U.S. conducts …

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