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Boycott Wal-Mart logo
north america / mexico / community struggles / opinion / analysis Tuesday June 12, 2007 23:04 by Randy Lowens   image 1 image
In the article that follows, we will briefly review the history of various campaigns to stop or reform Wal-Mart (that presumably gave birth to the unofficial, ineffectual Wal-Mart boycott), and contrast these efforts to more organized and constructive boycotts, such as the CIW's burgeoning efforts to reform the fast food supply chain. We will draw what lessons seem appropriate from the comparison (while carefully noting several differences), then suggest a course of action that the legions of Wal-Mart bashers might find more productive than individual, noble, but largely futile personal boycotts. read full story / add a comment
Andy Warhol's rendering of Chairman Mao
north america / mexico / culture / feature Saturday February 03, 2007 20:42 by Randy Lowens   text 60 comments (last - friday february 16, 2007 20:26)   image 1 image
Most progressives agree that traditional institutions, cultural or political, deserve a good shaking up. So we approve of discourse that challenges the boundaries set by staid literary journals or moribund political organizations. In letters as in politics, we speak on the one hand of the traditional, mainstream elements deserving of comeuppance, and on the other of the avant-garde, the rebels. But inevitably, some wish to be more radical than the radicals, the newest new wave. This latter tendency is typically irrelevant at best, but often does real harm by posing as the "true" avant-garde and attacking more productive rebellious movements. In the following article we will examine two cases of extremism for its own sake, consciously postmodern experimental literature, and also a school of thought called Post-Left Anarchy. We will situate each in its cultural context, and make distinctions or draw parallels as appropriate. read full story / add a comment
Locals and Activists
north america / mexico / community struggles / feature Thursday January 11, 2007 21:34 by Randy Lowens   text 13 comments (last - friday january 02, 2009 19:13)   image 1 image
Class antagonism takes a multiplicity of forms: Environmental struggles can also pit the impoverished against the profiteers. In the mountains of Appalachia, anger against Mountaintop Removal coal mining overshadows labor struggles, or even the war in Iraq, as the single issue that most arouses the passions of the common folk. read full story / add a comment
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