Is the traditional family the foundation of democracy?

"'Is the traditional family the foundation of democracy?' It depends what kind of traditional family you’re talking about. Throughout most of European and American history, the family was organized around a patriarch with power over slaves, servants, poorer neighbors and his sons and daughters. Those families were the foundation of inequality. Our founding fathers didn’t idealize “family values.”... Continue Reading →

“Fathers’ Rights” and the Realities of Men’s Family Labor

“Fathers’ rights activists, who are predominately white and middle- or working-class, tend to ignore how work and family institutional relations benefit them, both before and after divorces. Instead, they focus entirely on the economic and emotional costs that are attached to these masculine privileges--among them, the common legal assumption after a divorce, that children are... Continue Reading →

Introduction to New Departures in Marxian Theory

“. . . As earlier anti-slavery movements eventually went beyond reformist demands for slaves to be treated better to arrive at the fundamental demand to abolish slavery per se, so Marxists go beyond the reformist critics of capitalism to demand its abolition as a class structure. If human beings must be free to be fully... Continue Reading →

Fake News on Russia and Other Official Enemies: The New York Times, 1917–2017

Edward S. Herman, best known for developing the propaganda model of media criticism (with Noam Chomsky), died a few weeks ago on November 11, 2017. Below is a section from a piece he wroted titled, “Fake News on Russia and Other Official Enemies: The New York Times, 1917–2017,” that appeared in the most recent issue... Continue Reading →

Disturbed Populations Stirring

“I do feel this period is kind of a turning point. […] The only question you can’t answer is how the population is going to react as they get slammed in the face--and they are getting slammed in the face. One way it could go would be like the building of the C.I.O., or the... Continue Reading →

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