Noam Chomsky: ‘Democrats abandoned the working class decades ago’ 

Building on a friendship initiated in Sandinista Nicaragua of the 1980s, Wallace Shawn — a committed activist but someone who is best known as an accomplished dramatist and actor — interviewed scholar and linguist Noam Chomsky. In their discussion, Shawn reflected on Chomsky’s words and called on hi

Source: Noam Chomsky: ‘Democrats abandoned the working class decades ago’ – Alternet.org

 So what happens to real socialists if Sanders is elected? As president he would be required by law to prosecute subversives…

The debate over Sanders the ‘democratic socialist’ is no simple matter: but let’s hope that we can leverage this kind of situation toward real change, and at least be under no illusions about a President Sanders: he doesn’t deserve the term ‘socialist’ but his use of it is itself subversive…
With real power, we will see a quick change artist at work, no doubt…

The strange puzzle of the Sanders pitch for democratic socialism that is really nothing of the kind has been commented on many times for just that reason. And we should begin to wonder if this isn&…

Source: Is Sanders (deliberately) feeding revolutionary passivity? – 1848+: The End(s) of History

 The coming secularization of ‘islam’…

Although Islamophobic confusions haunt the question the fact remains that an intelligent and tolerant secular critique of Islam is inexorably emerging in the inexorable passing of the religions spawned in the axial age. It is also true that something better than the ‘secular humanism’ of the new atheists is unlikely to be the ‘what comes next’… In a strange irony Islam already has a secular potential in the legacy of sufism which despite its corrupt occultism shows a dozen ways to a secular post-islamic modernity.

The main reasons for Islam’s growth ultimately involve simple demographics.

Source: Why Muslims are the world’s fastest-growing religious group | Pew Research Center

 The corrupted semantics of the term ‘secular’…

The term ‘secular’ suffers a corrupted usage. Since it was the christian reformation that led to the original usage it is hardly right to equate that with atheism as such. The secular age began with a new brand of christianity and the secular age might well lead beyond that vestigial reformation as christianity but the narrow scientism and reductionist fundamentalism is not the replacement.

Source: Religious ‘nones’ becoming more secular | Pew Research Center