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25 Comments Post a comment
  1. I just found you on Twitter as Merickguy. Your writings are excellent and very much what progressives are thinking here on Long Island in Nassau County Please feel free to follow my tweets and I invite you to our website http://www.yeswecanli.org

    You can post and write there. Many of your views are the same as ours I personally think your writing is very good. You can also friend us on Facebook as Yes We Can Long Island. We are a left of center organization

    March 17, 2011
  2. Greg #

    I’m an old, progressive activist with a psssionate dedication to social justice. And I might add that without social justice there will never be peace.
    I read some of your articles and enjoyed them. I can feel the sincerity in your words and the honesty of your convictions. But I’m most happy that you are young, and not afraid to think independently. Too many of us don’t wake up til we’re old and completely trapped in our own little American dream.
    Go west young girl, go west.

    April 20, 2011
  3. moneylender #

    As long as money is created out of NOTHING as a compound interest bearing debt, no amount of progressive thoughts or actions will produce any results.Hot air

    April 21, 2011
    • So we need to create wealth, for example from the land, as in the article “Food Emergency” about the IMF, world bank and African famine. We find, then, that progressive thoughts are well grounded, as also in the New Deal Farm Bill.

      September 27, 2011
  4. John Steinsvold #

    An Alternative to Capitalism (which we need here in the USA)

    Several decades ago, Margaret Thatcher claimed: “There is no alternative”. She was referring to capitalism. Today, this negative attitude still persists.

    I would like to offer an alternative to capitalism for the American people to consider. Please click on the following link. It will take you to an essay titled: “Home of the Brave?” which was published by the Athenaeum Library of Philosophy:

    http://evans-experientialism.freewebspace.com/steinsvold.htm

    John Steinsvold

    Perhaps in time the so-called dark ages will be thought of as including our own.
    –Georg C. Lichtenberg

    April 21, 2011
  5. Your essay on disaster capitalism explains this complex issue with clarity and passion. It is indeed a democracy crisis. Keep up the good work. I am sharing your blog with everyone I know. All the best.

    April 23, 2011
  6. http://www.worldsocialism.org/articles/why_we_dont_need.php

    April 24, 2011
    • Use your head. Make a comment about what you desire to link. Show some discipline. Do the work.

      September 27, 2011
  7. Good stuff!

    We need all the progressive voices we can get to keep writing, speaking and informing!

    April 26, 2011
  8. You are uncommonly perceptive…your writing flows with clarity…a conscious, aware voice in dire, extreme times.
    Welcome to the fold, Rania.

    May 14, 2011
  9. I’ve read a couple of your pieces and want you to know I appreciate your analysis on issues. I am looking forward to reading more of your work in the future.

    May 17, 2011
  10. Yeah, this is what a police state looks like, all right.
    Seems we have to fight the same fight over and over every 20 years or so, doesn’t it?
    Glad to have you on the side of the angels.
    I think you write very well.

    Liberty & Justice,

    sj

    May 21, 2011
  11. May 23, 2011
    • tambershall #

      NAILED IT!

      May 30, 2011
    • Yes, right on. And yes, he remembered farmers, and his Henry Wallace created an amazing program to implement it without any corn, wheat or rice subsidies. Part of it’s meaning is that the US has the right to not lose money on farm exports, like we did under Republican corporate pressure for a quarter century.

      September 27, 2011
  12. tambershall #

    Ms. Khalek,
    You have a very informative website. Thank you.
    I first read your work on FDL, which I frequent often. The following are rhetorical questions, ie. answer for yourself, or very humble suggestions. I was wondering if you were involved with any groups in your area or in any other areas. And if not in your area, maybe others? The reason I pose this rhetorical question is that folks like yourself, including those at FDL, other sites, and those without a site, have some very good ideas. However, and I apologize if this is perceived as an offense for it certainly is not meant as such, your, ie, including FDL and others, organization/organizing ability is mediocre at best. No offense or insult is meant, just an observation.
    It’s a shame to see such good ideas go to waste and not get traction, considering their validity and sound reasoning. As I have suggested at FDL, there are strategies that one can use to maximize one’s advantages and also minimize one’s disadvantages. And it’s a shame that such productive ideas are not utilized.
    I will state a few simply.
    1. Obviously you can’t compete with the money. And truthfully, no ONE can. But when said “competition” is a wash, one should focus on other avenues of engagement. Basically don’t fight the battles that aren’t worth fighting and can’t be won. (I know, everyone knows this. Please bear with me.) This being the case, what other options exist? Since both “parties” are just really two branches of the same party, the Corporatist party, (which you have written about), supporting D or R only leads to the same conclusion. One will take you to the bottom quickly. The other will wind you down nice and slow. In either case, you’re in the hole. And the hole is not a good place to be. Options? There does lie an option that has been talked about before. Federal elections have two issues. The money, which cannot be matched. Unless one has a billion dollars lying about. And the second issue is that D or R, both do not serve the people. Thus the top-down approach is futile, at best.
    However, one could use he bottom-up approach. This has two benefits. First is money. Yes, locally, one can compete with the money. And more importantly money is not the deciding factor. Second, one does not have to choose a D or R. Locally, a D means different things than it does on the bigger scale. So there are options. With careful choices one can choose a candidate that will represent the people.
    2. Organize, organize, organize. That means getting in touch with all the other “little people”. Since it isn’t the United Corporations of America yet, there is still time to make a difference. Organize with sites and people like FDL. Organize with the greens. Organize with every group you can find. Those “little people” can add up very fast. And locally, that make a big difference. Remember, the down-up approach. Locally -> state-wide. Once you have people in state legislature who work for the people, the differences will be staggering.

    The list goes on, but I don’t want to waste your time. Especially if this sounds like pure drivel to you. Please contact me at my email if you wish to hear more or just shoot around some ideas. Either way, great site. And good luck.
    Thank you for your time.

    May 30, 2011
  13. Thanks, Rania, for being a voice of reason.
    We need all the young writers with a clear perspective putting their views out there.
    The anomie that haunts our younger generations in the US is the very antithesis to democracy, which in the face of a corporate militaristic plutocracy is the only antidote I can think of.
    Without a groundswell of protest from the younger Americans —matched by similar protest from their elders— America will continue its march toward fascism.

    Like addicts, probably nothing will effectively change until Mr & Mrs Average American and Family bottom out—–and I get the distinct impression that the manipulators will not allow that to happen…..there will be enough crumbs, the occasional peek of sunlight through the clouds to keep people’s hopes alive and thwart rebellion.

    Keep up the good work…..the message is most important.

    June 16, 2011
  14. I just found your work and it is great. I have recently begun my own blog and trying to get it going, hopefully you will visit and leave me some critiques on how to improve it.

    THX

    http://echosfromthedark.wordpress.com/

    July 6, 2011
  15. govtslaves #

    I really enjoy some of your articles,I’m going to re -post on my site. Thanks Thomas

    http://govtslaves.info/

    August 2, 2011
  16. I’m posting this story by you (about the police killings in Anaheim) on my community blog. It’s too important of a story to not post. I appologize. I’ve credited you for your excellent reporting and prose. Please keep up your important work. I live not far from Olympia and have been a lifelong friend of professor Peter Bohmer. I hope, if you’re ever in the area or speak at TESC you’ll let me know so I can get a chance to meet you, shake your hand, and film your presentation. You’re doing the Lord’s work. God Bless! (Whether you believe in Him/Her or not!)

    August 25, 2012
    • Thanks for the kind words :)

      August 25, 2012
  17. I heard your guest spot on Abby Martins show Breaking the set, I believe you need to research some facts before you give your opinion, an opinion with out the truth discredits your viewpoint.

    December 19, 2012
  18. Hi, I seen your episode on RT.with Abby Martin and I would like to send you a link to a documentary I think you may be interested in watching. http://youtu.be/1pKasF6l3y0

    I would love to hear your take on it.

    December 20, 2012
  19. Pretty! This was an incredibly wonderful article. Thanks for supplying this info.|

    March 22, 2013

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