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October 2007 Issue:

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Jena: To end racism, we must end the system

In recent weeks, the eyes of the country have been focused on Jena, Louisiana, and the overt racism that has reared its ugly head there. Tens of thousands of Americans have rallied in support of the Jena 6. The whole affair puts a spotlight on the question of race in America, and how it has been used by this country's ruling class as a political weapon. It also points to the opportunity that now exists to take that weapon away from our rulers as an important step toward building a just society.

First, it's important to understand that capitalism could not have been established in the US without racism. Indeed, racism as we know it today didn't really exist in the world before capitalism. The concept of different "races" is a lie. Race is a political concept, not a scientific one, and racism was consciously developed by the capitalists as a political weapon for dividing the working class on the basis of skin color. ...


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Why can't government stop the war?

The American people have spoken clearly time and time again. They want us to leave Iraq. Yet the war grinds on, not only against the will of the American people, but also against the will of the people of the earth. Politicians elected to stop the war end up voting ever more billions to continue the carnage. Why won't they stop this war?

Modern war is an instrument to enforce or achieve national policies. Mao Tse Dong summed it up as well as anyone with his statement that politics is war without guns; war is politics with guns. This means it is not possible to understand war without understanding its political base. The invasion of Iraq is an extension of politics that developed in the immediate post WWII period.


Also In this Issue:

The Credit Crisis and the Vision of a New America

Homelessness can end overnight

The Homeless Need Love Too

How Whirlpool Corporation Takes Over a Town

Report from the HUD Takeover Town Hall

Speakers for a New America: New Book

Corporate Greed Drives Strike Action at General Motors

Victory in Detroit water struggle -- The fight continues

Atlanta's Grady Hospital: Canary in the mine

Activists young and old gather to think outside the bomb

United Workers Association wins victory in fight with Maryland Stadium Authority

Poetry for a New America

Publicizing the American dream

Benton Harbor and Jena, Louisiana are one and the same

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