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Nuclear Fusion: Eternal Energy = Eternal Damnation

Nuclear fusion is far, far too expensive to provide energy “too cheap to meter” during upcoming decades.  Not only is tritium (costing $30,000 per gram) necessary to start the initial reaction, reactors must be lined with expensive lithium.  Equipment to make the tiny event happen is enormous, requiring space equal to three football fields.  The complexity of the system requires twice as many employees – 1000 for fusion vs. 500 for a fission reactor.  This helps explain why original cost projections of $6.3 billion mushroomed to DOE’s current estimate of $65 billion. More

The Supreme Court’s Attack on Labor Rights

In an incredible leap of illogic, to bolster the affront of workers leaving their post and calling a strike, Supreme Court Justice Barrett in writing for the majority, claimed that the Teamsters themselves instigated the financial harm and the case needed to be returned to the state court. “So by reporting for duty and pretending as if they would deliver the concrete, the drivers prompted the creation of the perishable product. Then, they walked off the job until the concrete was mixed and poured in the trucks. In so doing, they not only destroyed the concrete but also put Glacier’s trucks in harm’s way.” More

Haiti: Stop the Destruction of a Nation

As the current crisis in Haiti has metastasized into one of the worst human rights disasters in the Americas, Haitian activists in the popular movement and in diaspora are increasingly charging the US government– the key force behind the 2004 coup and subsequent occupation of Haiti– with genocide, as reflected in the above quote. They recognize that the ongoing, systematic destruction of the Haitian people as a sovereign nation is not some “random” work of “gangs’, but instead the deliberate outcome of the efforts by the US and “Core Group” powers– in collaboration with members of the Haitian oligarchy– to prevent the vast majority of Haitians from exercising genuine self-determination and popular democracy. More

Inside the Amnesty Movement for Vietnam War Deserters

By late December 1971 I was already calling myself a revolutionary.  A whole generation of New Leftists consumed by their opposition to the Vietnam War had come to define themselves in similarly provocative terms.  As a state of mind this pretense was not entirely delusional.  Only those activists most unhinged from material reality believed the United States was living a genuinely revolutionary moment.  But revolutionary zeal had become rampant throughout the politicized youth culture.  The axiomatic beliefs shared by many – perhaps most – radicals within this loosely knit, endlessly factious collectivity called the Movement held that the American political system was a sham, and that capitalism as a viable engine to achieve social and economic justice had been totally discredited. More