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Privatization of education in Oaxaca, Mexico

16 February, 2017

The Editor,  The Progressive Magazine,  Madison, Wisconsin,  USA

Dear Ruth;

Writer Jeff Abbott (Feb ’17) says proposed Mexican education privatization, in particular in Oaxaca state, “are meant more for cutting costs than for the improvement of education”. But that is more the means than the end of the privatization push.  Read the rest of this entry »


Mobile Phones, Media, and reality

The Editor,  The Dominion Post,  Wellington

07 February, 2017

Dear Editor:

Thanks to Rosemary McLeod (Tuesday, 2 Feb) for describing a common reliance on social media to attempt to find meaning, “as if only by filming it does it make it real.”   Read the rest of this entry »


Walls cannot impose justice – vrs 2

The Editor,  The Press,  Christchurch

07 February, 2017

Dear Editor:

Donald Trump’s proposed Mexican Wall is justifiably being criticized internationally. But another more sinister wall exists to annex land for a nation, namely the walls branching out from Israel.   The peoples of Israel and Palestine share claim to this land.  Read the rest of this entry »


Walls cannot impose justice

The Editor,  The Sunday Star Times,  Auckland

02 February, 2017

Dear Editor:

Donald Trump’s proposed Mexican Wall is justifiably being criticized internationally. But equating his proposed wall to the Berlin Wall of the cold war era (SST, 29 Jan) needs to be qualified.  Read the rest of this entry »


Response to Robert Borosage of OurFuture.org (USA)

‘Perverse populism’ is a good term. But what is different today is that the necessary response to climate change (for sustainability, survivability) requires more fundamental change than progressive populism. The whole ‘consumer man’ culture (exploitation), in which right wing populism and progressive populism are both imbedded, is indicted. The election of Trump, Brexit, the mafia type in the Phillipines, the rise of xenophobic parties in Europe, etc., are intuitive responses from the terror of fundamental change. Naomi Klein in “This Changes Everything” tries to put a soft face on it but the ‘populist’ response today is, for now, of a nature that people will want to preserve any bit of consumer man they can grasp for as long as it lasts (probably not very long) and the centuries (millenially?) long devotion to exploitation as the cultural norm is seeing them accept more inequality.
Thanks,
Richard Keller

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Reply to Gordon Campbell on ‘populism’

Gordon Campbell’s attempt to define populism leads him to claim there is much equivalence of Trump to Podemos, for example. Does he really think Trump is “truly and aggressively in opposition to the politics of ‘business as usual'”?  Read the rest of this entry »


The term “populism” is a distraction.

The Editor,  The Sunday Star Times,  Auckland

27 December, 2016

Dear Editor:

Much is being said about the ‘populism’ of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders. But that term is a distraction.  Read the rest of this entry »