Ted Eudy and Dwight Holden were one of more than 18,000 gay couples married in California in 2008, during the brief period when the state allowed gay marriage. But that doesn't mean anything in New Mexico.
Peak oil is entrenched as a sound bite in the mainstream media and energy resources are a discussion issue at every level of government, but no one really talks about peak water. Access to plentiful, cheap, clean water is taken as a given—even in the dry southwestern United States—but it may just be our most precarious resource.
Many Americans know that the United States is not a democracy but a "corporatocracy," in which we are ruled by a partnership of giant corporations, the extremely wealthy elite and corporate-collaborator government officials.
As thoroughly reprehensible as the Right’s slavishness to wealth and power is, the fact that it took a financial meltdown for economic justice to even begin to replace welfare reform on the political agenda suggests progressives need to do a bit of navel-gazing.
Two authors explore the faults of progressive politics and the internalization of corporatocracy this week: One through blunt analysis of privileged progressives and another through a step-by-step challenge to the entrenchment of corporate influence.
I was into my third hour interviewing a survivor of the Khmer Rouge regime, and everyone was tired. The survivor, a farmer from a province three hours north of Phnom Penh, had already described the most horrific experience––his pregnant wife’s stomach being cut open and the fetus removed by soldiers who planned to dry and consume it, supposedly to gain magical powers.