Supreme Toxicity—Confirmed

The Editors

October 8, 2018

A Letter from the Editors of Against the Current

HE’S CONFIRMED, ALL right: A confirmed liar, confirmed nasty-drunk sexual predator and hardcore reactionary hand-picked for his confirmed anti-worker judicial record, Brett Kavanaugh is now a confirmed Justice of the United States Supreme Court. The whole spectacle became one of those moments that brought the country face to face with the real condition of its political system—and  the rage it’s generated is the hope for the future.

While this was going on, much else was pushed to the outer fringes of the news cycle. North and South Carolina still wading hip-deep in polluted and hog waste-infested floodwaters of the latest climate change-driven hurricane.  Refugee families seeking asylum in the United States piling up in detention centers, with some launching a hunger strike, and children shipped to desert concentration camps. The United States preparing new “crippling sanctions” on Iran, including attempting to reduce its oil sales to zero – a step going right up to the line of an act of war that could consume much of the Middle East. American bombs supplied to Saudi Arabia incinerating the nation of Yemen—and U.S. action deliberately setting out to reduce Gaza and Palestinian refugees to the point of starvation.

On the positive side, world leaders assembled at the United Nations broke out laughing at Donald Trump as he boasted of “my administration’s” brilliant accomplishments. But all this and more was blacked out as the Senate Judiciary Committee moved to complete the longterm Republican agenda of stacking the Supreme Court with a far-right majority.

There is much handwringing in the media and cable TV punditocracy over the “toxic” condition of American politics revealed by the Kavanaugh confirmation process. “Toxic”? You really think? Behold the least popular Supreme Court nominee in memory, appointed by the most unpopular and corrupt U.S. president in modern history, finally...

October 14, 2018

Following is a statement by Nicaraguans living in the United States protesting the Nicaraguan government’s most recent repression. See Nicaragua’s Popular Rebellion Stopped — For Now by Dan La Botz for background. Solidarity denounces the repression and at the same time opposes U.S. intervention in Nicaragua, which would only make a bad situation worse.

This morning, October 14, 2018, Nicaraguan citizens in use of their constitution right gathered to march...

Ecology Commission of the Fourth International
October 8, 2018

Not surprisingly, the special report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on global warming of up to 1.5°C confirms that the impacts of anthropogenic climate change are formidable and have been underestimated, both socially and environmentally.

The 1°C warming we are already experiencing is enough to cause major tragedies: unprecedented heat waves, hurricanes, flooding, glacier and ice-cap dislocation. These give an idea of what awaits us if human warming is not stopped...

Bill Smaldone
October 2, 2018

Donald Trump’s election has emboldened white nationalist groups and armed militias who are entering public space in ways almost unprecedented in the years since the civil rights movement. In debates on the left about how to respond to this upsurge and, in particular, about the tactics we should use, Antifascist organizers often reference Germany during Hitler’s rise. They argue that Hitler, like Trump, began as a buffoon and that the early Nazis were a relatively small force, like the militias...

Dawn Starin

On October 7, 2018 the anti-choice group Life Chain will hold rallies across the U.S. to oppose the right of women to terminate an unwanted pregnancy. The group claims to be nonviolent, but its provocative rhetoric and images incite violence against abortion providers and harassment of women seeking abortions. The rallies are a chilling reminder that the war on reproductive rights has two fronts: the political front in Washington, DC, and in many state legislatures, and the street front.

The following...

September 28, 2018

A broad coalition of women has come together to protest the Presidential candidacy of far-right politician, Jair Bolsonaro. Organized by the parties of the left, women’s organizations, and some members of liberal parties, this coalition will march in cities across Brazil on September 29.

According to one Brazilian activist, “The political temperature is high, the situation very tense. Bolsonaro gives signs that he is going to start dropping in the polls, and his followers are becoming unnerved....

Jason Schulman
September 27, 2018

David McReynolds was a titan of the peace and justice movement, a socialist, pacifist, Socialist and Green party political candidate, and photographer.  He helped organize one of the earliest draft-card burning protests against the Vietnam War and served on the staff of the War Resisters League for 40 years, remaining active with the organization afterwards.  He was the first openly gay presidential candidate for any party, running on the Socialist Party ticket in 1980. His photography...

Robert Caldwell
September 26, 2018

 

On September 6 Dallas police officer Amber Guyger shot to death Botham Jean, a neighbor in the housing complex where she lived.  Recently, Robert Caldwell interviewed Olinka Green, regarding the murder and the community response in the weeks since.  Olinka Green has been a community activist for the past thirty years, fighting against racism, police abuse and brutality and environmental racism. She is a member of DALLAS ACTION coalition, the NORTH TEXAS ACTION committee and the DEMOCRATIC...

Joan Lichterman
September 18, 2018

This September 8 more than 900 climate actions took place on seven continents and in 95 countries as people worldwide demanded climate action from their local leaders. As noted on the Rise for Climate website, “Rise is a global moment organized by hundreds of local leaders and dozens of partners. It’s coordinated by a global steering.... Every individual action is different, but most are organized by local groups who are leading the way for climate action...

Dan La Botz
September 16, 2018

Julia Salazar, a member of the Democratic Socialists of America and candidate in the Democratic Party primary election for the New York State Senate, won her race by a decisive vote of 58.5 to 41.5 percent. Since there is no Republican opponent in the general election, she is virtually assured of taking a seat in the Senate. Her victory represents another demonstration that DSA’s electoral strategy of running or endorsing candidates in the Democratic Party can be successful in winning primary and...

Radical Socialist
September 9, 2018

Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, introduced by the British colonial administration in 1861, criminalized sexual activities “against the order of nature.” On September 6, 2018, the Indian Supreme Court ruled that the application of Section 377 to consensual homosexual sex between adults is unconstitutional. This article celebrates that victory and explains how much more is needed. Radical Socialist is an Indian affiliate of the Fourth International (FI). Solidarity is a U.S. affiliate of...

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