Fashion and gender division, patriarchical definition of social roles, cynicism in Grand Theft Auto, big pharma medicalising libido, and cashing in on sexual repression.
“Thanks to the marketing of libido drugs, women can now be told by their partners and society that they are suffering from hypoactive sexual desire disorder and need medication. Like insomnia, sadness, heartburn, hay fever, shyness and child behavior, everyday conditions are turned into diseases to sell pills.”
“In what is otherwise a politically correct world that would not dare to be deliberately controversial on matters of, say, race, for fear of alienating a section of its audience, the need for a game aimed at young males to include a retarded attitude to sex is deemed by its writers to be unavoidable, if not desirable.”
“If the working people of world are to free themselves from the unrelenting global horror of imperial capitalism, we must learn to procreate creatively and parent children differently from our oppressors.”
“Gender blindness in spirit cannot be created by imposing targets. Setting targets for women in positions of power puts the proverbial cart before the horse; in order for equality to pervade culture then laws and norms must change.”
“Repressed sexuality breeds insecurity and the need for authority, the authority of political power, of science and religion, and of commercial advertising.”
“Revitalizing labor’s commitment for a government healthcare system is essential or we risk the peril of being overwhelmed by an ever increasing cost structure imposed by private insurers ‘just because they can’.”
“Plutocracy’s intolerance of ‘regimented’ economies stems from a fear that strong state-sponsored economic safely net programs elsewhere may serve as ‘bad’ models that could be demanded by citizens in the core capitalist countries.”
“It seems to escape the notice of Mr. Kerry that negotiations between any two parties must involve each having something that the other wants, that can only be obtained by giving up something in return. There can be no ‘negotiations’ between Israel and Palestine when Israel has been given free rein to take whatever it wants from Palestine, with no consequences.”
“Until policymaking is wrestled free from corporate influence, it is impossible that international negotiations on climate change and sustainable development can lead to the transformative reforms that the environmental crisis urgently demands.”
“Tax havens are tools of an unprecedented redistribution of wealth from the poor to the rich; they are centripetal “black holes” in which the plundered wealth of the exploited peoples of the world is largely stored and laundered.”
“While it is easy to criticize the African National Congress’ acceptance of neoliberal policies in the wake of Nelson Mandela’s election in 1994, acting as if the ANC could have done something different is a bit delusional.”
From suicide bombing and terrorism to civilian law, protest and symbolic forms of resistance.
An open issue covering a whole host of political, economic and cultural discussions.
Green-corporate links, resource shortages, nuclear power and the dicourse on energy issues.
Anti-welfare rhetoric, alternatives to 'austerity', disparity in India, and resistance against inequality.
“Though nuclear war is possible and becoming more likely, it is not inevitable. It is humanity’s right to survive that is at stake. We must untiringly struggle for general nuclear disarmament, starting with the United States.”