Marx or the Light of Day?
An Opening Salvo
By Jose M. Tirado
Traditionally, a salvo is a "simultaneous burst of fire" by several guns in a salute, or as a warning. I think this image appropriate for my first, introductory contribution as the Hampton Institute´s new Chair of the Spirituality & Religion Dept. because there are several areas I wish to focus on, to make this venture a successful one. And I want to announce it all at once, in a broadside of sorts, and as I write this today, Rosa Parks Day (Dec. 1), it seems as fitting a time as I can envision. Because it is a warning most of all. But we have a choice. First of all, I must say what a pleasure it is to be part of the Hampton Institute. Heaven knows we need places where, even if only in a cyber realm..
The Rejection of Palestinian Self-Determination
An Interview with Jeremy R. Hammond
By Devon Douglas-Bowers
The new book will be the final result of a process that began in earnest during Israel's '08-'09 military assault on Gaza, dubbed "Operation Cast Lead". That event prompted me to want to write a book about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but I knew I couldn't write about contemporary events such as that without also providing historical background as context. So I had a grand ambition to provide an overview of the conflict going back to its roots and up through the present day. That idea proved overly ambitious for me at the time, but it did result in The Rejection of Palestinian Self-Determination.
The Hunt for Red November
Third-Party, Working-Class Politics Get a Boost with Socialist Victory
By Michael Orion Powell
Something incredible happened in the Seattle area during the off-year 2013 election cycle. Most of the races, while significant enough for city residents, were relegated to localized importance. However, there was one exception. Kshama Sawant, a candidate for City Council as a Socialist (as in the Socialist Alternative Party, not a descriptive term), was victorious. Sawant not only won a seat on the City Council, but also won prestige - she is well beyond another lower level academic (she teaches economics at Seattle Central Community College) - she is now a force to be reckoned with in Seattle-area politics and a trailblazer for a political brand that has largely remained dormant in the U.S. for the better half of a century.
Listening for Student Voices
By Chris Field & Sean Michael Morris
Teachers don't teach; instructors don't really instruct. The lecture-based course fell out of favor years ago, and we know today to bring front and center the role students play in their own learning. "Education," says Paulo Freire, "becomes the practice of freedom, the means by which men and women deal critically and creatively with reality and discover how to participate in the transformation of their world." When critical and independent thinking are the most valuable products of learning, we must ask and make space for students to work and create on their own. It isn't enough for them to take notes and then recite; learners must invent -- not just the products of their knowledge, but also their own learning. These lofty goals require risk. If we give students the freedom to choose their own path..