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Bruce Lerro and Barbara MacLean
Socialist Planning Beyond Capitalism
(4 comments) SHARE Saturday, July 17, 2021 Divided We Stand: Eleven Regional Rivalries from Mountain People to the Swamps of Dixie
Regardless of their location in the South, why was it the the Mountain people of Appalachia wanted nothing to do with their neighbors in Virginia?
Why was it that New Amsterdam (New Yorkers) intensely disliked the Yankee New Englander?
Why were these regions not united even during the Revolutionary War and the Civil War?
Find answers to these questions and more in my latest article.
(25 comments) SHARE Saturday, June 26, 2021 Sitting Pretty on a Sinking Ship: Neoliberal Feminism
What does it mean to be a feminist in the United States today? My claim is that the neoliberal feminists are not liberal in the sense of second-wave feminism and the New-Deal liberalism of Roosevelt. Rather, they are instead "neo-liberal" feminists, who follow the neoliberal trend of the mid 1980's, started by the Democratic Leadership Council.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, June 11, 2021 The Power of Magick: Why Materialists, Atheists and Marxists Need it
Marx made some extraordinary comments about the functions of religion in the process of alienation in class societies. But he ignored the sacred practices of egalitarian societies, which he called "primitive communism". These sacred practices have been called "magical" by some anthropologists. They were signs of confidence, joy and group inspiration.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, June 3, 2021 Left-Wing Psychotherapy Cults: Sullivanians from Hedonism to Group Terror by Bruce Lerro
Cults typically use sex to control their members by propagandizing their female members into having sex with the male guru. At the same time, most of the members are expected to be celibate. But what happens when members give up monogamy completely and sleep with each other, as happened with the Suillivanists? How does this difference impact how the cult turns out?
(3 comments) SHARE Thursday, May 13, 2021 Ghosts of Highway 20 Revisited: How Being a Self-Educated Street Intellectual May Have Saved My Life
Fifty years ago there was a hard divide in Yankeedom between countercultural hippies and hardhats. Hitchhiking in redneck country in Eastern Oregon, I crossed a border into a dangerous situation. It was the conversations about books with one redneck that seemed to get me out of there. It wasn't until 50 years later in a FB message from my traveling companion that I discovered that books and "my NY way" probably saved my life.