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Anti-Capitalist Meetup: John Brennan, Barack Obama and the Banality of Evil in Service of Late Capitalist Imperialism by Le Gauchiste

"Some years ago, reporting the trial of Eichmann in Jerusalem, I spoke of 'the Banality of evil' and meant with this ... the phenomenon of evil deeds, committed on a gigantic scale, which could not be traced to any particularity of wickedness, pathology or ideological conviction in the doer, whose only personal distinction was a perhaps extraordinary shallowness...., and the only specific characteristic one could detect on his part as well as in his behavior ... was not stupidity but a curious, quite authentic inability to think."

--Hannah Arendt

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Anti-Capitalist Meetup: Brave New World - High Stakes Testing or When a Test is Not Just a Test by Diane Zavala and Peg Rapp

(This article was co-authored by Diana Zavala, a parent with a 9 year old child in New York City Public Schools who works with Change the Stakes and Peg Rapp, a member of the Anti-Capitalist Meet-up Collective who also taught in the New York City Public Schools).

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Anti-Capitalist Meetup: ACM: Working Class Self-Activity III: Walmart Workers Rising & the Prospects for Radical Politics by LeGauchiste

"The emancipation of the working class must be the work of the working class itself."

- Karl Marx & Friedrich Engels, 1879

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Anti-Capitalist Meetup: Obama Privatizes Public Schools: Out Of The Frying Pan Into The Fire by Geminijen

The battle to privatize education as part of the neoliberal shock doctrine is in full swing--on one side we have a rank and file movement of public school K-12 educators and parents mobilized by the Chicago teachers' strike trying to save the teachers unions and neighborhood schools -- on the other side we have the "educational reform" agenda using the full power of Obama's "Race to the Top" (RTTT) policy which uses government funding to force the closure of "nonfunctioning" public schools and replace them with privately run "Charter" Schools .

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Anti-Capitalist Meetup: Working Class Self-Activity, Part II: The Soul & Spirit of Marxism by LeGauchiste

As I wrote a week-and-a-half ago, the concept of self-activity was introduced to me by my first intellectual mentor, labor historian George P. Rawick, a lifelong left activist who edited The American Slave: A Composite Autobiography, a definitive, 41-volume collection of oral history interviews with former slaves taken during the 1930s under the auspices of the WPA.

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