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New Year in Spain (1938)

Submitted by dalcassian on 25 January, 2017 - 6:45 Author: Louis MacNeice

The road ran downhill into Spain,
The wind blew fresh on bamboo grasses,
The white plane trees were bone naked
and the Issues plain:
We have come to a place in space where
shortly
All of us may be forced to camp in time:
The slender searchlights climb,
Our sins will find us out, even our sins of
omission.

Reflections of a Black American Soldier In World War Two

Submitted by dalcassian on 10 August, 2015 - 3:20 Author: Bill Horton

I'm just a Negro soldier
Fighting for "Democracy,"
A thing I've often heard of
But very seldom see.

In the South I was just a "nigger"
On whom the boss man kept close track
To see that I grew no bigger
Than the clothes upon my back.

In the North, of course, it's different,
That is, they had a different name
For Jim-Crow it was segregation
But it amounts to just the same.

Yet I must be patriotic
Must not grumble or complain
But must fight for some "four freedoms"
On which I'll have no claim.

Pluto-democracy in America (2004)

Submitted by AWL on 9 November, 2006 - 9:34

In ancient Athens the citizens gathered in the agora, the market place, to debate the affairs of the city state and vote on them. They did that with every issue that arose, including the appointment of military commanders. It has been called the “classic” democracy. In fact, only a fraction of those living in Athens could debate and vote.

Slaves, women and foreigners had neither voice nor vote. Those citizens who made up the Athenian democracy were therefore a narrow, privileged caste, consisting of, maybe, a fifth of the population, or less.

Antinomies of the concept of hegemony

Submitted by AWL on 3 October, 2017 - 7:43 Author: Paul Hampton
The H Word

Hegemony is a primary concept for understanding global politics today. Principally it expresses the hierarchy of states under US leadership, but hegemony has deeper meanings associated with the ways ruling classes maintain their rule. For socialists, hegemony also encapsulates working class leadership in the struggles of other oppressed layers, along with Marxist leadership of the labour movement. Antonio Gramsci used hegemony in a rich variety of contexts in his important contributions to Marxist thinking.

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