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A Selecting Stones Review of 2011, and a Warm Welcome to 2012

December 31, 2011

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By the Scientific Editors of Selecting Stones It goes without saying that 2011 has been an eventful year.  One crisis after another.  We could get into all the details, but let’s try to keep this short, instead, because the past is in the past, and the future is what matters. The Arab Spring, perpetual economic […]

Why is there a Yoga Cult inside the Occupy Movement?

December 30, 2011

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By Anthony Burton You may have noticed over the last several weeks that the scientific editors of Selecting Stones have been quietly publishing a series of articles dealing decisively and profoundly with the important subject of dialectical contradictions in the American heartland.  As always, our aim has been to concretely demonstrate how these contradictions have […]

Ron Paul and the mask of capitalist villainy

December 27, 2011

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By Justin Hayden Washington Post columnist Ezra Klein recently tweeted a link to an article disclosing the contents of Ron Paul’s investment portfolio. Evidently, Rep. Paul has invested 64% of his total investments in the stocks of gold and silver mining companies. According to a Connecticut-based investment manager, Paul’s portfolio is “a half-step away from […]

Real Lives of Graduate Students: Mike Rieger

December 26, 2011

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We continue our Selecting Stones feature series “Real Lives of Graduate Students” with a look into the world of a scientist named Mike Rieger. Enjoy! Name? Mike Rieger Age? 29 Occupation? Scientist. Why graduate school, as opposed to something else? I would like to be a research scientist.  There isn’t really a “license” for that, […]

Communists win 20% in recent Russian elections

December 25, 2011

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By Bruno Fournier Today marks the twentieth anniversary of the official dissolution of the Soviet Union.  A few weeks ago, Russian parliamentary elections delivered approximately twenty percent of the vote to the Russian Communist Party.  This is not some exercise in numerology.  There is nothing magical about the number 20.  And yet, somehow, it all […]

U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Jobs, brought to you by American free enterprise

December 23, 2011

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This fall, there has been a big sign display on the front of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce building in downtown Washington, DC. It reads: “JOBS: Brought to you by American Free Enterprise”. Why is this significant? First off all, CNN reported back in October on a demonstration which took place in front of the […]

Political Reaction Returns to Topeka, Kansas

December 19, 2011

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By Eduardo Dijo It’s another typically overcast, wintry day here in Topeka, Kansas, a city lost in the fog of reactionary ideas hanging heavily in the air.  If American citizens wish to fathom the depth of the “Government” into which they have fallen, they have only to ask themselves: Who are they that flock ‘round […]

Rage Against the Machine is just some stupid rock band

December 18, 2011

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Walking down the street, shortly after midnight on a Saturday, in one of the wealthier neighborhoods of Washington, DC, and what does one hear?  A yuppie house party, a festive gathering of privileged upper-middle-class bureaucrats in their late twenties, all singing in unison to Rage Against the Machine. “Rally ‘round the family…” “With a pocket […]

The Militarization of Ollanta Humala’s Peru: Andean Bonapartism?

December 16, 2011

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By Javier Puente Last summer, elections in Peru invested Ollanta Humala, a former Army commander, as President of the Republic.  Ollanta ran against Keiko Fujimori, imprisoned former president Alberto Fujimori’s daughter, and current leader of fujimorismo’s cadres.  While Humala initially represented a radical nationalist, leftist-oriented option, he later became aware of the necessity of moderating […]

Gene Marks of Forbes on, “If I Were A Poor Black Kid”

December 13, 2011

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By Bruno Fournier The bourgeois press is at it again, giving the bankers and fat, balding middle managers of the world something good to feel about, as they talk amongst themselves about the everlasting American Dream.  What better place could there be, then, for an article entitled “If I Were A Poor Black Kid” than […]

Conversations from Occupy DC on a Thursday Night at Ten

December 12, 2011

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Three fellows, ‘Wisconsin’, ‘Pride,’ and Mehmet pass the time on a cold evening. Wisconsin:  I been on the road for ten years man.  Bin all over the place and I’m out o’ work.  I’m from Milwaukee but I looked near everywhere.  It’s all the same.  Fuckin’ Mexicans man.  I even go for the crappy jobs, […]

Real Lives of Graduate Students: Ginger Roberts

December 11, 2011

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We begin the Selecting Stones series “Real Lives of Graduate Students” with a response to our questionnaire submitted by Ginger Roberts.  All answers are presented exactly as they were given to us, with no editing.  Thanks, Ginger, for participating!  And, to you the reader, we hope that you gain some insight into the workings of […]

Protests in American Democracy, or How the Park Service mistook Nazism for Civil Rights

December 10, 2011

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By Mehmet Shalomovic Bruno Fournier and I recently had cause to visit the West Virginia town of Harper’s Ferry, located at the meeting point of the Shenandoah and Potomac rivers.  It is most well known as the location of John Brown’s famous raid of 1859, where the radical abolitionist attempted to seize the federal arsenal […]

Recent Events at Occupy DC, and the Institution of Private Property

December 8, 2011

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By Bruno Fournier and Dawn Occidere Occupy DC has made its way into the news this week.  For most of its two-month period of existence, Occupy DC has been among the most peaceful and least disruptive of all the various Occupy encampments across the U.S.  This started to change on Sunday, with 31 arrests after […]

Juan Cole Watch: Informed Comment panders for donations to fund Professor Cole’s travels

December 6, 2011

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Juan Cole is now shamelessly soliciting his readers for money, $25,000 to be precise.  You, the Internet user, now have the privilege of writing out checks payable directly to “Juan Cole” (but addressed to Department of History, 1029 Tisch Hall, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1003), just for the joy of receiving a little […]

Can Kansas City Be Occupied in Absentia?

December 5, 2011

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By Anthony Burton Reporting from Kansas City, MO: In his tremendously superficial and treasonous little book, What’s the Matter with Kansas?, the inane Mr. Thomas Frank, a local man of letters, and a person of great privilege and noble distinction in these parts, openly struggles to settle accounts with the endless embarrassments of growing up […]

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