Peace or something

The editors at Counterpunch seem to think they have something now by frontpaging Boris Kagarlitsky's "My Peace Plan." There are some things that might genuinely lead them to believe they have something. Kagarlitsky is arguing for peace; he's a smart guy; he understands a sort of marxist (as opposed to mainstream) view of global history. These are all good things.

Open Thread 03-11-22 - Some of Them Were Angry

Editor's note: Republished posthumously in OPOL's name from 10/24/2018. ~JtC

Some of Them Were Angry

NOTE:The title and much of the quoted text are from Jackson Browne's brilliant Before the Deluge

Some of them were dreamers
And some of them were fools
Who were making plans and thinking of the future
With the energy of the innocent
They were gathering the tools
They would need to make their journey back to nature
While the sand slipped through the opening
And their hands reached for the golden ring
With their hearts they turned to each other's hearts for refuge
In the troubled years that came before the deluge

As we head into the abyss...

For far too long far too many of us have mostly ended up just going along with some of the worst acts against humanity, ever. Either in outright denial of reality or via superhuman feats of rationalization...or by being misled in one way or another, or by simple exhaustion, pummeled as we are by the constant torrent of media-borne propaganda.


I’m self-isolating as instructed, for 4 weeks. I would find it soothing right now to be at a monastery in the mountains somewhere, which leaves me wondering how I can achieve a place of greater peace and serenity at home. What do you consider the necessary essentials for achieving greater peace and serenity at this time - and by what principles do you guide yourselves?

At least Spring is coming for you all in the Northern Hemisphere.

If This is Real, a Path for Change has Finally Opened.



U.S. peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, left, and Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the Taliban group's top political leader, shake hands after signing a peace agreement between Taliban and U.S. officials in Doha, Qatar, on Saturday. | Hussein Sayed/AP Photo


The American People need to see that something is "possible" before they will support change. Let's hope more headlines like this will do the trick.