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A 42-year history of strict adherence to democratic practice at the Park Slope Food Coop was upended Tuesday night at the January General Meeting, attended by 486 of its 16,000 members.  Following the physical disruption of the April 2015 GM in which BDS supporters tried to give a presentation about why the coop should boycott SodaStream, opponents proposed requiring a super-majority of 75% to approve any future boycott.

Establishment democratic politics and what motivates it is entirely obvious:  Never propose any policy that threatens powerful economic interests (banks, corporations, insurance companies, energy companies, educational companies, automotive corporations, etc) because their campaign contributions depend upon these industries and will dry up if they attempt to do anything about their abuses.  

For a long time, as he campaigned for president, a wide spectrum of establishment media insisted that Bernie Sanders couldn’t win. Now they’re sounding the alarm that he might.

And, just in case you haven’t gotten the media message yet -- Sanders is “angry,” kind of like Donald Trump.

Elite media often blur distinctions between right-wing populism and progressive populism—as though there’s not all that much difference between appealing to xenophobia and racism on the one hand and appealing for social justice and humanistic solidarity on the other.

I was born in North Carolina, but my parents are from Vermont and I grew up taking long summer road trips up the east coast to visit our family in Burlington, the state’s largest city with just over 40,000 people. It was on one of these trips, sometime in the early 1990s, that I first learned about Bernie Sanders and his uniquely American brand of democratic socialism.

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Skeptics said it wouldn’t last, and they were right.

“Yeah, I knew what I was recording, but I didn't think he was going to die.” This is how Ramsey Orta responds when I ask him what was going through his head when he shot the video of Eric Garner’s death. Orta tells me that just a week before, he had filmed a video of his friend getting beat up by the cops on the same Staten Island block where Garner was choked by Officer Daniel Pantaleo.

“Yeah, I knew what I was recording, but I didn't think he was going to die.” This is how Ramsey Orta responds when I ask him what was going through his head when he shot the video of Eric Garner’s death. Orta tells me that just a week before, he had filmed a video of his friend getting beat up by the cops on the same Staten Island block where Garner was choked by Officer Daniel Pantaleo.

Historic. Imagine a world where elections are more than a choice between one or the other. Congratulations, Spain!  (Tweet from Edward Snowden)

Edward Snowden’s congratulatory tweet on December, 20 was posted at 9.40 pm, when the election results, giving the new party 18% of the seats in parliament, were almost final. Snowden, a true new millennium star, added a link to one piece from The Guardian, which highlighted the emergence of Podemos and the end of the two-party system in Spain.