In response to the Trump administration sidelining science through appointments and executive actions, Earth Day Network joined with an international coalition of scientists to demonstrate on April 22 that "science serves all of us." However, organizers say protests in more than 600 cities are just the beginning of what is needed to resist the administration's attack on science.
The ragged remnants of the neo-conservative cabal that came together under George W. Bush are still out there, plotting and scheming, concocting novel new ways to light the world on fire for power and profit. Is Trump's band of wreckers poised to combine forces with the ice-eyed competence of the neocon assassins?
Leaders of Germany's Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) party were caught actively recruiting neo-Nazis as members after lobbying prominent neo-Nazi leaders. AfD is widely expected to enter the national parliament following federal elections, which would be unprecedented for any far-right extremist party in Germany since the end of World War II.
Just as its administrator, Scott Pruitt, was meeting with residents of a neighborhood contaminated by lead, the Environmental Protection Agency announced upcoming reviews of its lead standards under President Trump's executive order requiring federal agencies to gut regulations. East Chicago residents have been waiting weeks for Pruitt to respond to their emergency petition for federal aid.
Demonstrators held a Tax Day protest outside Goldman Sachs to draw attention to the 1% who profit from exploiting tax loopholes and cutting our services, says Renata Pumarol, deputy director of New York Communities for Change. Activists are moving beyond just rallying to more militant actions to shed light on the "swamp dwellers" who make Trump's economic policies.
Gentrification is not an organic back-to-the-city movement, but a result of deliberate actions by the government and developers to attract the rich and fund cities through trickle-down economics in the absence of tax revenue, says Peter Moskowitz, author of How to Kill a City. The US has a long history of accumulating capital through displacement and redlining.
Globalization's contradictions have changed the political and ideological landscape of capitalist societies, introducing a new right-wing radicalism that has adopted the "antiglobalization" rhetoric of the left, says political economist C.J. Polychroniou. The left needs to rethink strategies for a new globalized economy.