|Anarchism: A doctrine urging the
abolition of government or governmental restraint as the indispensable condition for full
social and political liberty.
Capitalism: an economic system in which
investment in and ownership of the means of production, distribution, and exchange of
wealth is made and maintained chiefly by private individuals or corporations.
Chauvinism: Zealous and aggressive patriotism or blind enthusiasm for
military glory. Biased devotion to any group, attitude or cause. Male chauvinism is any
activity indicative of the belief in the superiority of men over women.
Communism: A system of social organization in which all economic and social
activity is controlled by a totalitarian state dominated by a single and self-perpetuating
Cultural Nationalism: A sense of national consciousness that exalts a
culture and history of one nation above all others.
Feminism: A doctrine advocating social, political, and economic rights
for women equal to those of men.
Fundamentalism: Strict adherence to any set of
basic ideas or principles. Religious fundamentalism is the the belief in old and
traditional forms of religion.
Imperialism: The policy of extending the rule or authority of an empire or nation
over foreign countries, or of acquiring and holding colonies and dependencies.
|Liberalism: A political and social
philosophy advocating individual freedom, representational forms of government, progress
and reform, and protection of civil liberties.
Marxism: The system of thought developed by Karl Marx and Friedrich
Engels, esp. the doctrines that class struggle has been the main agency of historical
change and that capitalism will inevitably be superseded by a socialist order and
Militarism: The tendency to regard military
efficiency as the supreme ideal of the state, with other interests subordinate. In other
words a 'military-industrial' complex an economy built around a nation's armed
forces together with the industries that supply them.
Neo-colonialism: Policies practiced by erst-while
colonial states in a modern context - where a nation exerts political and economic control
over a less powerful independent nation or region.
Neo-liberalism: The constellation of economic
policies, including privatization, free trade, and deregulation, which spread to most of
the world in the 'nineties, largely through the offices of the World Bank, International
Monetary Fund, and World Trade Organization.
Nihilism: Total rejection of established laws and
institutions. Or, anarchy, terrorism and any other revolutionary activity.
Socialism: A theory or system of social
organization in which the means of production and distribution of goods are owned and
controlled collectively or by the state.
When people are starving it is not
food that is in short supply, its justice. Eduardo Galeano
The poor do not exist as an act of destiny,
their existence is not a by-product of the system in which we live and for which we are
responsible...They are oppressed, the exploited, the workers cheated of the fruits of
their work...The poverty of the poor is not an appeal for generous action to relieve it,
but a demand for the construction of a new social order. Gustavo Gutierrez
The three richest men
in the world are wealthier than the 48 poorest countries combined
I see in the near future a crisis approaching that
unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country...Corporations have been
enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the
country will endeavour to prolong its reign...until all wealth is aggregated in a few
hands and the Republic is destroyed.
Abraham Lincoln, 1864
spending this year will amount to $3,591,324 every minute of every day
Washing one's hand of the conflict
between the powerful and the powerless is to side with the powerful, not to be
The politicians who impose neoliberal solutions at home are the same men and
women who wage wars abroad, and it is done for the same reasons. How could it be