BOOK REVIEW: Railroading Economics examines the mythology of the market

Conservative laissez-faire economists argue that an economy governed by private ownership and competition, untainted by government intervention, is the best way to run an economy. However, California State University economics professor Michael Perelman, in his penetrating “Railroading Economics,” demonstrates that in the United States, business and government long ago rejected the laissez-faire model.

Some personal favorites at Toronto film fest

Some big-budget films at the Toronto International Film Festival would be of interest to progressive viewers.

Flight attendants fight strike ban

MINNEAPOLIS — (PAI) A Minnesota federal bankruptcy judge on Oct. 23 banned the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA from starting “chaos” at a Northwest Airlines feeder, Mesaba Airlines. “CHAOS stands for Create Havoc Around Our System” and is the union’s tactic of using selective strikes against selected flights with no prior notice


Goodyear tires — how safe? More labor support for single-payer AMFA ends strike


Uruguay: Ibero-American Summit takes U.S. to task Iran: U.S. naval maneuvers raise tensions China: Outreach to African nations a high priority Kenya: UN meet assesses global warming Israel: Urgent appeal to stop siege of Gaza

European youth defend democracy

In the aftermath of the official banning of the communist youth league in the Czech Republic, and in defiance of that ban, 15 European communist youth groups met in Prague, capital of the Czech Republic, Oct. 27-29.


First in nation: Oakland OKs oil independence by 2020

OAKLAND, Calif. — In an action with far-reaching implications for improving air quality, curbing global warming, growing the “green economy” and developing well-paying jobs for urban workers, Oakland’s City Council voted Oct. 17 to develop a plan to make the city oil independent by 2020. It is the first such measure by a U.S. city.

N. Calif. banquet will celebrate area activists

OAKLAND, Calif. — “United We Fight Back!” will be the theme as Northern California supporters of the People’s Weekly World/Nuestro Mundo gather here on Sunday, Dec. 3, to honor area organizations and leaders working to defeat the far-right Republican agenda and win peace, democracy, equality, immigrant rights and opportunities for young people.