Examining the case of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the young Nigerian man who tried set off an explosion on a plane from Amsterdam as it approached Detroit on Christmas day, Clayton Morgareidge suggests that terrorist acts can result from the frustration of the democratic desire for solidarity. For the text of this commentary and links to sources, go here.
Are human beings capable of living in a better society in which cooperation predominates over competition? Harvard psychologist Felix Warneken discusses experiments showing that kids of 18 months have a spontaneous impulse to help others in need. More about this here.
Alain Badiou enunciates the communist hypothesis:The subordination of labor to a dominant class, (whether it be a class of capitalists or a class of party bureaucrats)is not inevitable.If so, then the existence of a coercive state, with the violent policing we heard about at the beginning of this show, is not inevitable either.Here is the Old Mole’s Frann Michel making the case for this hypothesis, and for the courage to weather the hard times of struggle.