By Richard Greeman
This illustrated selection of Greeman's Radical Rants and Internationalist Essays is a frontal assault on capitalism by means of a veteran socialist, student and activist. Greeman's satirical stories, which diversity from the Rebellious Sixties to our Decadent Decade, take care of globalized capitalism's drawback, innovative heritage and destiny clients for a brand new society. a few titles: "The Rolling Revolutions of 2011," "Capitalism's Terminal drawback? " "Where Are the Riots of Yesteryear? " "The Invisible International," "Deconstructing the 'Threat' of Radical Islam," "Religion and Repression within the U.S. (a Case of Political Pathology)" "Back within the U.S.S.R." "Victor Serge" and "Ecotopia: a chance You Can't Refuse."
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