G. S. <email@example.com>
initial posting 1 Oct 2010 - last update 25 Jan 2011
BartolomeoVanzetti (left) and Nicola Sacco (right)
Their struggle for “joostice” as Vanzetti pronounced it, with the long Italian ‘u’ (like our ‘you’), continues now, almost a century after their wrongful deaths. Everywhere the “little” people, the humble people, the poor people without money, connections or power, continue seeking decent lives, asserting their humanity. In Paraguay, far from Boston, the indigenous Ayoreo people are threatened with extermination by wealthy landowners who want to profit from commercial agricuture in this region. Everywhere, it’s always the greedy rich against the poor.
Mother and child of the threatened Ayoreo people, Chaco region
of Paraguay, photo by Orin Langelle of the GJEP, March 2009
This project is an effort to contribute to saving the world and humanity, literally.
The most formidable intellectual challenge I ever faced was/is that of finding out what is really going on in the world. So here I am, just turned 85, and more certain than ever that I’m still unbelievably ignorant. Ignorant not in the sense that I don’t have a marvelous memory full of factual information (which unfortunately is also true), but rather in the sense that I am very uncertain about the factors that actually determine the evolution of human social structures. On a day-to-day basis my experience with people is totally reassuring. That was true when I lived in the U.S., until 1999, and also since then when Nancy and I decided to live together here in Oaxaca and essentially gave up our U.S. homes in Cambridge, Mass and Boston, respectively. Of course I’ve encountered nasty, angry and hateful individuals on occasion, but they are an almost vanishingly small percentage of the people I experience. It is this fact that provides the basis for my anarchism, my belief that fundamentally human beings are not normally intentionally destructive but rather, as Kropotkin argues in his Mutual Aid: A factor in evolution, naturally helpful and loving towards our fellow humans.
With today’s additions, there’s now – or soon will be — information about the following good sources — individuals and groups. In each case my contact was through an individual who I came to trust. I largely rely on several dozen people for my understanding of current global reality. I try to follow their thinking on the internet on a fairly regular basis.
Alan Hart intro note
James Herod I came to know years ago when he was to a large extent the main person keeping the Lucy Parsons Center (it was first called The Red Book Store, alluding to Chairman Mao’s then-ubiquitous Little Red Book) from dying in its space at (Green Street address in Jamaica Plain ?). A good first introduction to both James and the Lucy Parsons Center is the brief history of the project that he and another long-time friend (despite a substantial difference in political perspectives regarding how to bring about the social changes we need), Jon Bekken wrote together. The article, “The History Of The Lucy Parsons Center, by James Herod and Jon Bekken (edited by Betsy Gynn [another good friend of many years] 9/5/2000)”, is at http://lucyparsons.org/history.php. note
Bill Templer note
Manuel Garcia Jr note
Bradley R. Smith note Removed 8 Dec 2010
James Petras note
John Pilger note
Axis of Logic note
Jonathan Treat note
Juan Cole note
Marat Kunaev note
Lucy Parsons Center note
Eric Walberg note
 In these “Clues to social reality” postings I introduce people whose insights, knowledgeability, and commitment to saying honestly what they think have made them valuable to me.
Part 1 is at http://site.www.umb.edu/faculty/salzman_g/t/2010-09-06.htm.
Part 2 is at http://site.www.umb.edu/faculty/salzman_g/t/2010-09-10.htm.
Part 3 is at http://site.www.umb.edu/faculty/salzman_g/t/2010-10-01.htm.
 James Herod. intro
 Bill Templer intro
 Manuel Garcia Jr. intro
 Bradley R. Smith intro Removed 8 Dec 2010
 James Petras intro
 John Pilger intro
 Axis of Logic intro
 Jonathan Treat intro
 Juan Cole intro
 Lucy Parsons Center intro
 Eric Walberg intro
George Salzman is a former American Jew living in Oaxaca, Mexico, an Emeritus Prof of Physics, Univ of Massachusetts-Boston.