Simplistic theories which relate violence to one factor and one factor only – maleness – actually serve to discourage a serious examination of what it is that leads some men and also some women to become violent. This reductionist view (people with penises are prone to violence, people without penises aren’t) is as wrong as ideologies which claim that propensity to crime is somehow linked to skin colour.
Dances with Guilt: Looking at Men Looking at Violence
Those who equate drinking and sex with drinking and driving betray their incomprehension of what the issue of consent is all about. No one, whatever their state of sobriety, wishes to hit by a car, whether it is driven by a drunk driver or by a sober one. People who drive when intoxicated inflict a considerable risk of such collisions on others, and that is why we as a society refuse to allow people to drive after they have been drinking. The question of consent never arises, because being run into by a drunk driver is never a consensual act. However, people in varying stages of sobriety do willingly engage in sex. Individuals who are too intoxicated to drive safely are still quite capable of desiring sex, of consenting to sex, and of participating in sexual activity. It may offend the sensibilities of the new puritans, but some people actually find that they desire and enjoy sex more when they have been drinking or taking certain drugs. This should not be a matter for the law.
Yes Means No?
Critical thought and self-activity cannot be encouraged by telling people what to think or what to do. It occurs only when people think for themselves and decide on their actions themselves. If a radical newspaper is to have a role, it must be a means of communication, organizing, and action for people, not the vehicle through which ‘radicals’ communicate their message to the people.
See also the Alternative Media list I compiled for Connexions here.
CounterPunch - Hard-hitting radical journalism, analysis, and opinion. Worth visiting every weekday to get radical views of what’s happening in the world.
Antiwar.com - News and analysis about war and imperialism, and those who oppose them.
The Ecologist - Online environmental affairs magazine covering a wide range of issues, ranging from the environmental costs of industrial agriculture, the health effects of toxins, the effects of economic globalization, and actions by environmentalists and grassroots communities.
The Intercept - Reporting on government surveillance, spying, and police state tactics. Other issues covered include political corruption, racism, militarism, and the complicity of the mainstream media.
IPS Inter Press Service - A global news agency. Non-mainstream news from around the world. Left-liberal politics, a bit light on analysis.
Medialens – Criticism and analysis of the mainstream media.
Le Monde Diplomatique - French newspaper with in-depth analytical articles. Also in English, German, and other languages.
National Observer - Independent journalism, focused especially on energy, politics and the environment.
Upside Down World - Covering activism and politics in Latin America.
Connexions - A library of documents about democratization, economic justice, environmental responsibility, civil liberties, and the creation and preservation of community. I am the co-ordinator/managing editor of Connexions.
Climate & Capitalism - Online journal focusing on capitalism, climate change, and the ecosocialist alternative.
Green Left Weekly - Independent Australian publication/Web site committed to human and civil rights, global peace and environmental sustainability, democracy and equality, providing local, national and international news, analysis, and discussion and debate for the anti-capitalist movement.
Insurgent Notes - Libertarian communist journal.
libcom.org - Radical news and analysis from libertarian communist, anarchist and left-marxist perspective.
Marxists Internet Archive - Large archive of the writings of Marx and Engels and others in the Marxist tradition.
Other Voices - A digest, published every two weeks, edited by Ulli Diemer, of new and archival content from the Connexions website and other progressive websites. Regular features include a selection of new articles, news about grassroots archives and people’s history, website of the week, book of the week, film of the week, and other news and resources.
Solidarity - A democratic revolutionary socialist, feminist, anti-racist organization which publishes Against the Current magazine.
Toward Freedom - A progressive perspective on world events.
ZNet - Extensive collection of articles and links compiled by the publishers of Z Magazine.
Williamblum.org - Archived website of the late William Blum.
Break Their Haughty Power - Loren Goldner’s website.
Bureau of Public Secrets - Ken Knabb’s Situationist site: “Making petrified conditions dance by singing them their own tune”.
Chomsky.info - Noam Chomsky’s website.
Jonathan Cook - Cook is a British journalist reporting from Israel/Palestine.
Kenan Malik - Kenan Malik’s Pandaemonium website.
Maryam Namazie - Advocating free speech, secularism, and women’s rights.
JohnPilger.com - The films and journalist of John Pilger.
Michael Riordon - Michael Riordon: the view from where I live.
Sources - Expert sources and media spokespersons ready to answer questions on their areas of expertise.
The Canadian Encyclopedia - A wealth of information about Canada, especially Canadian history.
Wikipedia - Often the place to go for a first look at an unfamiliar topic, though not the last word on it.
Connexipedia - Social justice encyclopedia.
ibiblio - Large online library.
Improbable Research - Fun with research.
Bat Conservation International - A site devoted to bats.
International Dark Sky Association - Fighting the light pollution that makes it increasingly impossible for most of us to see the stars in the night sky.
PostModernism Generator - Automatically generates post-modernist essays.
Hundreds of Proofs of God's Existence - Originally 100 Proofs of God’s Existence, but they found more. Number 17 is arguably the most persuasive, though number 145 will appeal to many people.
The Lyre Bird - David Attenborough introduces the incredible lyre bird.
Diet Coke and Mentos Experiment - There are many; I like this one.
Turn off the Canadian Media, Please Justin Podur says the Canadian media are a biased little niche of pro-Israeli spin, and should be seen that way.
Israel Is Losing This War Uri Avnery writes: What will be seared into the consciousness of the world will be the image of Israel as a blood-stained monster, ready at any moment to commit war crimes and not prepared to abide by any moral restraints. This will have severe consequences for our long-term future, our standing in the world, our chance of achieving peace and quiet.
Women Living Under Muslim Laws An international solidarity network that provides information, support and a collective space for women whose lives are shaped, conditioned or governed by laws and customs said to derive from Islam.
The Global Campaign to Stop Killing and Stoning Women Initiated by a group of activists, lawyers, journalists, and academics, who are committed to ending the stoning and killing of women.
The Brick Testament An illustrated Bible that even atheists can appreciate.
Manifestos, Political Statements, Programs, Visions A page of radical and progressive manifestos.
Against Multiculturalism Kenan Malik says that A truly plural society would be one in which citizens have full freedom to pursue their different values or practices in private, while in the public sphere all citizens would be treated as political equals whatever the differences in their private lives.
Rationality/Science Noam Chomsky defends the principles of rational inquiry against postmodernist ’critiques’
Why Israel? Jason Kunin asks: Why does Israel deserve sanctions?
The Stupid Opinion That All Opinions are Equal: Elsa Schieder is frustrated by illogical people.
Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis. By J.D. Vance
Injichaag: My Soul in Story. Rene Meshake & Kim Anderson
Ironies of History: Essays on Contemporary Communism. Isaac Deutscher
Uncle Tungsten: Memories of a Chemcial Boyhood. Oliver Sacks
An Anthropologist on Mars. Oliver Sacks
Walden. Henry David Thoreau.
An Unauthorized Biography of the World. Michael Riordon
A Song of Lilith. Poem by Joy Kogawa, Artwork by Lilian Broca
The Morningside World of Stuart McLean. Stuart McLean
A Dirty Job. Christopher Moore
Notebooks 1936-1947. Victor Serge
Das doppelte Lottchen. Erich Kästner
If the Dead Rise Not. Philip Kerr
Holocaust to Resistance: My journey. by Suzanne Berliner Weiss
Sister Language. Christina Baillie and Martha Baillie
A Very Easy Death. Simone de Beauvoir
Radical Ambition: The New Left in Toronto. Peter Graham with Ian MacKay
Elegy for Iris. John Bayley.
The Year of Magical Thinking. Joan Didion.
The River of Consciousness. Oliver Sacks
Capitalism: A Ghost Story. Arundhati Roy
Capitalism: A Crime Story. Harry Glasbeek
The River of Consciousness. Oliver Sacks
The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America. Andrés Reséndez.
Musicopilia. Oliver Sacks.
A Book of Surrealist Games. Compiled by Alastair Brotchie; Edited by Mel Gooding.
The Complete Works of Rosa Luxemburg, Volume I: Economic Writings 1. Rosa Luxemburg.
An Unfinished Revolution: Karl Marx and Abraham Lincoln. Robin Blackburn
Gently to Nagasaki. Joy Kogawa.
The Price of Butcher’s Meat. Reginald Hill.
Death Comes for the Fat Man. Reginald Hill.
An Execution in the Family. Robert Meeropol.
Eating Fire: Family Life on the Queer Side. Michael Riordon.
A Most Wanted Man. John Le Carré.
Roads to Quoz. William Least Heat-Moon.
Preface to the Phenomenology. G. W. F. Hegel.
Mirrors. Educardo Galeano.
On the Natural History of Destruction. W.G. Sebald.
The World Turned Upside Down. Christopher Hill.
Our Way to Fight. Michael Riordon.
Radicalism in America. Sidney Lens.
Primitive Rebels. Eric Hobsbawm.
Ten Days That Shook the World. John Reed.
The Paris Commune of 1871: The View from the Left.
What’s the Matter with Kansas: How Conservatives Won the Heart of America. Thomas Frank.
We Make the Road by Walking: Conversations on education and social change. Myles Horton, Paulo Freire.
A Paradise Built in Hell. Rebecca Solnit.
Memories of Fire. Eduardo Galeano.
Reading Pictures: A History of Love and Hate. Alberto Manguel. 2000
Widerstand und Verweigerung in Deutschland 1933 bis 1945. Richard Löwenthal; Patrik von zur Mühlen.
Six Men. Alistair Cooke.
On the Road. Jack Kerouac.
Catch 22. Joseph Heller.
Dialogues of the Dead. Reginald Hill.
One Step Behind. Henning Mankell.
The Enemy of Nature: The End of Capitalism or the End of the World. Joel Kovel.
Lincoln Reconsidered: Essays on the Civil War Era. David Herbert Donald.
The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution. Richard Dawkins.
1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus. Charles C. Mann.
The World Without Us. Alan Weisman.
Wobblies & Zapatistas: Conversations on Anarchism, Marxism and Radical Theory. Staughton Lynd & Andrej Grubacic.
Lincoln. Gore Vidal.
Intellectual Self-Defense: Find Your Inner Chomsky. Normand Baillargeon.
I Have Lived Here Since the World Began. Arthur J. Ray.
Strange Fruit: Why Both Sides are Wrong in the Race Debate. Kenan Malik.
Hell & High Water: Canada and the Italian Campaign. Lance Goddard.
The Joy of Revolution. Ken Knabb.
Eight Little Piggies: Reflections in Natural History. Stephen Jay Gould.
A Century of Noir. Mickey Spillane & Max Allan Collins.
The History of Costa Rica. Ivan Molina & Steven Palmer.
We CAN Change the World: The Real Meaning Of Everyday Life. David G. Stratman.
The Library at Night. Alberto Manguel.
Pierre Berton: A Biography. A.B. McKillop.
Beyond a Boundary. C.L.R. James.
A People’s History of the World: From the Stone Age to the New Millennium. Chris Harman.
The Scramble for Africa: White Man’s Conquest of the Dark Continent from 1876 to 1912. Thomas Pakenham.
The Slave Trade: The Story of the Atlantic Slave Trade 1440-1870. Hugh Thomas.
All That Is Solid Melts Into Air: The Experience of Modernity. Marshall Berman.
The Iambics of Newfoundland: Notes from an Unknown Shore. Robert Finch.
Amish Life. John A. Hostetler.
Darwin and the Beagle. Alan Moorehead.
Hegemony or Survival: America’s Quest for Global Dominance. Noam Chosmky.
Lincoln’s Virtues: An Ethical Biography. William Lee Miller.
The Ax. Donald Westlake.
Peanuts: The Art of Charles M. Schulz.
A Green History of the World. Clive Ponting
Surrealism. Michael Robinson
The God Delusion. Richard Dawkins.
The Essential Calvin & Hobbes. Bill Watterson
The Tree. Colin Tudge
To Kill a Mockingbird. Harper Lee
Don Quixote. Miguel de Cervantes.
Anne of Green Gables. L.M. Montgomery
Ted Hughes: The Life of a Poet. Elaine Feinstein
Robert Graves: Life on the Edge. Miranda Seymour
Dark Age Ahead. Jane Jacobs
The Ice House. Minette Walters
The Ability to Forget. Norman Levine
A Multitude of Sins. Richard Ford
The Bridges of Madison County. Robert James Waller
Dialogues of the Dead. Reginald Hill
The Constant Gardener. John Le Carré
Forty Stories. Anton Chekhov
Age of Extremes: The Short Twentieth Century, 1914-1991. Eric Hobsbawm
Blue Highways. William Least Heat Moon
Rebel in the Rye
I Am Not Your Negro
Un Chinois tombe du ciel!
East Side Sushi
The Gardens of Litte Italy
I, Daniel Blake
Last Train Home
Going in Style
Adrift in Tokyo
Dogs on the Inside
Queen of Katwe
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
Ballad of a Soldier
Women Without Men
All Governments Lie
Shun Li and Poet
On the Rhumba River
Free State of Jones
The Devil’s Miner
Pele: Birth of a Legend
The Book Thief
Battleship Potemkin. 1925
West Side Story
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Paddle to the Sea.
Inch’Allah Dimanche. 2001. Directed by Yamina Benguigui.
CitizenFour. 2014. Directed by Laura Poitras.
Monsiuer Hulot’s Holiday. 1952. Tati.
Since Otar Left... 2004. Directed by Julie Bertuccelli.
Avatar. 2009. Directed by James Cameron.
Hermitage Revealed. 2014. Directed by Margy Kinmonth.
La Pivellina (Little Girl). 2009. Directed by Tizza Covi and Rainer Frimmel. Asia Crippa, Patrizia Gerardi, Walter Saabel, Tairo Caroli
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Grand Budapest Hotel.2014. Directed by Wes Anderson.
Kitchen Stories. 2003. Directedy by Bent Hamer.
Finding Vivian Maier. 2013. Directed by John Maloof and Charlie Siskel.
West Side Story. 1961. Directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins. Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Rita Moreno, George Chakiris, Russ Tamblyn
Found Memories (Historias que so existem quando lembradas). Directed by Julia Murat. Sonia Guedes, Lisa Favero, Luiz Serra.
Foreign Correspondent. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock.
Black Balloon. 2008. Directed by Elissa Down.
Ilo Ilo. 2013. Directed by Anthony Chen.
My Cousin Vinny. 1992. Directed by Jonathan Lynn.
The Angels’ Share. 2012. Directed by Ken Loach.
Even the Rain. 2010. Directed by Ic젲 Bolla쬮
The Artist. 2011. Directed by Michel Hazanavicius.
11 Flowers. 2012. Directed by Wang Xiaoshuai,
Lincoln. 2012. Directed by Steven Spielberg.
Hannah Arendt. 2012. Directed by Margarethe von Trotta. Barbara Sukowa.
The Big Lebowski. 1998. Directed by Joel Coen.
Tomboy. 2011. Directed by Celine Sciaman.
Still Walking. 2008. Directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda. Hiroshi Abe, Yui Natsukawa, You, Kazuya Takahashi, Shohei Tanaka, Yoshio Harada, Kirin Kiki.
Le Havre. 2011. Written and directed by Aki Kaurismäki. André Wilms, Kati Outinen, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Blondin Miguel.
Bread and Roses. 2000. Directed by Ken Loach. Pilar Padilla, Adrien Brody, Elpidia Carrillo.
The Kid with a Bike. 2011. Directed by Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne. Cécile de France, Thomas Doret.
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Cinema Paradiso. 1988. Directed by Giuseppe Tornatore. Philippe Noiret, Enzo Cannavale, Antonella Attili, Marco Leonardi, Salvatore Cascio, Jacques Perrin.
The First Grader. 2010. Directed by Justin Chadwick. Oliver Litondo, Naomie Harris, Tony Kgoroge.
Laila’s Birthday. (Eid milad Laila). 2008. Directed by Rashid Masharawi. Mohammed Bakri, Areen Omari, Nour Zoubi.
The Middle of the World. (O Caminho das Nuvens). 2003. Directed by Vincente Amorin. Wagner Moura, Claudia Abreu, Ravi Ramos Lacerda.
The Milagro Beanfield War. 1988. Directed by Robert Redford. Ruben Blades, Richard Bradford, Sonia Braga.
Particle Fever. 2013. Directed by Mark Levinson.
Le Quattro Volte. 2011. Directed by Michelangelo Frammartino.
Tsotsi. 2005. Directed by Gavin Hood. Presley Chweneyagae, Mothusi Magano, Israel Makoe.
Umberto D. 1952. Directed by Vittorio De Sica. Carlo Battisti, Maria Pia Casilio, Lina Gennari.
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Il Posto. 1962. Directed by Ermanno Olmi. Sandro Panseri, Loredana Detto.
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The Snow Walker. 2003. Directed by Charles Martin Smith. Barry Pepper, Annabella Piugattuk, James Cromwell.
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Salt of the Earth. 1954. Directed by Herbert J. Biberman. Rosaura Revueltas, Will Geer, David Wolfe, Mervin Williams, David Sarvis, Ernesto Velázquez, Juan Chacón, Henrietta Williams.
Takva: A Man’s Fear of God.. 2006. Directed by özer Kiziltan. Erkan Can, Güven Kiraç, Meray ülgen.
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Eight Men Out. Directed by John Sayles. 1988. John Cusack, David Strathairn, Michael Rooker, Michael Lerner, Charlie Sheen, Christopher Lloyd, Clifton James, John Sayles, Studs Terkel
Kandahar. Directed by Mohsen Makhmalbaf. 2001. Nelofer Pazira.
High Hopes. Directed by Mike Leigh. 1988. Philip Davis, Ruth Sheen, Edna DorÉ, Philip Jackson.
Limbo. Directed by John Sayles. 1999. David Strathairn, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Vanessa Martinez.
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Sunshine State. Directed by John Sayles. 2002. Angela Bassett, Edie Falco, Jane Alexander, Alan King, Timothy Hutton, Mary Steenburgen, Bill Cobbs.
Invictus. Directed by Clint Eastwood. 2009. Morgan Freeman, Matt Damon.
The Thin Red Line. Directed by Terrence Malick. 1998. Jim Caviezel, Nick Nolte, Ben Chaplin, Sean Penn, Adrien Brody, John Cusack.
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Divided We Fall (MusÍme si pomáhat). Directed by Jan Hrebejk. 2000. Boleslav Polivka, Jaroslav Dusek, Anna Siskova, Csongor Kassai.
Lemon Tree. Directed by Eran Riklis. 2008. Hiam Abbass, Ali Suliman, Rona Lipaz-Michael.
Slumdog Millionaire. Directed by Danny Boyle. 2008. Dev Patel.
1900. Directed by Bernardo Bertolucci. 1976. Robert De Niro, Gérard Depardieu, Dominique Sanda, Donald Sutherland, Alida Valli, Burt Lancaster.
Monty Python’s Life of Brian. Directed by Terry Jones. 1979. Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin, Sue Jones-Davies
Padre padrone. Directed by Paolo and Vittorio Taviani. 1977. Saverio Marconi, Fabrizio Forte, Gavino Ledda
The Death of a Cyclist. Directed by Juan Antonio Bardem, 1955. Alberto Closas, Lucia Bosé
The Education of a Fairy. Directed by José Luis Cuerda. 2005. Ricardo Darin, Irene Jacob, Victor Valdina Reina.
La Vie En Rose. Directed by Olivier Dahan. 2007. The life of Edif Piaf. Marion Cotillard.
Honeydripper. Directed by John Sayles. 2007. Danny Glover, Lisa Gay Hamilton, Yaya DaCosta, Charles S. Dutton, Gary Clark Jr.
Beshkempir (The Adopted Son). Directed by Aktan Abdykalykov. 1998. Mirlan Abdykalykov.
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Das Leben der Anderen (The Lives of Others). Directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck. 2007. Ulrich Mühe.
Roads to Koktebel. Directed by Boris Khlebnikov and Aleksei Popogrebsky. 2003. Gleb Puskepalis, Igor Csernyevics.
Monsoon Wedding. Directed by Mira Nair. 2001.
Offside. Directed by Jafar Panahi. 2006.
Harlan County USA. Directed by Barbara Kopple. 1976. Documentary.
Ma Vie En Rose. Directed by Alain Berliner. 1997. Georges du Fresne.
Avenge But One of My Two Eyes. Directed by Avi Mograbi. 2006. Documentary.
The Piano. Directed by Jane Campion. 1993. Holly Hunter, Harvey Keitel.
The Ramallah Concert. Daniel Barenboim and the East-West Divan Orchestra. 2005. Documentary.
Casa de los babys. 2003. Directed by John Sayles. Daryl Hannah, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Mary Steenburgen.
The Straight Story. Directed by David Lynch. 1999. Richard Farnsworth.
Serko. Directed by Joel Farges. 2006. Aleksei Chadov.
Lone Star. 1996. Directed by John Sayles. Chris Cooper, Elizabeth Pena, Stephen Mendillo.
Passion Fish. 1992. Directed by John Sayles. Mary McDonnell, Alfre Woodard, Angela Bassett.
The Enigma of Kapsar Hauser (Jeder für sich und Gott gegen alle). Directed by Werner Herzog. 1974. Bruno S.
Amélie. (Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amélie Poulain) Directed Jean-Pierre Jeunet. 2001. Audrey Tautou.
Matewan. Directed by John Sayles. 1987. Chris Cooper, James Earl Jones, Mary McDonnell, David Strathairn, Kevin Tighe, Will Oldham, Jace Alexander.
The Brother from Another Planet. Directed by John Sayles. 1984. Joe Morton, David Strathairn, John Sayles.
The Navigator: A Medieval Odyssey. Directed by Vincent Ward. 1989. Bruce Lyons, Chris Haywood.
The Secret of Roan Inish. Directed by John Sayles. 1994. Jeni Courtney.
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Vera Drake. Directed by Mike Leigh. 2004. Imelda Staunton, Jim Broadbent, Heather Craney.