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Trump or Clinton? Either Way, the Oligarchy Wins

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By Jasper Smith (September 28, 2016) Either way, the oligarchy wins. In Clinton, they get an able and capable administrator who is solicitous of their interests and gives them the security and stability that they and their markets crave. Banks and billionaires are lining up to support the Clinton brand that brought us the Crime Bill, Welfare Reform, NAFTA, and…
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Star Trek and the Radical Imagination @ Oregon State

To celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the premiere of Star Trek: The Original Series, the Anarres Project for Alternative Futures presents a program of events that highlight the importance of this landmark science fiction franchise for advancing social justice and pushing the boundaries of the radical imagination.  Here is a listing of the events planned for Fall term 2016:  …
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Why I Avoid Using the Term “White Privilege”

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By Mark Naison (September 26, 2016) In challenging racism, even in ways that get in people’s faces, I usually avoid the use of the term “white privilege”. Here is why: Addressing “whites” as privileged not only erases vast differences in their economic status, including the downward mobility and hardship many have been experiencing in the last 20 years, it fails…
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I’ll Never Tell You to Do Anything

By Teka Lark (September 22, 2016) When I owned a newspaper in South Central Los Angeles I endorsed one candidate over another. I regret that decision, not because I didn’t believe in the candidate I endorsed. I did believe in what that candidate stood for, but I believe the game of politics is evil. When you endorse one person over…
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Jill Stein Has Convinced Me to Support Hillary

By Chris Lowe (September 22, 2016) Since last year I have toyed with the idea of pursuing a “safe state” strategy if Bernie Sanders did not get the Democratic nomination, i.e. finding ways to support Hillary Clinton in swing states with money or phone banking, while voting for Jill Stein in Oregon because the Green Party platform is basically social…
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The Left Underestimates the Danger of Trump

By Arun Gupta (September 21, 2016) I know it’s the fifth anniversary of Occupy Wall Street, but there is little to celebrate at such a grim moment. That being the likelihood Trump may very well win. If he does, Black Lives Matter will be declared a domestic terrorist outfit, just like the Earth Liberation Front was under Bush. Trump and…
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A painful, radical truth: we are the problem

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  By S. Brian Willson (September 21, 2016) As much as we choose to blame politicians, corporations, the military industrial complex, capitalist economics, etc., for causing our severe problems, in the end, virtually all of us moderns are complicit. None of these institutions have been created in a vacuum. They are creations of human beings like ourselves, and most “First…
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White Supremacy and Trump Cannot Have Our People

  By Chris Crass (July 28, 2016)   White working class anti-racist leadership is rising all around us and points us towards the work that must be done to unite white communities away from the death culture of racism and into the life-affirming, liberatory mass movement for racial justice and Black Lives Matter that is all around us. And to…
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Dan Savage on the Green Party: Just No

  By Adam Hefty (July 20, 2016) – Incredibly privileged gay white man comfortably speaking for all the oppressed? Just no. – Acting as though political change in the US progresses in some gradual, arithmetic way from local races to national races? Just no. (How could anyone think this after just watching the Bernie Sanders campaign? Yes, I’m aware that…
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We Have Seen This Bitterness Before: Reflections on 1968 and Now

By Mark Naison (July 20, 2016) I have many friends, most of them younger than me, who are terrified by the divisions in the country, by the violent acts that periodically add to the tension, and by an election which brings out a level of fear and anger they have never seen before. Unfortunately, this is not new to me….
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Melania’s Speech: Bootstrapping and Manifest Destiny

(July 19, 2016) Phoenix Calida: So um, I get all the jokes about Melania plagiarizing. But can I please just point out that the speech in question was about the moral and ethical superiority of capitalism and boot strapping? And both white republicans AND white liberals couldn’t stop jizzing themselves over the greatness of the bootstrap message? There’s an underlying…
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