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Democrats Fold on the Dreamers: Where Does This Leave the Left?

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By Arun Gupta (December 13, 2017) It is a great relief that Roy Moore lost. If he had won that would have emboldened Bannon and Trump even more: “Hey, if they elected a child molester, who cares about a rapist president?”   Meanwhile, the opportunism of Kirsten Gillibrand is helping channel the energy from the Pussy March and #Metoo movement into the…
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This is No Victory for Black People

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By Teka Lark (December 13, 2017) I am happy that sexist and racist Moore went down, barely, but I’m not happy that the Democratic Party felt that the Black community wasn’t worth a dime or any effort. The Black vote is treated like absolute trash by the Democratic Party. This last hour campaigning with no money. This expectation that Black…
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Opening Space for the Radical Imagination Conference (April 6-8, 2018)

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Anarres Project, along with various labor and social justice groups in Corvallis, Oregon, is proud to host a conference next spring (April 6-8, 2018) on the possibilities for the radical imagination.  We hope you will join us!  Deadline for submissions is December 31, 2017. Call for Participation This conference explores formats to address, fabricate and discuss social transformation that challenge…
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The People Aren’t Ignorant, They’re Uninspired by the Left

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By Teka Lark (December 4, 2017) We can no longer worry about the poor GOP or the dedicated racists in the GOP. They are gone. Trump won by expanding the right wing base and by getting people involved who had long ago checked out of the process. That is why in the polls prior to the election he didn’t appear…
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So the Right Wing is Afraid of Everything

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By Alexander Reid Ross (December 1, 2017) So the right wing is afraid… constantly… about everything. Take that away, and they feel way more open. This is not a revelation so much as another explanation as to why the marketing of a “security state” in tandem with the hyping of “terrorism” has always been a vicious scheme. At the same time,…
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“Is your friend pretty?” #Metoo in the Context of Capitalism and Racism

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By Alexander Reid Ross, Teka Lark, and Mark Naison (November 28, 2017) Several Anarres Project regular contributors recently reflected on the uprising against sexual harassment/assault/abuse in the political and entertainment worlds.  Together, they tied the issue to broader concerns about socialization under patriarchy, the imperatives of capitalism, and white supremacy.   Alexander Reid Ross: The more celebrities exposed as inveterate…
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Kevin Van Meter: “Guerrillas of Desire”

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As part of the Anarres Project series, Revolution:  Past-Present-Future, we hosted author Kevin Van Meter in a community conversation about his new book Guerrillas of Desire:  Notes on Everyday Resistance and Organizing to Make a Revolution Possible. Behind the smiling faces of cashiers, wait staff, and workers of all sorts, a war is going on, usually without the knowledge of official…
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Property, Policing, and Protestantism: Why the Right is Powerful and the Left is So Weak

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By Arun Gupta (November 20, 2017) The reason the American Right is so powerful is because it is fundamentally defined by whiteness, capitalism, and patriarchy, and these concepts are reproduced through three mutually reinforcing institutions: Property, Policing, and Protestantism.   I am leaving aside many nuances because I am interested in why the right has such extraordinary ideological cohesion and…
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To Men Looking Inward and Outward at the Nightmare of Patriarchy

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By Chris Crass (November 16, 2017) To men looking inward and outward at the nightmare of patriarchy and feeling woefully inadequate to do anything remotely close to effectively rising up for gender justice and feminism in ways that these times call for. I am with you. Every single time I do anything to try and show up for feminism in…
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Gendered Violence is Large Scale Violence

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By Harsha Walia (November 9, 2017) In the wake of the latest news, Ive been meditating a lot the past day about this suggestion of “domestic violence leads to more serious mass violence” and that we need to see domestic violence as a “warning sign” or “gateway” to “public violence”. Yes, the violences are correlated, but to relegate gendered violence…
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