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Handmaid’s Tale Inoculates Viewers from Responsibility for Real Atrocities

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 26:  Guest interact with an art installation, designed by Paula Scher and Abbott Miller, and book giveaway celebrating Hulu's 'The Handmaid's Tale' opens on the High Line on April 26, 2017 in New York City.  (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Hulu)

By Rachel Wagner (November 18, 2019) The Haidmaid’s Tale television series producer Warren Littlefield says that Offred’s story “presents a chilling vision into an increasingly likely potential future.” I suggest that this insistence on relevance is more indicative of a desire to *be* predictive, to believe that media like The Handmaid’s Tale can tell us something about the world and where…
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It’s Not Exaggeration to Say White Nationalism is at the Heart of US Power

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By Rebecca Hill (November 16, 2019) The Stephen Miller emails bring up some important issues that I see often in strategic discussions of anti-fascist politics. That is, I often see people debating whether traditional fascists or overt white nationalists represent the “real” danger, or whether they are a vanguardist fringe full of FBI informants, while the really dangerous white supremacists…
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Just Futures Symposium Schedule, Nov. 22, 2019

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Just Futures Symposium:  Speculative Arts and Social Change Friday, November 22, 2019 Oregon State University All Sessions are in the Memorial Union Horizon Room and are Free and Open to the Public.     9-9:10am  Welcome and Introductions   9:15-10:00am  Panel on Star Trek, Star Wars, and Socially Just Pedagogy Joseph Orosco, Diana Rohlman, and Mohammed Shakibnia   10:05-11:05am Time…
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Is “OK, Boomer” a Radical Critique? Two Responses

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By Chris Crass-Joe Lowndes (November 12, 2019)   Chris Crass: I’m grateful that the first time I heard of “OK, Boomer” and was responded to with “OK, Boomer”, I was having a friendly and beautiful debate with a 13 year old member of the Democratic Socialists of America, about socialist electoral strategy.  I said “Yes, we want Bernie Sanders to…
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Metaphors of the Revolution: Architecture vs. Composition

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By Joseph Orosco (November 6, 2019) We are entering into the thick of presidential electoral politics as the Democratic party narrows its contenders to take on Trump.  There are pundits looking to see what can be learned about the mid-term elections of 2018 for creating a “Blue Wave,” and others wondering if the impeachment proceedings will lead to electoral turmoil…
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You Plan to Go Hand to Hand with Robocop?

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By Teka Lark (October 30, 2019) The current Bosstown Dynamics video circulating is a parody of the very real Boston Dynamics and you should still be concerned. The only thing fake about it is that the technology isn’t quite there yet, but it is only a decade off. According to Stars and Stripes (June of 2018), Boston Dynamics founder Marc…
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Why Should Leftists Support Impeachment?

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By Rebecca Hill (October 14, 2019) Over the last week, a few pundits have put out left wing arguments against impeachment on the basis that impeachment treats Trump as the only problem, seeking to return to the pre-Trump neoliberal normalcy that preceded (and contributed to) his election. I doubt that a successful impeachment would result in this outcome. First of…
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Letter to the President of Georgia Southern University Regarding Book Burning

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By Mark Naison (October 13, 2019) Letter to the President of Georgia Southern University regarding book burning at his school President@georgiasouthern.edu Kyle Marrero President, Georgia Southern University Dear President Marrero As a historian of race in the United States, who has written 7 books on the subject, and a professor for 49 years at one of the nation’s major universities,…
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Men Being Able to Express Vulnerability Will Help Erode Rape Culture

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By Elle Stanger (October 9, 2019) I’m a sex worker who recognizes that many of my man clients are afraid to express their discomfort or pain because it makes them seem less “manly”. Before I begin touching someone of any gender presentation I always say, “Let me know if something is uncomfortable or you need to adjust”, and cis men…
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