Guest Blog

We Need More Imagination in the Face of Climate Catastrophe

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By Joe Lowndes (September 12, 2019) It’s really interesting how this Franzen essay has either been affirmed as a kind of honest reckoning, or vilified as a kind of a privileged defeatism, by so many people I know and respect politically. I don’t love the piece, but I think Franzen is getting at something productively uncomfortable by arguing that the…
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When I Meet Young People who Want to be an Obama

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By Irami Osei-Frimpong (August 5, 2019) The problem isn’t that Obama bought a 15 million dollar house. What else are you going to do with the money? The problem is: a)  that you all thought he was ever going to do anything for Black people that would jeopardize the family  buying a 15 million dollar house. b)   he did it…
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“Treason to Whiteness is Loyalty to Humanity”

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By George Ciccariello-Maher (August 4, 2019) Two and a half years ago, I sent a tweet mocking the white supremacist myth of “white genocide,” which posits that white people are being “replaced” by a combination of migration, birth rates, and racial mixing. Twitter and the media briefly lit up, with thousands discussing the absurdity of the white genocide myth—this was a…
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Cruelty Toward Children Is Part of US History and Culture

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By Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz (July 29, 2019) I think the most insidious and cruel aspect US fundamentalist capitalism and Ayn Randian individualism is the hatred for children, prominently now those thousands of caged children in concentration camps on the border, and in pedophilia infested centers around the country; but also the ongoing lead in the water in Flint, in Oakland, in…
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History is a Weapon: Learn How to Use it

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By Arun Gupta (July 23, 2019) I have a little quiz for you. The questions are related, but by no means comprehensive. I could add many others. From memory only! No googling. 1) What do you know about the origins of American policing, in both the South and the North, particularly in the 19th century? 2) What was the Great…
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What Political Weapons Does the Left Bring to the Fight?

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By Marc Cooper (July 23, 2019) No question that the monkey-see-monkey-do footage from Trump’s North Carolina rally is chilling. The sweaty chanters are clearly prime recruits for an explicitly fascist movement. No defense of Tump or his supporters, but the heated and over the top rally goers are a very small percentage of actual Trump voters. i am not (yet)…
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The Responsibility of the Writer

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By Octaviano Merecias (June 26, 2019) The responsibility of the writer Is to measure the rising poison into our soul by reminding us of our numbness of distraction into the apathy of oblivion as the dissolving heart of our neighbor lingers in our pupils Is to face evil with a piece of pen and ink as mighty weapons And biting…
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No More Concentration Camps: A Movement Beginning

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By Joseph Orosco (June 25, 2019) Many people have responded in the last week to Arun Gupta’s call for a movement to end the mass detention of immigrants at the US/Mexico Border.  He has created a Facebook social media presence to coordinate efforts: https://www.facebook.com/NoConcCamps/ He adds the following: “Hey Folks, I know many of you are eager to get involved…
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We Need a March on the Concentration Camps

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By Arun Gupta (June 19, 2019) We need a massive march on the border, tens of thousands who will peacefully, nonviolently disrupt the machinery of ethnic cleansing, to give aid to migrants, to witness and record the concentration camps, the killings, the torture, the ethnic cleansing. The Left is good at mobilizing in large-scale protest: the anti-globalization movement, the anti-Iraq…
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