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Dystopia Can Offer Caution But Utopia Brings Hope

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By Joseph Orosco (November 5, 2018) The folks at Futurism Studios feel that we have become too entranced by dystopian stories about technology and political developments.  These stories can be good as tales of caution, they say, but too much can nurture cynicism and nihilism.  We need utopian stories to offer us hope: “So fiction — of the dystopian and…
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The Great Crusade of Our Time

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By Mark Naison (November 5, 2018) There are going to be a lot of people who are going to wake up November 7 shocked at how many people voted for candidates who embraced a message of hatred and division. I won’t be. I am an historian of race and immigration in the United States. Electoral majorities passed the Jim Crow…
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Science Fiction Can Tell Us What We Need to Know About Space Force

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By Joseph Orosco (November 2, 2018) Mark Bould shows us that if you know the science fiction of alien invasion you can pretty much analyze the reasoning behind Trump’s proposal for Space Force: “Vice President Mike Pence’s August 9 Space Force press junket made clear that this great big bullying blustering pussy-grab for space, this effort to Make America Great…
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We Can’t “Debate” with the Cruel and Sadistic

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By William J. Jackson (November 1, 2018) I’m so tired of that tacky azz saying that has gained popularity among the pompous left: “If someone disagrees with you, it doesn’t make them evil”. Fool. We ain’t talking pizza toppings. We’re talking about if a person’s life matters, the school to prison pipeline, rapist and murderous cops investigating themselves. We’re not…
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In Mourning Pittsburg, Let’s Not Forget Systemic Racism and Violence

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By Sean Gelles (November 1, 2018) Hopefully it’s not too soon to address some of the reactions I’ve been seeing to the tragic racist attack in Pittsburgh on October 27th. I’ve been seeing a lot of ideas expressed which are the result not of conscious reflection but of sheer panic and dread. Perhaps right now is not the time to…
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We Shouldn’t Assume Birthright Citizenship is Safe

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By Joe Lowndes (October 31, 2018) I’m unsure whether the question of whether Trump has the Constitutional authority to revoke birthright citizenship is the right one. Almost all legal scholars from left to right appear to agree that he doesn’t. But it also seems like whistling past the graveyard to say that this is merely a ploy to rally the…
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Post Modern Anarchist Revolution Coming (Hide the Meta-narratives)

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By Joseph Orosco (October 30, 2018) Ever wonder what the post modern anarchist revolution would look like? “To have a successful post-modern anarchist revolution, it is necessary to pragmatically demolish, both conceptually and materially, bourgeois-capitalist socio-economic conditions; i.e., capitalist forces of production and capitalist relations of production, in order to install a patchwork plurality of autonomous-collectives, narratives and worker-cooperatives. Specifically,…
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What is “racial capitalism”?

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By Joseph Orosco (October 29, 2018) Robin D.G. Kelley explains Cedric Robinson’s groundbreaking concept from Black Marxism: “Building on the work of another forgotten black radical intellectual, sociologist Oliver Cox, Robinson challenged the Marxist idea that capitalism was a revolutionary negation of feudalism. Instead capitalism emerged within the feudal order and flowered in the cultural soil of a Western civilization…
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It’s Hard to Intimidate Righteous People

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By Mark Naison (October 27, 2018) My heart goes out to the families and friends of those killed and wounded in the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting, and to everyone who feels a little more vulnerable and a little less secure as a result of this horrendous act. Everyone stoking the flames of hatred bears some responsibility for the political climate that…
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Vote–but then Get Organized to Beat American Fascism

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By Arun Gupta (October 25, 2018) Trump is a (white) nationalist. FOX News is his ministry of propaganda. Journalists are being murdered. Transgender people may be eliminated. 13,000 children are in concentration camps. Bombs are being sent to political opponents. Brownshirts violently attack people in three cities in a week. Families fleeing violence and poverty are dubbed terrorists and criminals….
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The Context to the Honduran Migrant March

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By S. Brian Willson (October 23, 2018) The massive forced flight of people from Honduras is not new; it is the legacy of US intervention in the country. Since the 2009 US-backed and Hillary-supported coup in Honduras, the post-coup regime has perpetuated a system based on disregard for human rights, impunity, corruption, repression and the influence of organized crime groups…
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