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Lessons I’ve Learned this Year

  By Phoenix Calida 1. Robin Williams passing is a tragedy and we should do something about mental illness… unless we’re talking about Amanda Bynes, because mocking her for being “crazy” is hilarious.

Negotiating Punk Rock: Searching for Liberatory Values in a Conflicted Culture

  By Alexander N. Riccio The intersections of privilege and oppression have never been starker for me than the years I attempted to infiltrate Atlanta’s underground rock n’ roll scene. On the surface it appeared that the community united under shared connections through drugs, music, sex, and rebellion; but under the sheen of commonality was a matrix of divisions, prejudices,…
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Teaching for Democracy Not Plutocracy

By Mark Naison Right now, education policy is being shaped by the presumed needs of employers rather than the aptitudes needs and culture of actual students. The result is classrooms that are stifling and humiliating, where young people’s natural curiosity is being squelched and where teachers are micromanaged to make sure their empathy doesn’t lead them to depart from the…
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Violence Can Undermine Nonviolent Movements

  By Mark Naison The assassination of police officers is not only morally reprehensible, it has a history of undermining the legitimacy of non-violent mass protest movements against social injustice.

People’s Music and Me (And All the Rest of Us)

  By Tom Motko Maybe it was Jerry Garcia doing “Shady Grove” with David Grisman on the iPod that lifted me into the cloud of nostalgic whimsy; maybe it was just a flashback. No matter. I found myself thinking about how music has threaded its many colors through the fabric of my life.

Should Anarchists Vote?

  Chris Dixon ends his recent book Another Politics:  Talking Across Today’s Transformative Movements with a series of questions that are meant to confront and guide the direction of future organizing projects.  Some of these questions have to do with electoral politics:  How should people dedicated to anti-authoritarian politics relate to this sphere?

Expanding the Feminist Response to Jian Ghomeshi

  By Harsha Walia I’m still waiting on the feminist response to Gomeshi and rape culture and ‘why women don’t report’ that goes beyond the generic feminist (read: white middle class) answer of fear/disbelief/stigma.