Tag Archive: democracy

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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White Supremacy has Always Been Behind White Terrorism in the US

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By Mark Naison (August 12, 2019)   When I think of the ideology of white supremacy–which has affected everything in US History from immigration policy, to citizenship, access to voting rights, marriage laws, the ability to play in professional sports leagues, and much much more– what makes the largest impression, in the context of the El Paso shooting, is how it…
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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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No Panic at the Supreme Court

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By Mark Naison (July 27, 2019) Last week, I had the opportunity to spend time with someone who just left a position as a law clerk to a Supreme Court Justice. There are many things I learned from the conversation that I can’t share publicly, but two things stood out that I can pass along First, an atmosphere of civility…
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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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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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Direct Action Will Work Against ICE

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By Teka Lark (June 24, 2019) Direct action is a tool that should only be used when it needs to be used. Protesting with a permit is not direct action. Anytime you appeal to authority in a way that puts them in the position of reasonable, you’re not doing direct action. What is direct action? When you resist with your…
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