Tag Archive: imagination

We Are At Risk with Business as Usual: A Tale from Taos

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By Rivera Sun (April 21, 2020) I want to share a story. It’s personal. Here in Taos, NM, our governor was on the early side of the stay-at-home orders. Our businesses closed, the town turned into a ghost town. We even have a nightly curfew. But here’s the thing: our total COVID-19 cases are 15. They have plateaued for two…
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Conspiracy Theories of the Left: 5G, Corona Virus, and Aliens

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By Arun Gupta (April 10, 2020) I am on a listserve of leftists who are debating the role of 5G and chemtrails in the pandemic, with some claiming there is no virus at all. One person is even trotting out anti-semite conspiracist David “lizard aliens rule us” Icke. This isn’t coming out of thin air. These conspiracies on the Left…
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In a Properly Civilized World

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By Louis Colombo (April 6, 2020) In a properly civilized world, we would view this pandemic as nothing but a reminder of our interconnectedness to nature, a reminder that we are part of, but not above, nature. We would treat this time as a time to pause, retreat, reflect, be with those we love, tend to those we care about….
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Cesar Chavez and the Struggle for Justice During the Covid-19 Pandemic

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By Joseph Orosco (March 31, 2020)   Some thirty years ago, Cesar Chavez staged his last major hunger fast. This fast went on for thirty-six days. In his statement issued at the end, Chavez said he had begun the fast because he had to do penance; he was ashamed of himself. For all his years as an organizer, he said…
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I Am Because We Are, and So We Will Rebuild in the Aftermath

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By Louis Colombo (March 22, 2020) Lots of doom and posts prophesying the end of the world. No doubt, these are some unsettling times and it’s hard to know where the bottom is. No doubt too that there’s lots of reasons to be concerned for yourself, your loved ones, and even folks you’ve never met. But here’s the thing. From…
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The Left Needs to Think About the Political-Economic Future in Six Months

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By Joe Lowndes (March 21, 2020) Tucker Carlson is being cheered by some liberals for calling out NC Sen. Richard Burr for insider trading. Burr should be investigated for this, to be sure. But this is consistent with Carlson’s right-wing nationalism more generally – just as it was Pat Buchanan’s before him. However, it will matter in a new way…
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Pandemic Reveals the Harsh Realities of Our Society

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By Natan Rebelde (March 19, 2020) Y’all scared? Good. You should be. I am too. But I have been, for a very long time. I hate that I feel vindicated to some degree. And the reality is, this is just the tip of the iceberg. The disruptions and collapse to come will dwarf this by comparison. But they are part…
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Reflections for the End of the Term in Plague Years

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By Joseph Orosco (March 16, 2020)   Last week, I held my last classes of the Winter 2020 quarter and, most likely, my last face-to-face classes for some time. It was the day after the university administration ordered that there were to be no in person exams or classes for several weeks. I knew going into these classes that my…
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Instead of Preparing for War, We Need to Organize

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By Teka Lark (February 24, 2020) The problem with individualism is this: eventually, you have to go to sleep and that is when they will shoot you in the head. See Fred Hampton for a historical example of that. I have friends that are far-left individualists, kente cloth capitalists, and others who don’t have labels, who say they are ready…
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A Prayer for Black Futures and Collective Liberation

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By Chris Crass (February 20, 2020) While Elizabeth Warren was destroying Bloomberg from jump at the Democratic Debate, I was doing bedtime with River and August (but I watched what I missed right away and Warren was incredible). We read Freedom Soup, a gift from their aunt Rahula S. Janowski, and it’s a beautiful picture book about a Haitian Grandmother telling…
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The Social Value of Science Fiction: Asimov, Ellison and Social Justice

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(By Joseph Orosco, January 30, 2020) This year marks the Isaac Asimov’s 100th birthday.  He is perhaps one of the most well known science fiction writers, a pioneer of the Golden Era of the genre.  He is best known for emphasizing “hard science fiction”–the kind that takes seriously describing the scientific elements of a story and theorizing the implications of…
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