Tag Archive: inequality

Property, Policing, and Protestantism: Why the Right is Powerful and the Left is So Weak

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By Arun Gupta (November 20, 2017) The reason the American Right is so powerful is because it is fundamentally defined by whiteness, capitalism, and patriarchy, and these concepts are reproduced through three mutually reinforcing institutions: Property, Policing, and Protestantism.   I am leaving aside many nuances because I am interested in why the right has such extraordinary ideological cohesion and…
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Urban Planning for #Blacklivesmatter

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By Teka Lark (September 4, 2017) The freemarket is a hell of a drug. More rain is coming. Heaven and hell is right here. Satan is the freemarket! Satan is Citizens United! These pompous ignorant rich fucks built and built and built.

Education No Longer the Sure Way in Our Reality

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By Ana Castillo (August 4, 2017) XICANISMA 2017 Sadly, I know of whence she speaks. It is a reality in this country that defies the belief that education is a sure way for all to climb up the economic ladder. Instead, college grads are in debt, taking on jobs not related to their fields in order to make ends meet,…
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White Nationalism is the Core of Trump Administration

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By Joe Lowndes (August 3, 2017) Over the last week the White House appeared to be in a kind of free fall, marked by palace intrigue, organizational chaos, and of course, the rise and fall of the Mooch. In contrast this commedia dell-arte however, we now get two proposals that advance a clear domestic agenda: the proposed immigration “merit system”…
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What if Handmaid’s Tale Was About a Black Theocracy?

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By S. (June 14, 2017) Thought experiment for my white friends: In The Handmaid’s Tale a cabal of elite, white Christians seize control of the government, send all of the black people away (to reservations or death camps, it’s not clear), and then turn every white woman into a slave. What feelings arise when you imagine the same scenario, except…
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Lessons from Trump: Great Wealth in Office is Inherently Corrupt

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By Chris Lowe (May 17, 2017) We watch in awe and dismay Donald Trump’s amazing performance art piece Drunken Juggler President. We prepare to duck and dodge when the next plate in the plate spinning part caroms off toward us, and to groan: Noooo, don’t drop the globe! The details are endlessly fascinating, in that recurring monster movie dream time…
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Why the Trump Administration Scandals Should Be No Surprise to New Yorkers

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By Mark Naison (May 10, 2017) No one familiar with the history of New York City should be surprised by the scandals that have beset the Trump Administration. No one, I repeat no one, could have had the success Donald Trump had in putting up building after building in New York City during the 1970’s and 1980’s without having ties…
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Trump or Clinton? Either Way, the Oligarchy Wins

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By Jasper Smith (September 28, 2016) Either way, the oligarchy wins. In Clinton, they get an able and capable administrator who is solicitous of their interests and gives them the security and stability that they and their markets crave. Banks and billionaires are lining up to support the Clinton brand that brought us the Crime Bill, Welfare Reform, NAFTA, and…
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Why I Avoid Using the Term “White Privilege”

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By Mark Naison (September 26, 2016) In challenging racism, even in ways that get in people’s faces, I usually avoid the use of the term “white privilege”. Here is why: Addressing “whites” as privileged not only erases vast differences in their economic status, including the downward mobility and hardship many have been experiencing in the last 20 years, it fails…
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