Tag Archive: transformation

Welcome to the Great Pandemic Depression


By Arun Gupta (March 23, 2020) I wrote this days ago saying an economic contraction of 10% or more and an unemployment rate of 20%. Only now are investment banks worth hundreds of billions of dollars considering we are in a depression. I haven’t seen anyone acknowledge what is obvious: The same economic denialism is going on now as in…
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I Am Because We Are, and So We Will Rebuild in the Aftermath


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

Business graph with arrows tending downwards

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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This is a Biological and Political Crisis


By Astra Taylor (March 20, 2020) If you know me, you know I love etymologically. I love the buried meanings of the word we use, their hidden resonance. The word “crisis” comes from the ancient Greek. It means the turning point in an illness—death or recovery, two stark alternatives. Someone just told me the root of “apocalypse is “to reveal”…
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Pandemic Reveals the Harsh Realities of Our Society


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


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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We Need Better End Time Stories


By Teka Lark (March 16, 2020) So I’ll be spending this time off writing manifestos because I do that. Writing essays, finishing my book, doing yoga, planting seeds. I feel like we need a new narrative for what happens when this all ends. THIS Is horrible: capitalism, poverty, racism, sexism, nationalism, people being mean as entertainment. This is horrible. This…
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Instead of Preparing for War, We Need to Organize


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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American Autumn: A Viewer’s Guide


By Joseph Orosco (February 17, 2020) As part of our third installment of the This is What Democracy Looks Like:  A Genealogy of Movements film series, we are going to view “American Autumn”. We will be in Milam Hall 318 on the Oregon State Campus at 6pm. This is a grassroots documentary looking at the early days of the Occupy…
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The Social Value of Science Fiction: Asimov, Ellison and Social Justice

Blue Moon over futuristic City

(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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Kobe Bryant, Kim Stanley Robinson, and Kissenger


By Ted Levine (January 28, 2020) I’m not a basketball fan, or a fan of any sport, and I don’t care very much about the lives of rich and famous people (except when I do). But the reflection below spoke to me about the complexity of feelings about people who have done some terrible things, but also some admirable things….
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