Guest Voices

Did Bundy Really Quit the Militia Movement?

By Jess Campbell (December 11, 2018) Ammon Bundy did not leave the militia movement. Read what he said. Read more than the headline. Even if he did leave the militia movement, he would not be a friend to any of us who are trying to build communities accountable to any standard of human dignity. He built his name off of...
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Bush 41: The Graceful and Polite Oligarch

By Marc Cooper (December 1, 2018) Good grief! I just love the way liberals –and others– are now slavishly and shamelessly canonizing Bush 41 — one of the most mediocre presidents in history. And the very embodiment of POLITE Elitist, Corporate and Oligarchic Rule. Driving home last last night I had the misfortune of tuning into MSNBC and almost driving...
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Veterans Have Fought In Wars--And Fought Against Them

File 20181105 74760 kqu38h.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1By Michael Messner (November 11, 2018) A member of Veterans for Peace marches during the annual Veterans Day parade in New York, Nov. 11, 2017. AP/Andres Kudacki Michael Messner, University of Southern California – Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences If President Donald Trump had his way, the nation would be celebrating the centennial of the World War I...
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We Once Thought the Internet Could Liberate Us

By Jason Wilson (November 9, 2018) 1. “MAGAbomber” Cesar Sayoc was an active Twitter user — he used it to spread memes and issue threats. He was well connected with other Trump supporters on the platform. 2. Tree of Life Synagogue shooter, Robert Bowers, announced his intentions on Gab, a site that was set up in response to mild and...
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The #Resistance Has No Vision

By Arun Gupta (November 8, 2018) Everyone should be deeply disturbed what happened in the election. One seasoned electoral activist told me it was “A blue wavelet with a strong red undertow.” The Democrats lost crucial Senate and gubernatorial races, made only modest gains in state legislatures, and had a middling performance in the House. This election should have been...
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Take Your Victories Where You Get Them

By Marc Cooper (November 7, 2018) I don’t know about you, but I wasn’t expecting a revolutionary seizure of power in the midterms. I was hoping that a significant step would be taken to stop forward movement by Trump. It did. Taking the House by the Dems means that Trump is a legislative lame duck for the rest of his...
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For Fellow White Women, After the 2018 Mid-terms

By Nicole Berland (November 7, 2018) To other white and white-passing women, here goes a long and potentially unpopular post: I’m stoked on many of the results from yesterday’s election, but, per usual, the returns saw the majority of white women voters cast our ballots for Republicans who legislate against women’s interests in places like Texas, Georgia, and Florida. Whether...
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We Can't "Debate" with the Cruel and Sadistic

By William J. Jackson (November 1, 2018) I’m so tired of that tacky azz saying that has gained popularity among the pompous left: “If someone disagrees with you, it doesn’t make them evil”. Fool. We ain’t talking pizza toppings. We’re talking about if a person’s life matters, the school to prison pipeline, rapist and murderous cops investigating themselves. We’re not...
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In Mourning Pittsburg, Let's Not Forget Systemic Racism and Violence

By Sean Gelles (November 1, 2018) Hopefully it’s not too soon to address some of the reactions I’ve been seeing to the tragic racist attack in Pittsburgh on October 27th. I’ve been seeing a lot of ideas expressed which are the result not of conscious reflection but of sheer panic and dread. Perhaps right now is not the time to...
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We Shouldn't Assume Birthright Citizenship is Safe

By Joe Lowndes (October 31, 2018) I’m unsure whether the question of whether Trump has the Constitutional authority to revoke birthright citizenship is the right one. Almost all legal scholars from left to right appear to agree that he doesn’t. But it also seems like whistling past the graveyard to say that this is merely a ploy to rally the...
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Vote--but then Get Organized to Beat American Fascism

By Arun Gupta (October 25, 2018) Trump is a (white) nationalist. FOX News is his ministry of propaganda. Journalists are being murdered. Transgender people may be eliminated. 13,000 children are in concentration camps. Bombs are being sent to political opponents. Brownshirts violently attack people in three cities in a week. Families fleeing violence and poverty are dubbed terrorists and criminals....
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The Context to the Honduran Migrant March

By S. Brian Willson (October 23, 2018) The massive forced flight of people from Honduras is not new; it is the legacy of US intervention in the country. Since the 2009 US-backed and Hillary-supported coup in Honduras, the post-coup regime has perpetuated a system based on disregard for human rights, impunity, corruption, repression and the influence of organized crime groups...
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Superhero Comics Train Kids in Authoritarian Politics

tekaBy Teka Lark (October 16, 2018) Black Panther was created by Stan Lee. He appropriated the Black Power (Lowndes County Freedom Fighting Organization) movement and drenched it in his US capitalist bullshit. Stan Lee’s politics are crap. He is a Democrat, but he is the neoliberal authoritarian brand of progressive, which is right wing anywhere but here. He also pushes...
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"I Hope You Get Out": Low Key Police Abolition

By James Rotten (October 12, 2018) I met S. at the Alamo Drafthouse to have lunch and see Monsters & Men, which centers around a murder by cop. When it ended, she left and I stayed to pay our bill. There was just one other person in the theater, sitting next to me, with one empty seat between us. I’ve...
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We Need to See, Not Look Past, People's Sexual Orientations

By S. (October 11, 2018) I HATE THIS MEME! PLEASE DON’T SHARE IT UNLESS YOU ARE GOING TO GO ON A HARD CORE RANT AGAINST IT. So this is a thing that pisses me off. If you care about me, you should care about my sexual orientation. My sexual orientation defines so many aspects of my life and it limits...
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Eco-Catastrophe Threatens Authoritarian Politics in the Long Run

By Joe Lowndes (October 10, 2018) The Trump administration went from denying climate change to predicting a 7 degree fahrenheit increase over the next century. People have pointed this out as a contradiction, but there is good reason for them to now endorse this second position. It makes much more sense for the proto-fascism of this regime. Accepting eco-catastrophe as...
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We Should Be Doing Anything But Trusting the Government About Climate Change

mbBy Matilda Bickers (October 10, 2018) I think the thing that drives me the most crazy–after the sheer helplessness of having to live through these times, that’s definitely the MOST crazy making–is listening to well off white people say “we’ll get there eventually. We have to,” and other platitudes about climate change. It’s not that I don’t believe them–although I...
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Labor Justice is THE issue now

By Irami Osei-Frimpong (October 8, 2018) I’ve read that as a rough rule, political movements initially start out off as free speech movements. In campus life, it makes sense at first blush, especially when you’ve been to Berkeley. But I think it papers over the social question. We still haven’t figured out how political freedom works while you still depend...
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The Problem with Capitalism Isn't Work--It's the Lack of Freedom and Meaning

By Harsha Walia (October 1, 2018) I’ve been thinking on something I have been hearing a lot this past year. The critique of capitalism isn’t that we work. Capitalism sucks because it creates conditions where labour is extracted, where we dont control our means of production, we are alienated from the process of production under a proft-driven wage economy, and...
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The Club of Patriarchy Begins Early

By Alexander Reid Ross (October 1, 2018) Rebecca Solnit’s courageous piece is empowering and exciting. What turning over the rock from under which Kavanaugh crawled did was expose the horrible abuse pretty much all women are subjected to in the US from a very young age. It’s societal and systemic oppression in which specific, discrete acts of sexual misconduct and...
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Do You Get it Now?

By S. (September 30, 2018) Every time a black person is murdered and there’s a public debate I want to scream “do you get it now?” Kavanaugh’ entire life is about generational wealth, white privilege, systematic oppression of black people, and control of women. He is a terrific embodiment of Republican values. Like Trump, he is but a symptom. The...
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Why Are the Standards of Human Decency So Low for White Men?

By Teka Lark (September 27, 2018) I remember back when I had my newspaper and a blog and commented on Laist for making a comment on the coverage of Watts that was not only plagiarized from Wikipedia with photos from a moving car, but was also amazingly racist. I was called a stupid bitch and banned from ever commenting again,...
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Dismantling Racism is About Dismantling the United States

By Teka Lark (September 18, 2018) Dismantling racism in your community/your org/your place of religious worship isn’t about you personally taking a journey and discovering everyone really is a human being, this isn’t about you, but yet –it is. Dismantling racism is also not about the first Black capitalist, the first Black general, or the first Black supermodel. Dismantling racism...
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What the Louis C.K. Comeback Can Teach Us About Restorative Justice

By Katherine Power (September 14, 2018) This piece describes the demands that justice makes in the name of people victimized in sexual assaults. I would add only one point: restorative justice is not about victim and perpetrator talking or repairing a relationship. It is about naming, on behalf of the whole community, the harm that has been done. It is...
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How to Talk to the Young White Men Drifting Toward the Alt-Right

By Chris Crass (September 7, 2018) Talked with a Mom who reached out for support about her teenage son who she sees drifting towards the alt-right. My heart ached listening to her story. I shared how when I was 15, I was deeply confused, angry and felt alienated. I was trying to figure out who I was and what meaning...
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