Guest Voices

"Treason to Whiteness is Loyalty to Humanity"

By George Ciccariello-Maher (August 4, 2019) Two and a half years ago, I sent a tweet mocking the white supremacist myth of “white genocide,” which posits that white people are being “replaced” by a combination of migration, birth rates, and racial mixing. Twitter and the media briefly lit up, with thousands discussing the absurdity of the white genocide myth—this was a...
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Cruelty Toward Children Is Part of US History and Culture

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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History is a Weapon: Learn How to Use it

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?

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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The Responsibility of the Writer

By Octaviano Merecias (June 26, 2019) The responsibility of the writer Is to measure the rising poison into our soul by reminding us of our numbness of distraction into the apathy of oblivion as the dissolving heart of our neighbor lingers in our pupils Is to face evil with a piece of pen and ink as mighty weapons And biting...
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No More Concentration Camps: A Movement Beginning

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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The Past Is Never Truly Past: We are Still Imprisoning Indigenous People in Deadly Conditions

By Arun Gupta (June 23, 2019) Take a good look at these faces. What do you see? They are all indigenous peoples. 527 years after the conquest of the Americas began, we are still penning, brutalizing, kidnapping, and killing indigenous people. Asylum-seekers are 100% legal, protected by U.S. law as the signatory to international agreements such as the Fourth Geneva...
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We Need a March on the Concentration Camps

By Arun Gupta (June 19, 2019) We need a massive march on the border, tens of thousands who will peacefully, nonviolently disrupt the machinery of ethnic cleansing, to give aid to migrants, to witness and record the concentration camps, the killings, the torture, the ethnic cleansing. The Left is good at mobilizing in large-scale protest: the anti-globalization movement, the anti-Iraq...
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The Death of Revolutionary Thought: What the Game of Thrones Finale Revealed About Ourselves

By Rocio Mercedes Alvarez (May 29, 2019)   Over a week has passed. The series is wrapped up and millions of Game of Thrones fans worldwide have either had their hearts broken or their decades-long theories confirmed. To say the final season was controversial is an understatement, especially if you followed the countless super-fans on a variety of social media...
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Keeping the Faith: Compassion, Understanding, and the Future of the Left

By Arun Gupta (May 21, 2019) I am hearing a lot of despair lately, so I would like to share this story with you. In the early 1990s, when I was international news editor at The Guardian Newsweekly, we hired a bookkeeper named Frances. Being a political newspaper run by the staff, our interviews were a mix of questions about...
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Black Women and Choice in Alabama

By Teka Lark (May 17, 2019) My mother said when she was pregnant with me the doctor asked her if she wanted an abortion. My mother was married, a housewife, had no other children, and owned a home with my father, but still that was the first question that the doctor asked when she went to the doctor to confirm...
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Open Letter to the White Male Legislators in Alabama and Georgia

By Sonia Gutierrez (May 15, 2019) Dear White Guy, You Don’t Own My Body I had a miscarriage. At the clinic, the doctor told me I had a blighted ovum and said she was sorry. According to her, I would have to go to the hospital for a procedure—if nature didn’t take its course. Well, I didn’t want that and...
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Cersei is Far More Than a Raging Mother

By Theresa Hogue (May 14, 2019) There are plenty of valid criticisms floating about regarding Game of Thrones’ brutal penultimate episode, many of which focus on the unexpected and frankly wild veering that many beloved characters do from the path the writers had previously put them on. Whether it’s Jaime’s sudden crash from his redemption arc with Brienne to Dany’s...
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The Ultimate Lesson of Game of Thrones: "Hoping Our Rulers to Do the Right Thing is Madness"

By Paul Messersmith-Glavin (May 13, 2019) We watched Game of Thrones last night, along with 17 million others. If you saw it, you know how devastating and demoralizing it was. I immediately thought of the US role in Vietnam and Southeast Asia, or the US war on Iraq, or countless others. Lara made the point that the rubble dust and total...
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Thank the Chicago Anarchists for Creating a Better World for Everyone

paul-laraBy Paul Messersmith-Glavin (May 1, 2019) If you like the idea of only working an eight-hour day, as opposed to say, twelve, thank an anarchist. This first of May – May Day – represents the day people around the world, for over a hundred years, celebrate and renew the commitment of anarchist organizers in Chicago in the 1800s to making...
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"Three Mexican countries" is About Controlling the Narrative

By Teka Lark (April 3, 2019) When I see things like, “Three Mexican countries…” often I hear people discuss how ignorant people are. “How can you have power and be so ignorant to not know the name of countries?!” I am not sure if the people saying these things are saying them because they too are playing the game. I...
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Putting Our Hopes in Mueller was Lazy Politics

By Arun Gupta (April 2, 2019) While I stayed away from the Russia controversy because I thought it was overblown, I did write an article in December 2016 pointing out of course Russia would want to destabilize the U.S. Putin is a brutal authoritarian and Islamophobe who persecutes journalists and the LGBT community. He carried out a program of such...
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Du Bois Was Right About White Nationalism in 1920: It's a Global Threat

By Joseph Orosco (March 18, 2019) In 1920, one of the big controversies in racial justice issues was the tension between Marcus Garvey and W.E.B. Du Bois.   Garvey believed that Black folk in the US would never be treated with justice and the best plan was to return to Africa to build new states in which they could be...
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It's Not Enough to Hold Another World in Our Hearts--We Have to Make It Now

By Lara Messersmith-Glavin (February 7, 2019) Unless you are deliberately teaching your kids about race and gender and class and ability, unless you are actively countering the narratives they receive from every direction in this culture, then what you are really telling them is that racism, misogyny, heterosexism, class shaming, body shaming, and ableism are ok. Straight parents—it isn’t enough...
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I'm Not Your Blackface

By Teka Lark (January 31, 2019) I think one of the most important things to know is who you are and the second most important thing to know is who others think you are. I like to think of the world and my life as a journey, but I am aware that many people, entities, systems, view each individual as...
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The US has Avoided the Task of Anti-Black Racism

iramiBy Irami Osei-Frimpong (January 30, 2019) Heather Heyer died for going to a rally against White supremacists. She didn’t wake up that day to die. She woke up that day to go to a rally against White supremacy. But she paid the price. That’s simply what justice costs. Our unwillingness to pay that price is why we ended Reconstruction. I...
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This is Why Women Stay Silent When They Are Uncomfortable

By Elle Stanger (January 23, 2019) I asked a man to stop bothering the three women at the table across from him while they were trying to eat; he was asking about their work, clothing, and the final straw was when he asked if they wanted to date his friend or him, They were giggling and trying to shut down...
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Inclusion Isn't a Free-for-all for Bigotry: Exclusionary Feminisms and the Alt-Right

By Rachel Wagner (January 15, 2019) In one of my groups, there’s a discussion going on about whether or not it’s “exclusionary” to ban TERF and SWERF views (presumed “feminist” views that exclude trans-women and women who engage in sex work). Those “radical feminists” who wish to exclude trans women and sex workers from feminist spaces are upset that they’ve...
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Bookchin Helped Us Understand the Roots of the Ecological Crisis Today

By Paul Messersmith-Glavin (January 14, 2019) Murray Bookchin would be 98 today. Calling himself at times both a “Pleistocene Bear” and a “relic from a different age,” Murray was in many ways ahead of his time. He introduced ecology to the Left in the early sixties–before even Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring he would tireless point out–even raising climate change as...
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The Wall is a Symbol of Isolation and Racism

By Rachel Wagner (January 8, 2019) Has anyone else noticed that Trump only talks about one issue at a time, like for months? For a while it was Hillary. For a while North Korea. Healthcare for a while. There were others. Now it’s nothing but wall wall wall. This successive “single issue” approach is likely intended to just keep us...
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