Guest Voices

Why Should Leftists Support Impeachment?

By Rebecca Hill (October 14, 2019) Over the last week, a few pundits have put out left wing arguments against impeachment on the basis that impeachment treats Trump as the only problem, seeking to return to the pre-Trump neoliberal normalcy that preceded (and contributed to) his election. I doubt that a successful impeachment would result in this outcome. First of...
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Men Being Able to Express Vulnerability Will Help Erode Rape Culture

By Elle Stanger (October 9, 2019) I’m a sex worker who recognizes that many of my man clients are afraid to express their discomfort or pain because it makes them seem less “manly”. Before I begin touching someone of any gender presentation I always say, “Let me know if something is uncomfortable or you need to adjust”, and cis men...
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Do Black Lives Matter in The Joker?

By S. (October 8, 2019) This article is spot on BUT Joker is also racist AF too. The more I thought about the movie after watching the more my blood started to boil. It’s the subtle racism of erasure, misdirection, and employment of poorly thought out visual tropes. I fully expect the filmmaker’s defense against a racism accusation to be...
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Extinction Rebellion Should Target the System, Not the People Caught in It

By Paul Messersmith-Glavin (October 8, 2019) Extinction Rebellion is a necessary and vital response to the climate crisis. They are forcing the issue and helping us focus on what’s important. But they are mistaken in targeting people caught up in a larger system by blocking traffic and disrupting everyday life, rather than aiming for instance at the 100 corporations and...
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Let's Hear the Trump Phone Call Tapes

By Tom Motko (September 27, 2019) Perhaps an allegory: In 1971-72, I was part of a mission gathering tactical intelligence in what would become the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam. This was pretty important stuff because the right intercept at the right time could save the lives of other poor suckers like me trying to survive their obligatory year in...
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Greta Thunberg's Speech Will Be Iconic

By S. (September 25, 2019) I’ve always wondered how speeches become iconic and why some speeches are remembered. Would I recognize a famous speech when I first heard it? Did those people who first heard “ask not what your country can do for you” or “I have dream” understand the historic import? I remember “Mr Gorbachev, tear down that wall”....
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The Anemic Left Fails the Structure Test in the Face of Trump

By Mark Rudd (September 23, 2019) ANEMIA AND ITS DISCONTENTS Well, the Stench came to Albuquerque on September 16. He filled an auditorium in Rio Rancho with about 7000 people and more hanging around outside. He and his crowds got considerable coverage on the 10 o’clock tv news shows, but there was little to nothing about our rally back in...
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We Need More Imagination in the Face of Climate Catastrophe

By Joe Lowndes (September 12, 2019) It’s really interesting how this Franzen essay has either been affirmed as a kind of honest reckoning, or vilified as a kind of a privileged defeatism, by so many people I know and respect politically. I don’t love the piece, but I think Franzen is getting at something productively uncomfortable by arguing that the...
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When I Meet Young People who Want to be an Obama

By Irami Osei-Frimpong (August 5, 2019) The problem isn’t that Obama bought a 15 million dollar house. What else are you going to do with the money? The problem is: a)  that you all thought he was ever going to do anything for Black people that would jeopardize the family  buying a 15 million dollar house. b)   he did it...
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"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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