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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. ..
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The Left Needs to Think About the Political-Economic Future in Six Months

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 ..
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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 ..
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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 ..
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The Fed Wants You to Be Afraid

By Teka Lark (March 19, 2020) The central banking system of the United States is the Federal Reserve System aka the Fed. According to Investopedia a central bank acts as the regulatory authority of a country’s monetary policy and is the sole provider and printer of notes and coins in circulation. The Fed is run ..
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Solidarity from An Unemployed Service Industry Worker

By Zara Stevens (March 17, 2020) I’m a bartender. I lost the totality of my income tonight when my state shut all bars and restaurants down in the face of this global pandemic. I am without work now, not because I was fired for incompetence. Neither was I fired for negligence. My business wasn’t closed ..
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Let's Keep Working For the New World We Hold in Our Hearts

By Paul Messersmith-Glavin (March 11, 2020) I understand the appeal of the Bernie Sanders campaign for President and hold nothing against his champions. It would have been a positive development if he got the Democratic nomination, and for a couple of weeks there it looked like a possibility. I’ve also seen leftists and well meaning ..
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Why Did Southern Black Folks Vote for Biden?

By Teka Lark (February 5, 2020) If you think I believe Black voters voted for Biden because they believe white people are racist and he was the most palatable racist, you have lost your damn mind. That is not how Biden got the Black vote. That is not how this works. That is some very ..
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When "Chivalry" is a Mask for Coercion

By Elle Stanger (March 2, 2020) Standing outside a downtown bar and a gal beside me shivers and a man offers his coat and she says: “No, thank you” but he’s disregarding her No, and so she says it five more times in various polite ways. And he’s insisting because “chivalry” and he’s taking it ..
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Coronavirus Could Normalize Authoritarianism

By Arun Gupta (Feburary 25, 2020) The coronavirus is an extremely dangerous moment. Not really for the spread of the virus; there is nothing really that can be done to stop it at this point from becoming a pandemic. But from governments “locking down” entire cities, closing borders, and in effect using military and police ..
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Bernie is the Only Logical Choice

By Arun Gupta (February 12, 2020) Last year I said, “If not Bernie then Warren.” Her campaign is finished, even if she tries to limp on to South Carolina. I am sad to see her go, but a fourth-place finish means it’s over for her. Biden is finished as well but will stick around until ..
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This is What Democracy Looks Like: A Viewers' Guide

By Joseph Orosco (February 11, 2020) The Anarres Project for Alternative Futures is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Battle for Seattle with a film series that looks to see how social movements in the past 40 years intersect and influence one another.  This is a brief viewer’s guide and background for the showing of ..
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The Everyday Gray Areas of Harassment Toward Women

By Elle Stanger (January 29, 2020) When I was a teen-adult, I worked in mall jobs for a couple years. One day, a twenty-something man talked at me for thirty minutes in an empty store while I set up the t-shirt displays: He followed me around explaining in GREAT DETAIL all of the tattoos he ..
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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, ..
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I Live in a Country that Invests in Violence; Why Can't It Meet the Needs of Justice?

By Jasper Smith (January 7, 2020) I live in a country that used the military and militias to kill and forcibly remove people from their ancestral lands after tens of thousands of years of living here so the government could give that land away for free to white people to have homes and farms and ..
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What Are the Lessons of the 2019 Conservative Win in the UK?

By Teka Lark and Christopher J.V. Loughlin (December 13, 2019) Teka Lark So, picking white nationalism over health care and common sense is global. In the English speaking world, I don’t want to hear your class reductionist arguments. The roots of the plant of oppression are fibrous, class does not trump white nationalism in the ..
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Radical Movements Have Shaped the Presidential Race for Democrats

By Chuck Morse (December 3, 2019) Bloomberg apologizes for “stop and frisk;” Kamala Harris backs away from her record as a prosecutor; Cory Booker voices regret for heavy handed police tactics in Newark; Biden attempts to blabber his way out of accountability for his role in passing the “crime bill.” It is a big deal ..
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Pass the Liberation and Let's Trash the Opression

By Chris Crass (November 27, 2019) How can we talk with people in our lives during the holidays about our values? How can we challenge the ways that systems of oppression show up during the holidays with family and longtime friends, while also inviting people into liberation values and culture? How can we practice deep ..
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Americans Can Learn About How to Make Social Change From Chile

By Marc Cooper (November 21, 2019) As most of you know, as a young man I worked for President Salvador Allende as a translator so I could literally write a book on this month’s dramatic developments ( I already wrote one on Chile https://amzn.to/376G5Hn ). But I’ll keep this relatively short. In any case, this Al Jazeera ..
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Handmaid's Tale Inoculates Viewers from Responsibility for Real Atrocities

By Rachel Wagner (November 18, 2019) The Haidmaid’s Tale television series producer Warren Littlefield says that Offred’s story “presents a chilling vision into an increasingly likely potential future.” I suggest that this insistence on relevance is more indicative of a desire to *be* predictive, to believe that media like The Handmaid’s Tale can tell us something ..
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It's Not Exaggeration to Say White Nationalism is at the Heart of US Power

By Rebecca Hill (November 16, 2019) The Stephen Miller emails bring up some important issues that I see often in strategic discussions of anti-fascist politics. That is, I often see people debating whether traditional fascists or overt white nationalists represent the “real” danger, or whether they are a vanguardist fringe full of FBI informants, while ..
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Is "OK, Boomer" a Radical Critique? Two Responses

By Chris Crass-Joe Lowndes (November 12, 2019)   Chris Crass: I’m grateful that the first time I heard of “OK, Boomer” and was responded to with “OK, Boomer”, I was having a friendly and beautiful debate with a 13 year old member of the Democratic Socialists of America, about socialist electoral strategy.  I said “Yes, ..
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On Women Who Get Mad at the Removal of Pink and "Feminine" Markers from Menstrual Products

By Elle Stanger (October 26, 2019) On Women who get mad at the removal of pink and “feminine” markers from menstrual products*: Many assigned-female-at-birth (AFAB) children are pushed into liking pink and flowers from the time they are born, so when you base an entire identity around gender roles, it’s going to be very upsetting ..
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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 ..
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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 ..
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