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Dispatches From the Culture Wars - August 28, 2018

Prison Strike; Superdelegates and Race; Star-crossed Platonics; New Patriotism; Pinterest Meets 8chan; Animal Crackers

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By Janos Marton

August 21, 2018


A decision was made: It was time to launch a national prison strike to raise awareness around the brutality of mass incarceration.


Race is Still the Central Dividing Line in the Democratic Party

By Seth Masket

August 26, 2018

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The recent DNC vote over superdelegates revealed longstanding divisions within the parpatrioty.


Avital and Nimrod: Sexual Harassment and “Campy Communications” at NYU

By Jon Wiener

August 20, 2018

Los Angeles Review of Books

What happens when a man tells a #MeToo story about being victimized by a woman? The real problem here is not deciding who was exploiting whom.

Republicans Don’t Own Patriotism Anymore

By Heather Cox Richardson

August 20, 2018

The New Republic

The Democrats are reclaiming language they ceded to the GOP decades ago—and putting a liberal spin on it.

Pinterest Moms Share Parfait Recipes Next to QAnon Memes

By Kelly Weill

August 15, 2018

The Daily Beast

The conspiracy theory’s middle-aged fanbase is blurring the line between wholesome recipe sites and the seedy cartoon porn forums like 8chan.

Barnum's Animal Crackers Are No Longer Trapped in Cages, Thanks to PETA

By Joe McGauley

August 21, 2018


PETA argued that the boxes featuring caged animals were outdated in light of the growing opposition to the exploitation of animals in circuses.