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Dispatches From the Culture Wars - September 11, 2018

Nike and Kaep; Confederacy North; Wages of #MeToo; SCOTUS bait and switch; Chapo Chaps; Requiem for The Voice

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Colin Kaepernick, Nike, and the Myth of Good and Bad Companies

By Joshua Hunt
September 5, 2018
The Atlantic

The brand’s alignment with the embattled NFL star is nothing more than smart business.

Southerners Tore Down Silent Sam. Now Northerners Need to Tear Down Confederate Flags.

By Alex Pareene
August 29, 2018

Confederate iconography has proliferated in the North — a development of the last 25 years that accelerated in the 2000s.


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Hollywood Redeems Men for Almost Anything and Punishes Women for Almost Everything

By Constance Grady
September 6, 2018

As the men of #MeToo start plotting their comebacks, let’s remember what women’s comebacks look like.

The ‘Anti-Catholic’ Playbook

By Sarah Posner
September 5, 2018
The Nation

Does Brett Kavanaugh think abortion should be illegal? A secret network of right-wing activists has spent millions attacking such questions as anti-religious bigotry.

Review - The Chapo Guide to Revolution: A Manifesto Against Logic, Facts, and Reason

By Donald Hughes
August 23, 2018

Funny vignettes describe the prevailing, conventional neoliberal wisdom and then reply with a sensible take. This sort of counter-history is helpful for staking out an American left perspective.


The Voice and Its Village

By Tom Carson
September 7, 2018
The Baffler

An alum looks back at the storied alt weekly.