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‘He’s Dangerous. So Is His Book.’

An Appalachian writer says Hillbilly Elegy played to bogus notions on the left and right about the impoverished region. The only thing that benefited was Vance’s political career.

Israeli Army Approval of Free-For-All Violence in Gaza

Israeli soldiers describe the near-total absence of firing regulations in the Gaza war, with troops shooting as they please, setting homes ablaze, and leaving corpses on the streets — all with their commanders’ permission.

Bernice Johnson Reagon, Sweet Honey In The Rock-R.I.P.

It is impossible to separate liberation struggles from song. And in the 1960s — at marches, and in jailhouses — the voice leading those songs was often Bernice Johnson Reagon. She died Tuesday at the age of 81.

Donald, You’re No Teddy Roosevelt

Since the shooting at Donald Trump's rally in Pennsylvania, pundits have gone from branding it "unprecedented" (which it's not) to comparing it to other incidents of political violence that have plagued our nation.

July 18,2024-Reader Comments, Resources, Announcements

Reader Comments: GOP Convention and Trump Shooting; Ocasio-Cortez Takes On Thomas and Alito; IDF Ordered Hannibal Directive on Oct 7; Protest Netanyahu’s Visit to Congress; At the Heart of Health in Cuba - People-to-People Tour; Cartoons, more....

Why Bernie Sanders Is Thanking Elon Musk

The Vermont senator said Musk has done "an exceptional job of demonstrating a point that we have made for years—and that is the fact we live in an oligarchic society."

Trump Is Trying To “Gaslight the Black Community”

Lusane says that “Donald Trump never has anything positive to say about the Black community,” and that his effort to showcase diversity at the RNC is to “gaslight the Black community.”

The Long Shadow of JD Vance’s Hillbilly Pathology

When I read Vance’s book as a person born and raised in Eastern Kentucky myself, something just didn’t seem right.

The Rise of the ‘Union Curious’

Support for unionization among America’s frontline workers

Global Left Midweek – July 17, 2024

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Culture

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Radioactive Radicals!

Paul Buhle Portside
Radioactive Radicals is a vivid, galvanizing portrait of two young radicals thrust into the whirlwind of revolutionary working-class politics from the 1960s to the present. Here is a whopper of a novel by any estimation.

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Cause at Heart: Socialists & the Abolition of Antisemitism

Alan Wald Against the Current
In his omnibus review of these five books, reviewer Wald shows how these authors offer valuable insights into "how and why the abolition of both antisemitism and Zionism are presently intertwined."

poetry

Mocking Birds

Alison Luterman Rattle
California poet Alison Luterman wants to know why two antiques are running for the presidency while the talent of competent women is ignored, and it’s no joke.

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Towards a Materialist Theory of Law

Rosie Woodhouse Marx & Philosophy Review of Books
This book, writes reviewer Woodhouse, "aims to revitalise Marxist legal theory that has lagged behind the disciplinary flourishing of Marxism elsewhere."

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The Bikeriders Is Running on Fumes

Eileen Jones Jacobin
Jeff Nichols’s The Bikeriders coasts on Austin Butler’s outlaw charm and an excellent performance from Tom Hardy. But neither can get this nostalgia piece into third gear.

Labor

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(Mostly) Useful Government Numbers About Poverty, Jobs, and Unemployment

Frank Stricker Dollars & Sense
The population of job-seekers is greater than the BLS’s unemployed population. It is closer to National Jobs for All Network’s (NJFAN) Full Count, which adds part-timers who want full-time work and people who want jobs but have not searched recently.

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eBay Workers Are Playing the Union Card

Alex N. Press Jacobin
Workers at eBay subsidiary TCGplayer, an online trading card marketplace, picketed the company yesterday to protest alleged pregnancy discrimination against one of their own. More than a year after unionizing, they still don’t have a contract.

Friday nite video

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How to Replace Biden

Longtime Democratic National Committee member Jim Zogby proposes a process by which to pick a new nominee

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Trump’s Second Term | John Oliver

John Oliver discusses Donald Trump’s plans for a second term, why it could be much worse than his first term, and what Trump has in common with a hamster