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What Sanders' Political Revolution Looks Like

He's enlisting his massive volunteer base to pressure companies to change their labor practices - and joining several protests himself. His moves serve to make clear to voters what Sanders means when he calls for a "political revolution."

The Rise of Global Authoritarianism

Democracy is in crisis around the world, while authoritarianism is on the rise in a growing number of countries. Existing democratic institutions are hollowed out and increasingly unable to respond to the authoritarian wave.

Community Land Trusts Can Address Affordable Housing

The United States is in the middle of a massive housing crisis. The community land trust (CLT) model is highly flexible, and has huge potential for addressing the affordable housing crisis in America today.can help address it.

Cuba Feels the Pinch of Trump Travel Restrictions

Despite the Trump sanctions that have included placing a number of hotels on a prohibited list for Americans, construction cranes tower over Havana neighborhoods near the sea, and government-owned and joint venture hotel projects are moving forward.

Aug. 22, 2019-Reader Comments, Resources, Announcements

Reader Comments: Israel Bans Omar and Tlaib; 'Political Center' a Dangerous Myth; Trump's Union Crowd?; NAACP for Impeachment; Emma Lazarus; Immigrant Labor; Trump Copying Hitler; New Resource: The 1619 Project; Announcements; and more....

Unionizing Beats "Self Care" at Work for Burnout

Once you have a strong union contract, management can’t erode your pay or benefits, or fire you without notice.

‘New’ NAFTA Fails Workers on Both Sides of Border

It’s a lose-lose for workers. American workers get fired; Mexican workers get exploited.

What Colin Kaepernick has Lost - and Won

It’s difficult to know exactly how Kaepernick views his time in the NFL wilderness. Nevertheless, it’s worth asking: after three years, what has he accomplished – and at what cost?

White Supremacy Is Terrorism, Not a Disagreement

An Indiana city learns that a weak response to white supremacists has predictable consequences.

Global Left Midweek - Latin America: The New Red Wave

Peru * Brazil * Puerto Rico * Argentina * Chile * Honduras * Venezuela * São Paulo Forum
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Culture

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Golden Age Superheroes Were Shaped By the Rise of Fascism

Art Spiegelman The Guardian
When Art Spiegelman wrote the introduction (below) to a collection of vintage Marvel super-heroes, a passing negative reference to Trump was enough for the publishers to jettison the quality introduction.

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What’s on school menus this fall? Trade mitigation

Candice Choi AP News
Students at Maison Crossing Elementary School in Canton, Miss. The Department of Agriculture is giving away the $1.2 billion in foods it’s buying to help farmers hurt by trade negotiations. Some U.S. school cafeterias expect free food shipments, one little known consequence of President Trump’s trade disputes.

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Outside from the Inside

Anne Whiteside Street Light
“Outside from Inside,” words found in a letter written from a Japanese American concentration camp, are transformed by New York poet Anne Whitehouse.

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A World to Win: A Utopian Vision of Communism's Techno-future

Sarah Jaffe Bookforum
Fascism may be resurging, but so is socialism. Yet what would a genuine post-scarcity, egalitarian, democratic, communist society look like? The author thinks he knows, offering tantalizing if evanescent glimpses that tweak the imagination.

Labor

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Workers of the World Unite (At Last)

Ronaldo Munck Working-Class Perspectives
Our world order, globalized from above, cries out for a globalized response from below, a new international fit for the purpose of system transformation in the twenty-first century

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Organizing Railroad Track Workers in Yuma last week….

Carey Dall Stansbury Forum
Like most union workers, railroaders have been slammed with escalating health insurance costs – a reality lost on many Democratic Party candidates, we learned from the debates, who mistakenly think union members are in love with their employer-based

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Some Labor Unions Split with Biden on 'Medicare for All'

Alice Miranda Ollstein Politico
Labor leaders dispute candidates’ claims that single-payer will leave their members worse off. Unionists would benefit from a system that guarantees comprehensive benefits and takes health care out of labor negotiations.

Friday nite video

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Daybreak Express | D.A. Pennebaker / Duke Ellington

Prelude: a generation before Woodstock (1953) D.A. Pennebaker's short first film created the visual accompaniment to Duke Ellington's Take the A Train. The music without lyrics and documentary without narrator broke ground by allowing a people's activity to speak for itself.

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Jimi Hendrix | The Star Spangled Banner

We all know the lyrics; without a word Jimi Hendrix' rendition of the Star Spangled Banner at Woodstock provided a searing commentary on the anguish of its failed promises

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Country Joe | Fixin' to Die Rag

Vietnam was the longest war in U.S. history ... then. But the mad dream of world domination has since brought us war that never ends.

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Bernie x Cardi B

Cardi B takes one of the biggest social media followings in the world, won through music, into political engagement in this interview with Bernie. 

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The Dark Side of the Video Game Industry

Hasan takes a look at how the video game industry has grown into a $139 billion a year business and a cultural force. While gaming is more prominent than ever, some of the most popular video games are made under unfavorable working conditions. Hasan examines the exploitative labor practices at game developers like Epic and Riot Games, and the ways in which workers are finally fighting back.

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Moscow Mitch, The Musical

Mangy Fetlocks, The Quasi-Intellectual Existentialist Cowboy (a.k.a, Bruce W. Nelson) imagines that someday, Mitch McConnell will receive the recognition he so justly deserves, perhaps in the form of a blockbuster musical. Until such time, Mangy takes it upon himself to immortalize "Moscow Mitch" from the humble concrete stage of his "man-cave" garage. Mangy sends his congratulations to Mitch. No one deserves this more than he.