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Workers Seize the Shipyard That Built the Titanic

The closure of the last shipyard in Belfast would end centuries of ship building in the city. A group of workers are demanding the U.K. nationalize the yards.

Why hasn’t Koch Foods CEO Joe Grendys Been Arrested?

The recent raids in Mississippi came one the first day of school, thus separating parents from their children—a situation not unknown in the ongoing anti-immigrant-demagoguery of the Trump Administration.

Dear Politicians: Lower Drug Prices Now

Our strategy is simple: mobilize millions of Americans across this country to stand up and demand that politicians choose a side, the American people or the pharmaceutical corporations.

In Order to Confront Climate Change - Cut the Pentagon

As Brown University’s Costs of War research project recently pointed out, the Defense Department “remains the world’s single largest consumer of oil – and as a result, one of the world’s top greenhouse gas emitters.”

Dispatches From the Culture Wars - August 20, 2019

Workers Getting Woke; Exporting Theocracy; GOP's Memo; Trolling Antifa; Arabic-Hebrew Theater; Evangelicals Face 2020; Banning "The Hunt"; Jay-Z's Football Fumble

Countering Christian Zionism in the Age of Trump

adult and child walking on a dirt path
“Christian Zionism is an extremist ideology, but it’s also incredibly broadly held and is part of a larger Christian package of belief. Most people who hold it don’t realize they’re holding really hateful beliefs..."

Political Upheaval Over Tlaib and Omar: Power of BDS

children holding BDS posters
This is a high watermark of opposition to Israel inside U.S. politics in more than 50 years, and it was brought off by two midwestern women of color: Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar trying to visit the occupation even as they support BDS.

Sanders: “Fundamentally Transform” Criminal System

Bernie speaking at rally
"If we stand together, we can eliminate private prisons and detention centers. No more profiteering from locking people up."

Fighting Trump/Building Socialism

Bernie speaking at rally
Crushing fascists – especially those in one of the most powerful executive positions in the whole of human history – is an essential part of building democratic socialism.

Neoliberalism Has Met Its Match in China

They should let a lot of their companies go bankrupt so that Americans can buy them. They should have the same kind of free market that has wrecked the US economy.
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Culture

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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.

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This America: The Case for the Nation

Scott Detrow NPR
Lepore argues, says reviewer Detrow, that "advocates for liberal democracy ceded the field of studying and interpreting American history to nationalists." Democracy's defenders must retake the initiative of telling our nation's stories.

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How The Hunt Became a Political Rorschach Test

David Sims The Atlantic
After a series of tweets from President Trump, Universal canceled the release of a film that’s been alternately praised and decried by critics who haven’t seen it.

Labor

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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.

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Why Eugene Scalia is the Wrong Person For the Job

Heidi Shierholz, Lynn Rhinehart, and Celine McNicholas Economic Policy Institute
Working women and men need and deserve a Secretary of Labor to protect them from unscrupulous employers, set strong health and safety standards, and safeguard their retirement security. Eugene Scalia is not that person.

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The New Servant Class

Derek Thompson The Atlantic
“Wealth work” is one of America’s fastest-growing industries. It includes full-time retail and service jobs at nail salons and spas, as well as that nebulous network of people contracted through through driving, delivery and other online services.

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.