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The Case for Consequences - Lock Him Up?

Defeating Trump in November will not be enough. For the Republic to survive Trump’s presidency, he must be tried for his crimes. Even if that sparks a constitutional crisis of its own. The rule of law must bind everyone, just as it protects everyone

Many Police Are Indistinguishable From Racist Vigilante

Under Trump, the collaboration of armed white supremacist Trump supporters and police is an explosive mix of violence aimed at communities of color.

Secret Recording Reveals Oil Executives’ Private Views

At a meeting last year, industry leaders contradicted public claims that emissions of climate-warming methane are under control.

Which Way Germany?

Germany could veer left or right, when countless jobs are gone, small businesses vanish, evictions multiply. Some omens foreshadow grave differences.

Sept 17, 2020-Reader Comments, Resources, Announcements

Reader Comments: Could Trump Win-Is He Planning a Coup?; Women Given Hysterectomies Without Consent by ICE; There Cannot be Peace without Freedom-Thoughts on the "Peace Deal"; Scourge of Racism; Use Art to Raise Antiracist Kids; Lots of Announcements

US Young Adults Ignorant of Holocaust

According to survey of adults 18-39, 23% said they believed the Holocaust was a myth, had been exaggerated or they weren’t sure

The Media Learned Nothing From 2016

The press hasn’t broken its most destructive habits when it comes to covering Donald Trump.

Arab-Israeli Pacts 'A Stab in the Back' to Palestinians

From the West Bank and Gaza to Washington, D.C. and beyond, Palestinians and their allies stress that only an end to Israel's illegal occupation can bring peace to the Middle East.

The DeJoy Scandal and Democracy in the Balance

This is just the latest in a history of bosses repaying loyalty to their political causes with bonuses and favoring those employees who stood with them.

Global Left Midweek - September 16, 2020

Perspectives on left politics from Chile, UK and Germany, and reports from Mexico, Hong Kong, France, Bolivia, India and Kenya
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Culture

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The Wages of Whiteness

Hari Kunzru The New York Review of Books
A deep dig into the literature on white supremacy shows how even such salient insurgent movements for social justice and racial equality as Black Lives Matter can be transmuted by corporate manipulation into instruments of ruling class stability.

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White Women Were Avid Slaveowners

Parul Sehgal The New York Times
This new book offers new insight into how deeply slavery defined the lives of the enslavers and their families. It gives us new data regarding the scope of control that white women and girls, as well as males, had over the enslaved.

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The Secret Life of Groceries

Beth Dooley SF Chronicle
A new book researching the grocery business reveals the unsustainability of American shopping.

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The Labor Abuses of Ellen DeGeneres

Eileen Jones Jacobin
Ellen DeGeneres’s reputation as the kindest celebrity in America has finally been shattered. But it’s not just her “mean streak” that’s the problem — it’s that she’s an exploitative boss, who cheated her employees at the height of the pandemic.

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Abe & Jack, Milt, Moe, Dave...

Peter Neil Carroll Chiron Review
Marking re-dedication of the San Francisco monument to the Abraham Lincoln Brigade on Saturday 9/12/20, poet Peter Neil Carroll reflects on his friendship with the US veterans who fought fascism in the Spanish Civil War.

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How Ronald Reagan Triumphed

Evan Thomas New York Times
The fourth volume in historian Rick Perlstein’s critical series on the rise of the modern GOP’s far right shows Reagan as key in uniting a rank coalition that still epitomizes and explains much of the Republican Party’s sway.

Labor

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Organized Labor and the “Cold Civil War”

Bill Fletcher, Jr. & Jose Alejandro La Luz
The present is explosive because of the fusion of crises. In this situation, organized labor has been inconsistent; sometimes paralyzed; other moments outspoken. Left unaddressed is the "cold civil war," created by political polarization.

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AFSCME, NAACP Launch Historic Partnership to Mobilize Black Voters

rtmadminadw Atlanta Daily World
AFSCME, NAACP launch historic partnership to mobilize Black voters. This partnership kicks off with a joint four-state presidential radio buy on African American radio stations in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Michigan and North Carolina.

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Striking in the Coronavirus Depression

Jeremy Brecher Labor Network for Sustainability
This article is part of a series on how workers are organizing in response to COVID-19 and the COVID-19 Depression.

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Transit Workers Are Still Dying—With No End in Sight

Marcia Brown The American Prospect
Though they’ve kept working in some of the most dangerous jobs, they’re now facing the prospect of furloughs and layoffs if there’s no more federal funding for transit.

Friday nite video

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Babylon | Los Pinguos

“Babylon” is the first single from Los Pinguos' new album, Hummingbird. It bridges the gap between roots reggae and a contemporary Latin sound.

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Woke | Trailer • A Hulu Original

Woke follows Keef, an African-American cartoonist on the verge of mainstream success, when an unexpected incident changes everything. Keef seeks to navigate new voices and ideas without setting aflame everything he’s built.

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Why Masks Work BETTER Than You'd Think

Masks (whether surgical, or N95, or cloth) are counterintuitive and actually work much better epidemiologically than one might expect. Here's why that's so.

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RNC 2020 and Kenosha

The Republican National Convention, shootings in Kenosha and a strike in professional sports -- three stories that are really one story, about race in America