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New Pathogen, Old Politics

We should be wary of simplistic uses of history, but we can learn from the logic of social responses.

Red America Is Becoming a ‘Democracy Desert.’

The GOP’s decade-long war on voting rights is making it harder to hold fair elections as COVID-19 spreads

1918-2020, Race Colors America’s Response to Epidemics

A look at how Jim Crow affected the treatment of African Americans fighting the Spanish flu

Trump: Global Pandemic a Good Time to Be a Bully

Millions of displaced Venezuelans are at enormous risk in Latin America, and Trump’s decision to threaten the Maduro regime right now is going to make things much worse.

In the Footsteps of Beethoven’s Final Symphony

During this dark and horrible moment here and across the globe, I’ve been sending out a streaming version of the Following the Ninth to anyone who might find it useful, an uplifting message in a bottle as it were. — KERRY CANDAELE

Thaddeus Stevens, Revolutionary

Thaddeus Stevens was born on this day in 1792. A fierce, uncompromising opponent of slavery, he was a true American revolutionary.

Sanders Campaign: What Next

Socialism is no longer marginal due to Bernie's campaigns. But his support has been insufficient to win. Key now will be to back the eventual Democratic nominee but still oppose neo-liberalism in its Republican and Democratic guise.

Locked Up During a Pandemic

The penal system remains a source of diseases that spread among prisoners at rates far exceeding those in the communities from which they came.

Humanity's Origin Story Just Got More Complicated

Replica of the Broken Hill skull, found in Zambia in 1921.
Human evolution was a complex process with many human species living and interbreeding at the same time. This emerging narrative, which challenges the old theory of human evolution as a linear march of progress, was bolstered by three new studies.

The Coronavirus’s Unique Threat to the American South

Georgia’s Republican Governor Brian Kemp.
One in 10 Covid-19 deaths in the US have occurred in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia. The virus is rampant in New Orleans and growing in Georgia’s southwest. These outbreaks are unique because so many younger people are dying.
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Culture

poetry

On Living

Nâzım Hikmet poets.org
This extract from Nâzım Hikmet’s poetry speaks to the real crisis in these times of trouble.

books

Populism of the Left?

Federico Finchelstein Critique & Praxis
A prominent scholarly critic of the Far Right and its populist pretensions weighs in on an equally problematic stance: the unfortunate valorization of a left populist orientation.

music

I Have Joined the World in Mourning - Wynton Marsalis

Wynton Marsalis Slipped Disc
My daddy passed away last night. We now join the worldwide family who are mourning grandfathers and grandmothers, mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers- kinfolk, friends, neighbors, colleagues, acquaintances and others.

books

Los Angeles Is Burning

Sasha Frere-Jones Bookforum
This is a new history of the radical and emancipatory movements of the 1960s, as those struggles emerged in and helped define Los Angeles during that era.

Labor

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Working or Unemployed, Construction Workers Are Screwed

Hamilton Nolan In These Times
With no firm national standards about shutting down construction projects as the coronavirus stalks the nation, building trade unions and their members are facing a grim multidimensional crisis.

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Shut Down Non-Essential Construction

Lauren Sugerman Submitted to Portside
It is impossible for any contractor, project owner or union steward to monitor the protection of each worker to the fullest under these conditions.

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In Memoriam: Healthcare Workers Who Have Died of COVID-19

Medscape Editor Medscape
Women places a flower next to a photo of  Dr. Li Wenliang  As front-line healthcare workers care for patients with COVID-19, they commit themselves to difficult, draining work and also put themselves at risk of infection. More than 100 throughout the world have died.

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What Should be Done for Workers' Rights During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Left MEPs in the European Parliament GUE/NGL Website
European Left calls for social benefit protections for all migrant and contingent workers, increased pay for health care, transport, food service, postal and other essential workers, and defense of the right to strike during the pandemic

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Some Instacart, Amazon Workers Strike as Jobs Get Riskier

Alexandra Olson and Mae Anderson Associated Press
Some Instacart and Amazon warehouse workers have walked off the job to demand greater safeguards against the coronavirus, even as both companies are speed-hiring hundreds of thousands of new workers to handle a surge in delivery orders.

Friday nite video

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'My House' | Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys captures the feel of everyday life in quarantine in a way that will make every listener's day a little better

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Sailors Cheer Fired Navy Captain Brett Crozier

Captain Brett Crozier was relieved of his command of the USS Theodore Roosevelt after raising concerns about coronavirus cases aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier.

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Samuel L. Jackson Says Stay the F**k at Home

While Jimmy Kimmel is in quarantine, he checks in with the great Samuel L. Jackson at his home. Sam delivers an important message to everyone - “Stay the F**k at Home!”

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Trump Wants to Reopen America | Seth Meyers

Seth takes a closer look at the rapidly spreading coronavirus outbreak and the president and some his allies saying we should care more about the stock market than saving lives