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We We Have Failed to Protect Our Kids

Incivility runs through the history of this country, founded on stolen land, built with the labor of stolen lives. The document that governs our lives effectively denied more than half of the population the right to vote.

Is Denying the Nakba Antisemitism?

If expelling people because they are different does indeed constitute “anti-semitism,” then the Nakba — in which roughly 750,000 Palestinians were either expelled from their homes by Israeli forces or fled constitutes a vast “antisemitic” atrocity.

Flight Attendants Fighting Back

Sara Nelson, the head of the flight attendants’ union, leads her members through turbulent times and mounts a major organizing drive at Delta.

PA GOP Governor Candidate - Scariest Man in Politics

The Pennsylvania GOP primary results represent further proof that the Republican Party has transformed into a metaphoric King Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster: Cut off one head, and another pops snarling into its place.

May 26, 2022-Reader Comments, Resources, Announcements

Reader Comments: Uvalde School Shootings; Attack on Teachers, on Education, on Public Schools; Starbucks Union Winning; Strategy for Change - DSA and Electoral Politics of the Left; Ozark - What Was it About; Resources; Announcements; more....

Responsible Gun Ownership Is a Lie

One way to reduce gun violence is by convincing ordinary, “responsible” handgun owners that their weapons make them, their families, and those around them less safe.

Seeing America, Again, in the Uvalde School Shooting

Nineteen children and two adults were murdered in Texas. This is the country that gun-rights advocates have chosen.

Arsenal of Autocracy?

The Major Weapons Makers Cash in Worldwide, Not Just in Ukraine

Envisioning George Floyd's Life Without Systemic Racism

Two years on from his death, it’s worth considering the wealth and success he might have had in a different world

Global Left Midweek – May 25, 2022

Chileans rekindle the torch of democracy, and a green wave ousts Australia’s Tories
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Culture

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Far Country: Scenes From American Culture

Melissa H. Pierson Barnes and Noble Review
In this short book, an innovative literary critic uses what reviewer Pierson describes as "data-driven or science-based methods not traditionally associated with art appreciation" as tools of qualitative literary analysis and criticism.

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Was Ozark Actually About the Clintons?

Ryan Zickgraf Jacobin
In its last season, Ozark goes beyond family drama. It critiques the insidious ways that capitalism and political power work in America and the self-interested choices elites make to keep climbing the ladder.

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Once

Donna Pucciani
Chicago poet Donna Pucciani depicts Ukraine’s struggle through the colors of its flag and the grief of domestic details.

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How Everyone Got So Lonely

Zoë Heller The New Yorker
The recent decline in rates of sexual activity has been attributed variously to sexism, neoliberalism, and women’s increased economic independence. How fair are those claims—and will we be saved by the advent of the sex robot?

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Hegemony Changes Everything

Jennifer Wilson Bookforum
This new biography sheds light on the work and life of this Italian Communist leader who was one of the most significant Marxist theorists of the last 100 years.

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The Image Machine of Alfredo C. - Serving Two Masters: Mussolini’s Moviemaker and His Red Reels of Albanian Agitprop

Ed Rampell Hollywood Progressive
For almost two decades before 1939, Alfredo Cecchetti worked as a cameraman documenting the rise of the Fascist Party in Italy and its leader Il Duce, Benito Mussolini. Alfredo C. helped to immortalize the great machine of the Italian Fascist Regime – both in Italy covering countless public appearances of Mussolini and after 1939, the Italian invasion of Albania, as he followed the Italian troops and then filmed the new Italian settlers. Embedded in the archive are many films that were part of the Italian Fascist propaganda machine.

Labor

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Stopping Attacks on Health Care Workers

Tom Conway USW Blog
Attacks on health care workers have reached epidemic levels across the country, exacerbating turnover, turning caregivers into patients and further fraying systems of care already worn thin by COVID-19.

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Dollar General Workers Refuse To Be Silenced

Mike Kuhlenbeck The Progressive
Dollar General is one of the lowest-paying major retail chains, with average wages barely above the $7.25 federal minimum. Low pay is made worse by the lack of hours allotted to workers. In response workers are starting to organize.

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No More “Normal”

The editors of Rethinking Schools Rethinking Schools
Teachers have underwritten the underfunded public school system with their pocketbooks and after-school hours, stealing both time and money from their families to provide for their students. Normal was awful. It is time to be bold.

Friday nite video

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How Chile's Socialists Won

More than 30 years after the end of the U.S.-backed dictatorship, Chile might soon have a brand new constitution, one that Chileans actually get to vote on and approve.

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Bush's Gaffe; Republicans Vote Against Baby Formula

Seth takes a closer look at former President George W. Bush accidentally confessing to being a war criminal and Republicans voting against bills that would address the nationwide shortage of baby formula.

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Hakeem Jeffries Dismantles Clarence Thomas

Congressman Hakeem Jeffries takes Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas to task after Thomas’s criticism of pro-choice activists outside his home came up in a committee hearing.