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“Capitalism has Become a Weapon of Mass Destruction”

The prize-winning writer shares her thoughts on India, nationalism, literature and politics.

The Message From the Amazon Union Defeat in Alabama

The union’s loss in Bessemer shows the urgent need for both labor law reform and organizing at a mass scale.

The US Dollar’s Hegemony is Looking Fragile

The modernisation of China’s exchange-rate system could deal the currency a painful blow.

Covid, BLM and American Politics

Militant anti-racist activity coincided with the pandemic due to the realization that these expressions of structural racism – disparate vulnerability to death from the virus, disparate vulnerability to death from police violence -- were linked.

How Gun Rights Helped Neo-fascists

Larry Pratt, a former Virginia state legislator, suggested that local armed militias should be formed to help in the war on drugs. His models were the civil defense patrols in Guatemala and the Alsa Masa vigilantes in the Philippines

Friday Nite Videos | April 9, 2021

The National Debt | John Oliver. Biko | Peter Gabriel. Jordan Klepper Debunks “Good Guy With a Gun”. Fighting for Equality in Computer Science and Beyond. Why So Many QAnon Believers Are Evangelical Christians.

Prince Philip: Godfather of Anglo-British Nationalism

He pulled together TV, tabloids and monarchy. But that won’t work for younger generations – as Harry and Meghan know.

Biden Creates Commission to Study Supreme Court Reform

"To restore our democracy, we must expand the Supreme Court," says Rep. Mondaire Jones.

Researchers Are Hatching a Low-Cost Coronavirus Vaccine

A new formulation entering clinical trials in Brazil, Mexico, Thailand and Vietnam could change how the world fights the pandemic.

Interview: Noam Chomsky Without Regrets

In a wide-ranging talk, the 92-year-old rebel with many causes discusses the role of activists, intellectuals and Joe Biden in America.
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Culture

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Earth Shovel

Dan Albergotti Cincinnati Review
“The thing about the universe,” writes poet Dan Albergotti, “is that it seems infinite, but really it’s only a ceaseless series of extinctions.”

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Tangled Up in Blue: Lessons for Police Reform?

Steve Early CounterPunch
Law professor and scion of a widely read radical activist/author family, Rosa Brooks went beyond the blue wall of silence in her inside view of American policing.  Among the retrograde lessons stressed in training, “Anyone can kill you at any time.”

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Thief

Lee Sharkey AGNI
The late poet Lee Sharkey illuminates varieties of theft—“The CEO,” “The tyrant,” “the thief of memory.”

Labor

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The Enormous Impact of Eroded Collective Bargaining on Wages

Lawrence Mishel Economic Policy Institute
Group of brown chess pawns facing one blue chess pawn Legislation that expands collective bargaining by enabling workers to choose union representation and strengthens union rights is critically important to restoring wage growth and wage equality.

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The Filibuster Threatens Both Civil Rights and Workers’ Rights

Craig Becker ACS Expert Forum
The For the People Act and the Protecting the Right to Organize Act are essential to ensuring working people are heard in legislative chambers and corporate boardrooms. The fate of these bills hinges on an anti-democratic Senate rule: the filibuster.

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Biko | Peter Gabriel

“You can blow out a candle, but you can't blow out a fire.” Featuring Yo-Yo Ma, the Cape Town Ensemble, the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe, Taiko Project, Dynamic Music Collective and Silkroad.