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The Primary Route – Pathway for Democratic Socialists

Will the future include an American left consistently able to navigate the often murky challenges of real world politics? Or does it fall back to its traditional, largely non-participant critique, generally delivered from the margins?

Beware the Soft Hand of Capital

construction site sign altered as propaganda
Capitalism co-opts our best visions — through its soft hand, capital reforms its way out of crisis, putting forward more tolerable forms of exploitation.

Student Reporters: Atlantic Coast Pipeline Jobs

It’s hard for anyone to miss a “help wanted” sign like this: “13,000 Union Workers Needed for Atlantic Coast Pipeline Project.”

Worse Than the Wall

immigrant detnetion jail
The agencies that separate families, abuse children, and deport innocent people should be just as toxic as Trump’s wall.

From Mowing the Grass to Cutting the Flesh

collage of Our Bodies Our Lives
We 1970s feminists may have believed some odd things. But at least we didn’t think our vulvas were ugly. We had Betty Dodson’s drawings to show us that, in fact, our genitals are as beautiful and varied as our faces.

Mueller Says No Collusion-Barr Raises Million Questions

What really happened? Mueller and perhaps the most talented team of investigators ever assembled by the DOJ, millions of dollars, thousands of subpoenas, apparently couldn’t come up with definitive answers. And why all the lies and cover-ups?

U.S.: "A Force for Good in the Middle East?"

Historians who replied to our request for comment could not find much “force for good” in the historical record.

Terrorism’s Double Standard

Violent Far-Right Extremists Are Rarely Prosecuted as Terrorists. Since 9/11 federal prosecutors have applied anti-terrorism laws against 34 right-wing extremists compared to more than 500 international terrorism defendants.

The Many Problems With the Barr Letter

By unilaterally concluding that Mr. Trump did not obstruct justice, the attorney general has made it imperative that the public see the Mueller report.

What to Make of Bill Barr’s Letter

That Mueller was able to document his findings in a fashion that can allow for transparency and, if necessary, accountability, is of immense value. The question of what to do with the record Mueller has compiled will ultimately fall to Congress
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Culture

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Understanding Antioxidants

Harvard Health Publishing Harvard Medical School
Studies have shown benefits from diets rich in them but results from randomized controlled trials of antioxidant supplements support the claim that it is better to supply your antioxidants from a well-rounded diet.

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The Radical Sincerity of The OA

Sophie Gilbert The Atlantic
With San Francisco, The OA has a locale that embodies all the fractures of the current moment: the dichotomy between rich and poor, the ongoing disruptions in the way people experience reality.

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School photo: The Jewish school, Warsaw 1929

Jane Spiro Intimate Riches in a Little Room
For the London-born poet Jane Spiro, her father’s school photo taken in 1929 represents the “before” but cannot foresee the changes that await a Polish-born Jewish boy.

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Brecht’s Poetry: Angry or Evil?

Michael Wood The London Review of Books
An extended ode to the revolutionary German playwright-genius Bertolt Brecht, whose exhaustive new collected poems exalt combating injustice while keeping faith in his fidelity to dissent.

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Folk Witness

John T. Edge Oxford American
What draws us to seek pleasure and solace in places often referred to as joints and shacks? Is this about time travel? Are they portals to a Southern past? Is it rooted in rooted in class difference, and a want to span that chasm?

Labor

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The Oppositional Politics of Race and Class in the Brexit Debate

Sweta Rajan-Rankin Working-Class Perspectives
It is not clear what will happen on ‘Brexit day’ (29th March 2019), but we need to be alive to the ways in which racism, racialisation, and class inequalities have been politically engineered in this debate.

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When Sex Workers Do the Labor of Therapists

Carrie Weisman In These Times
Research suggests that upwards of 6 million men are affected by depression every year. Suicide remains the seventh leading cause of death among men in America.

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Minnesota Amazon Workers Walk Off the Job over Speed-Up

Joe DeManuelle-Hall Labor Notes
Stowers are expected to keep up a standard of 240-250 tasks an hour. Any downtime, such as time spent drinking water or using the bathroom, is counted against productive time.

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UAW Must Resist Strategy to Divide Members, NAACP Leader Says

Phoebe Wall Howard Detroit Free Press
“Are you going to be able to keep what you have? Are you going to be able to sit at the table as one?” NAACP National President Derrick Johnson asked UAW members, as he urged them to avoid division based on race, ethnicity, religion, gender.

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How to Use Grievances to Organize

Mike Parker and Martha Gruelle Labor Notes
This excerpt from "Democracy Is Power: Rebuilding Unions from the Bottom Up" explains how to think about grievance handling in another way.

Friday nite video

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"Secret Agent Manafort"

Roy Zimmerman nails it again. "There’s a man who leads a life of treason/Now he can’t believe the trouble he’s in/He gave insider polls/To Putin and his trolls/Odds are he‘s in Leavenworth tomorrow"

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Whatever You Do DON'T Follow @DevinCow

The captain of the Donald Trump fan club, Republican Congressman Devin Nunes, is suing Twitter and two anonymous twitter accounts for $250 million. He is suing @DevinNunesMom & @DevinCow. The @DevinNunesMom account was suspended yesterday, but @DevinCow is still going and we can't have that. We cannot have livestock insulting our esteemed elected officials! So please in the interest of civility we're asking you, please do NOT follow @DevinCow.

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#MeToon

Sam Bee introduces #MeToon. In your favorite cartoons the good guys always win, but this time the good gals won. Produced and animated by an all-female team led by Kaitlin Fontana with Julie Levitsky. Edited by Daphne Gómez-Mena.

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Means TV: For All of Us

Means TV is a worker-owned digital streaming platform with original shows and movies of various genre: news, talk shows, documentary, sitcoms, stand-up comedy, adult animation, dramas and more, featuring your favorite leftist journalists, activists, comedians and influencers.

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Hip Hop: Outta da Bronx, and Around the World

On the latest episode of Patriot Act, Hasan dissects how the rise of music streaming on platforms like YouTube, Spotify, and SoundCloud has influenced the sound, reach, and impact of modern day hip hop. While streaming technology has led to the commercial viability of SoundCloud rappers, it is simultaneously enabling rap as a viable form of protest against oppressive regimes around the world.