Skip to main content

This Week in People’s History, July 17–23

Musicians on the first night of the first Newport Jazz Festival
Jazz in Rhode Island (1954), United Against Fascism (1969), Self-Defense Works (1919), Pickets Killed by Minneapolis Police (1934), Vietnam’s Disastrous Cease-Fire (1954), Whitewash as Public Service (2004), Civil War Before the Civil War (1859)

‘All of Our Tricks Worked’: Spoof ExxonMobil Ad

"Do you have any idea how easy it is to get you off our backs with a little bullsh*t about your responsibilities to the planet?"

Only One Party Favors Political Violence

Political violence should never be acceptable. But one party has winked at, enabled or outright encouraged violence time after time. The record is clear and extensive.

Marta Harnecker and the “Social Movement Left"

Marta Harnecker meant radical mass movements, not individual leftists or NGOs.

Tariffs Don’t Protect Jobs. Don’t Be Fooled.

Both Trump and Biden imposed high tariffs on imported products made in China and other countries. Those impositions broke with and departed from the previous half century’s policies favoring “free trade.”

Why Consciousness May Have Evolved

Why did the experience of consciousness evolve from our underlying brain physiology? Despite being a vibrant area of neuroscience, current research on consciousness is characterized by disagreement and controversy . . .

Tipping: Racist Relic and Tool of Economic Oppression

Rooted in Racism and Economic Exploitation: This spotlight details the racist history of tipping, federal and state policy governing tipped work, and the experience of tipped workers in the economy—both nationwide and in the South.

Inside Ziklag

The little-known charity is backed by famous conservative donors, including the families behind Hobby Lobby and Uline. It’s spending millions to make a big political push for this election — but it may be violating the law.

Supreme Court Shredded Constitution - What Can Be Done

Court’s troubling rulings on presidential immunity and regulatory power make it clear that change is an ethical essential

Myanmar: The Coup, Resistance, and Global Solidarity

Three years ago, on February 1, 2021, the Myanmar military staged a coup, ending nearly a decade of civilian rule, arresting countless numbers in a brutal crackdown on popular protest. Three years on, resistance to the coup continues.
Read more

Culture

poetry

Mocking Birds

Alison Luterman Rattle
California poet Alison Luterman wants to know why two antiques are running for the presidency while the talent of competent women is ignored, and it’s no joke.

books

Towards a Materialist Theory of Law

Rosie Woodhouse Marx & Philosophy Review of Books
This book, writes reviewer Woodhouse, "aims to revitalise Marxist legal theory that has lagged behind the disciplinary flourishing of Marxism elsewhere."

film

The Bikeriders Is Running on Fumes

Eileen Jones Jacobin
Jeff Nichols’s The Bikeriders coasts on Austin Butler’s outlaw charm and an excellent performance from Tom Hardy. But neither can get this nostalgia piece into third gear.

food

New Map Captures Immigrant Influences on Food

Aviva Bechky San Francisco Chronicle
Stories of migration through food is a powerful way to challenge typical narratives; food can be a gateway to understanding where people come from. It’s a kind of portal to our memories.

poetry

Independence Day

W. D. Ehrhart
Poet Ehrhart questions how our Declaration of Independence can be true, even as the nation moved toward democracy, perhaps a warning that Constitutional originalism is equally absurd.

Labor

labor

eBay Workers Are Playing the Union Card

Alex N. Press Jacobin
Workers at eBay subsidiary TCGplayer, an online trading card marketplace, picketed the company yesterday to protest alleged pregnancy discrimination against one of their own. More than a year after unionizing, they still don’t have a contract.

labor

3 Ways Project 2025 Will Impact American Workplaces

Janice Gassam Asare Forbes
Project 2025 wants to dismantle workers’ rights to organize via unions and proposes that employees instead be provided a less powerful alternative called “employee involvement organizations.”

Friday nite video

video

How to Replace Biden

Longtime Democratic National Committee member Jim Zogby proposes a process by which to pick a new nominee

video

Trump’s Second Term | John Oliver

John Oliver discusses Donald Trump’s plans for a second term, why it could be much worse than his first term, and what Trump has in common with a hamster