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Information is power. Our mission at Portside is to seek out and to provide information that empowers you -- that empowers the left. Every day we search hundreds of sources to connect you with the most interesting, striking and useful material. Just once a year we appeal to you to contribute to make it possible to continue this work. Please help.

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Still Time - Giving Tuesday - Portside Annual Appeal

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We can move our country forward. The Resistance and the recent elections are dramatic evidence that something fundamental is happening. Portside will continue to do our part. Once a year we ask our readers to help. Now is that time.

Your National Anthem

Clint Smith Harvard Kennedy School Journal of African American Public Policy
The poet Clint Smith draws a haunting link between Kaepernick the football player and his own son sitting in a grocery cart.

Why Reds Were Better in Bed

Ann Schneider The Indypendent
A counterintuitive if rigorous argument that the sex lives of men and women under the Soviets were better than those in the capitalist West, based on the system's ability to deliver the sort of social benefits unavailable even in Scandinavia.

Asking Our Readers for Help - We Need Your Support

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We can move our country forward by moving it to the left. The Resistance and the gains in the recent elections are dramatic evidence that something fundamental is happening. Portside will continue to do our part. We ask for your help once a year.

Marx

Bill Bowring Marx & Philosophy Review of Books
A new introduction to Karl Marx and his legacy.

The Queer Coming-of-Age Movie Arrives

Spencer Kornhaber The Atlantic
For some kids rule-breaking is less a route toward self-definition than a requirement built into existence. That’s the reality recognized by a recent crop of films centered on the queer teen, a figure who until now has been cinematically marginal.

Is Peanut Butter Good for You?

Sophia Gottfried Time Health
Peanut butter, despite its high fat content, is a nutritional treasure, full of protein, fiber, minerals and vitamins.