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Dialectics of Christmas

Fred Halliday Verso Blog
A vintage holiday treat from the UK's Black Dwarf, Christmas 1969*, where the author analyzes the dialectic of Christmas in which the desire for happiness is marshaled into a tool of subjection (and alcoholic oblivion).

Message for Portside Culture Readers: There's a Storm Ahead

Portside moderators Portside
We'd like to say that everyone can breathe easier after the midterm elections, which delivered an emphatic judgment on Trump and Trumpism. Congratulations to everyone who contributed to this achievement in any way.

South Park Season-Finale Recap: Bezos Goes Up in Smoke

Charles Bramesco Vulture
This episode starts in earnest with the simple idea that the online megaretailer Amazon is bad for regular folks. It kills the people working there, such as workplace accident victim turned Marxist lecturer Josh.

10 of the Best Political Albums You'll Hear This Year

Mat Ward Green Left Weekly
Here are the best new albums that related to this month's politics. (David Crosby, Southeast Desert Metal, Indigenoise, Darren Hayman, Midnight Oil, Barbra Streisand, Arturo O'Farrill, Bobby Sessions, Glitoris, OHHMS).

Why We Need Unions

Stephen Dunn Plume Poetry
The Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Stephen Dunn reminds us, even if life isn’t fair there’s kindness, even love.

Against the Normal

Scott McLemee Inside Higher Ed
December 10 was International Human Rights Day, making the book under review a timely, sobering take on the uphill struggle for human rights at home and abroad in the face of rising nativism, racism, xenophobia - paeans to alleged traditional values.

Not All Dead White Men

Tara Wanda Merrigan The Ploughshares Blog
A scholar of the Classics takes a look at how the far right uses, and abuses, ancient texts in its propaganda.