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For posts before June 2012, please follow these links to our archives.

Awake in Mississippi on a New Day

Susan M. Glisson Facing South
A movement for liberation requires long-term commitment. It requires truth-telling and courage and patience. And a movement should celebrate moving the needle, as Mississippians did.

Break Up Facebook (and Google, Apple, and Amazon)

Robert Reich Robert Reich blog
America responded to the Gilded Age’s abuses of corporate power with antitrust laws that allowed the government to break up the largest concentrations. It is time to use antitrust again. We should break up the high-tech behemoths.

Friday Nite Videos | December 7, 2018

Portside
Bernie's Ideas Aren't on the Fringe Any More. Line Riders | Beethoven's 5th. Trump's Favorite Things! A Randy Rainbow Song Parody. Roma | Movie. PETA: Don't Drag Us into This.

First as Farce, Then as Tragedy

Manisha Sinha Jacobin Magazine
Donald Trump wants to destroy the 14th Amendment's guarantee of birthright citizenship. But before he sought to eliminate it outright, his elite predecessors mangled, misread, and misused the amendment in the service of capital.

Sam Pizzigati: “A New Labor Activism Is Surging”

Mohsen Abdelmoumen American Herald Tribune
Outside of traditional labor structures, a new labor activism is surging, often supported by traditional unions. This new activism ranges from the “Fight for $15” movement to the statewide teacher strikes that broke out last spring.

The Harsh and Unjust Punishment of Marc Lamont Hill

David Palumbo-Liu The Nation
The attacks are a threat to academic freedom and the criticism of Israeli human-rights abuses. CNN should immediately reinstate its former commentator; it should not cave in to the idea that criticizing Israel is anti-Semitic or hate speech.

The Missing Malcolm X

Garrett Felber Boston Review
Our understanding of Malcolm X is inextricably linked to his autobiography, but newly discovered materials force us to reexamine his legacy.