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The Man Who Finally Made a ‘Dune’ That Fans Will Love

How Denis Villeneuve broke the curse. New York Times
Villeneuve’s hugely anticipated, pandemic-delayed adaptation of Frank Herbert’s classic sci-fi novel Dune is an environmental fable, a parable of the oil economy, a critique of colonialism, a warning against putting your faith in charismatic leaders.

The Democrats as the ‘Un-Republican’ Party

Bill Fletcher, Jr. Organizing Upgrade
No longer is it appropriate to view the Democrats and Republicans as Tweedle-dee and tweedled-dumb. The Republicans are now the party for dictatorship, and it is highly unlikely that there is a way for them to walk that back.

The GOP: Worker's Party or Party of the White Republic?

Bill Fletcher, Jr. The Bias Magazine: The Voice of the Christian Left
The Republican Party is a "working class party" now, according to its nationalist wing. But a deeper look at its pro-worker rhetoric reveals a longstanding trope of the "white worker" against invader populations.

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Strongmen

Charles Kaiser The Guardian
Ruth Ben-Ghiat delivers a superb examination of how close the US came to fascism – and how it has propped it up before.

Global Left Midweek - January 13, 2021

Portside
Fascism, fascization, and antifascism 2021. Reports and analyses, with urgent words from Noam Chomsky, Vijay Prashad and Alain Badiou.

Is Trump Planning a Coup d’État?

Sasha Abramsky The Nation
Many observers—including Republicans—worry that he is. They’re organizing now to stop him. Given the administration’s record of embracing “numerous corrupt and authoritarian practices,” huge numbers of Americans must be ready to take to the streets

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Erich Fromm’s Marxist Sociology Forty Years Later

Kieran Durkin Marxist Sociology Blog
Fromm was famous for this critique of consumer capitalism as well as for his penetrating studies of authoritarianism. He was a significantly influential figure on U.S. radical thought during the second half of the 20th Century.
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