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How the Ancient Romans Went to the Bathroom

Lina Zeldovich Smithsonian
A new book by journalist Lina Zeldovich traces the management of human waste—and underscores poop’s potential as a valuable resource

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The PMC and Virtue Hoarding

James Foley Conter
Reviewer Foley discusses a new examination of the "professional managerial class." The book's publisher calls this book "an unapologetically polemical call to reject making a virtue out of taste and consumption habits."

At the brink of a new world system: imperialism, race and caste

Archishman Raju MRonline
It is thus imperative upon us to look at the concept of race more closely, understand its link with imperialism and critically examine any comparisons with the system of caste. One can do no better than to turn to Oliver Cromwell Cox.

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Caste, Race — And Class

Sujatha Gidla & Alan Horn New Left Review
New York Times Pulitzer writer Isabel Wilkerson was widely applauded for two books on caste, using racial discrimination analysis that flourished in 1940s academia. But does her U.S. model explain other forms of discrimination internationally?

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Class and Inequality: The Classroom in Crisis

Victoria Baena Boston Review
Education is struggle. Of the books under review, one shows community college students pioneering reading methods and expanding canons that came late to the Ivies. The second looks at a key figure in the African American intellectual tradition.

Against Left-Wing White Nationalism

Gerald Horne Organizing Upgrade
When reality does not correspond to the facts on the ground, the U.S. left often responds like the fictional French intellectual who maunders: “I know what you are saying is true in fact, the question is—‘is it true in theory?’”

Racial Capitalism and COVID-19

Zophia Edwards Monthly Review
patient being transported Many social scientific analyses of the global political economy...are race neutral or willfully indifferent to the persistent racial pattern of global inequalities. If they do address... colonialism, they ignore embedded racial logics of oppression.

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Film Review: 9to5, The Story of a Movement

Jenny Brown Labor Notes
"9to5: The Story of a Movement" premieres tonight on PBS and then will be available for streaming. The documentary uncovers inspiring and useful history and shows organizing as rewarding, engaging, and joyous.
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