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AP VoteCast: Trump, Biden Coalitions Show Race, Class Divide

Josh Boak, Hannah Fingerhut AP
The divisions reflected a persistent polarization that appeared to be driven in part by voters’ strong feelings about the provocative president. About two-thirds of all voters said their decision was about Trump — either for or against.

Angela Davis - One of The New York Times Five Greats

Nelson George; Photographs by John Edmonds New York Times
Before the world knew what intersectionality was, the scholar, writer and activist was living it, arguing not just for Black liberation, but for the rights of women and queer and transgender people as well.

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Class and the Challenge of COVID-19

Joseph A. McCartin Working-Class Perspectives
It is in our power to decide how to meet this crisis.  We could deepen divisions and set off on the fool’s errand of building “Fortress America.” Or we could use it to build community, forge solidarity, revive internationalism, renovate democracy.

Class: The Little Word the Elites Want You to Forget

Chris Hedges Truthdig
Race, gender, religion, abortion, immigration, gun control, culture and patriotism are issues used to divide the public. The culture wars give the oligarchs, both Democrats and Republicans, the cover to continue the pillage.

The Exploitation Time Bomb

Jayati Ghosh Project Syndicate
Worsening economic inequality in recent years is largely the result of policy choices that reflect the political influence and lobbying power of the rich. There is now a self-reinforcing pattern of high profits, low investment, and rising inequality

The Strange Workings of Identity and Adolph Reed Jr.’s Thought

Umair Muhammad Socialist Project
I personally find characterizations of Reed as a class-reductionist to be quite confusing. Far from trying to bolster an economistic, class-reduction understanding of the world, Reed has gone out of his way to do the opposite.
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