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Anchors for Hope: The Benefits of Left Nostalgia

Siobhan McGuirk Red Pepper
Nostalgia is frequently invoked by the reactionary right, but it has its uses on the left. We must reach towards the stars without forgetting all that remains buried in the ground beneath our feet.

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The Writers Who Went Undercover To Show America Its Ugly Side

Samuel G. Freedman The Atlantic
In the 1940s, a series of books tried to use the conventions of detective fiction to expose the degree of prejudice in postwar America. Their books — along with Sinatra’s song and film; Richard Wright’s memoir, coincided with a surge of activism.

The Long War on Black Studies

Robin D. G. Kelley New York Review
It would be a mistake to think of the current wave of attacks on “critical race theory” as a culture war. This is a political battle.

“This Ain’t No Disco,” Broadway Tells David Byrne

Chris Lehmann The Nation
The former Talking Heads front man is battling Broadway musicians, the concept of musical theatrical productions on Broadway, and the local musicians’ union over a production that relies on prerecorded music. No live music, Not a musical.

The Catastrophe of American Health Care

Abby Cartus Abby Cartus
Our current system defines health as the ability to work. Those who can’t are abandoned and exploited. If you’re too sick to work, you will be forced into poverty twice over: First by the loss of wages, and second, if lucky, by SSDI, or poverty.
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