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A Historian Reflects on the Return of Fascism

Lawrence Wittner History News Network
In the last decade or so, enormous headway has been made by movements and parties following the old fascist playbook, with rightwing demagogues trumpeting its key elements of virulent nationalism, racial and religious intolerance, and militarism

A World to Win

Daniel Immerwahr The Nation
Decolonization and the pursuit of a more egalitarian international order.

Friday Nite Videos | November 22, 2019

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Sondland Screws Trump. 'Crime After Crime' | Song Parody. WeWork - The $47 Billion Disaster. Motherless Brooklyn | Movie. Unearthing the Lives of Enslaved Africans.

Unearthing the Lives of Enslaved Africans

An all-black team of archaeologists explains their approach to unearthing the day-to-day lives of enslaved Africans at Estate Little Princess, a former sugar cane and rum plantation on the Caribbean island of St. Croix

Has Capitalism Become Our Religion?

Daniel Steinmetz-Jenkins The Nation
We talk with historian Eugene McCarraher about the myths and rituals of the market, the lost radicalism of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and the rise of neoliberalism.

Friday Nite Videos | September 13, 2019

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Edward Snowden in Exile: ‘You Have to Be Ready to Stand for Something.’ Musicians Love Making Fun of Bob Dylan. Beto O'Rourke: 'We're going to take away your AR-15.' John Oliver: Filibuster. How Black Americans Were Robbed of Their Land.

Filibuster

John Oliver explains why filibusters exist, why they shouldn't, and why it's stupid to drink coffee like a cat.

How Black Americans Were Robbed of Their Land

Over the course of the 20th century, black Americans have lost approximately 12 million acres of land. This mass land dispossession—a war waged by deed of title, which has affected 98 percent of black farmers—can only be called theft, says Atlantic writer Vann R. Newkirk II in a new documentary.

5 Reasons for Workers to Celebrate This Labor Day

Rebecca Burns Working In These Times
The U.S. labor movement is under siege by powerful anti-union forces, including the Trump administration. But with approval of unions at a 15-year high, and a wave of labor militancy on the rise, working people have plenty to celebrate.

The Hopefulness and Hopelessness of 1619

Ibram X. Kendi The Atlantic
I know hope is essential to African Americans surviving racism another 400 years. In order to bring about change, we have to believe change is possible. Cynicism is the kryptonite of change.
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