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Cuomo's Departure Is an Opportunity for the Left

Ross Barkan Substack
It cannot be overstated how much of an obstacle Cuomo, once a popular and inordinately powerful executive, was to the progressive movement in New York. His successor, Kathy Hochul, will have to gravitate to the left, where New York voters are.

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Workplace Struggles Are Political

Marianne Garneau Organizing Work
The owners of capitalist society would like us to see politics as its own sphere of activity completely separate from the economy.

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The Gatekeeper: Charting Paul Krugman’s Economics Turn for the Better

Adam Tooze London Review of Books
A systemic look at the evolving intellectual career of New York Times economics writer and Nobel laureate Paul Krugman in his shift from herald of neoliberal globalism to an emphasis on class and the public policies that address social inequities.

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Right to Work has Failed to Live up to Conservative Hype

Rick Haglund Michigan Advance
The annual decline in the number of union members actually slowed after the a right-to-work law in Michigan took effect in 2013. And membership grew to 604,000 in 2020 from 589,000 in 2019. 

Organizing the Multiracial Working Class

Maurice Mitchell The American Prospect
If working people fail to see real material distinctions between life under Trump and life under Biden, they’ll look for an alternative to the party in power.

Gettin' Fonky with Wynton Marsalis

Wynton Marsalis, Trymaine Lee MSNBC
A satirical, spoken piece with rousing, happy music, and is narrated by Mr. Wendell Pierce, and it features-- a main character of Mr. Game who was a combination of a political, street hustler, Dolomite evangelical preacher, carnival barker, con man.

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Reclaiming “Populism”

L. Benjamin Rolsky Los Angeles Review of Books
In this new book, Thomas Frank is challenging himself, writes reviewer Rolsky, "to rescue the terms 'populism' and 'populist' from the mouths of those he deems unfit to use them: the anti-populists."
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