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This MLK Day, Remember Emmett Till and Voter Suppression

Jhacova Williams Economic Policy Institute
The prevailing belief of the circumstances surrounding 14-year-old Emmett Till’s killing is that he was accused of whistling at a white woman. Yet, the truth is he was lynched as an act of voter intimidation.

What Art Can Do

Lin-Manuel Miranda The Atlantic
What artists can do is bring stories to the table that are unshakably true—the sort of stories that, once you’ve heard them, won’t let you return to what you thought before.

Neoliberalism: Political Success, Economic Failure

Robert Kuttner The American Prospect
The invisible hand is more like a thumb on the scale for the world’s elites. That’s why market fundamentalism has been unmasked as bogus economics but keeps winning politically.

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Golden Age Superheroes Were Shaped By the Rise of Fascism

Art Spiegelman The Guardian
When Art Spiegelman wrote the introduction (below) to a collection of vintage Marvel super-heroes, a passing negative reference to Trump was enough for the publishers to jettison the quality introduction.

What the Socialists Just Did—and Why

Harold Meyerson The American Prospect
At its biennial convention last weekend, DSA passed a headline-grabbing resolution declaring that it would not endorse any Democrat save Bernie Sanders in next year’s November presidential runoff.

Puerto Rico Rises

Fernando Tormos-Aponte Jacobin
When Puerto Rico was devastated by Hurricane María, Governor Ricardo Rosselló hid the extent of the devastation and joked about killing political rivals. Now, those messages are public — and the Puerto Rican people are ready for an alternative.
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