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The MAGA storming of the Capitol is two years old. The attempted coup is still happening. The reshaping of the Republican Party as an insurrectionary force and the expansion of armed gangs aim to smash democracy. Please help us to inform, to mobilize and to inspire the forces of multi-racial, radical, inclusive democracy to defeat this threat in 2023.

Where Will This Political Violence Lead? Look to the 1850s.

JOSHUA ZEITZ Politico
In the mid-19th century, a pro-slavery minority — encouraged by lawmakers — used violence to stifle a growing anti-slavery majority. It wasn’t long before the other side embraced force as a necessary response.

The Origins of Human Society Are More Complex Than We Thought

Vivek V. Venkataraman The Conversation
What kind of society did people live in for most of our history? There is strong evidence that humans lived in nomadic egalitarian bands. This does not mean that humans are naturally egalitarian. Like us, our ancestors faced complex politics.

The Racial Volcano Explodes in Los Angeles

Bill Gallegos, Bill Fletcher Jr. The Nation
The current crisis has unleashed unleashed a firestorm of protest that could further divide the city’s communities. But it is also a chance to forge real unity in opposition to the city’s long-standing power brokers.

Our Segregation Problem

Aziz Rana Dissent
Throughout the United States, racial separation remains a common feature of collective life. The consequences are significant for left political organizing aimed at building a multiracial working-class majority.

A Feminist Revolution in Iran?

Wahid Azal CounterPunch
What the current Iranian anti-Islamist national uprising, the Iranian feminist Revolution of 2022, has thus far demonstrated is that the power of the reactionary clergy over the consciousness of Iranian society with its dark spell after centuries has finally been broken en masse – and for the good. Whatever the outcome of current events – whether the regime falls in short order or over a protracted period – there is no going back.

Will the Next Pandemic Start With Chickens?

Boyce Upholt The New Republic
This spring, a virulent strain of bird flu ripped through U.S. farms. The public hardly noticed. That we could ignore the disease shows just how little we’ve learned about the origin of new viruses.

A Lesson From the Past for Ron DeSantis

Joshua Zeitz Politico
In the 1960s, Southern organizations tried sending African Americans to Northern states in a “cheap” PR stunt designed to embarrass and expose Northern liberals. It didn’t work.
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