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Trump as Citizen Kane

Joseph B Atkins Labor South
Trump as Citizen Kane, and the challenge to the Left to prove to workers that it, not right-wing populists, truly represents them and will fight neoliberalism

books

Strongmen

Charles Kaiser The Guardian
Ruth Ben-Ghiat delivers a superb examination of how close the US came to fascism – and how it has propped it up before.

film

The Mythic Whiteness of the Hillbilly

Ellen Wayland-Smith Boston Review
Ron Howard’s Netflix adaptation of Hillbilly Elegy continues a long tradition of seeing hillbillies as a symbol of pristine American whiteness. It’s the same nostalgia Trump has mobilized on the far right.

Biden Wins

Lauren Gambino The Guardian
Joe Biden wins US election after four tumultuous years of Trump presidency.

poetry

Ode to SARS-CoV-2

H.C. Palmer
Kansas City poet H.C. Palmer puts the blame on Trump (where it belongs): “For the past 8 months, the president watched with indifference as hundreds of thousands of Americans died and tens of millions were disabled from COVID-19."
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