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What’s Wrong With the Republicans?

Rebecca Gordon Tom Dispatch
The Trump Republican Party has inherited, and continues to make use of, the legacies of this nation’s twin evils: slavery and imperial expansion. Today's Republicans are very different from those of the Nixon era.

Fred Hampton Murdered by Chicago Police 50 Years Ago

Ted Pearson; Norman Stockwell, Frances Madeson interviewing Jeffrey Haas
Early morning, December 4, 1969, fourteen police officers executed a search warrant on a Chicago flat rented by the Black Panther Party. Supposedly looking for illegal weapons, instead, they shot and killed two people, leaving four others wounded.

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Monopoly and Its Discontents

Gerald Berk The American Prospect
It's no Marxist critique of class power--would that it were--but Matt Stoller's Goliath, aimed at moving the Democratic Party off dead center, slams all the right enemies in urging the resuscitating of the anti-monopoly tradition of the 20th century

Filming the Black Belt: An Interview with RaMell Ross

Max Fraser / RaMell Ross Dissent
Our culture is saturated with media representations of young black men. Rarely do we see their lives unfold as they do in Hale County This Morning, This Evening—as full inhabitants of their own prosaic and grand humanity.

Tidbits - Nov.21, 2019 - Reader Comments: Medicare4All, Sanders, Warren, and the Left; Bolivia Coup; Electoral College; Announcements: Right to the City; Peggy Lipschutz Memorial; Kurdish Feminists; Delegation to Venezuela; and more....

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Reader Comments: Medicare4All, Sanders, Warren, and the Left; Bolivia Coup; AFL-CIO Denounces Coup; Electoral College Racist Origins; Announcements: Right to the City; Peggy Lipschutz Memorial; Kurdish Feminists; Delegation to Venezuela; and more...

The Electoral College’s Racist Origins

Wilfred Codrington III The Atlantic
More than two centuries after it was designed to empower southern white voters, the system continues to do just that.

The Enduring Power of Anticapitalism in American Politics

Jamelle Bouie The New York Times
From Debs to Sanders to Ocasio-Cortez, an ideal persists. If Sanders actually makes it to the White House, then he’ll be able to continue this work from the summit of American politics. If he doesn’t, then unlike Debs, he’ll have a natural successor.
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