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California Might Pass Its Own Build Back Better

The Golden State is set to spend its capital gains haul on massive public investments in climate.

How We Told the Ongoing Story of Title IX

Fifty years out, we can look back and say with certainty that the U.S. landscape on gender equity would look very different today without Title IX. And the legislation continues to play an important role in shaping the future.

The Greatest Casualty of the Ukraine War

The world's ruling elites have chosen to place their geopolitical rivalries above all other critical concerns, including planetary salvation.

Learning From the First Woman-Run Legal Abortion Clinic

Founded before Roe v. Wade, the Vermont Women’s Health Center helped make abortion safe and accepted, showing that women’s liberation is connected to freedom for all.

Dispatches From the Culture Wars – May 24, 2022

Romance novels are misunderstood. So is the working class.

Millionaires Fleeing Higher Taxes is a Myth

As it turns out, high-earners won't leave if you increase their taxes.

This Is the Southern Baptist Apocalypse

"I only know firsthand the rage of one who wonders while reading what happened on the seventh floor of that Southern Baptist building, how many children were raped ... while we boasted that no one could reach the world for Jesus like we could."

Laws Restrict Lessons on Racism Make It Hard to Teach

In Texas, a teacher told her students she was required by law to provide them with multiple perspectives on the racist conspiracy theory that allegedly motivated the deadly attack in Buffalo.

So, Have You Heard About Monkeypox?

A new viral outbreak is testing whether the world has learned anything from COVID.

The Sri Lankan Economic Crisis

There are two lessons one can learn from the Sri Lankan experience. The first is that a welfare state is totally incompatible with a neo-liberal regime. The second is that every country is vulnerable to a “contingency crisis” under neo-liberalism.
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Was Ozark Actually About the Clintons?

Ryan Zickgraf Jacobin
In its last season, Ozark goes beyond family drama. It critiques the insidious ways that capitalism and political power work in America and the self-interested choices elites make to keep climbing the ladder.

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Once

Donna Pucciani
Chicago poet Donna Pucciani depicts Ukraine’s struggle through the colors of its flag and the grief of domestic details.

books

How Everyone Got So Lonely

Zoë Heller The New Yorker
The recent decline in rates of sexual activity has been attributed variously to sexism, neoliberalism, and women’s increased economic independence. How fair are those claims—and will we be saved by the advent of the sex robot?

books

Hegemony Changes Everything

Jennifer Wilson Bookforum
This new biography sheds light on the work and life of this Italian Communist leader who was one of the most significant Marxist theorists of the last 100 years.

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The Image Machine of Alfredo C. - Serving Two Masters: Mussolini’s Moviemaker and His Red Reels of Albanian Agitprop

Ed Rampell Hollywood Progressive
For almost two decades before 1939, Alfredo Cecchetti worked as a cameraman documenting the rise of the Fascist Party in Italy and its leader Il Duce, Benito Mussolini. Alfredo C. helped to immortalize the great machine of the Italian Fascist Regime – both in Italy covering countless public appearances of Mussolini and after 1939, the Italian invasion of Albania, as he followed the Italian troops and then filmed the new Italian settlers. Embedded in the archive are many films that were part of the Italian Fascist propaganda machine.

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Let’s Call It Assimilation Food

Soleil Ho Taste Cooking
When immigrants adapt to their new surroundings, the most immediate way this happens is through the food they make: They look around at what’s available and try to make it into something they can recognize.

Labor

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No More “Normal”

The editors of Rethinking Schools Rethinking Schools
Teachers have underwritten the underfunded public school system with their pocketbooks and after-school hours, stealing both time and money from their families to provide for their students. Normal was awful. It is time to be bold.

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What’s It Like To Strike?

Don McIntosh Northwest Labor Press
Strikes, once common, are rare today. We asked readers to share their strike stories.

Friday nite video

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How Chile's Socialists Won

More than 30 years after the end of the U.S.-backed dictatorship, Chile might soon have a brand new constitution, one that Chileans actually get to vote on and approve.

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Bush's Gaffe; Republicans Vote Against Baby Formula

Seth takes a closer look at former President George W. Bush accidentally confessing to being a war criminal and Republicans voting against bills that would address the nationwide shortage of baby formula.

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Hakeem Jeffries Dismantles Clarence Thomas

Congressman Hakeem Jeffries takes Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas to task after Thomas’s criticism of pro-choice activists outside his home came up in a committee hearing.