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Is Society Coming Apart?

Jill Lepore The Guardian
Despite Thatcher and Reagan’s best efforts, there is and has always been such a thing as society. The question is not whether it exists, but what shape it must take in a post-pandemic world

Washington Mental Health Workers Win Safety Strike

Sarah Hughes Labor Notes
Workers at Cascade Behavioral Health walked out in August following an attack by a patient that injured 11 staff. The National Labor Relations Board concluded this was legal—possibly the first time it has condoned a safety strike in the health care.

Tucker Carlson, Your Boss’s Favorite “Populist”

Branko Marcetic Jacobin
Tucker Carlson likes to style himself a populist. But every time there’s a fight over something that might actually make life easier for working-class people, he never misses the opportunity to take the side of big business and the rich.

Donald Duck Quacks Again as Chile Elects a New President

Ariel Dorfman The Nation
A half-century after it fed the Pinochet regime’s bonfire of heretical books, a celebrated “handbook of decolonization” has new relevance to a country on the brink of a momentous choice.

How the Mexican Revolution Made John Reed a Red

Meagan Day Jacobin
John Reed’s thrilling dispatches from the front lines of the Mexican Revolution could have made him a pop culture celebrity. Instead, the experience made him a committed socialist.

Neither Grandmaster Yields In A Chess Tug Of War

Oliver Roeder Five Thirty-Eight
A testament to the deep preparation and precise execution of the game’s master craftsmen — a drawn tug of war not between weaklings but between Goliaths.