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Life in the New Gilded Age

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On November 17, 2019
Until this nation gets over its belief that corporations are fundamentally good, we will never solve our national problems. At this point, the corporations aren’t even trying to hide their insatiable greed and contempt for the rest of us losers, defined by the fact that we aren’t rich. In the 2017 fiscal year, FedEx owed […]

Music Notes

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On November 16, 2019

The biggest musical event for me since the last of these posts was seeing the Taylor Ho Bynum Sextet at Firehouse 12 in New Haven last Friday. Bynum likes working in larger ensembles, which is great b

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Bolivia: The White Revenge

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On November 16, 2019
Now that we are figuring out just what has happened in Bolivia, it’s predictably a right-wing white coup supported by the military, ready to get revenge against the Native majority. In the days since the ouster of Evo Morales, Bolivia‚Äôs first Indigenous president, deep ethnic tensions that have long divided the country have erupted, complicating […]

The Next Recession

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On November 13, 2019

One thought I’ve had a lot over the last couple of years is that the real power of the rejuvenated left will truly be determined in the next recession, not in this presidential election. The big

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On October 13, 1970, Jeon Tae-Il, a Korean sweatshop worker, burned himself to death in protest over the sweatshop conditions of he and his fellow workers. This is the foundational moment in South Korean labor history and also representative of the horrible oppression that any workers around the globe face in the sweatshops that still […]

Postwar Douglass

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On November 12, 2019

The great historian David Blight with a typically excellent essay on Frederick Douglass’ postwar vision for America. In the late 1860s, Frederick Douglass, the fugitive slave turned prose poet o

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