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Agricultural Revolutions

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On August 14, 2018
While food issues as political activism get nowhere the attention among liberals that it did a decade ago (remember the Michael Pollan for Obama’s Secretary of Agriculture boomlet in late 2008?), our food supply is deeply unsustainable. I am skeptical of most agricultral innovations in this sense because while they have consistently done a great […]

Slavery, Post-1865

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On August 14, 2018

One of the biggest weaknesses of any constitutional amendment is that of the 13th Amendment, allowing for unpaid labor by prisoners. Whether its writers thought through the potential repercussions of

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On August 14, 1889, workers on the London docks walked out on strike. Over 100,000 workers eventually struck and they won an incredible victory, one of the greatest achievements for organized labor anywhere in the world during these years. Dock workers lived terrible lives, as did much of the British working class. The British poor […]
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I’ve long defended millennials, which doesn’t even mean anything anymore except for “anyone under 35,” from ridiculous attacks by old people for whatever they don’t like. But if millennials are killing of mayo, then I might have to change my tune: Granted, there are other theories regarding mass generational mayonnaise rejection. Some experts say the […]
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V.S. Naipaul, RIP

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On August 11, 2018
The great writer and Nobel Prize winner V.S. Naipaul has died. Naipaul could be controversial and I sometimes thought his portrayals of non-whites could actually be near-racist themselves, especially the Africans in A Bend in the River, a book the critics loved more than I did. On the other hand, 1961’s A House for Mr. […]
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