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America: Always Getting Dumber

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On September 4, 2019
Oh, c’mon! On Wednesday, it appears the White House attempted to retroactively justify a tweet that President Trump issued over the weekend in which he warned, erroneously, that Alabama would be affected by Hurricane Dorian. In a White House video released Wednesday, Trump displays a modified National Hurricane Center “cone of uncertainty” forecast, dated from […]
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On September 4, 1970, Salvador Allende won election as president of Chile, a moment of victory for the idea of a democratic socialist revolution, one that right-wing nations such as the United States would never let succeed. Yet it was also a revolution from below, not only one led by a beloved president but one […]
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This is the grave of John Bell. Born in 1796 near Nashville, Bell came from a relatively prosperous family for the Tennessee frontier. He went to Cumberland College, graduating in 1814. He then studied the law and was admitted to the bar in 1816, starting a practice in Franklin. He showed early interest in politics, […]

Strikes Work

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On September 1, 2019

The Las Vegas teachers threatened a strike. You probably didn’t hear about because near-strikes don’t get much media coverage. And also because the city caved entirely in the face of the f

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On September 1, 1849, the Brotherhood of the Union, an early pro-worker organization, formed. The vision of a radical named George Lippard, this organization established priniciples in Ameican working class activism that would be incredibly influential throughout the 19th centry, especially within the Knights of Labor, of which it is a direct predecessor. Lippard grew […]
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