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On May 1, 1943, Franklin Delano Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9340, authorizing the Secretary of the Interior to seize the nation’s coal mines after the United Mine Workers of America refused National War Labor Board arbitration. This incident demonstrated both the intransigence of UMWA head John L. Lewis to state power and the limited tolerance […]

Barracoon

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On April 30, 2018

Zora Neale Hurston is one of the greatest literary and anthropologist treasures in American history, despite her dying completely forgotten and in poverty in 1960. Her 1931 novel Barracoon is finally

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Why Full Employment Now?

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On April 30, 2018
I am going to have a bunch more points to make about full employment policy in the coming days and weeks. For right now, I want to build on Steve’s excellent post from earlier to link to this Harold Meyerson piece on both the history of full employment ideas and why it has returned now. […]

Marx at 200

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On April 30, 2018

Karl Marx was born 200 years ago next week and his ideas are very much back in the mainstream, as capitalism’s massive failures since the fall of the Soviet Union that led to a global Gilded Age

Music Notes

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On April 28, 2018

It’s time to talk some tunes. Cool piece on the 40th anniversary of the B-52s releasing “Rock Lobster.” I reviewed Jaimie Branch’s incredible Fly or Die album awhile back. It&#

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