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Et tu, Dreyfus?

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On October 9, 2018
One of the latest tropes in discussions of the Kavanaugh confirmation has been to refer to France’s infamous Dreyfus Affair.  Kavanaugh supporters (Dreher, Schindler, Brooks) rely on a shallow understanding of events to draw a parallel between their man and the wrongly accused Alfred Dreyfus. But Kavanaugh is no Dreyfus, and his reactionary partisans are […]
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Happy World Refugee Day!

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On June 20, 2018
Of all the ironies, today is World Refugee Day. Folks around the globe are hosting events that support refugee populations, that allow refugees to honor and express their hopes for their home countries, that consider the history of refugees that fled from their own shores. In the US, we are building concentration camps for tiny […]
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What Students Can Teach Us

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On February 24, 2018
A group of students can shut down an entire country. Fifty years ago in France, they did just that. Student protests in Nanterre and at the Sorbonne quickly grew into mass demonstrations. Police attempts to repress the movement only garnered additional public support. Popular artists and singers mobilized on behalf of the students—as did the […]
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Spain has resorted to violent state repression in the face of today’s referendum on Catalan independence. The latest from Reuters (at the time of writing) is that more than 760 people have been injured in clashes with the police. If you haven’t been following this one, the basics are as follows: Catalan separatists scheduled yet […]
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