Author: Simon Balto

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I really liked having this essay from George Ciccariello-Maher be the first thing I read in 2019. What to make of the past decade? Long gone is Obama’s post-racial illusion of hope tethered to change—vanished, too, the equally illusory promise of sustained capitalist growth that upheld it. These promises arrived stillborn before Obama was even […]

Snowflakes

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On December 14, 2018

Two nights ago, I met my partner for a cocktail at a bar near our house in Madison, Wisconsin. (My job is in Iowa City, her job is in Madison, I’m back and forth.) It had already been a long wee

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On Mississippi

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On November 28, 2018
In the wake of the racist Cindy Hyde-Smith winning in last night’s Mississippi runoff, I keep seeing variations on this theme: “Of course Mississippi elected a racist to the U.S. Senate. It’s Mississippi.” A few thoughts on that. I’m a Midwesterner. Always have been, probably always will be. My experience with the South in general […]
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Occupied Territory

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On October 8, 2018
It’s been suggested to me that burying news of my book’s preorder information at the bottom of a multipurpose post about other matters — as I did last Friday — is not strategically smart. (I’m not good at this self-promotion stuff.) So, for those of you who missed it and are interested, my book Occupied […]
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