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The Story of Ben Fletcher

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On April 18, 2021
The labor historian Peter Cole lays out the main points from his new biography of the little known Black Wobbly Ben Fletcher and they are well worth your time this Sunday morning. Never graduating from high school, Fletcher joined hundreds of thousands of rural Black and White Americans and European immigrants who sought work in […]
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This is the grave of Frederick Winslow Taylor. Born in 1856 in Philadelphia, Taylor grew up in a wealthy Quaker family. His father was a real estate and banking guy and his mother came from old money and had worked with Lucretia Mott on reform causes. They traveled in Europe and he was educated at […]

Music Notes

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On April 17, 2021

I loved Tyler Mahan Coe’s podcast on country music Cocaine and Rhinestones. It really summed up the DIY nature of the early podcast era–a guy in his basement going on about a topic he love

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Andrew Yang: Joker

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On April 17, 2021
If New York actually elects Andrew Yang mayor, it will rival Trump as the all-time politics as lulz from voters who WANT SOMETHING DIFFERENT! One can argue this is the fault of the established political parties but on the other hand, voters are mostly idiots who don’t pay the first bit of attention until the […]
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Good piece by Osita Nwanevu about using the infrastructure plan to provide another key piece of what props up the nation: local journalism. And it is indeed crumbling. Unfortunately, our journalistic institutions are also crumbling. Thanks to the disruptions wrought by the dawn of the internet age and sharp declines in traditional advertising revenue, the […]

America First

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On April 17, 2021

Getting right to the point here: A group of the House’s most extreme right-wing Republicans is launching a new caucus to push President Trump’s values—and an explicit pledge to push “Anglo-Sax

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