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On April 20, 1949, United Steelworkers of America members severely beat Maurice Travis, the president of the leftist union Mine, Mill, costing him an eye. This is perhaps the most grotesque incident in the sordid history of the CIO kicking communists out of the labor union. The history of communists in the labor movement is […]
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So often, liberals today just can’t understand why people joined the Communist Party in the first half of the twentieth century. They were monsters after all. But taken in the context of those times, it makes perfect sense. They were voyagers on that river, these plumbers, pressers and sewing machine operators; and they took with […]

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On February 15, 2015
Last weekend I was in New York for the Jason Isbell show (which I did not think was all that good. As much as I like his songs, playing 8 straight quiet acoustic songs in a big theater does not make for a particularly great live experience. Although anytime I can hear “Codeine” live, I […]
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Has the Revolution Started Yet?

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On November 9, 2013
Since this brilliant plot was hatched in 2010, surely the revolution must have started by now, no? There is much to embrace about Burning Man. Since its beginning it has been a radical, counter-cultural gathering, where space is carved out for people to be free to think, and experiment, outside of prescribed politics, religion, sexuality […]
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