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Saadi Yacef, RIP

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On September 22, 2021
Last week, we had a very unfortunate comment thread when I mentioned that one of the bombers portrayed in The Battle of Algiers still lives. Too many commenters basically preferred colonialism to the use of violence to evict colonial occupiers from their land. This is ridiculous and moral cowardice in the face of oppression. The […]
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Robert Putnam’s Bowling Alone is a somewhat overrated book that seeks to put a lot of phenomena into a single box of Americans losing their social spaces. But it’s not completely wrong. We in fact do have a lot of social spaces and online communities include some of them, whether it’s the comment section here […]
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This is the grave of Eugene Dennis. Francis Waldron was born in 1904 in Seattle (some say 1905), he seems to have grown up poor. He became a worker as a very young man, became involved with the IWW and started a life as an organizer. Like many Wobblies, Waldron became a communist after the […]

Slogan v. Policy

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On September 27, 2020

That the police are nightmarish in this nation is a huge understatement. We hardly need to explain it at this point. Calls to defund or abolish the policy are morally correct. But they are also probab

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Whether Democratic Socialists of America’s decision not to endorse a presidential candidate is important enough to merit a New York Times op-ed is an open question. I’d probably say not. In fact, one can make an argument that DSA doesn’t need per se to do so, as socialists can have other projects to work on. […]

The Next Recession

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On November 13, 2019

One thought I’ve had a lot over the last couple of years is that the real power of the rejuvenated left will truly be determined in the next recession, not in this presidential election. The big

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