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Three stories: People fight the system and win

A farmer prevails against Monsanto in court. Refugees find ingenious ways to scale Trump’s wall. And 100 cities around the world provide free public transportation everyday for everyone.

February 19, 2020 · Leave a comment

Video: James Baldwin debates William F. Buckley (1965)

Here is the full 1965 debate between James Baldwin and William F. Buckley Jr. at Cambridge University on the question: “Is the American Dream at the expense of the American Negro?”

February 18, 2020 · Leave a comment

George Monbiot: The Roots of Fascism

Some countries, separately and together, are beginning to head towards the darkest of all political places.

February 17, 2020 · 5 Comments

Laure-Anne Bosselaar: Stillbirth

I sometimes go months without remembering you.
Some griefs bless us that way, not asking much space.

February 17, 2020 · 2 Comments

Donna M. Cox: The power of a song in a strange land

“they were tones loud, long, and deep; they breathed the prayer and complaint of souls boiling over with the bitterest anguish. Every tone was a testimony against slavery, and a prayer to God for deliverance from chains.” — Frederick Douglass

February 16, 2020 · Leave a comment

Peter Makuck: Seniors

mocking with an ache
that comes with leafdrop, woodsmoke,
and those shots of bourbon that ease
not a thing

February 15, 2020 · Leave a comment

Wendy Cope: Flowers

Look, the flowers you nearly bought
Have lasted all this while.

February 13, 2020 · Leave a comment

W. Carsten Andresen: The Gay Panic Defense

Defense attorneys who enter gay panic defenses can reduce a defendants’ murder charges 32% of the time, even though the majority of these homicides involve incredible violence.

February 13, 2020 · 2 Comments

Robert McChesney: If Bloomberg Wants to Buy an Election, He Should Run as a Republican Against Trump—Not Sabotage Democrats

The mega-billionaire should be running against Trump in the Republican primaries, not as a Democrat. If he actually cared about this country more than stroking his massive ego that is exactly what he would be doing.

February 12, 2020 · 2 Comments

Stephen Dobyns: Persephone, Etc.

Wasn’t it beneath this spot the son of Kronos
pursued his inamorata, holding out a handful
of shining seeds?

February 11, 2020 · 1 Comment

Frida Berrigan: "We Get to Live in the Mayor's House!"

Running for Office in the Age of Donald Trump and Climate Change

February 11, 2020 · Leave a comment

Steven Pressman: Democratic plans for raising taxes on the rich|A guide for the middle class

It’s hardly surprising that if a Democrat wins the White House, taxes on wealthy Americans and corporations will probably go up. How they’ll go up is the more interesting question.

February 10, 2020 · Leave a comment

Mel Packer: A History of Deadly Meddling

In this essay, we hear a first-hand account from Mel Packer who was one of the Americans who visited Iran during the hostage crisis of 1980.

February 9, 2020 · 2 Comments

Video: For Sama (full film)

NOW AN ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

February 9, 2020 · Leave a comment

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