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Hilary Wainwright: The spirit of 1968 is inextinguishable – even 50 years later

This rebellious era shaped radical activists – and aggressive capitalists. What can we learn from 1968, for democratic change today? Indignados protest, 2011. Photo: Fotomovimiento/Flickr. CC-BY-2.0.  . Capitalist adventurer Richard Branson … Continue reading

May 10, 2018 · Leave a comment

Sam Hamill: Remembering Gwendolyn Brooks

When I was a boy on a Utah farm, I listened to Chicago blues and dreamed of the city’s big shoulders and wide arms and the roads leading up from … Continue reading

January 24, 2018 · Leave a comment

Tom Engelhardt: My War on Terror — Letter to an Unknown American Patriot

Dear American Patriot, I wish I knew your name. I’ve been thinking about you, about all of us actually and our country, and meaning to write for a while to … Continue reading

March 3, 2015 · 1 Comment

Marta Daniels: Justice is a Black Woman — The Amazing Constance Baker Motley

You may not know her name, but you have been affected by the legal battles she won and the precedents she set that helped shape civil rights, women’s rights and … Continue reading

February 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

Doug Anderson: The Way Back

. Dear American left (what left? who’s left?): could it be that while we were stamping our feet in righteousness the Right ran off with the store? Could it be … Continue reading

January 18, 2015 · Leave a comment

Malcolm X: Make it plain

American Experience: PBS Documentary on the Life & death of the Hon. Malcolm X. (1994). “Here – at this final hour, in this quiet place – Harlem has come to … Continue reading

January 3, 2015 · Leave a comment

Video: Why are so many black people in prison?

When the prison system is designed not to provide “correction” but to create felons who are then second-class citizens forever, and when those prisons are holding hugely disproportionate numbers of … Continue reading

October 25, 2014 · Leave a comment

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