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Matthew J. Parker: Witchcraft Recall

What if the numerous investigations into Trump, all of which he claims are witch hunts, were literal witch hunts, and thus governed under the time-honored draconian standards that history dictates? 

August 17, 2022 · 9 Comments

Nina Burleigh: Right-Wing Extremists Are Making Fiction Come True

Can Democrats Craft a Winning Message Off a Smorgasbord of Misogynist Madness?

August 2, 2022 · 4 Comments

Jose Padua: Puñeta

Mother, you were the history
that never made the books,
the woman who fed us
chicken flavored with garlic
and ginger, sweet pork with
soy sauce and rice

May 7, 2022 · Leave a comment

Abby Zimet: Teach Your Children Well

Four days before the massacre, they bought their 15-year-old son Ethan an early (and, as a minor, illegal) Christmas present: a 9mm Sig Sauer handgun.

December 7, 2021 · 2 Comments

Tom Engelhardt: Welcome to the Martians!

Our World Is Increasingly Like a Science-Fiction Novel.

November 24, 2021 · 2 Comments

Baron Wormser: Notes from the Time of the Leader

Like more than one overbearing, mediocre man, the Leader fancies himself a great personage, the stuff of pages in history books, although he can’t be bothered with reading books since he already knows everything. A simple man, he believes that the world has never seen the likes of him.

November 13, 2021 · 3 Comments

Paul Christensen: Early Dog Days in Vermont

It used to be you could live in Vermont without an air conditioner, or even a fan. The stores were very sparing in their shelf space for such things. Now, all the big retailers pile up boxes of cheap rattling room coolers as early as May, and sell them off.

June 13, 2021 · 3 Comments

Nomi Prins: Building or Unbuilding America?

Infrastructure Should Be the Great Economic Equalizer

March 19, 2021 · Leave a comment

Morgan Marietta, David C. Barker: A less Trumpy version of Trumpism might be the future of the Republican Party

Donald Trump lost the 2020 election, but his populist ideas may continue to animate the Republican Party.

March 3, 2021 · 3 Comments

BJ Ward: In Memoriam | The Victims of the Bowling Green Massacre

Here’s to the blood that wasn’t shed,
That still courses through hearts and
untroubled heads—

February 9, 2021 · 1 Comment

Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J.S. Davies: Will Biden End America’s Global War on Children?

Nothing in Biden’s long record in public life suggests that he will, unless the American public and the rest of the world act collectively and effectively to insist that America must end its war on children and finally become a responsible, law-abiding member of the human family.

February 2, 2021 · 5 Comments

Alfred McCoy: While America Was Sleeping

After four years of Donald Trump’s fitful tenure, America is awakening from a long, troubled sleep to discover, like the fictional character Rip Van Winkle, that the world it once knew has changed beyond all recognition.

January 27, 2021 · 6 Comments

Majid Naficy: Seven Poems During Trump

You are that apple worm which overnight
Grew into a bloodthirsty dragon
Like Haftvad’s worm in the “Ardashir Chronicles”.

January 20, 2021 · 2 Comments

Pierre Tristam: No, Open Sedition Is Not a First Amendment Right

Making up facts and assaulting truth are hallmarks of the Trump cult.

January 17, 2021 · 2 Comments

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