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An Abolitionist Makes a Case for “No More Police”
Sonali Kolhatkar: In their new book, No More Police: A Case for Abolition, longtime police and prison abolitionists Andrea J. Ritchie and Mariame Kaba explore the meaning behind “defund the police,” and how activists are working to realize it. ... It’s a call to take resources, power, and legitimacy away from institutions rooted in anti-Blackness, in racial capitalism, and essentially in death-making—policing, punishment, surveillance, and exile—and reinvest them in the rebuilding of the commons .. at its core, what reform misapprehends is what police are ... And [police] are clear that the rules aren’t for them. .. What they are charged with doing is maintaining the existing social order... Visit Website ]
Oct 3, 2022, 5:04pm

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What Policing Looks Like from the Inside
Nathan J. Robinson recently interviewed Rosa Brooks author of Tangled Up in Blue: Policing the American City ... (she) became a reserve police officer and witnessed firsthand the systemic problems with policing ... at the end of approximately six months of training, you get a badge and a gun and are sent off to be a fully sworn police officer (as a volunteer) ... Over and over, the unofficial message we got was that anybody could kill you at any time ... they operate in this kind of climate of fear, and the sense that anything could be a danger ... the people you’re encountering as a police officer are themselves often seriously traumatized ... You name it, we want cops to do it because we have underfunded every other type of social service... Visit Website ]
Sep 25, 2022, 5:26pm

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9 Myths About Gentrification
This excerpt from Gentrification Is Inevitable and Other Lies by Leslie Kern .. Gentrification is natural. ... What policies, economic forces, and cultural dynamics propel these changes? ... Gentrification is good for the city. ... this change comes with a tremendous cost paid by the city’s most vulnerable communities ... Gentrification is caused by hipsters and artists. ... we should be more concerned with the actions of landlords, developers, and city politicians ... Gentrification happens at the neighborhood level. ... the forces driving this are operating at city and even regional levels, pushed forward by powerful actors in industry and government... Visit Website ]
Sep 17, 2022, 5:07pm

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She Kicked Ass
Nathan J. Robinson: The late Barbara Ehrenreich was a model for leftist writers and thinkers, combining deep knowledge, scathing wit, and a righteous anger at injustice. ... will probably always be best known for "Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America", a bestseller that recounted her time spent working low-wage jobs across America. ... “helped spread awareness of an economy in which it was necessary to work two or three jobs to survive, and acted as a catalyst of the minimum wage movement.” ... discusses the way that management keeps workers from understanding their true bargaining power... Visit Website ]
Sep 7, 2022, 2:36pm

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Silicon Valley is wrong about the future of transportation
Muizz Akhtar: Road to Nowhere: What Silicon Valley Gets Wrong about the Future of Transportation by Paris Marx ... the techno-utopian visions around ride-sharing, electric cars, and autonomous vehicles have done little to truly address the root of these problems, and may actually be making things worse ... technology will not solve urban transportation and planning problems, but changing our political calculus will ... “there needs to be organized movements of residents, workers, people who are demanding an alternative to how things work right now"... The reality of the automobile is quite different from the fiction that we’re sold; the reality is an almost radical dependence rather than a degree of freedom... Visit Website ]
Aug 18, 2022, 12:55pm

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Against Liberalism
Nathan J. Robinson: Luke Savage’s new essay collection The Dead Center: Reflections on Liberalism and Democracy After the End of History concerns itself with a strain of liberalism ... the liberal is someone who has superficially socially progressive values, combined with a reluctance to actually pursue meaningful social change—especially when that change would involve risk to one’s own status and position ... For Martin Luther King... (“Letter from Birmingham Jail,”) ... it was precisely because the moderate claimed to sympathize with progressive goals that they were such an impediment; at every stage, they would oppose change in the name of supporting it... Visit Website ]
Aug 4, 2022, 5:03pm

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As if Poverty and Debt Will Make Us Rich
Ron Jacobs: The Destiny of Civilization: Finance Capitalism, Industrial Capitalism, or Socialism, by Michael Hudson ... warnings that the basis of the current phase of capitalism resides in the creation of debt and the manipulation of that debt by the financial industry ... the very fact that an economic entity that produces nothing but debt for most of the world’s people is considered an industry should be ominous enough ... Hudson’s fundamental argument is that the US-led capitalist economy is a a rentier economy; an economy based on the accumulation of income received without actually working or providing intrinsic value... Visit Website ]
Jul 9, 2022, 11:53am

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Abolish the CIA
Eve Ottenberg: Jefferson Morley’s Scorpion’s Dance, the President, the Spymaster and Watergate, details decades of CIA funny-business, and there was loads of it ... if you ever wonder how the world got to be such a mess and who’s responsible, read this book ... And there’s no reason to believe the nonsense has stopped ... Thanks to CIA and U.S. special forces in Ukraine, humanity gets to peer over the abyss at nuclear annihilation... It is an instrument of evil incarnate ... Dissolve it.... Visit Website ]
Jul 3, 2022, 3:29pm

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A Promise to Our Kids: We Won't Kill You
Robert C. Koehler: The book is A Promise to Our Children: A Field Guide to Peace, by Charles P. Busch ... The book isn't so much about ending war as it's about, well, loving children. ... And children are massacred, again and again and again and again, as the military forces of the world fight and kill ... In World War II ... one combatant death was matched by one civilian death. Today, following the Vietnam War, and now Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria, the ratio has again changed dramatically: one combatant death to nine civilian deaths."..."Far more children are killed in today's wars than combatants. War has become the killing of children."... Visit Website ]
May 6, 2022, 4:15pm

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The persecution of Julian Assange
Jonathan Cook: Nils Melzer, a law professor, and a United Nations’ special rapporteur ... The Trial of Julian Assange ... provides a shocking account of rampant lawlessness by the main states involved – Britain, Sweden, the US, and Ecuador. It also documents a sophisticated campaign of misinformation and character assassination to obscure those misdeeds ... The result, Melzer concludes, has been a relentless assault not only on Assange’s fundamental rights but his physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing that Melzer classifies as psychological torture.. Visit Website ]
May 5, 2022, 4:05pm

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Winston Churchill, Imperial Monstrosity
Alex Skopic: Tariq Ali’s new book focuses on Churchill’s numerous imperial crimes, inverting the storied narrative of the British leader. ... Winston Churchill: His Times, His Crimes, Tariq Ali argues that it’s also a carefully constructed falsehood. ... Churchill’s status as a revered national icon is a fairly recent invention ... Like so many bad ideas, it has its roots with Margaret Thatcher ... Thatcher’s government was drumming up “Churchillism” in order to justify the Falklands War ... A lifelong royalist, Churchill had been personally outraged by the success of the Russian Revolution, and believed that fascism could serve as a necessary—if distasteful—corrective to the “pestilence” of workers’ uprisings... Visit Website ]
Apr 21, 2022, 12:54pm

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Cuba Prepares for Disaster
Don Fitz: The book Disaster Preparedness and Climate Change in Cuba: Adaptation and Management (2021) comes out the next month. It traced the highly successful source of the island nation’s efforts to the way it put human welfare above property. ... traces Cuba’s preparedness from the threat of a US invasion following its revolution through its resistance to hurricanes and diseases, which all laid the foundation for current adaptions to climate change... Visit Website ]
Mar 28, 2022, 12:05am

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To Err Is Human, to Die No Accident
Bill Lueders: New book ties rising toll of deaths and injuries to the false allocation of blame. .... There Are No Accidents, by Jesse Singer. .. subtitle, The Deadly Rise of Injury and Disaster—Who Profits and Who Pays the Price, gives some sense of its scope. ... our tendencies toward calling things “accidents”—affixing blame onto victims when pedestrians, workers, gun owners, drug users, and others are injured or killed— keeps us from taking actions that could prevent these things from happening ... deflect blame on to victims, rather than on correctable vulnerabilities... Visit Website ]
Mar 17, 2022, 3:49pm

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“The Fight Against Monsanto’s Roundup: The Politics of Pesticides” by Mitchel Cohen
“The World’s Most Evil Company” May Lose a Few Court Fights—But Will Keep On Poisoning and Killing Millions of People with Its Carcinogenic Pesticide ‘Roundup’ ... Monsanto (now part of Bayer AB) had to pay $78 million in 2018 and $10 billion more in 2020 to settle 100,000 cancer lawsuits. But that won’t stop a company whose 2021 revenues will top $49.991 billion…which is why Roundup is still being profitably sprayed in 160 countries around the world... Visit Website ]
Jan 20, 2022, 3:44pm

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Is the Doom of Humanity Really Inevitable? Maybe Not.
Lynn Parramore: The Dawn of Everything: A New History of Humanity, David Graeber with archaeologist David Wengrow ... Evidence reveals our remote ancestors were neither brutes nor innocents, but complex beings whose experiments in living have much to teach us. ... Ancient peoples lived with a rich variety of social and political structures, even varying according to the season. ... Inequality in large-scale human communities isn’t inevitable, nor is it a product of farming. ... Past societies that valued women were happier places to live... Visit Website ]
Jan 8, 2022, 3:59pm


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